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Linda Katehi is Chancellor of the University of California, Davis, where, as chief executive officer, she oversees all aspects of the university’s teaching, research, and public service mission. She came to UC Davis in 2009, during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but has effectively moved the university forward through a number of important initiatives.
The university is progressing with its 2020 Initiative to add up to 5,000 new students by the end of the decade, along with 300 new faculty and needed facilities. The plans allow UC Davis to achieve greater financial stability and increase its national and international diversity, so all of its students are better equipped to compete in the global economy. In 2013 Chancellor Katehi established the UC Davis World Food Center to tackle critical issues such as how to feed a growing planet in an environmentally friendly way and to advance the nexus between food and human health.
As these initiatives were advancing, UC Davis successfully completed its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, raising $1.13 billion for student scholarships, programs, facilities, and other academic support from 110,000 individual donors.
In addition to her role as Chancellor, Dr. Katehi holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. She chaired the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of many other national and local organizations.
Dr. Katehi was previously provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University; and associate dean for academic affairs and graduate education in the College of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan.
Since her early years as a faculty member, she has focused on expanding research opportunities for undergraduates and improving the education and professional experience of graduate students, with an emphasis on women and underrepresented groups. She has mentored more than 70 postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and master’s students in electrical and computer engineering, and 23 of the 44 doctoral students who graduated under her supervision have become faculty members in research universities in the United States and abroad.
Her work in electronic circuit design has led to numerous national and international awards, both as a technical leader and educator, and 19 US patents. She is the author or coauthor of 10 book chapters and about 650 refereed publications in journals and symposia proceedings.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1981 and 1984, respectively.