Professor Recognized for Work in Engineering Education
By Edwin L. Aguirre
Chemical engineering Prof. Emeritus Krishna Vedula, special assistant to the Provost for international partnerships, has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Vedula will receive his official designation at the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition awards banquet on June 29 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"It's a great honor to be recognized by one's peers," he says.
Established in 1893, the ASEE is a non-profit organization committed to advancing excellence in all aspects of engineering and engineering technology education in the country. Its 12,000-plus members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students and government and industry representatives nationwide. The Society confers fellowship status upon members with outstanding qualifications and experience who have made valuable contributions to promoting engineering education.
In addition to Vedula, four other members from Purdue University, Vanderbilt University, North Carolina State University and New Jersey Institute of Technology will be formally inducted as ASEE Fellows for 2011.
An Educator, Administrator and Leader
Vedula is recognized internationally for his contributions to engineering education, administration and outreach as well as for his research in the properties of materials for high-temperature applications, particularly on powder processing and inter-metallic compounds and their environmental effects.
As dean of UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering from 1995 to 2003, he was known for his leadership in building unique partnerships with business, K–12 schools, state agencies and other educational institutions. He was responsible for raising several million dollars for scholarships, endowments and facilities from private sources and for overseeing significant improvement in the quality of students and faculty as well research and teaching facilities at the College.
Vedula is co-founder and executive director of the Indo-U.S. Collaboration in Engineering Education initiated by the ASEE and president-elect of the International Federation for Engineering Societies.
In his current role as special assistant to the provost for international partnerships, Vedula facilitates collaborations between UMass Lowell and educational institutions throughout the world. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the quality of education at UMass Lowell by providing more opportunities for students and faculty to engage in global experiences.
Vedula obtained his bachelor of technology degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay in 1967 and his master’s and Ph.D. in materials engineering from Drexel University in 1969 and Michigan Technological University in 1980, respectively.