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Prof. Krishna Vedula, former dean of the College of Engineering, has been named special assistant for international partnerships.
In announcing the appointment, Provost Ahmed Abdelal said the new position would provide leadership for strengthening the University’s collaborative efforts with international institutions and enhancing opportunities for students to learn and work in other cultures as part of preparing globally competent graduates.
He said Vedula will “create opportunities for faculty to collaborate in education and research with colleagues abroad; recruit international undergraduate and graduate students’ and connect the University and urban community to the heritage of Lowell cultures and to parts of the world that are of strategic importance to the state and the nation.
“He already has demonstrated his extensive abilities in this area by providing national leadership for collaboration between U.S. and Indian universities in engineering education.”
Vedula, who is recognized globally for his contributions to engineering education, research, administration and outreach, was dean of the College of Engineering from 1995 to 2003.
As dean, he provided leadership in building unique partnerships with businesses, K-12, state agencies and other educational institutions. He was responsible for raising several millions of dollars for scholarships, endowments and facilities from private sources and for overseeing a significant improvement in the quality of students and faculty as well research and teaching facilities. He is founder and, until recently, executive chair of the Massachusetts STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Collaborative aimed at increasing the number of young people interested in science and engineering careers.
He is co-founder and executive director of the Indo-US Collaboration in Engineering Education (IUCEE) initiated by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). IUCEE seeks to improve the quality and global relevance of engineering education in India and the United States.
Vedula has 25 years of academic teaching and research experience in materials science and engineering, including 10 years as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University and five years as chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University.