Dutta, a distinguished Indian-American engineer-physicist, who has
studied at Guwahati and Delhi universities, has been named vice
chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dutta, a former senior executive with the US Army Research Office,
has served as interim vice chancellor at one of America's leading
research universities since January, overseeing a research
enterprise with annual expenditures of more than $340 million.
Announcing her appointment, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares said:
"Dr. Dutta's outstanding performance as interim vice chancellor
and her distinguished record as a researcher, administrator and
teacher make her the ideal choice to take on this vital role."
In accepting the position, Dutta said, "It's a privilege to serve
in this position and work with so many excellent researchers
across our campus. We want to provide the best environment
possible for our faculty to carry on their important work."
The vice chancellor is responsible for the enhancement of
excellence in research throughout the campus, and assuring
academic integrity in research endeavours and compliance with
federal, state and local regulations pertaining to research,
including protection of human participants in research trials.
Dutta joined Illinois University in 2001 to head the newly formed
department of electrical and computer engineering.
A longtime senior researcher and director with the Army
laboratories who supervised $310 million in grants to
universities, she is past recipient of the Society of Women
Engineers' Achievement Award, the organization's highest honour
Dutta has authored about 300 journal publications and book
chapters and co-authored or co-edited seven books. She has 30
patents and several more in application status.
Since joining Illinois University, she has been principal or
co-principal investigator on about 20 grants totalling more than
Dutta received a BSc from Gauhati University, an MSc in physics
from the University of Delhi, and a master's and doctorate in
physics from the University of Cincinnati.
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