OBIT: Purdue Calumet professor, former department head Essaid Bouktache

A long time Purdue University Calumet engineering technology professor and former department head died unexpectedly Tuesday (8/28).

Essaid Bouktache, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, died two days before his 63rd birthday. His funeral was this afternoon.

Prof. Bouktache joined the Purdue Calumet faculty in 1992. He also headed the university’s Department of Engineering Technology from 2007 to 2011.

“(He) was a professor of professors; he loved life, teaching with passion,” colleague and friend Omer Farook, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, said. “His analytical mind would find solutions for the betterment of students and colleagues.”

Professor Bouktache

Prof. Bouktache was a native of Algeria and a Munster resident. He taught classes in digital signal processing. Other areas of expertise included computer networks and protocols, digital control systems, and digital communications and communication theory.

“I was privileged to have Essaid on my team as department head; we accomplished a great deal,” Purdue Calumet Dean of the School of Technology Niaz Latif said. “On a personal note, Essaid was always smiling, compassionate and truly cared for his colleagues.”

Farook added, “He loved humanity and depicted the best in Algerian Berber tradition. He was fluent in French, English and his native mother tongue, Berber.”

Prof. Bouktache earned an undergraduate degree from the National Polytechnic School of Algiers and master’s and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.