DasGupta Joins College to Spur Research Activities

Alumni Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta (MS ’74 Materials Science) has joined UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science as a senior scientist, working part-time to help elevate research activities in areas including water, infrastructure and materials, as well as exploring new opportunities for individual faculty members and teams.

For 10 years, DasGupta served the National Science Foundation as a program director in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. There, he was responsible for programs—including I/UCRC, I-Corps and SBIR—and gained considerable experience with the GOALI program, which fosters collaborative research between industry and academia.

“I am delighted to be back to UWM after 30 years,” DasGupta said. “I look forward to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with faculty at the college and helping them elevate their research activities through connections to industry and and various funding agencies.”

According to Brett Peters, Dean, DasGupta is ideally suited for this new role in the college. “His background and expertise will be valuable in seeing and leveraging connections to industry and federal funding,” he said.

Before joining NSF, Babu was the chief scientist for the Contech Division of SPX Corporation. Prior to working for industry, he held professorships at UWM, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Madison and Western Michigan University.

He holds a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from UW-Madison (’78).

DasGupta’s numerous awards and honors include: the Raymond D. Peters Endowed Professorship in Materials Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (1987-1990); the Inland Steel-Ryerson Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (1985); the Herman H. Doehler Award from the North American Die Casting Association (2000), and the Innovation Award at Contech (1997). He was honored as the ASM-IIM visiting lecturer to India in 2000 and has been granted the title of National Academy of Inventors Fellow (2013). He has published numerous papers and presented at various international and domestic conferences.

DasGupta has five patents to his credit.