Krishna S. Nayak is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, and Radiology. He is Director of the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory, and the Body Engineering Los Angeles GK-12 Program. Dr. Nayak received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001, his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1996, and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics from Florida State University in 1995. Dr. Nayak has published 80+ journal papers, 200+ conference papers, and holds 10+ US patents.
Krishna finds classroom teaching and one-on-one mentoring to be extremely rewarding. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate engineering courses catering to freshmen, e.g. ENGR 102 Engineering Freshman Academy, all the way up to doctoral students, e.g. EE 591 Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Reconstruction. He enjoys the challenge of explaining technical concepts to individuals with varied backgrounds.
He is the principal investigator on the Body Engineering Los Angeles (BELA) GK-12 Fellowship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Viterbi School of Engineering. Launched in Fall 2011, BELA aims to involve and prepare USC’s best PhD students to become STEM leaders of tomorrow through a fellowship that incorporates extensive training and K-12 classroom experience.
Krishna values being involved in the intellectual and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students. He has won the Mellon Mentoring Award for faculty mentoring graduate students and actively contributes to the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education.