Rakesh Gupta, the George and Carolyn Berry Professor of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University , has been awarded a �€?Best Academic Paper�€? award by the Society of Plastics Engineers. The paper, co-authored by Mohit Bhardwaj, is entitled �€?Water Vapor Diffusion Through Glass Fiber Reinforced Nanocomposites: A Quantitative Approach.�€?

Gupta has taught in WVU ’s Department of Chemical Engineering since 1991. Previously, he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo for 11 years. He also worked for Monsanto and Dupont, and serves as a technical advisor to the Polymer Alliance Zone of West Virginia.

His research is focused on polymer rheology, polymer processing and polymer composites.

Gupta received his award at the Society’s Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC), which was held in Charlotte , N. C., May 9. ANTEC is the leading technical forum for the discussion of technological issues and information pertinent to the plastics industry.

“Chemical engineers like Professor Gupta have long been involved with nanotechnology,�€? said Dady Dadyburjor, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. �€?This award provides welcome recognition of his work in this area.”