Distinguished Alumnus Award

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur recognises the professional achievements and contribution of its alumni through the Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) each year on the Annual Convocation Day.
You are requested to help us identify the Distinguished Alumnus for this year by nominating those, who in your opinion should be considered for these Awards. Kindly get the nomination form filled up and submitted to the Office of the undersigned latest by 31st March 2018, Saturday. A soft copy of the nomination form should also be submitted by email to deanaa@hijli.iitkgp.ernet.in. It may not be possible to consider nominations received after this date for the current year. However, those will be considered for the next year.
Nominations in prescribed format may be submitted by past Distinguished Alumnus Awardees, Senate Members, Life Fellows, Alumni Foundations / Associations through their Presidents. Nominations must reach the Dean of Alumni Affairs & International Relations latest by 31st March 2018, Saturday. Nominations received can be carried forward for 2 years with provisions for update by the concerned alumnus/alumna.
Self Nomination will not be entertained.
Any person who has received a degree from the Institute is eligible to be considered for Distinguished Alumnus Award, except in the following cases:

A. An alumnus/alumna, who is an employee of IIT Kharagpur, shall not be eligible for the award during his/her service period except when he/she has accomplished with truly outstanding of highest order recognised widely.

B. Alumni who have been awarded D.Sc (Honoris Causa) and or Life Fellow Award of the Institute will also be considered as Distinguished Alumnus Awardees of the Institute.
An individual, to be nominated for this Distinguished Alumnus Award, should have made a significant professional contribution which is recognised widely. The following, among possible other criteria, shall be considered while assessing the nominations:

  • Positions held
  • Contributions to his/her profession
  • Awards and Honours Received
  • Other contributions
Process of Selection
Nominations shall be shortlisted by a Screening Committee (SC) chaired by the Dean (AA&IR) to be constituted with the approval of the Director. Shortlisted nominations shall be peer reviewed. The SC will make a panel of such reviewers for the purpose. Based on the recommendations of the peer reviewers, the SC will make a panel for consideration of the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee will normally comprise Director as the Chairman, Deputy Director, Dean (AA&IR), Dean (F) as members and 2 (two) External Experts, following the guidelines of selection in such cases and considering all eligible nominations and their recommendations of the peer reviewers as well as recommendation of the Screening Committee and make final recommendations to the Senate and the Board of Governors for approval.
Past Awardees

Professor Lord Sushanta Kumar Bhattacharya

Professor Lord Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya, CBE obtained his B.Tech (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1960 and did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Birmingham, UK. He has received Honorary Doctorates from several universities.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has extensively worked and published in the field of manufacturing. A distinguished academic and innovator, Professor Bhattacharyya was appointed as the UK's first Professor in Manufacturing in 1980 when he became founder and the Director of the new internationally renowned Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), at the University of Warwick. Academic excellence with industrial relevance has always been at the heart of WMG, it is what makes them unique. Today, WMG is one of the world’s top applied research centres, with a reputation for academic excellence and business results spanning the globe.

He is the advisor to many companies and organizations around the world. He is the past member of the UK Council for Science and Technology, the premier advisory body on major science and technology issues of strategic importance to the UK. He advises Government of South Africa on Science and Technology Policy and is a member of the Board of Transnet, the holding company for the state owned transport businesses from airlines to railways.

