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Surgounda A. Patil

Dr. Patil was born in a small village in western India to a poor farmer's family. He earned his master's from the University of Poona with the financial help of relatives and friends. Dr. Patil came to the United States of America in 1962 with a scholarship from the University of Minnesota where he earned a master's in statistics in 1965. He later earned a Ph.D. from the Colorado State University in 1966.

Dr. Patil joined Tennessee Technological University in 1966 as an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1974. He served Tennessee Tech University for 34 years until his retirement in May 2000. During his tenure at Tennessee Tech, Dr. Patil directed 23 math graduate students on their master's theses and published more than twenty papers in national and international journals in the field of mathematical statistics. He worked with numerous U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM, Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, AL and Arnold Engineering Center in Tullahoma, TN.

Dr. Patil cared deeply for the welfare and instruction of the students and emphasized excellent in mathematics. In 1996 as an initiative toward excellence, he facilitated an award to be given to a superior math major. Now in 2000, Dr. Patil has introduced a scholarship to be given to an outstanding math major.
Scholarships associated with Surgounda A. Patil
  • Dr. S. A. Patil and Mrs. Vijayalaxmi Patil Mathematics Endowed Scholarship