Vasudevan Named Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Vasudevan Named Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Monday, April 14, 2014
P.T. Vasudevan

P.T. Vasudevan has been appointed senior vice provost for academic affairs after serving an interim period in the role.

“In just a short time his expertise and experience in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and as an associate dean, have been invaluable,” said Lisa MacFarlane, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He was recently selected to represent the University System of New Hampshire on a new statewide task force to help modernize STEM education, and played an important role in the recent visit from a NEASC team evaluating the university’s accreditation renewal application. He is a well-respected teacher, scholar, and university citizen, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.” 

Vasudevan joined the UNH faculty in 1988 after working for a large petrochemical company in his native India for seven years. His research explores catalysis and biocatalysis, particularly concerning biofuels such as biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol using enzymes. Vasudevan served as associate dean in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences before joining the provost’s office.

Vasudevan was recently named to a STEM task force created by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

He has won a number of awards, including the CEPS Teaching Excellence Award, the Jean Brierley Teaching Excellence Award, the Excellence in International Engagement Award, the American Society for Engineering Education New England Section Outstanding Teaching award, and the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teacher Award.

He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Clarkson University; a master’s of science from SUNY Buffalo; a post-graduate diploma in management from the All India Management Association, New Delhi; a post-graduate diploma in biochemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from the University of Madras, India.