Dedicated to the memory of Sukant Tripathy -- leading researcher, inspirational teacher, and mentor to students and colleagues alike.
Dr. Tripathy was recognized as a world leader in research in the broad area of polymers in electronics and optics. He was awarded the 1993 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award of the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry. He published more than 200 refereed research articles and held two dozen patents.
At the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Dr. Tripathy was Professor of Chemistry, and founder and director of the Center for Advanced Materials. He also served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1994 to 1996. Before joining the faculty, he was manager of the Organic and Polymer Materials Sciences Department at GTE. Born in Bihar, India, he was a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and received his doctorate from Case Western Reserve in 1981.