Raj Acharya is associate vice president for research and AI innovation in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Rudy Professor of Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics, Luddy School, IU Bloomington. In the Office of the Vice President, Acharya will develop and oversee the Indiana AI Collaboration Center, a collaboration between IU Bloomington, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, the Indiana National Guard's new Cyber Battalion, and the Indiana industry on the development of AI applications in areas that include microelectronics, cybersecurity, supply chain integrity, and fraud prevention and detection.
Acharya served as dean of the Luddy School from 2016-20. During his tenure he cultivated and secured a $60 million gift from Mr. Fred Luddy to advance the mission of the newly named Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. He also oversaw the successful launch of IU's first ever engineering program. He also initiated undergraduate degrees in Data Science, and Cybersecurity & Global Policy (jointly with the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies).
Prior to coming to IU, he was the founding director, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State University. He also held an appointment at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory for conducting classified research. He served as a research scientist at General Electric (Thomson) CSF Laboratory, Paris, France, and has been a research fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center, US Air Force Wright Labs, and US Army Center for Night Vision and Electro-Optics. He serves on the board of Videomining, Indiana Ventures, and Techpoint. Acharya earned his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering/Bioengineering from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Medical School.
Acharya received the IU Bicentennial Medal in August 2019 in recognition of his distinguished service as the dean for the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington.