BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Satish K. Tripathi, Ph.D., dean of the Bourns
College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside,
has been named provost of the University at Buffalo by UB President
John B. Simpson.
Tripathi, who will take office as UB's chief academic officer on
July 1, has been dean of the engineering college and the William R.
Johnson, Jr. Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UC
Riverside since 1997. He also served as acting executive vice
chancellor from March 2002 through June 2002.
Prior to joining UC Riverside, he was a professor in the
Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where
his 19 years as a faculty member in the department included being
chair from 1988-95.
Tripathi is an internationally accomplished computer scientist
who has been involved in substantial funded research. He has
published more than 200 scholarly papers, supervised 25 doctoral
students and served on program committees of numerous international
"I am very honored and pleased to name Satish Tripathi as UB's
new provost," said Simpson. "Satish is a man of the highest
integrity and personal scholarly distinction. He is very
intelligent, analytical and has built a first-rate faculty at
Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California,
Riverside in a short period of time. Following a strategic plan, he
expanded the college from a single department and one research
center to four departments and five interdisciplinary research
centers. In doing so, he demonstrated commitment to both
undergraduate and graduate programs and students.
"Satish also is keenly interested in, and knowledgeable about,
the relationship between a university community and industrial
partners, including intellectual property and technology transfer,"
"I am delighted that the search process for a new provost,
launched just three months ago, produced three outstanding
finalists who visited campus last month and has led to the
selection of Satish Tripathi as UB provost."
The search committee was named by Simpson to identify a
successor to Elizabeth D. Capaldi, Ph.D., who resigned earlier this
year to become SUNY vice chancellor and chief of staff, interviewed
12 candidates from a field of more than 40 who were nominated for
the post. Based on its interviews and candidates' records of
achievement and references, the committee invited Tripathi and two
other finalists to participate in March in two-day visits to UB
during which they had an opportunity to meet with students,
faculty, deans, university officers and members of the
The committee was chaired by A. Scott Weber, professor in the
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in
the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and director of
UB's Center for Integrated Waste Management.
"As an accomplished scholar and proven administrator, Professor
Tripathi will help chart a path to sustained and enhanced
excellence for all of UB," Weber said. "He is a person of great
energy, warmth and collegiality, whose style will mesh wonderfully
with President Simpson's. It is exciting for all of UB to have a
dynamic leadership team in place. I am delighted that Professor
Tripathi has accepted the UB provost position."
Diane R. Christian, a member of the search committee who is a
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English
in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, noted that with the
selection of Tripathi, "UB gets a distinguished scholar, a supple
intelligence and a delightful person. He has vision, strength and
humor. He taught a Google inventor. He's a prize and we're very
happy to welcome him."
Tripathi said he is "delighted to be selected as UB's next
provost. This is an opportunity to join a very good institution
that is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU),
and to join with President Simpson in taking it to greater
"The University at Buffalo," Tripathi added, "has tremendous
potential. I am most impressed with its comprehensiveness and the
educational opportunities provided to students through its more
than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.
With its full complement of professional schools and vast array of
research centers, it also has the parts in place to be a leading
university. UB also is a very important part of the community, with
strong relationships with the business and corporate community upon
which to build to the benefit of the university and the
UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering is one of the
fastest growing schools of engineering in the U.S. Under Tripathi's
leadership, it has grown from a single department and one research
center to four departments and five interdisciplinary research
centers. The number of students has grown from 550 to approximately
2,000 and approximately 50 new faculty members have been recruited.
The number of graduate students has grown from 37 to 289 in
master's and doctoral programs.
Tripathi said that in expanding the college and its programs,
his vision has been for it to become "a top-25 engineering school"
and a nationally recognized leader in engineering research and
education. Toward that goal, he developed a five-year strategic
plan and has recruited professors from top-ranked engineering
Under his leadership, the college also has enhanced the
experience of undergraduate students, implemented a strategic
communications plan, and created a development and alumni affairs
office. During the past two years, the college has led the
university's development efforts, raising approximately $6.5
million per year. Tripathi also has established a College Council
of Advisors, consisting of senior executives from local and
national corporations, as well as an Industrial Affiliates Program,
the membership fees of which provide discretionary funds for
scholarships, equipment and events.
Tripathi has worked closely with civic leaders in Riverside to
attract and retain high-tech companies. He serves on the board of
directors of SmartRiverside, a nonprofit organization working to
educate citizens on technology issues that recently launched a
free, wireless Internet service in downtown Riverside.
He has been the guest editor or guest co-editor of several
scientific journals and is a founding member of the editorial board
of IEEE Pervasive Computing. A member of the editorial board of
International Journal of High-Speed Networks, he previously was on
the editorial boards of Theoretical Computer Science, IEEE
Transactions on Computers, ACM Multimedia Systems and ACM/IEEE
Transactions on Networking.
Tripathi is a fellow of the IEEE Computer and Communications
Societies and the American Association for the Advancement of
He was a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Sud in
France and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany while at
the University of Maryland.
A native of India, Tripathi graduated top of his class from
Banaras Hindu University in India in 1968. In addition to a
doctorate in computer science that he earned from the University of
Toronto in 1979, he holds three master's degrees -- one in computer
science from the University of Toronto (1976) and two in statistics
from the University of Alberta (1974) and Banaras Hindu University