Meet the Provost

Prasant Mohapatra

Prasant Mohapatra

Prior to joining USF, Dr. Prasant Mohapatra served as the Vice Chancellor for Research at University of California, Davis, where he was instrumental in leading and achieving the aspiration goal of one billion dollars in annual research awards. He was also a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and served in the roles of Department, Chairman, Dean, Vice Provost, and Associate Chancellor at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Mohapatra has also held Visiting Scientist/Professor positions at Intel Corporation, AT&T, Siemens, Panasonic Technologies, Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore, National ICT Australia (NICTA), University of Padova, Italy, Yonsei University and KAIST, South Korea. 

Dr. Mohapatra was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He has served on the editorial board of the leading journals in the areas of computer science. He has served as the Program Chair and the General Chair and has been on the program/organizational committees of several international conferences. 

Dr. Mohapatra received his doctoral degree from Penn State University in 1993 and received an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award in 2008. He is also the recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. Dr. Mohapatra received an Outstanding Research Faculty Award at the University of California, Davis. He also received multiple HP Labs Innovation awards. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of AAAS.

Dr. Mohapatra’s research interests are in the areas of wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. He has published more than 400 papers in reputed conferences and journals on these topics. Dr. Mohapatra’s research has been funded through grants totaling about 15 million US dollars from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Research Labs, Intel Corporation, Siemens, Panasonic Technologies, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon, ARM Research, Bosch, and EMC Corporation.

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