Pace University president Stephen J. Friedman announced July 9 that Amar Gupta, the Thomas R. Brown Endowed Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Arizona and a visiting scientist at MIT, has been appointed dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, effective Aug. 15.
“A distinguished scholar and practitioner, Dr. Gupta will provide vital expertise to the entire Pace community while leading the Seidenberg School in exciting new directions,” Friedman said in a press release.
While serving as an endowed professor in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Gupta had been initiating and nurturing new research, collaborative teaching methods, and other interdisciplinary programs that enable students to receive two graduate degrees and a certificate in entrepreneurship.
He was also the founder of the Nexus of Entrepreneurship and Technology Initiative, where he developed what is dubbed the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory. This project involves teams based in three continents who work during the day in their respective countries to collectively provide round-the-clock operations for knowledge-based work.
At MIT, in Cambridge, Mass., the Indian American professor managed and secured funding for major research projects, and was the founding co-director of the Productivity from Information Technology, or “PROFIT,” Initiative at the Sloan School of Management.
He also directed the Research Program on Communications Policy and acted as associate director of MIT’s International Financial Services Research Center, where he developed a patented approach for highly accurate readings of handwritten information on bank checks.
Gupta was one of the founders of Visual Communications Network Inc., which developed pioneering PC-based presentation software, and served as its chief scientist and vice president.
Born in Nadiad, Gupta received his undergraduate degree in 1974 in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. In 1980, he received a graduate degree from the Sloan School at MIT as well as a doctorate focusing on the discipline of Decision Support Systems for research conducted at IIT, Delhi, and MIT.
“I view computer science and information systems to be enabling technologies and processes, the value of which is derived from the way they are applied in disciplines like banking, manufacturing, health care, commerce, and the law,” Gupta has said.
Gupta has written or edited 12 books, and is author of more than 70 research papers. The father of two, he and his wife Poonam have been splitting their time between residences in Massachusetts and Arizona.