He has received many international and national Honours and awards for his distinguished contributions in the field of Science and Technology. In 1988, he was the recipient of Mensforth International Gold Medal by the Institute of Electrical Engineers. In 2002 the President of India accorded him with the prestigious award Padma Bhusan for services to science, technology and industry. The Queen of England conferred him with the Knighthood award in 2003 for his services to the higher education and industry. In 2004, he was elevated to the House of Lords and became Lord Bhattacharyya of Mosely. He was the Member of the International Academy of Technological Cybernetics, 2003; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 2004; Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2005;Honorary Membership awarded by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for his ability and stature, plus contribution of his substantial skills and talent to accomplish the goals of society, 2008; Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) For his contribution to engineering research and education, 2014; Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) awarded by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2003; Honorary Doctorate of Science awarded by the University of Birmingham, 2004; The Asian Guild award for outstanding contribution to science and technology, 2004; The Duncan Davies Medal awarded by The Research and Development Society for outstanding contribution to research and development in the UK. 2005; Honorary Doctorate of Science awarded by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2008; Honorary Doctorate of Science awarded by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, presented by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, 2013; City of Coventry Award of Merit for outstanding personal achievement in raising the status of UK engineering and manufacturing and for his service to the promotion of the University of Warwick and the City of Coventry, 2014; Honorary Freedom of the City of Coventry in recognition of his impact on the City of Coventry , 2015; Lifetime Business Achievement Award presented by the Coventry Telegraph for contribution and the key role he has played in enhancing the region’s long-standing reputation for research and innovation in the automotive sector, 2015; Honorary Doctorate Doctor of Laws awarded by Monash University in Australia in recognition of his work to reinvigorate global manufacturing and advising industry and international governments, 2015; National Rainbow Bridge Award China’s first ever special prize for outstanding contributions to cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, and culture between China and countries around the world, 2015; Regius Professor of Manufacturing, 2016; The Chinese Government Friendship Award the highest award offered by the Chinese Government to honour foreign experts was presented by Vice Premier Ma Kai on behalf of the Chinese Government in recognition of participation in China's development by facilitating the modernization drive and contribution to the economic and social development of China as well as progress of human civilization, 2017; The Great Wall Friendship Award Presented by acting Mayor Mr. Chen Jining on behalf of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality in recognition of the enthusiastic support and contribution to Beijing's construction, 2017.


Professor Anjan Bose

Professor Anjan Bose, currently is a Regents Professor the College of Engineering and Architecture, where he also served as the Dean of Engineering and Architecture (1998-2005) at Washington State University. He has over forty years of experience in industry and academia, as an engineer, educator, and administrator. He is well known as a technical leader in the power grid control industry, a researcher in electric power engineering, an educator in engineering, and an administrator in higher education.

He received his B.Tech (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from lIT Kharagpur in the year 1967. He was the faculty of Arizona State University, where he helped to establish the Electric Power Research Laboratory in 1982. His own research group became internationally known for applying computation technology to the' control and analysis of large power generation/transmission grid.

He also worked for Control Data Corporation in their Energy Management Systems Division (now Siemens Energy Management & Information Systems). Major breakthroughs in power system control technology under his leadership are in industrial practice today. He has continued to be a technical leader in this industry and is a prominent consultant. In 2012-13, he served as a Senior Advisor to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in the Obama administration.

Dr. Bose is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE and is active in several international professional societies. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award 1994 and the Third Millenium Medal 2000 from the IEEE,  Foreign Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering 2006, Herman Halperin Electric Transmission & Distribution Award 2006, Attwood Award, Conseil International des Grands Reseaux Electriques (CIGRE) 2006, , Eminent Faculty Award (highest faculty award), Washington State University 2008, Distinguished Member, Conseil International des Grands Reseaux Electriques (CIGRE), 2012.

He has served on several editorial boards of IEEE publications and the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. He has also served, some as chair, on several international technical committees and conference organizations. He was appointed by the governor to the board of the Washington Technology Center (served as Vice-Chair for three years), and by the US Secretary of Energy on the committees to study the 1999 and 2003 power blackouts. He has consulted for the electric power industry throughout the world and has been an advisor to several governments on grid related issues.


Professor Prem Vrat

Professor Prem Vrat, is the Pro-Chancellor; Professor of Eminence and Chief Mentor at The NorthCap University, Gurugram (formerly ITM University, Gurugram). Just prior to joining ITMU as the Vice-Chancellor, in September 2011, he was Professor of Eminence at the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurugram. Prof. Vrat was Founder-Director, IIT Roorkee; Vice-Chancellor, U.P. Technical University, Lucknow (now known as APJAKTU, Lucknow); Professor, Head, Dean, Dy. Director and Director-in-charge at IIT Delhi.

