Partha Dutta

Chief Technologist

United Semiconductors

Dr. Partha D. Dutta is the Chief Technologist at United Semiconductors in Los Alamitos, California and a Professor Emeritus in the Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Prior to his current position, he served as a professor in the ECSE Department at RPI from 2000 to 2022 and as the Deputy Director of NSF funded Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center from 2010 to 2015. He has over 3 decades of experience in crystal growth and semiconductor technologies. Currently he is leading a NASA funded microgravity crystal growth and In-Space manufacturing project. He received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and an Honorary D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) from the RKDF University, Bhopal, India for his innovative contribution in the field of engineering, science and technology with societal impacts. In 2023, he received the American Association for Crystal Growth Award for Outstanding Contributions to Crystal Growth. His research interests are in the areas of crystal growth, semiconductors and nanotechnology. He has co-authored over 150 research papers, 5 book chapters and inventor of 21 issued US Patents. Dr. Dutta is a serial entrepreneur with over 2 decades experience in laboratory to market ventures. He has engaged in a wide gamut of TRL-1 through TRL-9 technology and product development activities with applications in the oil and gas, aerospace, defense, lighting and display, and healthcare industries. He is the Co-founder of Auterra Inc., a petrochemical company with the core technology of refining crude feedstock using nanoscale materials. Served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the company between 2003-2007. He received the 40 under forty entrepreneurship award in 2004. He is an IEEE Senior Member.