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John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management at UCLA and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford. His work addresses the intersection of technology, policy, law, and business.

Villasenor’s research considers the broader impacts of key technology trends including the move to the cloud, the globalization of technology product design and manufacturing, advances in digital communications and electronics, and the increasing complexity of today’s networks and systems. He writes frequently on these topics and on their implications with respect to cybersecurity, digital media policy, intellectual property, and digital privacy.

He has published in the AtlanticBillboard, the Chronicle of Higher EducationFast CompanyForbes, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles TimesScientific AmericanSlate, the Washington Post, and in many academic journals. He has also provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions on topics including drones, digital privacy, and intellectual property. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Villasenor was with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed methods of imaging the earth from space. He holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1989, Stanford University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1986, Stanford University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1985, University of Virginia