Satish K. Tripathi

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Satish K. Tripathi
15th President of the University at Buffalo
Assumed office
April 18, 2011
Preceded by John B. Simpson
Personal details
Born India
Spouse(s) Kamlesh Tripathi
Children Manish, Aashish
Residence Buffalo, NY
Alma mater Banaras Hindu University
University of Toronto
University of Alberta
Profession Computer Science

Satish K. Tripathi is an Indian-American computer scientist and academic administrator. He is the president of the University at Buffalo (UB), part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.[1][2] He was selected by the SUNY Board of Trustees with backing from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher,[2][3] and assumed this position on April 18, 2011, after leaving his position as provost at UB.[1][4]

Tripathi grew up in India and came to the United States in 1978.[2] He spent many years as a faculty member at the University of Maryland and the University of California, Riverside.[2] During his tenure as UB provost, time he secured important partnerships in India.[2] He is recognized as an expert computer scientist and has published more than 200 papers.[2]


Early life[edit]

Tripathi was born and raised in the small village of Patna Mubarakpur in India.[5] As a child, he was interested in the field of education;[5] his father was a high school principal.[5]

In the Winter 2014 edition of At Buffalo, Tripathi states in an article included in the publication:

...I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to lead a major American research university like UB. My early ambitions were more modest: I hoped, through hard work and perseverance, that I might one day become a high school principal like my father. I would have taken great pride in that achievement, but I am very proud of where this path ultimately has taken me.[5]


Tripathi graduated at the head of his class in 1968 from Banaras Hindu University in India,[2] receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in statistics.[1][5] He also holds master's and doctoral degrees (1979)[1] in computer science that he earned from the University of Toronto,[2][5] and a master's degree in statistics from the University of Alberta in 1974.[1][2][5][6]

Early career[edit]

Work in India[edit]

In Calcutta, after graduating from Banaras Hindu University, Tripathi gained experience in working with computers at the Indian Statistical Institute.[5] He also worked at the Electronics Corporation of India Limited in systems programming prior to moving to Canada to further his education.[5]

Later career[edit]

At the University of Maryland[edit]

Tripathi came to the United States in 1978.[5] He was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where he served 19 years as a faculty member;[1][2][5] he was a department chair from 1988 to 1995.[1][5] While at the University of Maryland, Tripathi was also a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Sud in France and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.[2]

At the University of California, Riverside[edit]

At the University of California, Riverside, Tripathi was dean of the Bourns College of Engineering from 1997 to 2004.[5] An internationally recognized computer scientist, Tripathi has been involved in substantial funded research and has published more than 200 scholarly papers, supervised 25 doctoral students, and served on program committees of numerous international conferences.[1][2][3]

At the University at Buffalo[edit]

As University at Buffalo Provost[edit]

Tripathi became UB Provost in 2004.[2][5] With Tripathi as provost, UB's international undergraduate enrollment grew significantly[1][2] with its "most academically talented" freshman class being enrolled there since 2008.[2]

Tripathi also signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005 with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to establish the Indo-US Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher Education and Research.[1][2][7] The Initiative is aimed at increasing educational access to people in India.[7] The Initiative partners India with UB, as well as four additional universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at San Diego, Carnegie Mellon University, and Cornell University.[7] QUALCOMM Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. have partnered in the initiative to provide funding for the program.[7]

Regarding the creation of the Collaborative Initiative between the United States and India, Tripathi is quoted in an article written by Ellen Goldbaum that appeared in the University at Buffalo on July 28, 2005, stating:

UB is partnering with a distinguished group of Indian and U.S. institutions and companies in combining faculty expertise and distance-learning technologies to expand access to higher and technical education throughout India.[7]

In 2011, Tripathi was named President of UB.[2][5] At the time he left his position as Provost, he was overseeing Building UB, the institution's physical plan that included the construction of several new buildings. John Kapoor Hall, Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, and William R. Greiner Hall were all constructed under Building UB.[8]

As University at Buffalo President[edit]

As president, he is a significant promoter of the economic stimulus plan, UB 2020,[1][9] and also serves as an honorary member of AtTheBull.

In 2012-2013, Tripathi was the highest paid SUNY president, earning more than $681,000 during that year.[10][11]

On the behalf of UB, Dr. Tripathi serves on the board of directors for the Association of American Universities (AAU).[12]

Civic and professional involvement[edit]

In 2011, Tripathi was named by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council[13] He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Urban League.[1][2] Further, Tripathi is a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Tripathi is a resident of Amherst, New York. He and his wife, Kamlesh,[5] have two adult sons, Manish and Aashish.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m UB Office of the President: About Satish K. Tripathi, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY: University of Buffalo, 2013, Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s SUNY chancellor recommends Satish K. Tripathi as president of UB, Washington, DC: Targeted News Service, 17 March 2011, Della Contrada, J., Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b SUNY Chancellor Recommends Satish K. Tripathi as President of UB, WKBW News 7, Buffalo, NY: WKBW News 7, 18 March 2011, Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  4. ^ Indian-American Satish Tripathi appointed president of University at Buffalo, Economic Times/India Times, 19 April 2011, Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Ask your president: Can you describe your personal journey from India to the UB presidency?," At Buffalo, Vol. 31, No. 2, Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo Alumni Association, Winter 2014.
  6. ^ Satish Tripathi named UB provost, UB Reporter, Buffalo, NY: University of Buffalo, 22 April 2004, Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e UB joins in collaborative effort to enhance science, engineering education in India, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, 28 July 2005, Goldbaum, E., Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  8. ^ "SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Satish K. Tripathi President of University at Buffalo". State University of New York. April 11, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Buffalo pins hope for revival on university expansion, New York Times, New York, NY: New York Times, Kaplan, T., 8 May 2011, Retrieved 7 November 2012
  10. ^ Tripathi was highest paid SUNY president: UB top executive made $681,139 in 2012-13, Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY: Berkshire Hathaway, 19 May 2014, Tokasz, J., Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  11. ^ UB's tripathi was highest-paid president in SUNY in 2012-13, McClatchy - Tribune Business News, Washington, DC: McClatchy - Tribune Business News, 19 May 2014, Tokasz, J., Retrieved 7 June 2014.
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  13. ^ University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi named co-chair of Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, US Federal News Service, Including US State News, Washington, DC: US Federal News Service, 27 July 2011, Retrieved 7 June 2014.

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Preceded by
John B. Simpson
15th President of the University at Buffalo
Succeeded by