Dipayan Ghosh: From UConn to the White House

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Last year, Dipayan Ghosh (B.S. Electrical Engineering ’10) started his role at the White House, where he works on technology policy issues in the Executive Office of the President. Dipayan, a University Scholar and Honors Program student at UConn, majored in electrical engineering and minored in math, economics, and nanotechnology. At UConn, Dipayan engaged in a slate of extracurricular engagements, including stints in the school’s soccer and cricket teams and in two fraternities. In his junior and senior years, he tutored underclassmen in physics, economics, and math.

After graduating from UConn, he moved to New York to start a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University, where he received funding for his work from the Department of Defense and Qualcomm. His doctoral thesis argues that while engineers can design technical solutions for privacy, it is usually difficult to adopt private or “privacy-aware” technologies in practice due to the conflicting objectives of various stakeholders. Dipayan’s doctoral research provides an approach to solving this problem by applying game theory and cryptography to design privacy-aware technologies. Further, his thesis discusses the set of economic conditions required to ensure the adoption of privacy-preserving technical solutions. Dipayan’s work resulted in a series of policy recommendations and economic findings on the assurance of privacy in technology.

After finishing his studies at Cornell, he started working on technology policy issues at the White House, where he works with a cross-cutting team that focuses on technology and economic policy.  Presently, he focuses on Internet policy, privacy issues, and educational technology.