Naveen Verma.

Naveen Verma, professor of electrical engineering, has been appointed director of Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education beginning February 1.

He succeeds Margaret Martonosi, a computer science professor, who was selected to lead the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.

“Naveen has brought an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to teaching and research throughout his 10 years at Princeton,” said H. Vincent Poor, interim dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “In addition to being a leader in his research field, he has helped start companies and has been recognized as a teacher and mentor. I am grateful for all that Margaret has done for the center and know that Naveen will build on those achievements in exciting ways.”

The Keller center supports courses that cut across conventional disciplines, with a focus on entrepreneurship and design-oriented thinking, as well as co-curricular opportunities such as internships and start-up accelerator programs.

“What excites me about the Keller Center is that it is for all students,” Verma said. “It happens to be in the engineering school because technology is often a big part of the solution to societal challenges and because engineering is naturally about transforming scientific discovery into solutions, but standing up solutions to today’s societal challenges really requires broad thinking and discovery. Keller is a place for this sort of thinking.”

Verma joined the Princeton faculty in 2009 and was promoted to full professor in 2019. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of British Columbia in Canada and holds a master’s and PhD in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“When I was in school, students thought about subjects — what they liked or were good at,” Verma said. “Students these days, especially at Princeton, are thinking about problems in the world they care about and want to solve, and then getting the tools they need to solve those problems. That thinking and doing is what the Keller Center is about.”

Keller Center, Engineering Quad Room ACE23, Princeton University 08544. Margaret Martonosi, director.


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