UA's Eller College of Management lands top research professor from MIT to play a leading role in its management and technology initiatives
TUCSON, Ariz. – August 13, 2004 – Dr. Amar Gupta, Co-Director of the Productivity from Information Technology (PROFIT) Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, joins the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona this week. Dr. Gupta has spent his 25-year MIT career bringing together divergent groups from industry, government, and academia to reconcile mutual interests and disparate approaches in the service of enterprise-wide projects. At the time of his promotion to senior research scientist (MIT’s highest research title, equivalent to full research professor) at the Sloan School in 1991 his talents were noted by MIT’s Tech Talk journal: “Apart from his persistence and exceptional management skills, Dr. Gupta’s success lies in his emphasis on long-term research relationships.” Dr . Gupta will bring his talents in leadership, strategy, and collaboration to take on three new roles at the Eller College of Management to further its initiatives in technology and management.
With major funding from the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation, Gupta joins the Eller College of Management faculty as the first Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology. In this position, Dr. Gupta will lead research and educational partnerships with the College of Engineering and across the University campus, along with program development across Southern Arizona and beyond our national borders. Ken Smith, Eller College interim dean commented, “Gupta’s track record of collaboration and accomplishment will further the Eller College’s position as a facilitator of science and technology enabled for marketplace success. Tom Brown, the late co-founder of Burr-Brown [later purchased by Texas Instruments], understood the need to educate students in these areas, and we are fortunate that his legacy can make this happen.”
Sarah Brown Smallhouse, president of the Brown Foundation, said,”My father was a great technology innovator and a graduate of MIT, making this gift and appointment even more meaningful. We couldn’t be more honored to have Amar Gupta lead the management technology initiatives at the Eller College in the name of Tom Brown.”
Gupta will also hold the title of Professor of Entrepreneurship and MIS, the College’s two most prominent disciplines (the Eller College MIS Department is nationally ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report, and the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program #2 by Entrepreneur magazine). In this role, he plans to build upon the strengths of these leading disciplines and collaborate in the technology transfer area to launch new technologies into the marketplace. Dr. Gupta’s collaborative style extends to his teaching as well, as evidenced most recently in the “Outsourcing of Professional Activities” course he co-developed and taught with the eminent MIT economist Lester Thurow. Gupta will teach a similar course on business outsourcing in the spring semester of this academic year at the Eller College. This course, which looks at the strategic, organizational, economic, and technical aspects of outsourcing, has received significant national press coverage.
As the Eller College’s Senior Director for Research and Business Development, Gupta will collaborate with the UA Office of Research and Economic Development to play a leading role in research initiatives and educational partnerships across the campus. Richard Powell, vice president for research, graduate studies, and economic development commented, "Dr. Amar Gupta has an outstanding record of accomplishments at MIT, and his capabilities and experience in developing research programs and university/business collaborations will be a great asset to the Eller College of Management. I look forward to working with him to build cross-college interdisciplinary collaborations that will benefit the entire university. Dr. Gupta will surely provide dynamic leadership in areas of great importance to The University of Arizona."
As the founding co-director of MIT’s Productivity from Information Technology Initiative (PROFIT), Gupta was a leading force in transforming university research into policy and program development. He was the first Sloan scholar to secure contracts from several federal agencies, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Transportation. He has worked with multiple United Nations organizations in various capacities, most recently as a World Bank advisor on distance education endeavors in Mozambique. Dr. Gupta has assisted various Latin American nation countries and has worked to actively place computers in every Brazilian school. Since 2000, he has been at the center of projects under the aegis of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, envisioning joint programs in bio-informatics and grid computing, in a joint endeavor including three city governments along with MIT, Harvard, Boston, Northeastern, Tufts, and Syracuse Universities and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Cited in 2002 by Business 2.0 magazine as a key professor in the nation’s top tech-savvy business schools (a list that includes the Eller College), Amar Gupta’s arrival at the Eller College of Management is a union of cutting-edge leadership with institutional goals.
Dr. Amar Gupta can be reached at the Eller College of Management at 520.626.9842 (direct phone number) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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