Gubbi Sudhakaran

Task Force Member

University of Wisconsin La Crosse


Gubbi Sudhakaran currently serves as Professor of Physics and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Science and Health at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL). Prior to joining the UWL faculty in 1993, he taught at the State University of New York, Oswego, and at the University of Idaho. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho where he specialized in Far-Infrared Laser Stark Spectroscopy.

He has received several teaching awards including the Innovations in the Teaching of Physics Award in 2000 and the Excellence in Teaching Physics at the University Level Award in 2006 from the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers (WAPT). He has also received several research and educational grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Sudhakaran is very active in undergraduate research and served as councilor to the Physics and Astronomy Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for four three-year terms. He also serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) and as a member of the WSGC Executive Committee.

The UWL Physics Program has been sighted in the SPIN-UP report by the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Education and in the Phys21 report by the Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs. The Program has also been honored with the UW-System 2004 Regents Teaching Excellence Award and, in 2013, the Program received the APS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Education together with MIT, Kettering University, and Colorado School of Mines.