He obtained his B.Tech (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering in 1966 and M.Tech (Industrial Engineering & Operation Research) in 1968 from IIT Kharagpur. He received his Ph.D. degree from IIT Delhi in 1974. During 1975-76 he was Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering Production, University of Birmingham (U.K), as an International Visiting Fellow at University of Western Sydney, Australia. During 1985-86, he was a visiting faculty at the Industrial Engineering & Management Division of the prestigious Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand where he held the position of Professor & Chairman. He has extensive experience of more than 50 years in teaching, research, management development and consultancy.

He is a sought after speaker in continuing education, management development programs and has delivered invited lectures in more than 375 such programs in India and abroad. He also held the Modi Foundation Chair in 2001. He has published extensively in Journals of national and international repute. He has published more than 455 research papers in reputed journals and proceedings of international and national conferences.  His research papers have received more than 5700 citations with g-index of 74 and maximum citation of a paper as 981 (as per google scholar). He has guided 41 Ph.D. theses, 118 M.Tech and 65 B.Tech major projects on Industrial Application of Systems Approach and Management Science. 

He has received a number of prizes and Honours. His co-authored book "Productivity Management: A System Approach" received DMA-Escort Book award as well as the second best book award for 1999-2000 by Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD). He received the prestigious "Lillian Gilbreth Award" for his outstanding contributions to Industrial Engineering &Productivity in India as well as Dr. C. M. Jacob Gold Medal of Systems Society of India for his outstanding contributions to Systems Modeling &Management. He was elected Fellow of the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineers, Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India, Fellow of World Academy of Productivity Science. He was honoured with the American Order of Excellence by ABI and is an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) by Bundelkhand University; Distinguished Service Award by IIT Delhi; Outstanding Contribution Award for National Development by IIT Delhi Alumni Association; Uttaranchal Ratan Award, 14 Best Paper medals and prizes, the ‘Guru’ Award by SAE India, The Life Time Achievement Award at the 18th Annual International Conference of the Society of Operations Management at IIT Roorkee in 2014, Dr. M.C. Puri Memorial Award of ORSI, Life Time Achievement Award-2016 by Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering Mumbai.

He has been on the Board of Governors of many technical institutions and universities, on the editorial boards of many Indian and foreign journals. He was Chairman (NWRC), AICTE, Programme Implementation Committee  of National Project on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE); Chairman, Working Group on HRD in IT, Department of IT, Government of India; Member of Adhoc Task Force (ATF), Independent Director on the Board of Air India; Co-Chairperson, RAC-DRDO, Member (MEAC) of National Board of Accreditation; Member, Technology Forum of INAE; Member, Advisory Group of Experts for Technology Upgradation in Indian Railways, Member Executive Council of YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad and Sharda University.


Dr. Srikumar Banerjee

Prof. Srikumar Banerjee is Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and Chancellor of Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai and former Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, (BARC), Trombay, is one of the leading experts in materials science and technology in the country and has made outstanding contributions to many materials related areas, basic as well as application oriented. He obtained B.Tech (Honours) degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, in 1967 and thereafter underwent training in the Training School of BARC. He joined the erstwhile Metallurgy Division of BARC in 1968 and spent his entire scientific career in this establishment. On the basis of the work carried out by him in the first few years of his career in BARC, he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Metallurgical Engineering by IIT, Kharagpur, in 1974.

He was a senior visiting fellow at University of Sussex Brighton England during 1978-79 and a Humboldt fellow in Max Planck Institute for Metal research (Metalforschung), Stuttgart, Germany during 1979-80. He served as a visiting faculty in University of Cincinnati and in the Ohio State University in USA in short spells.

