Born in Kerala, India, Menon traveled by boat to Sheffield, England, when he was 17. He completed his first degree in mechanical engineering from Sheffield Polytechnic and later received his Ph.D. from University of Nottingham, England. He served Cal Poly in many ways over his 33-year career, including positions as IME department chair, chair of the Academic Senate and associate dean of the College of Engineering.
The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the TRW Excellence in Teaching award, Menon co-authored textbooks and had many publications. He was responsible for numerous grants and research projects and worked as a consultant for the U.S. Navy.
Cal Poly students, alumni, faculty and staff remember Menon for his sense of humor, enthusiasm and the great pride and joy he took in his students' and colleagues' achievements. He delighted in advances in technology and engineering that contribute to the quality of life.
A teacher through and through, Menon devoted 33 years of service to Cal Poly and helped thousands of students become accomplished industry professionals.
To honor Menon, the Holmgren family has established a scholarship in his name.
Four Holmgren family members had Menon as a professor and mentor, including Kathleen (IE '80), Bob (IE '81), Allison (IE '10), and Thomas, an industrial engineering senior.
To make a gift to the Menon Scholarship Fund click here, or send a check to the College of Engineering Assistant Dean, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.
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