Distinguished researcher joins Department of Industrial Engineering


The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering welcomes Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam to its faculty. Dr. Bukkapatnam received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and since then has served as a faculty member at the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State University.

Bukkapatnam, appointed the Rockwell International Professor by Dr. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, is a distinguished researcher and scholar in the area of quality and integrity monitoring of systems that incorporate the abundant variety of current sensor technology. His main research thrust during the last ten years has been to advance wired and wireless sensor-based dynamic system modeling principles for monitoring and prognostics applications in ultra-precision and nanomanufacturing processes, such as chemical mechanical polishing of semiconductor wafers and synthesis of nanotube composites, systems cardiology and cardiorespiratory dynamics, automotive manufacturing systems, and large infrastructure and lifeline systems. To date, he has attracted over $4.6 million in contracts and grants, including 15 National Science Foundation grants where he was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

Bukkapatnam’s research has produced 124 peer-reviewed publications (71 accepted or published in journals and 53 in refereed conference proceedings), and 8 invention disclosures. His work has been the basis for 11 PhD dissertations, 10 master’s theses and included over 25 undergraduate research scholars.

Bukkapatnam’s awards and honors include eleven best paper/best poster awards and recognition, four invitations to speak at international conferences, and a significant number of awards that include: three faculty fellowships; Alpha Pi Mu-Omega Rho Teacher of the Year Award, 2001; the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Dougherty Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2005; Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT), Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty Award, 2011; the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award, 2011; the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) IIE Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Young IE Educator Award, 2012; the OSU CEAT Halliburton Outstanding (Senior) Faculty Award, 2012; and the Interdisciplinary Research Award: OSU President’s (inaugural) cup for interdisciplinary research (first place team), 2012.

Bukkapatnam is a full professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and is the director of the TEES Institute for Manufacturing Systems.