His major research contributions are in the areas of phase transformations in zirconium and titanium alloys, effect of radiation on order – disorder transitions and tailoring microstructure and texture of nuclear structural materials through thermo-mechanical processing. He has over 400 research papers, coauthored a book entitled “Phase Transformation: Examples from titanium and zirconium alloys” and co edited six books. As Director, BARC, he organized research in nuclear fuel cycle, design of innovative reactors, applications of radiation and isotope technology in agriculture, health care, food preservation and industry. He initiated several capacity building activities both in front and back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. He is currently engaged in research in advanced nuclear fuel cycle, policy for sustainable energy and metallurgy of actinides.

In recognition of Dr. Banerjee's important research contributions he has been the recipient of many awards and Honours. These include Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Medal (1976), National Metallurgists' Day Award (1981), Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences (1989), Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal (1990), G.D. Birla Gold Medal of The Indian Institute of Metals (1997), INSA Prize for Materials Science (2001), MRSI-Superconductivity and Materials Science Prize (2003), Indian Nuclear Society Award (2003). Notable among the international awards received by him are ActaMetallurgical Outstanding Paper Award (1984) and Humboldt Research Award (2004), INSA Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Medal, (2004), Padma Shri (2005), Honorary Fellow, Indian Institute of Metals (2007), MRSI Distinguished Materials Scientist of the year (2008), National Metallurgist award (2008), Excellence in Science and Technology Award From Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) (2009), Life time achievement award from Electron Microscopy Society of India (2009), Ram Mohun Puraskar of Rammohun Mission for outstanding contribution to Nuclear Science (2010), MRSI – C.N.R. Rao award for Advanced Materials (2011), M.N. Saha Birth Centenary award from ISCA (2012), Platinum Medal of Indian Institute of Metals (2012), Presidential Citation of American Nuclear Society (2012), W.J. Kroll Medal from ASTM (2012) and NuMat Robert Cahn award from Elsevier (2016).

Dr. Banerjee is a Fellow of a number of august academic bodies including Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, The National Academy of Sciences, India and Asia Pacific Academy of Materials. Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and International Nuclear Energy Academy.


Professor Asit Kumar Biswas

Prof. Asit K. Biswas is the founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and currently is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, University of Wuhan, China, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. Formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden, he was a member of the World Commission on Water. He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, Secretary General of OECD and also many other major international and national organisations. He completed his B.Tech and M.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1960 and 1961 respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in 1967 from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. UK.

Professor Biswas is the President of the International Society for Ecological Modelling and Past President of the International Water Resources Association. He was one of the founders of the World Water Council and serves on its Governing Board. He has been a Senior Advisor to seventeen governments at ministerial/secretarial levels; Chief, Department of Energy, Mines & Resources in Ottawa, Canada (1969-72); Director of the Department of Environment in Ottawa, Canada (1972-86); Senior Fellow of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria (1978-79); Research Scientist of Oxford University (1984-95); and a Senior Advisor to the UN Environment Program, UN Development Program, Food and Agricultural Organisation, UN Industrial Development Organisation, UN University, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD, CIDA, DANIDA, and NATO. Professor Biswas headed a UN Development Program expedition to Eastern Zaire in 1994 to assess the damage caused by the 1.5 to 2 million refugees who had fled from Rwanda.

Professor Biswas was the Vice-Chairman of the panel of eminent persons on Economic Policies for Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank; Member of International Water Resources Association (President, 1989-91; Vice President, 1979-82); Member of the International Society for Ecological Modelling (President, 1976-92); Member of International Association for Clean Technology (Vice-President, 1987-92); Honorary member of Russian Academy of Engineering, Indian Water Resources Society, and Egyptian Engineering Academy.

Prof. Biswas is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and has been its Editor-in-Chief for the past 28 years. He has been the author or editor of 81 books (6 more are now under publication) and published over 680 scientific and technical papers. His work has now been translated into 37 languages.

