Ramesh Jagannathan


Inaugural Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, responsible for establishing the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a vision to be the foremost enabler of innovative
entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi. The mission is to accelerate the development of entrepreneurship and contribute to the development of a knowledge economy by leveraging NYUAD’s talent and IP, along with its wider network.
Associate Dean of Engineering responsible for curriculum development, Study Away programs and Innovation and Entrepreneurial Enablement programs. Have significant roles and responsibilities in the establishment of the Abu Dhabi program of the large, NYU Global Network University system. Accomplishments include, rapid development of a dual curriculum structure to provide traditional engineering programs in four disciplines and an innovative general engineering program, embedded in a liberal arts, global college and commissioning the Engineers for Social Impact (EfSi) program. Curriculum design includes emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship and has already led to several students’ patent filings and incubation of several student led start-ups .

Appointed by the UAE government to the panel of experts assembled to review and certify their 2030 Policy on transition to a Knowledge Based Society. Leading the college-wide, Entrepreneurial Enablement initiative and establishing the supporting infrastructure. Appointed by the President of NYU Polytechnic to Chair the Task Force on Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create an executable plan for curriculum, research and technology transfer.

Developed NYUAD partnership opportunities and provided leadership in discussions with influential, global corporations. Served as the coach for the NYUAD students’ team in the Hult/Clinton Global Initiative Grand Challenge competition to address global poverty. The NYUAD team beat out the competition from top, graduate level, global business school teams in several rounds and won $333,000 for an NGO in Africa to implement their winning business model. Faculty advisor to the NYUAD student team, Wadi Drone, that won the AED 1M, “Drones for Good” national championship prize.

PhD chemical engineer with over 20 years of international projects leadership experience in Nanotechnology, Open Innovation, Process engineering R&D and Lean Manufacturing. Implemented and practiced Open Innovation R&D model in Kodak European Research Labs. Invented the supercritical CO2, dry inkjet printing technology supported by 17 patents. Entrepreneurial technologist with R&D contributions resulting in $30M cost avoidance, 43 US granted patents, 5 new patent applications and 20 peer reviewed publications. Gold medalist from the University of Madras.

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