On April 14, Dr. Dev Gupta '77 Ph.D., an adjunct professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, received an Alumni Association 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, as presented at the Massachusetts State House. Each year the Alumni Association honors alumni, faculty, and friends who have built on their UMass Amherst experience to attain distinguished achievements in the public, business, or service realms. The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House.
Dr. Gupta is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of NewLANS, a company with a pioneering approach to developing broadband and wireless technologies. The company supplies components to implement millimeter-wave-based local area networks and digital television distribution networks in enterprise and residential applications.
Before receiving his doctorate in electrical engineering from UMass Amherst in 1977, Dr. Gupta earned his bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from the University of Maine.
Dr. Gupta has built a reputation as an expert in broadband and network access infrastructure technology. To date, he has founded four companies – NewLANS, Narad Networks, Maxcomm Technologies, and Dagaz Technologies. A renowned innovator, Dr. Gupta was named a Technology Pioneer for the years 2001 and 2002 by the World Economic Forum. He is also a charter member of Tie-Atlantic 2000, an organization of Indian business executives.
Prior to founding Newlans, Dr. Gupta was Founder, President, and CEO of Narad Networks, a privately held provider of broadband IP infrastructure services. In 1998, Dr. Gupta founded Maxcomm Technologies, which developed voice and data integration products. In 1995, he founded Dagaz Technologies, which developed DSL multiplexing equipment. Cisco Systems acquired Maxcomm and Dagaz in 1999 and 1997, respectively. Prior to 1995, Dr. Gupta was a senior executive at Integrated Network Corporation. Dr. Gupta began his career at Bell Laboratories, where he developed various digital transmission and switching products.
In 2000, he and his wife, Linda, created the Dev and Linda Gupta Professorship (currently held by Dr. Christopher Salthouse) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The purpose of the professorship is to encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurial pursuits by supporting new faculty who bring fresh ideas and areas of inquiry to the department, or current faculty pursuing new areas of inquiry.
Dr. Gupta is a director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation and is also a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, which serves as external counsel to the College of Engineering in support of its teaching, research, and service missions. In 2002, Dev Gupta was named Alumnus of the Year by the College of Engineering, and in 2008 he was invited to represent the College of Engineering in a series of colloquia led by eminent graduate alumni in celebration of the Graduate School’s 100th anniversary. (March 2010)