Dutta Named LeRoy Eakin Sr. Endowed Chair

Posted: May 22, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Amitava Dutta, a member of the faculty at George Mason since 1992, has been appointed to the LeRoy Eakin Sr. endowed chair in the field of electronic commerce within the School of Management.

Dutta joined the university as a professor of decision sciences and management information systems. Before coming to George Mason, he held faculty positions at the University of Iowa and the Simon School of the University of Rochester. He also was a visiting professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. He earned his

undergraduate degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, and his doctoral degree in management information systems from Purdue University.

Dutta is an international research fellow at the Electronic Commerce Research Center of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. His research interests include telecommunications and electronic commerce and decision support systems.

The LeRoy Eakin Sr. chair was the first endowed chair established at George Mason. Eakin, a prominent Virginia businessman, initiated the endowment in 1971. Since his death the following year, the endowment has been increased by his son, LeRoy Eakin Jr., of McLean, and his wife, Ruth. Eakin Jr. was elected a trustee of the George Mason

University Foundation in 1966, the year of its founding, and served as chairman of the foundation from 1972 to 1974. Today, he is a trustee emeritus and chairman of Eakin Properties, Inc.

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