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Jayathi Y. Murthy, a national leader in teaching, research and engineering services in higher education, and in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, was named next president of Oregon State University.

Murthy, who served as Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science since January 2016 and previously worked at several other top engineering universities and in the private sector, will become the 16th president of the OSU on September 9. , 2022. She will succeed Becky Johnson, who has served as interim OSU President since May 1, 2021, and will remain OSU President until September 8.

The Oregon State Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday morning to approve Murthy’s appointment and a five-year contract to lead the state’s largest public university.

“We are very pleased to welcome President-Elect Murthy to Oregon State University,” said Kirk Schueler, Chairman of the OSU Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Murthy is the right person and the right leader to guide this remarkable university that is enjoying tremendous momentum. Under Dr. Murthy’s leadership, OSU’s incredible impact in Oregon, nationally and globally , and the university’s commitment and progress in promoting diversity, equity and inclusive excellence will increase.

Murthy is the first woman of color to lead the OSU.

“It’s the right place and the right time,” Murthy said. “I am very impressed with Oregon State University. OSU is well positioned to meet the many challenges of how best to deliver higher education in the years to come through the excellent faculty, staff and to the leadership of the university, and to his commitment to student success, inclusive excellence and his long experience and leadership in online education.”

Murthy commended OSU for its growing prominence in national and global research and its contributions to Oregon communities statewide through OSU’s outreach and engagement programs.

“Oregon State University is widely recognized in all things climate science and resilience, as well as transdisciplinary research related to AI, robotics, natural resources, clean energy, policy public health and social sciences,” she said.

“Now is the time to think big and do big things. I am confident that OSU can be a national leader in the post-pandemic era.”

Murthy said OSU can develop faculty research, scholarship, creativity and innovation by continuing to hire and retain excellent faculty.

“We will also invest even more in research infrastructure. We will support individual researchers in their efforts to expand their research activities. And we will expand our work with federal and state leaders and agencies, as well as private sector companies, to significantly expand collaborative OSU research at scale.

“Oregon State University is a fantastic example of a modern 21st century land-grant university. We can leverage this impact through OSU Extension’s work in communities across the state and by engaging in strong two-way communication with Oregonians and communities.

Murthy, 64, was the first female dean of UCLA’s school of engineering, which has 190 faculty members and more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. During her tenure, she made expanding access to a UCLA engineering education a top priority. This includes deepening relationships with local community colleges, increasing awareness of underrepresented minority groups, and easing the transition for transfer students.

She also led efforts to establish Women in Engineering at UCLA (WE@UCLA) – a program that supports the full participation of women in engineering.

Murthy has also been active in helping raise over $330 million in philanthropy at UCLA.

She emphasized her intent to advance OSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence among students, faculty, and staff.

“Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion is a core belief of mine and central to my work as an educator and administrator,” said Murthy. “As an engineer, I’ve often been the only woman in the room since I was 16.”

Murthy said the university will advance inclusive excellence by providing access to university for all learners and providing students enrolled on campus and online with strong student support services, including counselling, internships, mentoring and financial assistance for those in need.

“I don’t believe in exclusivity or excluding certain students,” she said. “That’s not the future I see for OSU. I see broad access for all qualified learners.

Under Murthy’s leadership at UCLA, the engineering school has focused on growth in critical areas for the 21st century, including engineering in medicine and biology; sustainable and resilient urban systems; artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science; cybersecurity and the internet of the future; robotic and cyberphysical systems; as well as state-of-the-art materials and workmanship. She is also a distinguished professor in the school’s mechanical and aerospace department.

Prior to joining UCLA, Murthy was chair of the mechanical engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin and held the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Memorial Professorship in Engineering from 2012 to 2015. Previously, Murthy was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Purdue University from 2001 to 2011 and was a professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh from 1998 to 2001.

While studying at Purdue and the University of Texas, Murthy was director of the Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems (PRISM) from 2008 to 2014, a center of excellence supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration ( NNSA).

Murthy began her career at Arizona State University, where she served as an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 1998, Murthy worked at New Hampshire-based Fluent, Inc., a developer and provider of the most widely used computational fluid dynamics software. She led the development of algorithms and software that still form the core of the company’s products.

She is the author of more than 330 technical publications.

Murthy earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, and a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where she was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. .

She is a Fellow of National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Foreign Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and recipient of numerous honors including ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in 2016 and the ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division Clock Award.

His research interests include nanoscale heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, and simulations of fluid flow and heat transfer for industrial applications. Recently, she has focused on submicron thermal transport, multi-scale multi-physics simulations of micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) and uncertainty quantifications involved in these systems.

Murthy is married to Dr. Sanjay Mathur, an aerospace engineer who works at SparkCognition, a company specializing in artificial intelligence systems and development.

The action to nominate Murthy by the OSU Board of Directors concluded a national presidential search launched in late 2021 with the formation of a 17-member search advisory committee, holding community listening sessions and development of a presidential leadership profile to guide the recruitment process.

Recruitment included an extensive candidate interview process involving the search advisory committee and administrators. On May 23 and 24, two finalist candidates were invited to OSU’s Corvallis campus for final board interviews, community conversations, and public forum meetings with each finalist. The search process included the opportunity for community members to provide web-based information to the board on each finalist and also included extensive background checks and due diligence on each finalist.

Source: Oregon State University


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