Satish Udpa

Satish  Udpa
  • MSU Executive Vice President for Administration
  • University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, J.N.T. University, India
  • 426 Auditorium Rd., Room 412
  • Administration Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.355.5014


Nondestructive Evaluation Lab (NDE)

Personal Website

Current Research

MSU Vice President for Administrative Services and former dean of the College of Engineering, Satish Udpa's research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). Work done by him to date in the area includes an extensive repertoire of forward models for simulating physical processes underlying several inspection techniques. Coupled with careful experimental work, such forward models can be used for designing new sensors, optimizing test conditions, estimating the probability of detection, assessing designs for inspectability and training inverse models for characterizing defects.

In his role as MSU Vice President for Administrative Services he has championed major initiatives that optimize movement on the MSU campus. Among these are the development and implementation of a central traffic control system on campus, “smart” parking, a navigation app to help those with visual, spatial, and mobility disabilities discover their surroundings, and other forward-thinking uses of technology.


  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Campus mobility