Founding Director & Chief Scientist, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award; Adj. Full Professor - IEOR
PhD., Northwestern University Electrical Engineering
BS University of Illinois, Urbana, Electrical Engineering
Location: Etcheverry 4th floor, rm. 4117 and
1923 Gridiron Way, rm. 122 (Memorial Stadium)

 E-mail: sidhu(at)


Short Bio:

Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist, and Founding Director, Sutarja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, & IEOR Emerging Area Professor. A world-class expert in "real-life" technology innovation and leadership.  Invented the technology used in Skype and other internet communications (over 60 patents). Started 4 new companies. Academically trained, yet highly applied.  Developed Data-X.  Serves on many advisory boards. Created the Entrepreneurship & Technology area at the #1 public university in the world.


Detailed Bio:

Ikhlaq Sidhu is the founding faculty director and chief scientist of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. He received the IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award from his department at Berkeley. Ikhlaq Sidhu is an innovator with an industry background and the perspective of an academic.

He teaches, advises, and manages people to enable impactful and relevant innovation, which today demands a different kind of leadership.  From him, people learn how to create new things that are technically complex that will also actually have impact in the real world.

He is an innovator in the narrow sense (e.g. created 60+ patents, technology, and products) and he is an innovator in the broad sense (e.g. launched ventures, raised funds, founded organizations, led businesses, and navigated complex organizational challenges) within areas of data networking, telecommunications, and academics.

Sidhu is most known for bringing an industry perspective to academia. He founded the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in 2005 and launched its many spin-offs programs. With Ken Singer, he co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for existing companies). Both of these frameworks add concepts of social-psychology, mindset, and journey to the traditional steps of innovation. The spin-offs from his work at Berkeley include the GVL in 2008, the Fung Institute in 2009, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program in 2011, SkyDeck in 2012, the Innovation Collider in 2015, and Data-X in 2016.

Sidhu serves on several boards and advisory roles including Venture Advisor at Onset Ventures (a leading Silicon Valley investment firm), the Faculty Committee for Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the Board of Trustees of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, Fellow, Applied Innovation Institute, and the Faculty Director’s Council, Jacob’s Institute of Design at UC Berkeley.

Relevant Background Information:

Dr. Sidhu was awarded 3Com Corporation’s “Inventor of the Year” in 1999. He has been granted over 60 US Patents in networking technology, IP telephony, communications, and mobile computing.  Dr. Sidhu received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his masters’ degree and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.


Current Research Area:

The use of algorithms and data to support innovation and leadership, including the Berkeley Innovation Index, Berkeley Method of Innovation, and Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship.

Background Areas: 
Systems level design, algorithms for business problems, technology business models, entrepreneurship, engineering leadership, network planning, modeling, reliability analysis, electric vehicle infrastructure; IP Telephony/video communications, industry analysis. Dr. Sidhu received his bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his masters' degree and doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.