Michigan State University
America’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU was founded as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life.
In communities from East Lansing to East Africa, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the world’s most pressing problems—from ensuring safe food and water supplies and developing lifesaving vaccines to exploring alternative energy and preparing a new generation of urban educators.
One of the top research universities in the world and a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU offers nationally ranked and recognized academic, undergraduate research, residential college, and service-learning programs and is a leader in study abroad among public universities. A diverse and inclusive academic community, MSU enrolls more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, employs more than 2,000 tenure system faculty members, and offers more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
Satish Udpa, Acting President
Satish Udpa also serves as MSU’s executive vice president for Administrative Services and is a University Distinguished Professor. He served as dean of the College of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU before his current appointment. Prior to joining MSU in 2001, Udpa was the Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He was on the faculty at Colorado State University prior to his time at Iowa State University.
Udpa’s research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation. He has published extensively, holds several patents and serves as editor of several journals. Udpa is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, 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.
Udpa earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.