University of Illinois
Professor Jay P. Kesan’s academic interests are in the areas of technology, law, and business. His recent work explores patent law and policy, cybersecurity and privacy, and biofuel regulation. He is best known for employing empirical, computational, and analytical methods in his research.
At the University of Illinois, Dr. Kesan exemplifies what it means to take a multidisciplinary approach to scientific exploration. He holds appointments in multiple departments and his work spans a multitude of academic units, including the College of Law, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, and the College of Business. At the College of Law, he directs the Program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law and co-directs the NSF-sponsored Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program.
Dr. Kesan has received numerous, multi-year research grants for his work in the areas of patent and intellectual property policy and cyber security and privacy regulation. Several of his projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and The National Academy of Sciences—Board of Science, Technology and Economic Policy, among others.
Among his many public speaking engagements, one recent highlight was his role as a featured speaker at the 2016 National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure, organized by the Department of Homeland Security.