Diganta Dutta, Assistant Professor

Diganta Dutta

Diganta Dutta
Assistant Professor

Physics/Mechanical Engineering–UNK
219 Bruner Hall / 2401 11th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849
Office: 308-865-8921
Dutta's webpage

Research Areas
Nano scale characterization of biological cells and tissues, microfluidics


Dr. Dutta is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Engineering Foundations program at UNK. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where his dissertation was titled “Nanoscale Characterization of Materials Using Atomic Force Microscopy.” His M.S. was in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ulsan in Ulsan South Korea.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 2015
  • M.S., Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2004

Research Interests

Dr. Dutta’s research focuses on nanoscale characterization of biological cells and tissues, or micro and nano fluidics. His teaching philosophy centers on practice and practical applications while reinforcing critical thinking at the center of every step in the educational process. Read more about Dr. Dutta's research on his research page.

Teaching Interests and Approach

Dr. Dutta holds a love for teaching and takes genuine joy in seeing students learn. His teaching philosophy centers on practice of the basics and reinforcement of critical thought at every step of the educational process, and is born out of his experience researching nanotechnology with advanced microscopes and out of his professional work back home. Since his undergraduate studies, teaching has become an integral part of Dutta’s life through self-teaching and tutoring of classmates in engineering courses and tutoring high school students in math, physics, and engineering. This resulted in Dutta being known for his ability to break down complex subjects quite simply. Since 2000, he has gained experience through teaching, working as volunteer, one-on-one tutoring, functioning as a teaching assistant and a researcher, and by working an assistant professor both within the United States and internationally. It is his pleasure to teach and mentor students in engineering programs.