Biography of Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta

Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is Smith International Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and the Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the University of Southern California, he was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. He was the founding director of the Maryland Robotics Center and the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He also served as a Program Director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Gupta received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (currently known as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1988. He received a Gold Medal for securing the first rank in his B.E. class (1988) and a Gold Medal for the best Engineering Design Project (1988). He received a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994. During his Ph.D. study, he was awarded a Graduate School Fellowship and an Institute for Systems Research Graduate Fellowship. He received Institute for Systems Research’s George Harhalakis Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award (1994).

Dr. Gupta's interest is in the area of physics-aware decision-making to facilitate automation. He is specifically interested in decision-making in the context of Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing Automation, and Robotics. These applications often involve model uncertainty, complex physics, and fast decision-making speeds. He develops decision-making approaches that combine heuristic-aided discrete state-space search and non-linear optimization to produce high quality decisions by the required decision-making deadlines. Dr. Gupta has authored or co-authored more than three hundred fifty articles in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has also delivered more than one hundred invited tutorials, seminars, and lectures at conferences, workshops, government labs, and universities.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He serves as the Editor for ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering and the Editor-in-Chief for Advanced Manufacturing Book Series by World Scientific Publishing Company in 2016. In the past, he served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, and SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes. He has also served as a member on the Editorial Advisory Board for Assembly Automation and Computer Aided Design and Applications journals. He has served as the Chair of the Design for Manufacturing Technical Committee in the Design Division of ASME.

Dr. Gupta has received several honors and awards for his research contributions. Representative examples include: a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2000, a Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001, Invention of the Year Award in Physical Science category at the University of Maryland in 2007, Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award from ASME Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Committee in 2011, and Excellence in Research Award from ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division in 2013. He has also received ten best paper awards at conferences and 2012 Most Cited Paper Award from Computer Aided Design Journal. He received Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2014.

Dr. Gupta's work has received significant attention from media. His works has been covered by Economist, Forbes, Huffington Post, Baltimore Sun, LA Times, LA Business Journal, Audubon Magazine, Mechanical Engineering Magazine, Science News, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Last updated on January 1, 2020