Dr. Cassady and Dr. Gupta to retire

Dr. Carolyn Cassady and Dr. Arun Gupta have announced that they will retire at the of the fall 2022 semester.

Dr. Carolyn Cassady came to UA as an associate professor in 2000 after beginning her academic career at the University of Miami. She was promoted to full professor in 2010.  Dr. Cassady is an expert in mass spectrometry.  Her research has focused on the vacuum phase acid-base chemistry of amino acids and peptides.  Dr. Cassady’s research has improved our understanding of negatively charged anions in the gas phase so that anion mass spectrometry, which is critical for the use of mass spectrometry in proteomic studies.  Dr. Cassady published 76 papers on her research and had consistent funding from NSF and NIH during her career.  She played a critical role in the department as supervisor of the mass spectrometry facility.  In this role, she led several successful proposals to obtain new instruments.

Dr. Arun Gupta came to UA as Mint Professor in 2004 after an impactful career as a research manager at IBM.  He was named a Distinguished Research Professor in 2013 and received the Burnham Distinguished Faculty award, UA’s highest faculty honor, in 2016. Dr. Gupta’s research involves the synthesis and characterization of oxide and chalcogenide thin films and nanostructured materials which have broader impacts on many industrial and commercial applications. Dr. Gupta has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles including papers in some of the most respected research journals such as Nature, Science, and the Journal of the American Chemical SocietyDuring his career at UA, he has received more than $6 million in funding from such sources as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense.  Dr. Gupta served as associate director of the Materials for Information Technology (MINT) from 2008-2020.

The department will miss the contributions of these outstanding faculty. We wish them well in retirement.