Dr. Jai N. Gupta Has Supported Alma Mater through Gifts
After Dr. Jai N. Gupta earned his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University in 1974, he founded and served as president of EER. Along with his wife, Dr. Gupta has supported Purdue University through a number of notable charitable donations. In 2004, the Guptas gave $650,000 to establish the endowed professorship the Jai N. Gupta Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, which was also funded in part by the Lily Endowment.
Dr. Muhammad A. Alam serves as the current Jai N. Gupta Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. During the 2014–2015 fiscal year, Dr. Alam received several patents for inventions to which he contributed. One of the focuses of his research is in finding low-cost, efficient materials to be used in solar energy technology.
Dr. Alam’s office is in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Seng-Liang Wang Hall, which was completed in 2010. Funded by a gift of $850,000 from Dr. Gupta’s family foundation, the computational lab inside the Wang building serves students studying various theories and creating simulation models of nano- and molecular electronics. The lab facility features video conferencing capabilities, Wi-Fi access, meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art labs that accommodate optics, circuit design, photonics, and computational nanoelectronics projects.