About Seshu Desu

A highly accomplished engineer and administrator, Seshu Desu possesses almost three decades of experience at universities and in the private sector. Desu began his career at Bell Laboratories in 1982. Working for the company until 1986, Desu functioned as Senior Member of the Technical Staff. As Group Leader at General Electric from 1986 to 1988, Seshu Desu guided several staffers in developing ideas from the concept phase to a product. His group achieved success in designing a processing reactor and developingnew, efficient light sources for various uses.

Serving as Director of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Materials from 1993 to 1998, Seshu Desu devoted his efforts to creating next-generation devices and materials with other faculty members from several engineering departments. Desu’s noted accomplishments at the university include obtaining state funding for creation of two laboratories and facilitating additional research spending.

Seshu Desu improved productivity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1999 to 2007. Desu collaborated with individual professors to advance the department’s objectives. During his tenure, the department increased its research spending by several million dollars.

Functioning as Dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University from 2007 to 2010, Seshu Desu worked closely with faculty from several departments to perfect curriculum. After assigning a committee to study how to improve the school, Seshu Desu hired nine additional faculty members and five staffers, conducted private fundraising that netted $8 million in two years, and increased spending on research. His efforts resulted in higher graduate student enrollment and job creation in the local economy.

Before his distinguished professional career, Seshu Desu earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry from Andhra University in Waltair, India. Desu went on to complete a Master of Science in Inorganic Chemistry from the university before fulfilling another Master’s degree in Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he completed a Doctor of Materials Science and Engineering.


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