Debasis Datta graduated with a PhD in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1994. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he received his master’s in physics from Indian Institute of Technology. His research work at Tech resulted in ten publications in American Physical Review. Following the completion of his postdoctoral work, he started his career in Information Technology in 1996 as a software engineer in the IT services industry.
During his 16 year IT career, Debasis worked at DaimlerChrysler, PeopleSoft, Oracle and General Motors Corporation where he is currently employed. As a senior principal consultant at Oracle, he delivered cutting edge solutions for more than 20 companies across healthcare, financial, technology, energy, retail and education industries and received the prestigious Oracle QOOL MVP award for quality, performance and consistency. Over the years, he has progressed from roles heavily focused on software development and technology infrastructure into his current role as a senior enterprise architect providing guidance and leadership in the areas of Transformation and Optimization, Technology Strategy and Standards and Governance at General Motors.
Debasis is an avid amateur photographer and loves to experiment with server software and platforms. He is working on building a "private cloud" infrastructure in his basement with open source technologies for personal use.
Excerpted from the 2013 College of Sciences and Arts Academy induction ceremony program.