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Hoeper Professorship recognizes two Indian Americans College of Engineering faculty

The Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Engineering Professorship was awarded to Shamik Sengupta, associate professor in the department of computer science and engineering, and Krishna Pagilla, professor and environmental engineering program director.

Sengupta, also the executive director of the Cybersecurity Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, stated that he is “grateful to the University for this honor.”

“I plan to dedicate this fund from the Hoeper Professorship to advance interdisciplinary cybersecurity research and education at the University and outreach to the state of Nevada,” Sengupta said. “We at the University Cybersecurity Center are putting great effort to provide education and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students that will prepare them to pursue careers in cybersecurity and other related fields.”

Dean Manos Maragakis, left, presents the Professorship award to Krishna Pagilla.

Pagilla stated that the professorship will provide an opportunity for visibility and distinction to continue the leadership position in water research while promoting sustainable water management in the community.

“Personally, I am honored to be recognized with this professorship and it motivates me to do the best I can in leading-edge water research,” he said.

The awards were announced at the 2019 Spring Celebration, which honors the College’s outstanding students, faculty and staff.

Professor Krishna Pagilla is currently serving as a Professor and Environmental Engineering Program Director at the University of Reno, Nevada. Krishna completed his B. E. in Civil Engineering from Osmania University, India. Later, Professor Pagilla earned his Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Professor Shamik Sengupta is currently serving as an Executive Director of UNRs Cybersecurity Center. Professor Sengupta is a graduate of Jadavpur University and completed his Ph.D. for the University of Central Florida.

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