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Satish Udpa returns to Engineering

Oct. 1, 2019

Udpa to resume research and lab work in the College of Engineering

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announced Sept. 30 that Executive Vice President Satish Udpa is resigning from his administrative position and returning to lab and research work at the university.

MSU Executive Vice President is returning to the lab to resume his research.
Executive Vice President Satish Udpa is returning to the lab to resume his research.

“It is with a heavy heart that I accepted his resignation,” Stanley said. “Satish’s contribution, especially over the past year, has been vital to the university community. His stalwart and caring leadership is extremely authentic, something that so many pointed out to me when I started my role here at MSU.  But I respect his wishes and desire to get back into the lab and the field that he enjoys.”

Udpa has been the executive vice president for administration since 2013. The Board of Trustees appointed him acting president following the resignation of Interim President John Engler in January, while the search for a new president was underway. Udpa joined MSU in 2001 as a faculty member in the College of Engineering, was appointed chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and then dean of the College of Engineering.

“I’ve told so many people over the years that MSU is our home — to both Lalita and myself,” Udpa said. “That will always be true. We both came here as faculty members and deeply involved in research projects. While I greatly appreciate the opportunity over the past years to serve in an administrative role, my passion lies in the lab, and I’m eager to get back to it.”

Udpa will return to the College of Engineering, where he will be engaged in research and fulfilling other academic responsibilities. Stanley said he has already begun meeting with the vice presidents who reported to Udpa in his executive vice president role. These positions will report to Stanley on an interim basis in the coming months as he determines the optimal organizational structure for MSU. Stanley noted that most of these positions reported to him when he first arrived as president at Stony Brook University, and he is comfortable with the oversight of these critical areas.

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said, “Although Satish has never been away from the college, all of us welcome the opportunity to collaborate even more with him in the months and years to come.

“I know that when he ‘gets his sea legs’ in the coming months, he will find many ways to work alongside his closest colleagues to further the impact of Spartan Engineering,” Kempel added.

More on Satish Udpa
Udpa is an MSU University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He came to MSU in 2001 as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He was named the eighth dean of the College of Engineering in 2005. He served as dean from 2005 until 2013, when he was appointed MSU Executive Vice President for Administration. He was succeeded by Leo Kempel, associate dean for research, who was named acting dean, then appointed as the ninth dean of the college in 2014.

Udpa is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (NDT), the Indian Society for Nondestructive Testing, and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He is a full member of the Academia NDT International. Udpa also served as the permanent secretary of the World Federation of NDE Centers from 1998 to 2003.

Story courtesy of MSUToday.