IE University announces the appointment of Ikhlaq Sidhu as Dean of IE School of Technology

Ikhlaq Sidhu has been Chief Scientist and Faculty Director at the University of California Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.

IE University announces today the appointment of Ikhlaq Sidhu as the new Dean of IE School of Technology. Focused on STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math), IE School of Technology strengthens IE University as an international hub, and generates knowledge, develops solutions, and fosters education in order to face the challenges of digital transformation. Over the past 16 years, Ikhlaq Sidhu has been Chief Scientist and Faculty Director at the University of California Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, a global research platform with close ties to Silicon Valley and global innovation communities.

Welcoming Ikhlaq Sidhu, Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University, said:

“Professor Sidhu will lead the new IE School of Technology to reinforce IE University as a benchmark for innovation in technologies in Europe. He is an acclaimed academic, entrepreneur, and technology expert, and his vision, knowledge and experience will take IE University into a new stage.”

Rafif Srour, Vice Dean for Programs at IE School of Technology, also welcomed the new Dean: “Over the last years we have developed our successful programs in data and computer sciences and we look forward to the next big jump into the technologies for the future.”

Prof. Sidhu is an internationally renowned scientist, entrepreneur, and academic in the areas of Technology and Engineering and holds 75 patents in internet communication technologies. The author of the bestselling Innovation Engineering, Prof. Sidhu created the hugely popular Data-X course and developed dynamic, high profile innovation labs in data, sustainable foods, and blockchain. He has been a driving force behind Berkeley’s innovation programs and ecosystem. Prof. Sidhu developed the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship for developing new ventures and the Berkeley’s Engineering Leadership Programs for technology leaders.

In 2018, he was honored with the IEEE Major Education Innovation Award. He received the Berkeley IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award in 2009 and the Berkeley Extraordinary Teaching Award in 2021. In 1999, he received 3Com Corporation’s Inventor of the Year Award.

Prof. Sidhu received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and his Masters’ Degree and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.

About IE University

IE University aims to drive positive change through education, research and innovation. The institution offers a technology-driven learning ecosystem for leaders who make a real difference in the world through innovation, global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a unique focus on humanities. IE University has a faculty of more than 500 professors who teach students from 140 countries on its master's, PhD and executive education programs. IE University’s alumni network comprises more than 60 000 graduates in some 165 countries.