Pramod Khargonekar has more than three decades of experience as a scholar, educator and leader in academic institutions and government organizations. He is an expert in control and systems theory, and applications to manufacturing, renewable energy, biomedical engineering. Beyond these, he is deeply interested in understanding and improving processes that connect research to innovation. Driven by a deep belief in the inherent value of inclusion and diversity, he has pushed creative new approaches to solving this long-term problem. He has pushed forward the convergence research paradigm, a creative new framing for multidisciplinary research. He has contributed to key emerging topics such as Future of Work, Energy System Transformation, Food-Energy-Water Nexus, and Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Processes. With a lifetime of experience in research universities, he is interested in new approaches and ideas that will shape their future in the 21st century.