Chancellor Debasish Dutta, Ph.D.
Chancellor Debasish (Deba) Dutta is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering and the former chancellor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He was previously the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity at Purdue University. Prior to that, Chancellor Dutta served as associate provost and dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was also Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor and interim vice chancellor for research. Dr. Dutta began his career at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 1989 and moved through the ranks to professor in 2000.
As chancellor of Rutgers' flagship, land-grant campus, Dr. Dutta led a public research university with a $1.6 billion annual budget. He oversaw a significant growth in research funding and worked effectively with legislators, business leaders and alumni to create institutional momentum around academic excellence, student success and affordability. As Purdue's chief academic officer, Chancellor Dutta had direct responsibility for all academic and faculty affairs across all campuses. At the West Lafayette campus, Dr. Dutta helped increase graduation rates, enhanced student advising, established innovative programs and increased faculty size. He provided leadership for the implementation of the Board approved restructuring of Purdue's regional campuses. While at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Dutta helped strengthen doctoral education and establish new interdisciplinary programs to foster campuswide research collaborations. At Michigan, he was the director of the College of Engineering's Program in Manufacturing and the founding director of its Interdisciplinary Professional Programs.
Chancellor Dutta holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue, a Master's in Engineering Management from the University of Evansville, and a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served as a scholar-in-residence at the National Academy of Engineering.
Chancellor Debasish (Deba) Dutta, Ph.D. is the eighth chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint.