Desu named dean of the Watson School at Binghamton University
Seshu Desu, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will become the next dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University.
Desu holds a BS in mathematics, physics and chemistry, and an MS in inorganic chemistry from Andhra University in Waltair, India; an M. Tech in materials science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India; and a PhD in materials science and engineering, with a minor in electrical engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
He headed his department at the University of Massachusetts from January 1999 to August 2006. Under his leadership, the department incorporated several educational innovations, increased its research expenditures from $3.5 million to $8.5 million, won the most-coveted National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) and secured two endowed professorships.
He has served as a professor, jointly appointed to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Virginia Tech., where he also directed the Center for Advanced Ceramic Materials and he has seven years of industrial experience as group leader at GE and a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories.
“I’m pleased that the Watson School will continue to grow and prosper under the leadership of someone with Dr. Desu’s experience,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “His energy and enthusiasm, coupled with his desire to excel, will serve us well.”
Desu will assume his new responsibilities this summer, filling the position vacated by Charles R. Westgate, who is retiring after six years as dean.