Faculty Director & Chief Scientist, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award; Adj. Full Professor - IEOR
PhD/MS 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)berkeley.edu

Biography

Short Bio:

Ikhlaq Sidhu is the Faculty Director and Chief Scientist of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology and IEOR Emerging Area Professor. A world-class expert in “real-life” technology innovation and leadership. He invented seminal technology used in internet communications today (75 patents). Dr. Sidhu also developed Data-X, a course, lab, and framework for rapid digital transformation. Academically trained, yet focused on application. He co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for technical leaders).  He created the Entrepreneurship & Technology area at the #1 public university in the world.

In 2018, Dr. Sidhu received the IEEE Major Education Innovation Award for bringing Entrepreneurship and Innovation into the field of Engineering. He received Berkeley IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award in 2009 at UC Berkeley. In 1999, he received 3Com Corporation’s Inventor of the Year Award for work in Internet communications. He serves on many advisory boards. 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.

 

Detailed Bio:

Ikhlaq Sidhu is the founding Faculty Director and Chief Ccientist of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. 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.  

In 2018, Dr. Sidhu received the IEEE Major Education Innovation Award for bringing Entrepreneurship and Innovation into the field of Engineering. He received Berkeley IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award in 2009 at UC Berkeley. In 1999, he received 3Com Corporation’s Inventor of the Year Award for work in Internet communications.

He invented seminal technology used in internet communications today (75 patents) including areas in networking technology, IP telephony, communications, and mobile computing. Dr. Sidhu also developed Data-X, a course, lab, and framework for rapid digital transformation. He is academically trained, yet focused on application. He co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for technical leaders).  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 Global Venture Lab 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.  He created the Entrepreneurship & Technology area at the #1 public university in the world.  

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.  Sidhu serves on several boards and advisory roles including the Faculty Committee for Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, Fellow, Applied Innovation Institute, and the Faculty Director’s Council, Jacob’s Institute of Design at UC Berkeley.

Research

Current Research Area:

Data-X: AI, data, and blochain for digital transformation   Algorithms and data to support innovation and leadership.  Berkeley Innovation Index, Berkeley Method of Innovation, 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. 

Publications