Ned (Narendra) Mohan, 77, died Feb. 11, 2024, at his Falcon Heights home.

He was preceded in death by father Madan Mohan Lal; mother Champa Vati Devi and brother Shyam Agrawal. Ned is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary; their children, Michael and Tara; his sister Krishna (Krishan) Gupta and sister-in-law Sushma Agrawal.

Narendra was born in India in 1946 and raised in the central province of Madhya Pradesh.

As an undergraduate, Ned studied at the Indian Institute of Technology—Kharagpur. He then attended the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and upon completing his master’s, pursued his doctoral degree in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, graduating in 1973.

After completing a post-doc in 1975, Ned joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he remained until his passing, with his work focused on Power Electronics and Systems and Sustainability.

Among his many achievements, Ned became an IEEE Fellow in 1996, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2014 and was named a Regents professor at the University of Minnesota in 2019.

Passionate about education, Ned wrote six textbooks that were translated into nine major languages. He established CUSP (Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power, cusp.umn.edu) to create a global community of scholars whose mission is to provide a first-rate education in electric energy systems, with an emphasis on sustainability. 

Narenda worked tirelessly to make a difference in his field and in the world. Perhaps his proudest professional accomplishment, he graduated 53 PhD students who carry on his legacy.

In 1970, while a graduate student in Madison, Narendra met Mary through a computer date as part of a research study by the sociology department. They married in 1973 and moved to the Twin Cities, where they raised two children. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1982.

His favorite activities included going out to breakfast with his family, walking with his grad students to have lunch at Seward Co-op, Indian cooking, watching his kids play tennis, repeating the same bad jokes and discussing politics and religion.

As a Hindu, he enjoyed giving tours of the Hindu Mandir in Maple Grove and speaking about Hinduism at interfaith events. He created a free online resource for teaching about the principles of Hinduism: hinduismresource.com.

Donations in Narendra’s honor may be made to the Hindu Society of Minnesota: Education Center Garden (hindu-society-of-minnesotakiosk.myshopify.com/products/education-center-garden).

A memorial gathering has been held at the Hindu Society of Minnesota temple.

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