Chancellor, University of California at Davis
M.S. UCLA Electrical Engineering, 1981
Ph.D. UCLA Electrical Engineering, 1984
Member of National Academy of Engineering, 2006
"UCLA is one of the top engineering "I became interested in electrical engineering when I was 12 years old," says Linda Katehi. "NASA had the Apollo program-the moon landing. I was impressed by the images I saw, primarily the video clips from the launch control room in Houston. It was then that I decided that I wanted to become an electronics engineer."
After receiving her BSEE from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, Linda P. B. Katehi came to UCLA's Electrical Engineering Department for graduate work, earning an MSEE in 1981 and a PhD in 1984. "UCLA gave me the opportunity to come to the U.S. and educate myself in electromagnetics," she recalls. "It was very unique opportunity at that point in my life. The experience changed my life substantially. The environment was great-relaxed but very challenging, very invigorating. I made great friends and had an excellent advisor. My experience at UCLA helped me in developing my style as a faculty member and in mentoring my own students."
After graduating from UCLA, Katehi joined the faculty of the EECS Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as an assistant professor, achieving the rank of professor in 1994. She served in many administrative positions, including director of graduate programs in the College of Engineering (1995-96), elected member of the College Executive Committee (1996-98), associate dean for graduate education (1998-99), and associate dean for academic affairs (1999-2001). In 2002, Katehi joined Purdue as the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, where her emphases have included increasing interdisciplinary research efforts, implementing a comprehensive master facilities plan, and promoting diversity within the engineering faculty and student body.
She was the Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign until 2009, when she became Chancellor of the University of California, Davis. Katehi's numerous awards and distinctions include membership as fellow in IEEE; the IEEE AP-S W. P. King Best Paper Award for a Young Engineer (1984); the IEEE AP-S S. A. Schelkunoff Best Paper Award (1985); the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987); the URSI Booker Award (1987); the Humboldt Research Award (1994); the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Prize (1996); the IMAPS Best Paper Award (199); the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000); the IEEE Marconi Prize (2000); and the IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Educator Award (2002), as well as her 2006 election to the National Academy of Engineering.