John Villasenor

Professor of Management
“Technology advances are profoundly impacting the business landscape. I’m privileged to be able to work with Anderson students on exploring the new opportunities created by these advances.”
(310) 825-0228
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business and Industry
  • Communications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Networks
  • Telecommunications




John Villasenor holds multiple faculty appointments at UCLA. At UCLA Anderson, he created and teaches the Intellectual Property for Technology Entrepreneurs course and serves as an advisor in the Applied Management Research (AMR) field study program. He teaches courses on communications and information processing at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; technology policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs; and Digital Technologies and the Constitution as a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law.

Villasenor is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Villasenor developed methods of imaging the earth from space with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His work focuses on digital technologies and their broader implications for policy, law and business. This includes engineering research to develop improved techniques to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, design electronic circuits or to transmit wireless data, as well as interdisciplinary work that examines how information technology is having an impact on business (through big data, cloud computing, analytics, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things), law (by raising important questions in areas including intellectual property and constitutional law) and public policy (through the many technology-related questions facing government at the national, state, and local levels).

Villasenor writes frequently on these topics and on their implications with respect to cybersecurity, privacy and law. He has published in the Atlantic, Billboard, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, Washington Post and in many academic journals. He has also provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions on topics including drones, privacy and intellectual property law. .



Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1989, Stanford University

M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1986, Stanford University

B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1985, University of Virginia



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Member, Council on Foreign Relations