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Volume 68, Issue 152, Monday, June 30, 2003


Tech dean leaves UH for Alfred College

By Tiffany Dean 
The Daily Cougar

Known as the college with a careful blend of business, engineering and technology programs, the College of Technology is undergoing some major changes.

Dean Uma Gupta of the College of Technology is packing her bags after three years and moving on to accept the presidency position at the Alfred State College in New York.

Originally from India, Gupta came to America on a rotary club scholarship in 1981 to the University of Central Florida and graduated with a MBA and Ph.D. in industrial engineering. She then moved to Creaton University in Omaha, Neb., as an Endowed Chair, and later to UH in August of 2000.

Dean Uma Gupta of the College of Technology is leaving UH to accept the presidency position at Alfred State College in New York.

Photo courtesy of UH External Communications

"Technology is an applied engineering that has always fascinated me," Gupta said, even though she has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering.

Gupta will be leaving at the end of July, but UH tech students should not worry. UH is looking at many options for this position and the change will not affect graduation. A decision will be made in the next few weeks for a replacement, Gupta said.

"I want the students to know that all the degree plans are very safe, don't worry," Gupta said. "We have great people in there that will continue to do great work."

Although the decision has been made to leave, Gupta said she loves the University.

"It has been a wonderful three years and a great learning experience. I've met many neat people," Gupta said.

The College of Technology offers nine undergraduate programs and four master-level programs. 

"We are a great college. Technology is so broad that many people don't know exactly what that means, but everyone should take advantage," Gupta said.

Alfred is a technology college with approximately 3,300 students. It offers two-year and four-year programs.

Gupta said she is looking forward to her new position.

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