College of Arts and Sciences Accolades 2007

The College of Arts and Sciences' Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award was initiated in 2004-2005. This award was established in light of the mission of the University of Memphis as an urban research institution that seeks to serve its metropolitan, state, and national communities. Vital to this mission is scholarship that addresses the concerns and opportunities of these communities. Such scholarship:

  • Involves academic projects that engage faculty members and students in a sustained manner with community groups and partners;
  • Connects University and College outreach with community goals;
  • Furthers productive relationships between the University and the community;
  • Results in need-inspired and applied research; and
  • Results in excellence in engaged scholarship through such products as peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed collaborative reports, and external funding.

In recognition for excellence in engaged scholarship, recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences Award receive $500.00 toward research expenses, a plaque, and recognition at our August faculty meeting.

Today we are very pleased to recognize the work of one of our faculty members for his excellence in engaged scholarship, Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Department of Computer Science.

Dipankar DasguptaDr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Computer Science, joined the faculty at the University of Memphis in 1997, having completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Dipankar received an Early Career Research Award by the College of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award in 2002.

With regard to his engaged scholarship, Dr. Dasgupta has focused on promoting information security education in the community. He has established formal relationships with many local institutions to share curricula, lectures, and teaching materials on Information Assurance education.

Recently, he has developed a multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance. In his letter of nomination, Professor Fernando Burgos, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, notes that "Under his leadership, the Center for Information Assurance has...allowed Professor Dasgupta to undertake a number of valuable outreach projects which have been instrumental in engaging the public and private sectors of the Mid-South region…" around the critical issue of cyber security.

In one of many letters of support for Dr. Dasgupta's nomination, a colleague writes that with his leadership, "The Center for Information Assurance has taken a number of initiatives to advance Information Assurance education on campuses and in the region, focusing on issues and solutions surrounding threats to cyber security….The cyber security training program will prepare information system professionals and law enforcement officers to identify, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from cyber attacks at the federal, state, and local level."

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