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Hemalata Dandekar, Ph.D., professor of urban planning in the A. Alfred
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, retired from active
faculty status on May 31, 2002.
Professor Dandekar earned her B.Arch. degree from the University of
Bombay (1967), her M.Arch. degree from the University of Michigan
(1969), and her Ph.D. degree in urban and regional planning from the
University of California-Los Angeles (1978). Before beginning her teaching
career, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Professor Dandekar joined the University of
Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1980. She was promoted to
associate professor in 1985 and professor in 1989. Professor Dandekar also
served as associate vice president for research (1988-91) and director of the
Center for South and Southeast Asia (1995-98).
During her tenure, Professor Dandekar taught courses in planning techniques
and theories, urban and regional theory, research methods, cities and
international development, and national and international issues in urban
development. She also presented research seminars and classes on third
world development issues, housing and physical infrastructure in the third
world, and vernacular architecture and research methods in vernacular
architecture. Professor Dandekar's contributions include service on the
University Senate from 1986-89, the International Institute Executive
Committee from 1995-1996, and the Advisory Council to the Office of the
Vice President for Research from 2000-2002.
The diverse body of Professor Dandekar's research projects and published
work, which span twenty years, ranges from Michigan barns to migration
strategies in India to quantitative methods and evaluations. She has given
numerous presentations in both the U.S. and abroad. Professor Dandekar
was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in 1994 and received the Planning
Student Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning
Association in 1998.
The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Hemalata Dandekar
professor emerita of urban planning.