1937 -2020

U.S. Army Materials Mechanics, Watertown, United States


Dr. Sunil Dutta was born on November 2, 1937, Naihati, India where he finished his primary and secondary education. He received his B.Sc. (Hons), and M.S. from Calcutta University, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, England, and emigrates to the United States. He also received an MBA degree from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Dr. Dutta joined NASA Glenn Research Center in 1976 after 8 years at the U.S. Army Technology Laboratory, Watertown, Massachusetts.

Dr. Sunil Dutta was Program Manager for Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Appointed to this position in 1992, he was responsible for implementing policies that ensure the Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Before assuming the present position, his career has been devoted to research and development of materials science and technology, particularly in the area of processing, characterization, and mechanical behavior of high-performance ceramics and ceramic matrix composites, for heat engines and high speed civil transport applications.

Dr. Dutta has written more than 50 publications including 4 patents and 5 chapters in books. He was a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and the Institute of Ceramics in England, an elected Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering (IISS). Dr. Dutta was listed in American Men and Women in Science, Who's Who in Engineering, and Who's Who in the United States.

Professor Dutta was the first recipient of the Ishikawa Carbon Prize for his international contributions in structural ceramics/composites with the United States. Also, he was the first recipient of the Science and Technology Agency Senior Fellowship Award at the Japan Fine Ceramics Center at Nagoya. Since 1987, he visited Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, and India to present invited technical papers/lectures.

Professor Sunil Dutta passed away in Powell, Ohio, on January 2, 2020 at age of 82.