‘A powerhouse director for a powerhouse school’: USC celebrates inauguration of School of Advanced Computing director

Gaurav Sukhatme was installed as the inaugural director of the USC School of Advanced Computing during a ceremony on the University Park Campus.


Gaurav Sukhatme appointed as the inaugural director

Gaurav Sukhatme, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, was formally appointed as the inaugural director of the USC School of Advanced Computing by USC President Carol Folt.

Sukhatme expressed his gratitude to Folt and the audience for their support and stated that he is honored and touched by the appointment.

Both Folt and USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos praised Sukhatme's leadership skills and academic accomplishments.

The new USC School of Advanced Computing

The new school is a part of USC's Frontiers of Computing initiative, which aims to advance and expand computing research and education.

With a budget of $260 million from the Lord Foundation of California, the school will serve as a hub for advanced computing research and education across the university.

The school will include the Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science, the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Division of Computing Education.

Sukhatme's Trojan journey and future plans

Gaurav Sukhatme, a double USC Viterbi alumnus, has had a long and successful career at USC, including serving as the executive vice dean of USC Viterbi since 2017.

Sukhatme expressed his commitment to innovation in computing and fostering academic excellence and inclusivity at USC. He also emphasized the importance of collaboration and interdisciplinary research.

The School of Advanced Computing will offer programs to ensure that every USC student learns about modern advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, while also developing a foundation in computing.