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Vish Krishnan

Jacobs Family Chair in Management and Engineering Leadership, Technology and Operations

Professor Vish Krishnan is a Chaired Professor and the Faculty Director of Rady’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, CIID. One of the Rady School’s founding faculty bringing deep start-up/business experience in California and Texas, Professor Krishnan has developed unparalleled expertise in researching and teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, and product management. He has led Rady School’s signature core course series, Lab to Market, which allows Rady students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship by developing their own businesses. In addition, Professor Krishnan also serves as the Associate Director for the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, a joint venture between the Rady School and the Jacobs School of Engineering – where he holds a joint appointment. In his research, Professor Krishnan works on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of innovative operations and ventures, and collaborates closely with the School of Medicine through grants from the National Institute of Health and the State of California. He has been a founding member of start-up teams and is an advisor to a number of startup teams and major international companies. Professor Krishnan received his doctoral degree from MIT and serves in the editorial positions of elite academic journals in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and product/operations management. He has been named the Most Valuable Professor by Rady Students 4 times during the last decade and has been invited to teach at MIT and Harvard University.

Research Areas

  • Innovation
  • New Product Development
  • Operations Management
  • Science & Technology
  • Commercialization

Industry Areas

  • Life Sciences
  • Technology
  • Automotive
  • Services