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Linda Katehi
Linda Katehi became the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Davis, on August 17, 2009. As chief executive officer, she oversees all aspects of the university’s teaching, research and public service mission.

Chancellor Katehi (kah-TAY-hee) also holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she chaired until 2010 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 and board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of many other national boards and committees.

Previously, Chancellor Katehi served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; the 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, Chancellor Katehi has focused on expanding research opportunities for undergraduates and improving the education and professional experience of graduate students, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. She has mentored more than 70 postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and master’s students in electrical and computer engineering. Twenty-one of the 42 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, 16 U.S. patents, and an additional six U.S. patent applications. She is the author or co-author of 10 book chapters and about 600 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.

The University of California, Davis, is one of 10 UC campuses and one of a select group of 62 North American universities admitted to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has 31,000 students, an annual research budget that exceeds $600 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science — and advanced degrees from six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Entries by Linda Katehi

A Path to Carbon Neutrality

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 4:45 PM

When University of California President Janet Napolitano called for a UC Carbon Neutrality Summit that was held on the UC San Diego campus recently, participants were called on to address two profound questions: what steps must we take to protect the world for our children and what technologies...

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Access to Higher Education Equals Access to Opportunity

(5) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:27 PM

(photo credit: UC Davis)

College rankings are something parents, students and educators all watch. They offer a snapshot of what each university has to offer and UC Davis has long enjoyed high rankings across the board.

UC Davis has...

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It's Up to All of Us to Help Solve the Problem of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 4:48 PM

As a woman, a mother, a human being and as an educator whose primary responsibility is the creation of a campus community where everyone is safe, I can think of few more outrageous acts than sexual assault.

When I read or hear about sexual attacks on college...

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We Need More College Graduates

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 6:56 PM

It is college commencement season, a glorious time of year, when spring flowers and joy are blooming on campuses across the nation.

For millions of diligent college students, hearing their names called and being handed a hard-earned diploma is a watershed moment. It is a genuine cause for celebration for...

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Liberal Arts and Our Future

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 8:35 PM

There is a wonderful quotation that begins journalist Fareed Zakaria's new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, from E. O. Wilson, a world-renowned American biologist.

"We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom," Wilson declares. "The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put...

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Engineering for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:32 AM

From the steam engine to the space shuttle, from the telephone to the Internet, some of humanity's most impressive achievements are the work of engineers searching for solutions to big problems.

I will never forget the excitement I felt as a young girl growing up in a small village...

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For America's Future, Engineering Needs to Diversify

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 1:56 PM

We have heard much back and forth in recent years about whether America turns out enough scientists and engineers to remain competitive in the global economy, but there is no debate on the demographic makeup of those scientists and engineers we are producing.

According to data maintained by the board...

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Diversity Leads to Success in Higher Education

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:28 PM

When the White House proclaimed the third week in September "National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week," it articulated why we are working so hard at the University of California, Davis to secure that designation from the U.S. Department of Education.

"Our nation can strengthen our economy and have the highest proportion...

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Saying Yes to College

(5) Comments | Posted January 5, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Before the holidays, The New York Times ran a provocative article with the headline "Saying No to College."

It was accompanied by a drawing of young people in t-shirts that said, "College is for Suckers."

Considering that I spent 10 years in...

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Our Students Are Not Protesting in a Vacuum

(170) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 6:26 PM

As chancellor of the University of California, Davis, I was as shocked as anyone by images of student protesters being pepper sprayed on our campus the afternoon of Nov. 18.

Seeing any of our students subjected to such treatment is deeply disturbing. The last thing any of us...

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Breakthroughs In How We Teach Science

(16) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 4:17 PM

It's a well-known fact that America, long a technological leader, is in danger of falling behind much of the industrialized world because we have not kept up with educating our young people in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

According to Charles Vest,...

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Opportunity in Crisis: The Potential $99 Million Budget Shortfall

(52) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 4:03 PM

Walk across the campus of the University of California, Davis, today and you will see bicycles in motion -- thousands of them -- just as you would have had you visited in the 1970s.

The bikes keep our students and our campus moving as swiftly and efficiently as ever. But...

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The Emergence of the National University and the Role of the Federal Government

(49) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Around the same time my parents' generation was dreaming that higher education was in their children's future, the California Legislature adopted the Master Plan for Higher Education, setting priorities for the University of California, California State University and community college systems. The Master Plan reflected California's commitment to higher education...

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