May 16, 2014
"My burning desire was to start my own consulting business," said M.S. Kalsi (MSME '70, Ph.D. ME '75), founding owner of Kalsi Engineering and alumnus of the UH Cullen College of Engineering. In 1978, that's exactly what he did.
Three years after obtaining his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UH, Kalsi took a leap of faith, leaving a stable, full-time position as R&D Manager at WKM Valves -- a major valve manufacturer that is now a part of Cameron -- to build his own business from the ground up.
The company Kalsi envisioned wasn't just an engineering consulting firm -- it was also a research and development firm which produced patented products in valve and sealing technologies, conducting design, analysis and equipment testing under real-world conditions for its clients. Today, Kalsi Engineering boasts over 45 patents in seals and valves; 35 of these pertain to rotary seals that are widely used in demanding applications in the oil field drilling and mining industries.