Gutgsell Endowed Professor:
Debasish (Deba) Dutta

Debasish (Deba) Dutta is Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College, and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He has extensive experience in higher education and policy making.  He is a Scholar-in-Residence at the National Academy of Engineering, where he recently completed a study on the lifelong learning needs of U.S. engineering professionals and currently leads an NSF funded national study about education for innovation. During 2004-2007 he served at the National Science Foundation as Acting Director of the Division of Graduate Education, IGERT Program Director and as Advisor in the Office of Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources. He played a key role in the development of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Strategy (Vision for 21st Century Discovery) chairing its Learning and Workforce Development sub-committee. He was a selected to be a member of the Illinois team in the 2010 Education Leaders Institute of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dutta received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1989, and was on the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1989-2008. He has published extensively in the area of computer aided design and manufacturing, and currently focuses on interoperability issues in product lifecycle management.  He serves on the GRE Board and the TOEFL Board (both of ETS), the Board of Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools, a 501c(3) for K-12 education, and on the editorial boards of several journals. He has received several awards including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Automation Award for pioneering contributions in mechanical design automation and the Smithsonian Computerworld Honors for pioneering uses of information technology in engineering education. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he co-founded the IFIP International PLM Conference and has been the William Mong Scholar at the University of Hong Kong and a Guest Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He is a member of American Society for Engineering Education and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.