He's built and fostered strong ties with industry--on the local, regional, national, and international levels. He's played a key role in securing government funding to further develop Pacific Northwest clean tech industry as a member of Manufacturing 21, the regional coalition for economic development. These are just a few of the reasons the Lundquist College of Business has honored Nagesh Murthy as the 2012 Thomas C. Stewart Distinguished Professor. Over the years, Murthy has secured a multitude of hands-on learning experiences for his students, by organizing more than 140 company-sponsored projects for his classes and helping place students in summer internships all over the world. "Nagesh truly takes experiential learning to a new level in his courses," said Associate Dean Dave Boush.