Lash Mapa, Ph.D.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Lash Mapa


Lash Mapa is a professor in mechanical engineering technology, both graduate and undergraduate programs. He has expertise in manufacturing and service improvements incorporating quality, lean six sigma projects and RFID.

Research Overview

Mapa has managed over 30 lean six sigma projects with manufacturing, service and healthcare organizations. He has received industry sponsored projects and is a certified six sigma black-belt and quality engineer.

" I love to grow orchids and other tropical plants"

Select Publications

2019 “Leveraging Industry Partnership for Experiential Learning and Laboratory Improvement”, CIEC Conference, New Orleans, Afshin Zahraee, Lakshman Mapa, Mohammad Zahraee

2016 “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tag Detection in 3-D”, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, (Mapa, L., Suraiya Janith Khan)

2016 “Effect of Packing Density of Particles on RFID Penetration”, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, (Mapa, L., Rekha Gummereddy)

Teaching Focus

Mapa’s teaching focus is on expertise, outcome and relationships with students. He communicates effectively and enthusiastically and took initiatives to place students in internships. Mapa has developed successful student-instructor relationships that are essential for effective teaching and receives outstanding performance in student evaluations.

Previous Roles

  • Chemical Engineer, Process Control Manager, Hawker Siddley, UK
  • Engineering Manager, Hawker Siddley, USA
  • Original Equipment Manager, General Battery Corp., USA
Lash Mapa


(219) 989-2574

Office Location:

Hammond, Anderson Building 234


  • Ph.D. – Chemical Engineering/Corrosin Science, University of Manchester, England

Areas of Expertise

  • Lean Six Sigma Methods
  • Industry 4.0 RFID applications

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • American Society of Quality Member
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award
  • Purdue University Discovery Park Fellowship to Conduct Research
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Quality Engineer