Ramesh Rao

Director, Qualcomm Institute/UCSD
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA



Dr. Ramesh R. Rao has been a faculty member at UC San Diego since 1984, and Director of the Qualcomm Institute, UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), since 2001. He also holds the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD, and a member of the school’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Prior to QI (Calit2), Professor Rao was also the Director of UCSD’s Center for Wireless Communications (CWC). Dr. Rao is involved on a day-to-day basis with a wide variety of research initiatives at QI. Dr. Rao leads several major interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and has been a PI on dozens of federal-, state, foundation- and industry-funded grants. Dr. Rao is an IEEE Fellow and Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Rao currently serves on boards for both the UC San Diego Health System and Rady Children’s Hospital. He is an investigator on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Data Exploration Project. Funding for his multidisciplinary projects has come from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, and industry-affiliated foundations.

ANFA Themes

My recent interests have been to bridge engineering and medicine to improve physical and mental health using IT to enhance healthcare systems, support health resources, and improve outcomes. ANFA offers this unique platform for the researchers, scientists, professors and architects to gather and engage under the common mission to connect between neuroscience and architecture. I am delighted to be serving on the board with wonderful colleagues at ANFA.