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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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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.

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“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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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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Of eight keynote speakers and innovators, three are from UW EE: Professor Vikram Jandhyala, EE & CSE Associate Professor Shwetak Patel and Ph.D. student Ben Waters. Featuring researchers and leaders from UW and China, the Innovation Summit builds on the recently established partnership between UW and Tsinghua University, theGlobal Innovation Exchange. The Innovation Summit will bring together leaders in innovation to share ideas and drive innovation that has the ability to impact the world. Thomson Reuters recently ranked UW #4 in the world for innovation in 2015. UW EE is a leader in entrepreneurship efforts across campus, with the largest number of start-ups. Shwetak Patel EE & CSE Professor Shwetak Patel, who is a Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor, directs the UbiComp Lab. Patel’s research focuses on developing new sensing systems, mobile health and new interaction technologies. Patel is the cofounder of two companies, Zensi Inc. and SNUPI Technologies. Vikram Jandhyala EE Professor Vikram Jandhyala is the UW Vice Provost for Innovation and Executive Director of CoMotion, UW’s collaborative innovation and technology transfer hub. Jandhyala directs the Applied Computation Engineering Lab and is the founding director of the UW-PNNL northwest institute for advanced computing. Ben Waters EE Ph.D. student Ben Waters cofounded a start-up called WiBotic with Professor Joshua Smith in the Sensor Systems Lab. WiBotic is a wireless charging system specifically for robots, which alleviates the need for robots to be plugged in or dock in a specific place. 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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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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