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About Dr. Raju Dandu

Dr. Raju Dandu is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has received the Award of Merit from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the ASEE Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award for Zone III. He was named K-State Salina Professor of the Year and was an Outstanding Faculty Advisor nominee. He received the Marchbanks Teaching Excellence Award and was nominated for the Macarthur Family Faculty Fellowship Award.

He is a faculty advisor to the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers club, Cat Cannon club, and Society of Manufacturing Engineers Student Chapter s277.

He is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded $500,000 S-STEM ELITE Scholarship grant. He was an invited panelist to review graduate fellowship applications for NASA, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Department of Defense, and American Society for Engineering Education. He received a mini grant for a K-State Faculty Orientation Trip for Curriculum and Faculty Development in South Asian Studies. He has also served as Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Program Evaluator on International visits to Saudi Arabia and Peru. He is fluent in English, Slovak, Czech, Russian, and Telugu; he understands Spanish, Arabic and Hindi; and is familiar with German and Italian.

He has been a program evaluator for Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, chair of American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads Committee, Secretary for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation, chair of Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Relations Committee and of SME Senior Chapter 230, and the American Society for Engineering Education Midwest Campus Representative.

Dandu previously worked as a senior engineer at the Tajoura Nuclear Research Center in Libya, and has had summer fellowships at Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories and summer work at KASA Industrial Controls. He continues to be a consultant in CE Certification and product design, development, and testing for multiple companies and has received work force training in equipment maintenance for food industries.

He sits on the Salina Area United Way Board of Directors and is a member of the Butler Community College Manufacturing and Drafting Program Industrial Advisory Board.

Dandu holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University, an M.S. and a B.S. in mechanical, thermal, and nuclear power engineering, both from Slovak Technical University in Czechoslovakia, and an LAE in Automobile Engineering from Andhra Polytechnic.

Areas of Specialization/Research

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainable product design and manufacturing
  • Energy efficient systems
  • Reliability of engineering systems
  • 3D True Depth Volumetric Display Systems
  • Six-Sigma
  • LEAN