Satish Udpa is a University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, former Acting President of Michigan State University, and former Dean of the College of Engineering and a former Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). His work includes an extensive repertoire of forward models for simulating physical processes underlying several inspection techniques. Coupled with careful experimental work, such forward models can be used for designing new sensors, optimizing test conditions, estimating the probability of detection, assessing designs for inspectability and training inverse models for characterizing defects. His expertise includes the development and design of novel transducers. Professor Udpa is currently serving as the Interim Director of Mobility and has an appointment in MSU’s Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Program.