Ashish D. (BSE NAME ’71, MSE NAME and ME ’73) and Norma J. (BSN ’73, MPH ’77) Sarkar have generously provided a gift to the College of Engineering, which will establish an endowment fund named the Ashish D. and Norma J. Sarkar Engineering Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund will provide need-based support to undergraduate students. The donors desire that preference be given to recipients from: Flint, Detroit, Benton Harbor or Saginaw, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; the south side of Chicago, Illinois; Harlem or Bronx areas of New York. This gift qualifies for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.
Mr. Sarkar is a retired energy industry executive with decades of senior and executive management experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Sarkar worked in over twenty countries within the energy and infrastructure industries, and retired as executive vice president for global business development with the company, Globeleq. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Covanta Power International and a Senior Vice President at CMS Generation Corporation. He remains a committed volunteer of several charitable organizations within southeast Michigan, including serving as president of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor.
Mrs. Sarkar is a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Since 2002, she has taught community health nursing in the undergraduate and second career programs at the School of Nursing. Her clinical sites include Washtenaw County Public Health, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and the Delonis Center. Mrs. Sarkar has a special interest in global health, and she has taken students to Ghana (2011), Ecuador (2012-2014), and India (2015-2017) to compare and contrast health care delivery systems. During the fall semester, her students videoconference weekly with a baccalaureate nursing school in Leogane, Haiti.
Mr. and Mrs. Sarkar reside in Superior Township, Michigan.