Suvranu De to drive aerospace and
nuclear engineering at Rensselaer
Computational mechanics expert Suvranu
De has been named the new head of the
department of mechanical, aerospace, and
nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The
appointment is effective June 1.
David Rosowsky, dean of the School of
Engineering at Rensselaer, called De ‘a gifted scholar and outstanding educator’
whose vision for the department ‘is compelling and forward looking’.
MANE is the largest department at
Rensselaer, with more than 1,100 undergraduate students, 150 graduate students,
and 36 tenured or tenure-track faculty.
MANE ranks in the top 20 departments of
its kind nationwide.
De, who received his bachelor’s degree
from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, his
master’s degree from the Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore, and his doctoral degree
from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, all in mechanical engineering,
joined the Rensselaer School of Engineering and MANE as an assistant professor in 2002, became an associate professor
in 2007, and a full professor in 2011.
He has joint appointments in the
Rensselaer department of biomedical engineering and department of information
technology and web science. In 2010, he
was named director of the newly formed
Rensselaer Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine.
De was quoted as saying: ‘With exponen-
tial growth in research, overwhelming stu-
dent interest and unprecedented recogni-
tion of its faculty and students in the
national and international arena, this is
indeed the most exciting time in the histo-
ry of MANE, and I am both honored and
deeply humbled to have the opportunity to
serve as its department head.’
He noted that home to three top-ranked
engineering programs in the country,
‘MANE is an unparalleled intellectual pow-
erhouse that is uniquely positioned to solve
some of the most challenging problems of
our times and lead the nation and world in
groundbreaking research, innovative edu-
cation, and service of the highest quality to
all its stakeholders.’
A prolific researcher, De is known inter-
nationally for his work on ‘computational
mechanics and multiscale modeling.’
A major aspect of his research program is
developing new touch-sensitive virtual
reality tools for training surgeons and sim-
ulating experimental surgical techniques.
Along with creating accurate computer
models of human internal organs, De
develops realistic hardware interfaces with
real surgical tools that can interact with the
computer models in real time.
temple in South
Rajiv Datta among top docs for
sixth consecutive year
A four-day inauguration ceremony
for Bharat Sevashram Sangha, New
Jersey chapter’s new temple and
community center is to begin May
25 in Kendall Park, South
The new, 12,760-square-foot tem-
ple and community center, which
took four years to build, can accom-
modate 400 people. The head monk
of the local ashram, Swami Amarna-
thananda, was deeply involved in the
construction from inception, said
Guru Chakravarty, a BSS member.
Spiritual leaders from India and
devotees will attend the events and
Swami Bibidishananda, BSS secre-
tary from Kolkata who is responsible
for running the organization all over
the world, will attend the event.
Other monks visiting from India
include Swami Purnatmananda,
Swami Biswatmananda, Swami
Atmagyanananda, Swami Shashwa-
tananda and Swami Mahananda.
Several monks from the two
ashrams in Canada, and monks from
Los Angeles, Chicago and New York
will also attend.
There are 350 BSS ashrams in the
world, with over 500 monks and
millions of devotees.
For the sixth consecutive year, surgical oncologist
Dr Rajiv Datta has been selected in the 14th edi-
tion of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.
The guide from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd
spotlights the top 10 percent of primary care and
specialty care physicians in the New York-New
Datta, chair, department of surgery, and med-
ical director, Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer
Center, South Nassau Communities Hospital,
said, ‘My successes and the quality of the care my
patients receive is a direct result of the team of
oncologists, nurses, technicians, and administra-
tors that I work and collaborate with on a daily
basis here at South Nassau.’
Under his leadership, the Gertrude & Louis Feil
Cancer Center has evolved into one of the
Northeast corridor’s premiere providers of com-
passionate advanced cancer care. It is the only
one on Long Island equipped with three of the most advanced and
effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer. It is a recip-
ient of many prestigious honors and citations, including the
American College of Surgeons Comprehensive Community Cancer
Center and the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement
Datta is listed in the ‘colon and rectal surgery’ section of the Castle
Connolly guide. Doctors listed in its top doctors series of guides are
selected after peer nomination, research and review and screening.
The Castle Connolly physician-led research team reviews the medical
education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary history and
more of each nominee. Doctors do not pay to be included in a Castle
Connolly guide or list.
Datta’s areas of expertise include cancer of the colon/rectum, the
endocrine system, breast and head and neck; soft tissue sarcoma and
Dr Rajiv Datta
melanoma; upper gastrointestinal and colorectal
procedures; tracheal and esophageal surgeries and
radio frequency ablation for liver tumors. He also
is involved in numerous federally and privately
funded clinical trials.
He holds three fellowships — from the
International College of Surgeons, the American
College of Surgeons and the Royal College of
Surgeons. He has also served as president, Nassau
County Surgical Society.
Datta, recognized as one of the leading head and
neck surgeons in the United States, was awarded
the 2006 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding
Performance Award from the American College of
Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In 2005, he was
awarded a fellowship in the International College
of Surgeons and served as South Nassau’s liaison
physician to the American College of Surgeons
Commission on Cancer. Before joining South
Nassau, Datta was director of surgical oncology,
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
A graduate from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, he has trained
at some of the most prestigious surgical oncology and head and neck
surgery programs in the world, including Tata Memorial Hospital,
the largest cancer center in Asia; and England’s Royal College of
Surgeons, where he achieved fellowship. He continued his training
with a research fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer
Center. This was followed by a rare opportunity for a dual fellowship
in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology at Roswell Park
Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.
South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest
hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000
employees. Located in Oceanside, the hospital is an acute-care, not-
for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in car-
diac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental
health and emergency services.