The Featured Scholar series recognizes faculty researchers whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fieldand has brought exposure to the University
This month, the University of North Dakota recognizes Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Surojit Gupta.
“UND has an excellent engineering program, and it fits well with my background in materials science and engineering,” Gupta said.
Besides being a professor at UND, Gupta has also been an adjunct professor at the Henan Polytechnic University in China. He has published more than 40 papers, has six patents (granted and pending-in the United States and internationally), and has given 15 invited keynote talks and more than 50 contributed presentations in several international, national and local conferences.
Gupta has been an active member of the American Ceramics Society and has chaired many sessions in recent conferences on materials science and engineering. He has also actively organized or co-organized several conferences.
Gupta’s academic journey before arriving at UND, includes a stint as a researcher at Rutgers University. He also has provided technical support to Solidia Technologies (a start-up company funded by Kliner Perkins Caulfield Byers). His work was instrumental in developing a novel green technology platform for Solidia Technologies. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University, where he developed empirical mathematical models to understand the manufacturing process of honeycomb ceramics.
Earlier, Gupta finished his doctoral studies at Drexel University. His Ph.D. work resulted in novel solid lubricant materials for oil-free engines and turbomachinery applications.
“One of my favorite parts of teaching is the hands-on approach, such as experimenting in the lab,” Gupta said. “I also really enjoy getting to know and interacting with students. I want to help them succeed in whatever they do.”
Some of Gupta’s recent accomplishments include winning the 2016 Global Young Investigators Award. The GYI Award is given annually to a ceramic engineer whose achievements have been significant to both the field of ceramic engineering and the global population. As the winner of the GYI Award, Gupta received an honorarium and had the opportunity to deliver a lecture at the 40th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“Research is a lot of hard work, and if your work gets recognized it is very fulfilling,” said Gupta said. “I am happy that my work is receiving recognition.”
Amanda Menzies University & Public Affairs student writer