Prof. Salil Desai, an Indian American professor at North Carolina A&T State University, will be honored with DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award by The American Society for Engineering Education. (NCAT photo)

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — An Indian American professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been named as one of 11 outstanding engineering educators selected by The American Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Salil Desai, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NCAT, will receive the DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award during the Society’s 124th annual conference in June.

Desai and the other educators are being honored for their commitment to the field, desire to further ASEE’s mission, and participation in civic and community affairs, exemplifying the best in engineering education, according to an NCAT press release.

The DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award is given to engineering educators who are charged with the responsibility for motivating underrepresented students to enter and continue in engineering curricula at the university level, and comes with a $1,500 honorarium.

Desai has been recognized numerous times for his dedication to the field of engineering and the teaching experience for his students.

In 2016, he received the prestigious University of North Carolina system Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In the same year, he was honored with the distinguished Chao and Trigger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award by the American Society for Engineering Education in the manufacturing engineering division.

Desai was also selected for the Triad Business Journal’s 2015 class of 40 Leaders Under 40 for the Piedmont Triad area, noted the press release. He was honored for his research in collaboration with high-tech nano and bio companies that has the potential to revolutionize the fabrication of regenerative tissue scaffolds, bio-chem sensors and functionally gradient materials that lead to next-generation devices and systems. His research has yielded a patent for a major nanomanufacturing process that can fabricate selective features at both the micro- and nano-scale.

Desai obtained his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai in India and a M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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