Gupta honored for lifetime achievement

BOWLING GREEN, O.—He’s considered an “international superstar” in the field of statistical research, with a varied and long list of accomplishments to his credit. On March 22, Dr. Arjun Gupta, a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received the Lifetime Achievement Recognition at Bowling Green State University’s Faculty Recognition Dinner and with it, a $1,000 cash prize.

Gupta has published 450 refereed research articles, 48 invited papers and 18 books in statistics.  His 22 Ph.D. students are now professors in research departments across the country, as well as college deans and department chairs. “Dr. Gupta is definitely the most productive faculty in the department,” wrote Dr. Kit Chan, a professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in his nomination letter.

The number of grants Gupta has received speaks to the quality and quantity of his research work. The National Science Foundation, United Nations, U.S. Air Force and NATO have all awarded him research grants. He has been invited to give keynote addresses in five different countries and has served as an editor or an associate editor for 14 different statistical journals.

His influence worldwide is also evident in the number of short courses and workshops he has run outside the country to share updated knowledge of statistics and the international nonacademic positions he holds. Gupta served as a United Nations Statistical Consultant in 1987 and has been a member of the International Biographical Center Advisory Council in England since 1999.

Chan writes, “There is absolutely no doubt that Dr. Gupta is an internationally renowned educator and a prominent research leader who is serving the community unselfishly.”

Gupta joined Bowling Green State University in 1976 and became a Distinguished Research Professor in 1995. He earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at Poona University in India and his Ph.D. at Purdue University.

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(Posted March 23, 2011 )