— The pair of professors who lead the UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, a collaborative effort between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management launched in 2016, have been awarded endowed professorships.

These professorships are reserved for faculty with joint appointments at UCSD’s engineering school and its business school.

“Many engineering schools claim they are collaborating with their business or management school on campus,” said Albert P. Pisano, dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering. “Here at UC San Diego, we are actually doing it.”

The awardees are electrical and computer engineering professor Sujit Dey and Rady School of Management professor Vish Krishnan. 

The Global Entrepreneur project offers engineering graduate students and MBA students the opportunity to work together on real-world projects. The institute also runs accelerators with entrepreneurship training for faculty, students and alumni.

Irwin and Joan Jacobs were the benefactors of the professorships.

“These endowed chairs provide critical support — both material and symbolic — for our efforts to ensure that critical breakthroughs are translated to society for the public good,” Dey said.

Dey, faculty director of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, is also director of the UCSD Center for Wireless Communications and leads the UCSD Smart Transportation Innovation Program. He co-founded Ortiva Wireless in 2004; the company was acquired by Allot Communications in 2012.

“I am extremely motivated to help our faculty build mechanisms into their research programs to ensure that applied research projects actually make it out of the labs in order to solve industry problems,” he said.

Krishnan is associate director of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur and faculty director of the CIID Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Rady School, where he teaches innovation, technology and

operations.