Professor Roger Basu to Retire

Associate Professor Roger Basu announced that he will retire from Webb at the end of the spring semester.  He has been here just a short while, but he wished it could have been longer. Professor Basu stated he has thoroughly enjoyed his time here, and he hopes that he has made a contribution, even if small, to the work of Webb.

Roger was born in England and shared his childhood years between there and India.  His high school and college years were spent in England.  He got his start as an engineer working on the design of structures such as bridges and buildings and caught the “marine bug” when he worked on offshore structures destined for the North Sea.  In the mid-seventies he and his young family emigrated to Canada, where he and his wife, Rufina, raised two daughters. At the time he was working mostly on Navy and Coast Guard ships. Once their daughters were grown, Roger and Rufina moved to Houston, TX, where he worked for the American Bureau of Shipping for 15 years before joining the Webb family.

After the spring semester the Basus will be moving to Toronto, where one of their daughters lives with her family, including two of their grandchildren and another one on the way. Their other daughter lives with her family (two more grandchildren) in London. The desire to spend more time with the grandchildren is the main reason Roger will reluctantly leave Webb this summer.

Roger says that throughout his career he has run across “Webbies” numerous times, and that in those professional encounters their unique quality was clear to him. It wasn’t until he worked at Webb, however, that he really started to understand why. So many aspects of Webb distinguish it from other institutions, he notes, and it’s hard to imagine the intimacy of Webb existing at any other similar institution. The small size allows a close connection between all who work at Webb, and as a professor Roger believes that a close student-teacher relationship lends itself to an especially effective and satisfying learning experience.

We wish Professor Roger Basu and his wife all the best; they will be missed.