Murali Vedula, Ph.D, MBA, is Director for Engineering, Transportation, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For the past 19 years, he has identified professional development needs and offered continuing engineering education courses to industrial professionals. Program areas include Innovation, Elastomer and Plastics Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Water Technology, Sustainability, Six Sigma and Lean. Recently, he took over Transportation courses.
During the past six years, nearly 100 professionals have obtained the Water Technology Certificate. In alignment with Milwaukee's role as part of the United Nations Global Compact Programme, Dr. Vedula has initiated a 5K Run/Walk for United Nations World Water Day Milwaukee.
Over the last nine years, in response to the change in demographics of work in the USA, he has redirected his Six Sigma Certificate programs to meet the needs of the service and healthcare sectors. These Green Belt and Black Belt certificate programs have been extremely well received by its attendees. In addition, he offers an Office Lean Certificate program to focus on methods to reduce waste in healthcare and service transactions.
Dr. Vedula has extensive experience as an educator in the community. For the past fifteen years, he has been offering his popular and entertaining, "Brain Jogging" and "Mind Aerobics" presentations and short courses. He now has a role as Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM.
Dr. Vedula's latest internal training program for UWM staff is "When Trust Goes Up". He has taught "Work Smarter, Not Harder" for the last six years. "Dr.V's" passion is people development. He believes in the possibility that anyone at any stage in their life or career can achieve a breakthrough. It takes an intense focus on the journey of self development and reaching for those opportunities when they "magically" or "luckily" appear in front of you. The "luck" happens if you focus intensely on the journey while seeking the right skills and right connections.