“I am honored and humbled by the recognitions that my alma maters have bestowed upon me,” Panchanathan said. “My time at IIT Madras and the University of Ottawa has shaped my life and career priorities, helping focus my attention on access, excellence and impact. I wish to keep paying it forward and shaping future innovators — students and faculty — who will find creative solutions for societal challenges.”

Panchanathan serves as the executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU and is recognized globally as a leader in education, research and innovation. Under his leadership, ASU’s research enterprise has flourished, rapidly growing to reach nearly $520 million in research expenditures in 2016. U.S. News & World Report named ASU the most innovative school in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. His professional recognitions include fellowships with scientific and professional organizations such as the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Panchanathan to the National Science Board for a six-year term, where he currently chairs the Committee on Strategy. He has also served on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is an advisor to Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan as part of her Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council that provides strategic insight on policy matters.