Faculty Members to Join Department of Engineering

May 17, 2011

The University of Mount Union will welcome two additional faculty members – Dr. Sudhir Kaul and Dr. Pattabhi Sitaram – to its Department of Engineering this fall.
Dr. Sudhir Kaul
Kaul, who comes to the institution from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, joins the Mount Union faculty as assistant professor of mechanical engineering. At the University of Pretoria, he served as a senior lecturer in the department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering where he taught courses such as machine design, structural integrity, probabilistic design and structural dynamics and control. Throughout his career, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin and as an engineer for the Harley Davidson Motor Company, Hero Briggs & Stratton Corporation and Herion Fluidtronic, all where he specialized in design and development.
He earned a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and master and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin, both in mechanical engineering.
Dr. Pattabhi Sitaram
Sitaram comes to Mount Union from General Motors (GM) where he spent 11 years as a senior project engineer. During his time at GM, he served as the safety and crash lead, the frontal crash lead, lead for quasi-static analyses and as a subject matter expert. He was also a structural engineer for Altair Engineering and has taught at many colleges and universities throughout the United States including Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Missouri and Kansas State University. Sitaram assisted in the development of the curriculum for the new civil engineering program at Purdue University – Calumet and in gaining ABET accreditation. He also helped to develop new courses in solid mechanics for the new graduate program in mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Bangalore University, a master of science degree in civil engineering from Indian Institute of Science and a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University. Sitaram joins the faculty at Mount Union as assistant professor and will be teaching both civil and mechanical engineering courses in the fall.

The Department of Engineering’s programs in civil engineering and mechanical engineering place the University of Mount Union among the few private colleges and universities in Ohio that offer these essential degrees in four years. In the past, engineering graduates have come primarily from state institutions, but Mount Union’s smaller size and strong reputation in math and science as well as its broad-based offerings is an advantage for its graduates. These innovative and developing majors were initiated in the fall of 2010 to meet the societal need for engineers who are not only skilled in their profession, but also grounded with the well-rounded, liberal education that prepares them to solve problems globally, think critically and communicate effectively.
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