2002 Distinguished Service Award: Burzoe Ghandhi

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Burzoe K. Ghandhi Burzoe K. Ghandhi
Corporate Director of Material Management (Retired)
Outboard Marine Corporation
PhDME ’58

Burzoe “Bud” Ghandhi came to the United States for his training as a mechanical engineer, and it was engines that have defined his long and successful career.

Ghandhi, born in Jabalpur, India, received his bachelor’s (1953) and master’s (1954) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. He earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison in 1958 and an MBA from UW-Milwaukee in 1973.

Upon obtaining his doctoral degree, Ghandhi joined the research center of Outboard Marine Corp. in Milwaukee, where he was promoted from research engineer to research section manager to assistant director of research. While there he produced three patents and wrote several journal articles. He also led the research and development efforts behind the company’s rotary engine, and introduced new, money-saving aluminum metal alloys into the manufacturing process. He has led efforts into the development of a new lubricant now almost universally used in two-stroke engines.

Ghandhi moved to Outboard Marine’s corporate office in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1979, where he was corporate director of purchasing, corporate director of material management, and corporate director of material management and manufacturing engineering. He retired from the company in 1990.

Since 1991, Ghandhi has served as an adjunct professor for the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and has been honored with the school’s Robert Moore Teaching Award.

He is a registered professional engineer and has served in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Quality Control, the board of directors of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Ghandhi and his wife, Nancy (also a UW-Madison graduate), have three children: Jamshed, Deena and Jaal. Their oldest son, Jamshed, earned his BS and PhD in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison, and an MS from MIT. Jamshed and his wife, Jayne Hastedt, have two children.

Deena earned a BS from UW-Madison and an MS from Cornell. She and her husband, Edward, have one daughter.

Jaal Ghandhi is an UW-Madison associate professor of mechanical engineering. He has a BS and MS from UW-Madison and earned his PhD from Princeton University. He and his wife, Kristen Churchill, have two children.