Louis Padulo is president emeritus of the University City Science Center (UCSC), where he served as president and chief executive officer since 1991, following a year’s appointment as visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to that, Padulo was president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He was a visiting professor in the Media Lab at MIT and at the University of Tokyo before joining UAH. Previously Padulo spent 13 years as dean of the college of engineering at Boston University and, in his last year, as associate vice president. At Boston University he was also a professor of mathematics and of engineering, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Technology, Strategy and Policy. In addition, Padulo has served on the faculty of Stanford University for seven years, having also taught for nine years at Morehouse, Harvard, Columbia, Georgia State and San Jose State University.
Padulo has worked as a computer scientist for IBM, a design engineer for RCA, a systems analyst for the Mitre Corporation, and as a consultant for numerous national and international organizations. The author of two books and several articles, Padulo earned his doctorate at Georgia Institute of Technology, his master's degree from Stanford University, and his bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, all in electrical engineering. Since retiring from the Science Center, Padulo has served on several corporate and civic boards and frequently teaches product design and entrepreneurship courses as an adjunct professor at local universities. Padulo also served as the founding executive dean of Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).