Subal Kumbhakar named SUNY Distinguished Professor
The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Binghamton University economics professor, Subal Kumbhakar, to a distinguished professorship.
A letter from Chancellor John Ryan noted that Kumbhakar has made “seminal contributions in developing the new field of frontier analysis” and done “pioneering work in the econometric estimation of efficiency, productivity and technical change.”
Kumbhakar, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Southern California, came to Binghamton in 2001 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he had taught since 1986.
Very few people attain the rank of distinguished professor. Fewer than 20 Binghamton faculty members and professors emeritus now hold the title, which is awarded to individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation in their field.
Kumbhakar traveled a long road to Binghamton University. He’s from a remote village in India, a community so small that in ninth grade Kumbhakar did not have the traditional choice of studying the sciences. There simply was no science curriculum available at his school. He was, however, one of five students chosen for a special math class.
When he arrived at college in Calcutta, he found economics the most appealing subject. After graduation from Calcutta University, he taught at a university before leaving for the United States. His studies took him to California and then to Texas, where he taught for about 15 years.