University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

Murthy S. Munagavalasa

murthyPhD Engineering `06 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MS Chemical Engineering `94 from University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; BS Chemical Engineering `90 from Indian Institute of Technology, India

Senior Research Scientist, SC Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin


Murthy works in a Wisconsin-based multinational company. He has made significant contributions to the economy through outstanding research and development efforts by introducing new consumer products for the whole world. He has received eight U.S. patents and twice the SC Johnson company's Technical Merit Award, the corporation's highest award for technical excellence and depth of creativity. 

He is also a recipient of the Officers Award for outstanding contributions towards a successful global launch of thirty night gel products that increased market shares in Argentina and helped Brazil attain category share leadership for the first time during the 2002 season. He is a recipient of numerous Now Thanks! Awards presented by management in recognition of the contributions made by individuals over and above their current responsibilities, including:

*For contributions towards acquisition of Robocan® technology with natural pyrethrins.

*For leading the cross-divisional team that successfully developed the OFF! Citronella Scented Oil Candle in record time

*For contributions towards technology road mapping in pest control  

*For outstanding contributions that led to the successful development of key business opportunities in OFF! Candle business And for evaluation of a new insecticide technology.

Murthy enthusiastically promotes joint research between UWM and his company by sponsoring mutually beneficial, collaborative research projects with UWM professors. Several cutting edge technologies continue to be developed through this joint research. In addition, Murthy serves as a mentor to students, summer interns and newly hired scientists and engineers at SC Johnson and volunteers as a student science fair judge in Racine schools.