Bipin and Linda Doshi
Through his leadership and generosity as a loyal alumnus and major donor, Bipin Doshi (ChE’62, MS ChE’63, PD ChE’01) has contributed to the advancement of Missouri University of Science and Technology in a lasting way, supporting academic excellence and raising the profile of the university as one of the nation’s top technological research institutions.
As a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers, Bipin has strengthened and sustained the Chemical Engineering Department through his professional expertise, industry connections and financial support. In addition, as members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, he and his wife, Linda, are among the university’s most generous donors. In 2011, they pledged $1 million in support of James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, the university’s new home for chemical and biochemical engineering.
Bipin’s relationship with Missouri S&T, and with his future wife, began more than half a century ago, when he traveled 8,000 miles from India to Rolla to study chemical engineering. The ambitious young man already held degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Bombay, so the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering he earned in 1962 and 1963 broadened his expertise.
After graduation, Bipin joined U.S. Rubber Company, which later became Uniroyal. Over more than two decades, he held many leadership positions with the company, from project manager to vice president. In 1988 he and Linda became business owners with the purchase of Schafer Gear Works, a leading machine parts manufacturing company headquartered in South Bend, Indiana.
Over the past 25 years, the Doshis have operated an exceptionally successful manufacturing company, adding new divisions, diversifying products and serving their peers as leaders of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. (Bipin is a former board chairman and trustee, and the Doshis received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Bipin also received a Professional Degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri S&T in 2001.)
The Doshis have given back to the South Bend community in many ways, including their leadership as members of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, which honored their company with the 2011 Salute to Business Award. Bipin also serves on the board of Beacon Health System. Strong advocates for higher education, they are contributors to Notre Dame University and Purdue University, in addition to their generous gifts in support of Missouri S&T’s Bertelsmeyer Hall, the Chemical Engineering Department and many other university initiatives.
Now the Doshis have stepped forward yet again, generously choosing to establish the Bipin and Linda Doshi Endowed Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. Through this permanent source of funding, aspiring chemical engineers for generations to come will pursue their academic hopes and dreams at Missouri S&T.