Sanjeev Kulkarni studied mathematics and electrical engineering at Clarkson University, Stanford University, and MIT. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT and joined Princeton's faculty in 1991, where he is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering and dean of the faculty. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and the Department of Philosophy.
Kulkarni served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2003-2005, head of Butler College from 2004-2012, director of the Keller Center from 2011-2014, and dean of the Graduate School from 2014-2017.
Kulkarni received an ARO Young Investigator Award in 1992, and an NSF Young Investigator Award in 1994, and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has also received several teaching awards at Princeton including the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in May 2007. Kulkarni's research interests include statistical pattern recognition, machine learning, nonparametric estimation, information theory, wireless networks, signal/image/video processing, and econometrics and finance.