UC Berkeley Launches New Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Technology and Leadership

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The College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, today announced the launch of Technology and Leadership Studies (TLS), a new program that seeks to develop leaders who will create and drive the solutions to today’s most pressing problems.

This new academic program will focus on providing skills that enable our students to be leaders in the global economy. We intend to create an environment that allows students to be both technically deep as well as broadly capable of accelerating entrepreneurship, providing management, and supporting public policy

The College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, today announced the launch of Technology and Leadership Studies (TLS), a new program that seeks to develop leaders who will create and drive the solutions to today’s most pressing problems. The program will provide undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses in technology management, innovation, and entrepreneurship; support a federation of cross-campus centers and programs; recognize individual achievements in leadership; and build strategic global partnerships.

“This new academic program will focus on providing skills that enable our students to be leaders in the global economy. We intend to create an environment that allows students to be both technically deep as well as broadly capable of accelerating entrepreneurship, providing management, and supporting public policy,” said Shankar Sastry, dean of the College of Engineering.

As part of its mission, Technology and Leadership Studies will host the newly named A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Lecture Series and Conference sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and improving education. Additionally, TLS along with the Dado and Maria Banatao GLOBE Center will build a series of global partnerships, initially with China, Finland, and India.

Technology and Leadership Studies is administered by the College of Engineering and will provide an administrative home to the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) and the Management of Technology (MOT) Program, which is a joint program with the Haas School of Business. TLS will also reach across campus with collaborative ties to the School of Information, as well as to U.C. Berkeley programs and centers, such as the Blum Center for Developing Economies; the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; the Big Ideas @ Berkeley Initiative; the Services: Science, Management & Engineering collaboration; Chemical Engineering’s Product Development Program; and to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

Berkeley also named Ikhlaq Sidhu, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research professor, technology executive, and accomplished inventor to be the founding associate dean of Technology and Leadership Studies. Sidhu, who previously developed U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, said “We feel that students need to learn not only in the classroom, but also through meaningful real-world interactions with technical visionaries, business leaders, and people throughout the world.”

Technology & Leadership Studies has widespread support from the business community. The founding circle of contributors to TLS and CET include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Foundation Capital, Perkins Coie, and Symbol Capital, LLC, along with philanthropic entrepreneurs and investors Michael Marks, In Sik Rhee, Cher Wang, and other anonymous donors from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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