Meet the dean

S. Shankar Sastry


Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering


Director, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Dean S. Shankar SastryDean S. Shankar Sastry (Photo by Doug Cody)Dean S. Shankar Sastry is a Berkeley alumnus, as well as a seasoned, popular professor and an internationally recognized expert on embedded and autonomous software. He has invested decades in technology research, spearheading projects to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and network infrastructure. His other research initiatives include robotics and hybrid and embedded systems.

In 1981, Dean Sastry earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from Berkeley. Since joining the faculty in 1983, he has become known as one of Berkeley’s most distinguished professors, and for his energy, determination and commitment in both the classroom and the lab. He has held directorships of the Information Technology Office at DARPA and the Electronics Research Laboratory at Berkeley. He served as chair of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences department at Berkeley from 2001 to 2004 and as director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) from 2006 to 2008. He currently serves as the faculty director of the Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Dean Sastry’s many honors include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council. He has also received the President of India Gold Medal, the IBM Faculty Development Award, an honorary degree from Harvard and a distinguished alumnus award from the Indian Institute of Technology. In 2010, he received the Asian Pacific Fund’s Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award. He began his tenure as dean on July 1, 2007.

Latest from Dean Sastry

  • Dean's word: Ambidextrous entrepreneurs

    11/1/2016 - Dean Sastry announces a new partnership with Haas School of Business and the creation of the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology program.

  • Best of engineering and business, in one

    8/23/2016 - The M.E.T. Program, our exciting new partnership with the Haas School of Business, will guide students to earn two full B.S. degrees — one in engineering, one in business.

  • Dean's word: The future of intelligence

    5/1/2016 - Deep Learning technology has made a huge strides recently, advances built on pioneering research at Berkeley starting in the 1980s and carried on by a new generation of roboticists.