Rakesh Gupta , a faculty member in the West Virginia University Department of Chemical Engineering since 1991, became chair of that department on July 1. Dr. Gupta succeeds Dady Dadyburjor , who stepped down after serving in the post for more than 10 years.

Gupta, an expert in polymer rheology, polymer processing and polymer composites, will continue as the George and Carolyn Berry Chair in Chemical Engineering at WVU . Dadyburjor will remain an active member of the faculty, with plans to focus on research and teaching.

I am grateful to Dr. Dadyburjor for his many years of accomplished and dedicated service to the chemical engineering department,said Gene Cilento , Glen Hiner Dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources,and I am confident that Dr. Gupta will build upon the excellence and strong tradition that his predecessor has upheld over the past decade, while advancing the life science mission for chemical engineering over the next decade.

Gupta earned his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, India, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He also has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and worked for Monsanto and DuPont.

His research is supported by Bayer MaterialScience, Kraft Foods, the U.S. Department of Energy and the WVU Research Corporation. He is the author of Polymer and Composite Rheology, the coauthor of Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering and the coeditor of the forthcoming Handbook of Polymer Nanocomposites.

I am honored to accept this position and the challenges that come with it,said Gupta.I look forward to working with the faculty in the department and college to provide high-quality educational programs, to further knowledge through research and to contribute to the wellbeing of our state, nation and world.

Dadyburjor received his undergraduate degree from IIT Bombay and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, and completed two years of post-doctoral work with Professor Eli Ruckenstein. He was a tenured faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before he joined the WVU faculty in 1983. He became chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1999.

During Dadyburjors tenure as chair, the department saw an increase in collaborative research, an expansion of outreach efforts to high school students, and a growth in undergraduate enrollment. Also during his service as chair, the department established a certificate program in biomedical engineering, a growing area of research and development.

Dadyburjor will spend more time in collaborative teaching and research efforts, including the Institute for Advanced Energy Studies at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, where he is a Resident Institute Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in chemical engineering and produces some of the Universitys most accomplished graduates. Many are accepted into prestigious graduate and professional programs, or become leaders in business and industry. All graduate and undergraduate programs in chemical engineering have been individually named Programs of Excellence by the WVU Board of Governors.