UW Tacoma has announced the appointment of Dr. Rajendra Katti as the inaugural dean of the Institute of Technology.
Dr. Katti, who joined the UW Tacoma faculty in 2014, has served the Institute as its interim leader since 2015. During that time, he helped guide the Institute’s transition from a program to a school, approved by the UW Board of Regents in 2016. The transition is an important milestone in the rapid growth of science, technology and engineering education at UW Tacoma.
Dr. Katti did his undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He got a Master of Science in mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho, and then a Master of Science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Washington State University. He entered the tenure track as an assistant professor at North Dakota State University. During 23 years of service at NDSU, he received promotions and tenure as associate and then full professor, and served as interim chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering. Along the way, he collaborated or led on many initiatives in teaching, research and service.
As a researcher, Dr. Katti has focused on cryptographic hardware, finite field arithmetic, fault-tolerant computing and computer architecture, with over 70 journal and conference papers on these topics. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Intel Corporation, John Deere and the Department of Defense. His goals as a researcher, a teacher and a faculty mentor intertwine: he strongly advocates that research and teaching go hand-in-hand, and that students and faculty have equal access to the joy of discovery.
The Institute of Technology serves as the home for computer science, computer engineering and information technology programs at UW Tacoma. A new electrical engineering program will start in fall 2017. The Institute was founded in 2001; in 2016, it awarded 260 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels and enrolled 795 students, an increase of more than 110% since 2011.
Dr. Katti will begin in his new role on July 1.
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org