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NEWS RELEASE: Amar Gupta, the new dean of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, to be welcomed by leaders from science, technology, finance, medicine, media, and other industries at a special breakfast presentation in Manhattan on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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Amar Gupta, the new dean of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, to be welcomed by leaders from science, technology, finance, medicine, media, and other industries at a special breakfast presentation in Manhattan on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Gupta, an expert on linking science with entrepreneurship, to speak on “Emerging Innovative Applications of Information Technology” at the event, to be held at the University Club on West 54th Street.

New York, Jan. 3 — Can constant innovations in computer and information technologies, coupled with diminishing telecommunications costs, lead to interconnected factories, healthcare centers, law firms, and other businesses that transcend time zones and physical barriers by continually distributing work around the world?

Amar Gupta is the newly appointed dean of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and also holds the position of Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg endowed professor. He will speak on “Emerging Innovative Applications of Information Technology” on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The presentation is part of a welcoming breakfast for Gupta to be attended by industry leaders, educators, scientists, and media, as well as Pace alumni, staff, faculty, and students. The event will be held at The University Club, One West 54th St., New York City, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Gupta will discuss new initiatives at Pace, including building bridges with industry and government in emerging interdisciplinary areas, creating dual degree programs, establishing project incubators, and fostering entrepreneurship.

“I view computer science and information systems to be enabling technologies and processes,” Gupta said, “the value of which is derived from the way they are applied in disciplines like banking, manufacturing, health care, commerce, and the law.”

Members of the media must RSVP to attend. Email rmarmolejos@pace.edu.

While serving as an endowed professor in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Gupta had been initiating and nurturing new research, collaborative teaching methods, and other interdisciplinary programs that enable students to receive graduate degrees in two disciplines and a certificate in entrepreneurship. He also worked at MIT for 25 years on diverse educational endeavors and created the pioneering course in global outsourcing.

At Eller, he founded the Nexus of Entrepreneurship and Technology Initiative and at MIT he fully developed what is dubbed the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory. This project involves teams based in three continents who work during the day in their respective countries to collectively provide round-the-clock operations for knowledge-based work.

Now Gupta plans to enhance and expand those ideas as the new dean of Seidenberg, hoping to not only reach out to private industry and government, but to the other schools within Pace. To him, an understanding of information technology is essential to any field – a view he’s advocated and acted upon throughout his career.

“The Seidenberg School provides tremendous opportunities for developing new interdisciplinary courses and programs geared to the needs of students in all the schools of Pace University,” he said. “It provides an outstanding foundation to launch new teaching, research, and entrepreneurial endeavors with leading entities, both in the United States and abroad, as well as to help address the challenges and opportunities of the global knowledge economy.”

Born in Nadiad, India, Gupta received his undergraduate degree in 1974 in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. In 1980, he received a Master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. That same year, he also received a Ph.D. in Decision Support Systems for research conducted at IIT, Delhi, and MIT. He has written or edited 12 books, and is author of more than 70 research papers.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 

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