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Vikram Jandhyala

  • Professor
  • UW Vice President for Innovation Strategy

Appointments

Professor, Electrical Engineering
UW Vice President for Innovation Strategy
Executive Director, CoMotion
UW Co-CEO, Global Innovation Exchange
Adjunct Professor, Information School

Biography

Vikram Jandhyala is Vice President for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington, Executive Director of CoMotion (UW’s collaborative innovation hub) and Co-Executive Director of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). He is a professor and former chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering, an adjunct professor in the Information School and serves on the advisory boards of UW Foster Business School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the Cambia Grove Healthcare Hub, Partners for Our Children and iInnovate. Jandhyala received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. After spending two years in the design automation industry at Ansoft Corporation (acquired by Ansys), he joined UW EE in 2000. His research, which has led to more than 200 papers and several Ph.D. students at top R&D positions, has been funded by DARPA, semiconductor industries, national labs, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.  He has received an NSF CAREER award, as well as awards from UIUC, IEEE, UW and NASA. He founded, along with his students in 2006, Nimbic, a venture-backed simulation company which was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2014. His current interests are in innovation, entrepreneurial and design thinking, social and organizational networks and computational and data science.

Research Interests

Innovation, entrepreneurial and design thinking, social and organizational networks, and computational and data science.

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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_11453" align="alignleft" width="371"] UW President Ana Mari Cauce speaks at the GIX launch.[/caption]

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is the first of its kind, marking the first time a Chinese research university has built a physical presence in the United States.

The University of Washington and Tsinghua University joined forces to establish the graduate institute in Bellevue, Washington. The space, which was funded through a $40 million donation from Microsoft, prototypes new technologies as one of the largest and most advanced maker spaces in the region.

GIX was founded as a catalyst for new innovation. The well-stocked maker space provides new students with the tools needed to conduct high-impact research. The vision of GIX is to support students as they tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems – from health to the environment.

“We intend to teach students enough in each area – design thinking, technology development and entrepreneurship – to build their confidence in pursuing their own innovations in high-impact fields such as health and sustainability, and improving standards of living both locally and globally,” UW Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering and GIX CTO Shwetak Patel said on the institute’s website.

After only two years, the institute’s vision came into being; a physical space was located and assembled, and a program was identified and developed. The quick turnaround reflects a passion for innovation from university educators. Professors of UW Electrical Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Joshua Smith and Matt Reynolds were members of the original curriculum committee for GIX. They have continued these efforts on the Interdisciplinary Faculty Group (IFG), which governs the academic degree program at GIX.

[caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignright" width="393"] The GIX building was named the Steve Balmer Building after Steve Balmer, the former CEO of Microsoft.[/caption]

When selecting students for the new program, Co-CEO at the institute and UW Vice-President for Innovation Strategy Vikram Jandhyala wanted to ensure the students at GIX had an entrepreneurial spirit.

“It was very hands-on,” Jandhyala said in a recent article. “We wanted to make sure they were self-starters in terms of being entrepreneurs, and they could do things not just measured by GPA or scores from their undergraduate years.”

In addition to Tsinghua, eight other universities and five other companies from around the world are partnering on GIX.

“Literally, we are bringing the world together,” said one of the key architects of the GIX vision and Microsoft President Brad Smith in a recent article.

This fall, GIX will open its doors to 43 students from China and the United States. In ten years, it is estimated that GIX will educate about 3,000 students. At this point, the 43 students are all a part of the master’s degree program. However, the institute’s leadership envision that GIX will grow to support a wide-range of programs, including refresher courses, virtual reality and remote learning.

"I'm very proud that EE and CSE faculty have been a part of the core group in the establishment of GIX," UW Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair Radha Poovendran said.

[caption id="attachment_11454" align="alignleft" width="200"] Microsoft President Brad Smith[/caption]

A grand opening for the institute was held on September 14. Leaders from both China and the Pacific Northwest attended. UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Governor Jay Inslee, and previous Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire were in attendance. Additionally, top executives from Microsoft, including Smith, CEO Satya Nadella and former CEO Steve Ballmer, and many Chinese officials, including the consul general from San Francisco and Tsinghua’s President Qiu Yong, attended the event.
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Electrical Engineering Professor and Executive Director of CoMotion Vikram Jandhyala was featured in a recent Seattle Times article. The article reflects on Jandhyala’s success at the University of Washington (UW) and passion for innovation.

For Jandhyala his commitment to innovation is demonstrated through the development of CoMotion, UW’s startup incubator, and the creation of Global Innovation Exchange, a graduate institute that partners with China’s Tsinghua University.

