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P.T. Vasudevan

P.T. Vasudevan, professor and chair of the department of chemical engineering, has been named associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, CEPS Dean Samuel Mukasa announced recently. In this role, Vasudevan will oversee academic programs, student learning, student advising, program accreditations, outreach initiatives and industrial collaboration, and international initiatives, like the CEPS study-abroad programs. The appointment is effective Aug. 20.
 
“Vasu brings a unique skill set to this redefined position,” said Mukasa. “He has done a superb job serving as department chair. He has a deep understanding of the accreditation process, a passion for developing e-learning courses, tremendous international experience, and an easy manner engaging with faculty, staff and students. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with Vasu as we advance the college forward.”
 
Vasudevan joined the UNH faculty in 1988 after working for a large petrochemical company in his native India for seven years. His research explores catalysis and biocatalysis, particularly concerning biofuels such as biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol using enzymes. Vasudevan has won a number of awards, including the CEPS Teaching Excellence Award, the Jean Brierley teaching excellence award, the Excellence in International Engagement award, the American Society for Engineering Education New England Section Outstanding Teaching award, and the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teacher Award.
 
Vasudevan replaces Bob Henry, who served as associate dean for 11 years. A professor of civil engineering, Henry will return to the classroom full time. “Bob has given 11 exemplary and selfless years of service to the college for which we are all grateful. He has decided to return to the classroom, where he will no doubt continue to help large numbers of CEPS students. With that length of service, Bob is the undisputed corporate memory of the college, and I am quite sure that we will be consulting him for many years to come,” Mukasa said.
 
Mukasa extended his thanks to the associate dean search committee: Chris Bauer, professor of chemistry and committee chair; May-Win Thein, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Per Berglund, associate professor of physics; Qiaoyan Yu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering;  and Caitlin Baldwin, academic counselor in the CEPS dean’s office.