Pace University Names New Dean Of Computer Science

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Amar Gupta, new dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science at Pace, has worked for the University of Arizona, MIT, and the United Nations. Photo Credit: Pace University

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University announced that Amar Gupta has been appointed dean of its Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, effective Aug. 15.

Seidenberg, which has buildings in Pleasantville and New York City, is one of Pace's fastest growing schools, said President Stephen Fieldman, who believes computer science is becoming more vital for preparing students to succeed in the world.

"This means educating all of our students to achieve mastery in the use of technology and a deep understanding of technology’s impact across the professions,” Fieldman said. "Dr. Gupta will provide vital expertise to the entire Pace community.”

Gupta will be the school's first full-time dean since Susan Merritt in 2008. Merritt served as founding dean from the school's inception in 1983 for 25 years - the longest of any dean at Pace. Constance Knapp, who has served in the interim since her retirement, will return to teaching at the school.

Before coming to Pace, Gupta served as an endowed professor at Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and as a visiting scientist at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

Gupta said he is most excited about working with other Pace schools to develop interdisciplinary courses and programs. 

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

Gupta has also served as an adviser to the World Bank, IBM and Citibank, as well as several United Nations organizations. He has written or edited 12 books and authored more than 70 research papers.

Gupta was born in Nadiad, India and is a father of two. He and his wife, Poonam, have been splitting their time between residences in Massachusetts and Arizona.

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