Jandhyala aims to further foster innovation at the UW, with the goal of expanding it to the University District. By laying the foundation for fledgling companies to develop, the neighborhood would become a creative and supportive space for additional startups to establish a base. Through additional nurturing under Jandhyala’s expert hand, the City of Seattle will also reap the benefits of an innovative outlook.

“We want to break down barriers of the university, so there’s not one place where the university begins and ends,” Jandhyala said.

Although an innovation strategy will bring additional revenue to the university, Jandhyala considers the societal implications of growing an entrepreneurial and innovation hub to be a driving force for his efforts.

Jandhyala admits that many tech companies rise and disrupt an established industry. Many times, these companies look toward societal impact after cementing their own foothold in the market. Jandhyala wants to focus first on society, developing the critical innovations needed to foster positive impact.
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By: Praphanit Doowa

The University District has a lot to offer the neighboring Seattle community, and new shops and businesses are constantly opening as a result.

It can be difficult to find space in the U-District, but the UW has taken a recently opened space, 4545 Roosevelt Way NE, and has officially signed the lease.

“The university is always looking for space in the U-District because we want to have our resources be closest to the campus,” said Steve Kennard, director of operations for the Real Estate Office.

The land is next to Trader Joe’s, Performance Bicycle, and Sundance Cinemas. It is approximately 53,000 square feet, according to property service manager Ben Newton.

The UW has not yet decided what it plans to do with the space, but leased it anyway.

“The bigger goal here is to try to convert much of the U-District to what we’re calling an inclusive innovation district,” said Vikram Jandhyala, vice president of innovation strategy and executive director of CoMotion. “The idea is not to create a tech hub, but a district where everyone can participate and benefit from the innovations coming to the university.”

Whether that innovation is related to technology, the environment, service, or health, the UW has an opportunity to make the most of the new plot of land.

“If all works out well, this building becomes a second example of this mission we have of innovation,” Jandhyala said. “The first was Startup Hall … which was a great successful experiment in [bringing] tech start-ups close to the UW campus.”

The goal for the UW is to understand innovation more broadly than simply in terms of technology, which is in line with university president Ana Mari Cauce’s innovation imperative.

This new building the UW leased is meant to be the hub of innovation in the U-District. 

One tenant will be CoMotion, the innovation collective led by Jandhyala. The UW aims to have more like-minded tenants able to work with the community and link the university with the outside world.

“There hasn’t been any new significant space open up in the U-District,” Kennard said. “This is one of the first open spaces in a long time.”

The U-District will experience major transformations with the opening of the Brooklyn Avenue light rail station in 2021. The area is expected to grow in the future, but not so much right now.

“The university isn’t looking to expand right now,” Kennard said. “We want to make sure we’re using the space we have as well as we possibly can, but when this space became available, it made perfect sense to take advantage of the opportunity.”

With external parties collaborating with the UW throughout the U-District, including non-profit organizations and tech companies, the university allows the outside world to be a part of its innovation. 

“If people are close together in spaces where they run into each other more, they are more likely to have conversations about ideas and things they are working on,” Newton said. “If you design a space where this is possible, those ideas will generate greater ideas exponentially.”

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Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Joshua Smith and Matt Reynolds were members of the original curriculum committee for GIX. They have continued these efforts on the Interdisciplinary Faculty Group (IFG), which governs the academic degree program at GIX. 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In ten years, it is estimated that GIX will educate about 3,000 students. At this point, the 43 students are all a part of the master’s degree program. However, the institute’s leadership envision that GIX will grow to support a wide-range of programs, including refresher courses, virtual reality and remote learning. "I'm very proud that EE and CSE faculty have been a part of the core group in the establishment of GIX," UW Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair Radha Poovendran said. [caption id="attachment_11454" align="alignleft" width="200"] Microsoft President Brad Smith[/caption] A grand opening for the institute was held on September 14. Leaders from both China and the Pacific Northwest attended. UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Governor Jay Inslee, and previous Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire were in attendance. Additionally, top executives from Microsoft, including Smith, CEO Satya Nadella and former CEO Steve Ballmer, and many Chinese officials, including the consul general from San Francisco and Tsinghua’s President Qiu Yong, attended the event. 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By: Praphanit Doowa

The University District has a lot to offer the neighboring Seattle community, and new shops and businesses are constantly opening as a result.

It can be difficult to find space in the U-District, but the UW has taken a recently opened space, 4545 Roosevelt Way NE, and has officially signed the lease.

“The university is always looking for space in the U-District because we want to have our resources be closest to the campus,” said Steve Kennard, director of operations for the Real Estate Office.

The land is next to Trader Joe’s, Performance Bicycle, and Sundance Cinemas. It is approximately 53,000 square feet, according to property service manager Ben Newton.

The UW has not yet decided what it plans to do with the space, but leased it anyway.

