Dr. Ishwar K. Puri Appointed to CCST Board of Directors as USC Representative

June 2, 2022 | ,   | Contact: Mikel Shybut

A photo of Ishwar Puri in a suit and tie with sunglasses
Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, USC

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Vice President of Research and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at University of Southern California, has been appointed to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Board of Directors by University of California President Michael V. Drake, MD.

“Today is a big day for CCST and for California,” said Board Chair Peter Cowhey, PhD. “Ishwar’s appointment brings not only a renowned innovator and thought leader to our Board, but the heft of USC as a center of innovation and academic excellence to help make California’s policies stronger with science and technology. Adding this additional resource with a connection as distinguished as Ishwar to our Board and Partner Institutions means more innovative, more representative solutions for California.”

Dr. Puri’s appointment reflects USC’s formal partnership with CCST alongside our academic and federal lab partner institutions. A top-ranked university with more than 4,000 faculty and an $8 billion economic impact for California, USC brings an essential scientific network to CCST’s mission.

A globally recognized scientist, engineer, and leader with over 200 publications and books, Dr. Puri oversees the Office of Research at USC, ensuring that their innovative research programs continue to thrive. An innovator himself, he has both founded and served as a mentor to startups, including a recent venture into rapid 3D printing of cells and tissues. A friend and familiar face to California, Dr. Puri earned a PhD in Engineering Science (Applied Mechanics) from the University of California, San Diego.

Home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 22 academic schools and units, the University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business.

Read Dr. Puri’s biography on his Board page.


CCST’s Partner Institutions:

University of California
California State University System
California Community Colleges
Stanford University
University of Southern California
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory



About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature — making California’s policies stronger with science and technology since 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.

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