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Krishna Nayak

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  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

  • EEB 406
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2564

  • (213) 740-3494

  • knayak@usc.edu

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Professor of Electrical Engineering

  • 1996, Masters, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

  • 1995, Bachelors, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics, Florida State University

  • 2001, PhD, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


Krishna Nayak is a Professor of Electrical Engineering with joint appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Nayak received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1996, and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics from Florida State University in 1995.

Research Summary

My lab's research mission is to develop and clinically translate novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Our contributions to date have included new MRI pulse sequence designs, data sampling and image reconstruction techniques, and artifact mitigation techniques. We have a diverse portfolio of projects that currently includes new tools for cardiac stress testing, obstructive sleep apnea assessment, brain tumor evaluation, and the study of normal and abnormal speech production. The common theme is the development of rapid and quantitative MRI techniques, and to work closely with experts from other disciplines to translate and validate this technology. We have a long track record of collaboration with cardiologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, obesity researchers, otolaryngologists, endocrinologists, linguists, and MRI technicians.


  • 2014 USC Community Engagement Award
  • 2013 USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Faculty Fellow
  • 2011 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education, Symposium Participant
  • 2009 GE Healthcare Magnetic Resonance (MR) Thought Leader Award
  • 2008 USC Mentoring Award, Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students
  • 2007 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award
  • 2004 American Heart Association National Center Scientist Development Grant
  • 2001 Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Hertz Foundation Doctoral Thesis Prize
  • 1995 Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 1995 Phi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship
  • 1995 Tau Beta Pi Tau Beta Pi Centennial Fellowship #11
  • 1993 Mortar Board Member
  • 1993 Phi Beta Kappa Member
  • 1993 Phi Kappa Phi Member
  • 1993 Tau Beta Pi Member

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