Dhushy Sathianathan has been named associate dean of academic programs in the College of Engineering at the California State University, Long Beach.
His position became effective on Aug. 24. He joined CSULB after serving as a faculty and department head for 18 years at Penn State University in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.
Sathianathan provided leadership for engineering and engineering technology program for twelve Penn State campuses throughout the Commonwealth, as well as for the Engineering Design, Engineering Entrepreneurship and Engineering Leadership Development programs at University Park campus.
Sathianathan earned is bachelors in mechanical engineering in 1984 from Oklahoma State University. He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1990 at Penn State University.
He has been actively involved in engineering education initiatives since 1994. He has led several National Science Foundation-funded initiatives, particularly focused on student retention, to enhance engineering education. He is the co-founder of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program and the Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship at Penn State. Most recently, he has helped implement the new Center for Research in Design and Innovation that will support an interdisciplinary graduate program in design studies.
Sathianathan has served as the chair of the Penn State Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Safeguard Committee, chair of the Faculty Senate-University Planning Committee, and chair-elect for the Engineering Technology Council in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award, the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow Award and the ASEE-Dow Outstanding Faculty Award for his work in engineering education.