Professor Sundar Krishnamurty, the head of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Mechanical Engineering Department Head/Chair Executive Committee (MEDHEC). The MEDHEC is an ad hoc committee consisting of elected mechanical engineering department heads and chairs at institutions of advanced learning. Its purpose is the exchange of ideas and best practices on mechanical engineering education and administration of mechanical engineering departments, as well as to help shape and improve their effectiveness.
The MEDHC is facilitated by workshops, symposia, and other sessions organized at ASME conferences and task forces organized by MEDHEC. Krishnamurty’s term will officially start on July 1, 2020, and will extend for two years.
In addition to leading the MIE department, Krishnamurty is the site-director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for e-Design and the associate director of the UMass Center for Personalized Health Monitoring. His research interests include predictive analytics in design and manufacturing, multi-modal data fusion in manufacturing, design innovation, medical device design, and engineering knowledge management.
Among many other awards and accomplishments, Krishnamurty is a Fellow of ASME, an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics, and the recipient of the Stavros Paul Winske Access Award, two NSF I-Corps awards, and a leadership award from the MIE Industrial Advisory Board.
MEDHEC consists of 15 elected members, all of whom are mechanical engineering department heads or chairs. Twelve members-at-large serve a two-year term, and six new members are elected each year.
According to an ASME communication with Krishnamurty, “As part of your MEDHEC membership, you have the opportunity to shape and improve the collective effectiveness of the [mechanical engineering] departments around the nation through innovative education, research, and operational strategies.” (December 2019)