Vasudevan Family (2014)
The Vasudevans’ amazing journey begins in southern India. Karappurath “Vasu” Vasudevan was born and raised in Engandiyur in the Indian state of Kerala. In the early 1960’s Vasu traveled to the United States and earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Arkansas. After working for various U.S. companies, Vasu, his wife Lalitha, and children Gopi and Sujatha became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1976.
In 1986 Vasu decided to strike out on his own and founded Service and Technology Corporation, an engineering consulting firm. Then in 1993 Service and Manufacturing Company was created to offer custom fabrication and manufacturing. In 2013, The Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce named STC the Business of the Year.
To house STC, Vasu purchased the Bartlesville Lincoln Elementary School. To honor the former students and staff of the school, Vasu created the B.L.E.S.S. Fund—Bartlesville Lincoln Elementary School Scholarship—to help students who otherwise might not be able to attend college.
Lalitha Vasudevan was a strong presence in the community and a lifelong supporter of the family business and charitable work. Lalitha had outstanding skills in music and dance, was fluent in six languages, and enjoyed preparing the cuisines of several Indian regions as well as Asian and American specialties. The Bartlesville community suffered a great loss when Lalitha passed away in 2013.
Vasu has received the Silver Beaver Award for his work with the Boy Scouts. He is a long-time member of the Bartlesville Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation; he has supported many other community organizations. In 2010 the Examiner-Enterprise named him Bartlesville’s Most Progressive Citizen.
Dr. Gopi and Mini Vasudevan are also active in the community. Gopi is a gastroenterologist and has served on many boards, including OK Mozart and the Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of Daybreak Rotary. Mini has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts and ARC Employability and volunteers in the community.
Sujatha and Kumar Krishnan moved to Bartlesville in 1992 and Kumar worked with AAON in Tulsa and Sujatha worked for BDM Oklahoma in Bartlesville. Kumar became President of both Service and Technology (STC) and Service and Manufacturing (SMC) in 2008 with Vasu serving as Chairman.
Sujatha has served on the boards of the of the B.L.E.S.S. Fund, YWCA, and Public Library. Kumar has served as President of Daybreak Rotary and is on the boards of the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, and the Tri-County Technology Center Engineering Advisory Committee.