Vikram Jandhyala. (University of Washington Photo)
Vikram Jandhyala, the University of Washington’s vice provost for innovation and a key link between the UW and the Seattle region’s technology community, has died as a result of suicide, according to a statement this afternoon by Ana Mari Cauce, the University of Washington president.
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Jandhyala, 47, led the UW’s innovation center, CoMotion, for five years. Earlier this year, he announced that he would be stepping down in June. Cauce described him as “an innovator in every sense of the word, and someone for whom “inclusive innovation” wasn’t just a catchphrase, but a guiding principle.”
She wrote, “This was core to his belief in combining innovation with empathy, because as he put it, “Once we understand someone else, compassion is what makes us want to help them.” This advocacy for what Vikram called a “Seattle style of innovation” can be seen in his leadership of CoMotion and in communities not just in the Puget Sound, but around the world.”
According to a 2015 profile in the UW’s alumni magazine Columns, Jandhyala was the son of …read more