Alumnus Gives Back With Endowed Professorship


Audrey Grayson

M.S. Kalsi (MSME ’70, PhD ME ’75) has been a long-time supporter of the UH Cullen College of Engineering and its mechanical engineering department. Now, Kalsi is giving back to the Cullen College by establishing an endowed professorship in the mechanical engineering department.

The Dr. Manmohan Singh Kalsi and Dr. Marie-Luise Schubert Kalsi Endowed Professorship in the amount of $ 500,000 was initiated in 2014 and honors the memory of Professor Gabriel Andrews Fazekas.

Kalsi said this endowed professorship will help the Cullen College’s mechanical engineering department to recruit and retain the best mechanical engineering professors the world has to offer. “The professors in the mechanical engineering department at UH are world-class educators and researchers,” Kalsi said. “This professorship will allow the department to add more top engineering faculty to their roster.” 

Without the world-class education he received as a graduate and doctoral student in the mechanical engineering department, Kalsi said he might never have gone on to build his own engineering consulting firm from the ground up. Kalsi is the founding owner of Kalsi Engineering, a Houston-based engineering consulting firm that also specializes in research and development for valve and sealing technologies.

“The University [of Houston] gave me a head start,” Kalsi said. “If I didn’t have that head start, I wouldn’t be as successful, and our company would not have made the world-wide impact that it has today.”

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