Satish Udpa

Satish  Udpa
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, J.N.T. University, India
  • 428 South Shaw Lane, Room 1416
  • Engineering Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.353.2505


Nondestructive Evaluation Lab (NDE)

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Current Research

Satish Upda is the interim director of MSU Mobility and a University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His previous leadership roles at MSU have included acting president, vice president for administrative services and dean of the College of Engineering. His research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). His work 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. 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 to benefit the campus and society.


  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Campus mobility