Shankar Sastry is currently the Dean of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. From 2004 to 2007 he was the Director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology in the Interests of Society), an interdisciplinary center spanning UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz. In February 2007, he was appointed the faculty co-director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
Shankar Sastry has served as Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley from January 2001 through June 2004. From 1999 to early 2001, he was on leave from Berkeley as Director of the Information Technology Office at DARPA. From 1996 to 1999, he was the Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory at Berkeley.
Shankar Sastry received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was on the faculty of MIT as Asst. Professor from 1980-1982 and at Harvard University as a chaired Gordon McKay professor in 1994. His areas of personal research are embedded and autonomous software for unmanned systems (especially aerial vehicles), computer vision, computation in novel substrates such as quantum computing, nonlinear and adaptive control, robotic telesurgery, control of hybrid and embedded systems, network embedded systems, and software.
Most recently he has been concerned with cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, and has helped establish an NSF Science and Technology Center, TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies).