Dedicated and celebrated: Iconic lecturer Satya Seetharaman receives triple recognition

Posted: June 19, 2019

Photo of Satya with trophy
Satya Seetharaman (center) was recognized by the College of Engineering with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer. Associate Deans Dave Tomasko and Dorota Grejna-Brzezinska presented the trophy.
Department Lecturer Satya Seetharaman is passionate about educating the next generation of engineers. To the hundreds of students he’s taught, his enduring patience and unique approach to teaching has helped build a strong foundation in mechanical engineering, forming the base of their future studies.

“I have never had a professor who has inspired me to learn and understand material for a class like I did in Professor Seetharaman's class,” commented one student. “He has pushed me to go above and beyond when it comes to my own education, yet guides me when I have trouble… He embodies qualities that every professor should have, and then he goes above and beyond that.”

However, it’s not just the students who are taking note. This spring Seetharaman received teaching awards at the department, college and university levels.

“Satya’s dedication to teaching mechanical engineering principles is unmatched,” said Department Chair Vish Subramaniam “These three awards represent his commitment to excellence in every facet of his work.”


At the university level, Seetharaman was honored with the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer. The College of Engineering recognized him with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer. Finally, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board bestowed the Michael J. Moran Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“I am proud to be a part of the MAE department, contributing to its distinguished tradition of preparing students for enduring success,” commented Seetharaman.

“Every lecture I teach, I feel satisfied when my students understand a concept and develop maturity of thought to test the limits of their understanding.”

In addition to being an outstanding teacher, Seetharaman has enriched the mechanical engineering curriculum by developing two new courses, including a hands-on experimental course designed especially for undergrads.

Excerpts from The Ohio State University.

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