“The bigger goal here is to try to convert much of the U-District to what we’re calling an inclusive innovation district,” said Vikram Jandhyala, vice president of innovation strategy and executive director of CoMotion. “The idea is not to create a tech hub, but a district where everyone can participate and benefit from the innovations coming to the university.”

Whether that innovation is related to technology, the environment, service, or health, the UW has an opportunity to make the most of the new plot of land.

“If all works out well, this building becomes a second example of this mission we have of innovation,” Jandhyala said. “The first was Startup Hall … which was a great successful experiment in [bringing] tech start-ups close to the UW campus.”

The goal for the UW is to understand innovation more broadly than simply in terms of technology, which is in line with university president Ana Mari Cauce’s innovation imperative.

This new building the UW leased is meant to be the hub of innovation in the U-District. 

One tenant will be CoMotion, the innovation collective led by Jandhyala. The UW aims to have more like-minded tenants able to work with the community and link the university with the outside world.

“There hasn’t been any new significant space open up in the U-District,” Kennard said. “This is one of the first open spaces in a long time.”

The U-District will experience major transformations with the opening of the Brooklyn Avenue light rail station in 2021. The area is expected to grow in the future, but not so much right now.

“The university isn’t looking to expand right now,” Kennard said. “We want to make sure we’re using the space we have as well as we possibly can, but when this space became available, it made perfect sense to take advantage of the opportunity.”

With external parties collaborating with the UW throughout the U-District, including non-profit organizations and tech companies, the university allows the outside world to be a part of its innovation. 

“If people are close together in spaces where they run into each other more, they are more likely to have conversations about ideas and things they are working on,” Newton said. “If you design a space where this is possible, those ideas will generate greater ideas exponentially.”

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The University of Washington and Tsinghua University joined forces to establish the graduate institute in Bellevue, Washington. The space, which was funded through a $40 million donation from Microsoft, prototypes new technologies as one of the largest and most advanced maker spaces in the region. GIX was founded as a catalyst for new innovation. The well-stocked maker space provides new students with the tools needed to conduct high-impact research. The vision of GIX is to support students as they tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems – from health to the environment. “We intend to teach students enough in each area – design thinking, technology development and entrepreneurship – to build their confidence in pursuing their own innovations in high-impact fields such as health and sustainability, and improving standards of living both locally and globally,” UW Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering and GIX CTO Shwetak Patel said on the institute’s website. After only two years, the institute’s vision came into being; a physical space was located and assembled, and a program was identified and developed. The quick turnaround reflects a passion for innovation from university educators. Professors of UW Electrical Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Joshua Smith and Matt Reynolds were members of the original curriculum committee for GIX. They have continued these efforts on the Interdisciplinary Faculty Group (IFG), which governs the academic degree program at GIX. [caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignright" width="393"] The GIX building was named the Steve Balmer Building after Steve Balmer, the former CEO of Microsoft.[/caption] When selecting students for the new program, Co-CEO at the institute and UW Vice-President for Innovation Strategy Vikram Jandhyala wanted to ensure the students at GIX had an entrepreneurial spirit. “It was very hands-on,” Jandhyala said in a recent article. “We wanted to make sure they were self-starters in terms of being entrepreneurs, and they could do things not just measured by GPA or scores from their undergraduate years.” In addition to Tsinghua, eight other universities and five other companies from around the world are partnering on GIX. “Literally, we are bringing the world together,” said one of the key architects of the GIX vision and Microsoft President Brad Smith in a recent article. This fall, GIX will open its doors to 43 students from China and the United States. In ten years, it is estimated that GIX will educate about 3,000 students. At this point, the 43 students are all a part of the master’s degree program. However, the institute’s leadership envision that GIX will grow to support a wide-range of programs, including refresher courses, virtual reality and remote learning. "I'm very proud that EE and CSE faculty have been a part of the core group in the establishment of GIX," UW Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair Radha Poovendran said. [caption id="attachment_11454" align="alignleft" width="200"] Microsoft President Brad Smith[/caption] A grand opening for the institute was held on September 14. Leaders from both China and the Pacific Northwest attended. UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Governor Jay Inslee, and previous Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire were in attendance. Additionally, top executives from Microsoft, including Smith, CEO Satya Nadella and former CEO Steve Ballmer, and many Chinese officials, including the consul general from San Francisco and Tsinghua’s President Qiu Yong, attended the event. 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Representative Publications

  • Jandhyala, Vikram and Baliga, Nick. "Why Science Still Matters In The Age Of Big Data," Inside Science, April 29, 2016.
  • Jandhyala, Vikram and Mihata, Kevin, "Innovative university ideathons can help shape the next-generation workplace," Education Dive, June 17, 2016.

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Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B. Tech
    Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India