Among his major works are History of Hydrology (1968); Systems Approach to Water Management (1976); Models for Water Quality Management (1981); Long-Distance Water Transfer: A Chinese Case Study and International Experiences (1983); International Waters of the Middle East: From Tigris-Euphrates to Nile (1994); Asian International Waters: From Ganges-Brahmaputra to Mekong (1996); National Water Master Plan for Developing Countries (1997); Water Resources: Environmental Planning, Management and Development (1997). Professor Biswas is also the Editor of the International Journal of Water Resources Development. He is the Member of Editorial Boards of 7 scientific and technical journals.

Professor Biswas received many awards and honors. He received the highest award of the International Water Resources Association, the Crystal Drop Award, in 1994 for "outstanding lifetime achievements in water management." The International Water Resources Association awarded him with Yen Te Chow Memorial Award in 2003, Millenium Award in 2000, Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering, the Aragon Prize by the Spanish authorities, Stockholm Water Prize, 2006 by the Stockholm Water Foundation as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada for his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues, including research, education and awareness, water management, human and international relations in both developed and developing countries. The University of Lund, Sweden awarded him with the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology, Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology and Indian Institute of Technology for outstanding contributions to his field.

In 2012, he was named a “Water Hero of the World” by the Impeller Magazine, and also as one of the 10 thought?leaders of the world in water by Reuters. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum. He is regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and also is a television commentator in three continents.


Ravinder Nath Khanna

Shri Ravinder Nath Khanna is the founder and the Chairman and Managing Director of the Controls & Switchgear Group of Companies. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1962.

In 1966, Shri Khanna established his company in the garage of his father's house. He ventured into the difficult area of Traffic Signals. Soon there were traffic signals in New Delhi installed by him and his reputation from New Delhi grew and within the next few years, they were in great demand throughout the country. Knowledge of sequential switching and high-of enclosures and lanterns, made him the solitary manufacturer to venture in this field. In 1972, he built his first plant at Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi.

His success made him go to Telemecanique of France (now belonging to Schneider Group) and they agreed to join hands with him in the form of a joint venture to manufacture the world's most renowned range of contactors, overload relays, motor starters etc. Shri Khanna's confidence and success in whatever he undertook, led him to diversify into the areas of electrical industry and by the year 1985 his company had signed a joint venture with AVK of Germany tomanufacture world-class generators from 10 KVA going up to 10 MVA. A Joint Venture was signed between GEWISS of Italy and his company in the early 2004 and they are already in the process of setting up their 11th manufacturing plant in Hardwar Industrial Estate. Besides meeting the requirements of the Indian Power and Industrial Sector, the products are exported to 70 countries around the globe. Currently, the Group employs about 2000 people including 450 qualified and trained Engineers.

Shri Khanna was the recipient of the President's Tamrapatra for excellence as an Entrepreneur. He has been the President of the Okhla Industrial Estate and the President of Indo-German Friendship Society (Tangent Group). He has all along been actively associated in different forums like CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, IEEMA, Ministries of Power and Heavy Industry.

He was also conferred upon the “Life time achievement” award by the PHDCCI in 2008, the “Delhi Udyog Ratna” by the Delhi Government, “COSMA RATNA- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Award” in 2013. Mr. Khanna has been awarded with this award for Outstanding leadership and excellence in creation, development and manufacturing of a complete range of switchgear and protection products in India, which are now used across the globe.


Dr. A. R. Upadhya

Dr. Alevoor Raghupathy Upadhya, DRDO Distinguished Fellow; Immediate Past Director, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Aeronautical Development Agency, MoD, Govt. of India, Bangalore, is one of the few specialists in the multi-disciplinary field of aero elasticity in the country. He completed his B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering in 1972 from IIT Kharagpur and then he completed his ME (Aerospace Engineering) from IISc, Bangalore in 1974. In 1980 he earned his Ph.D. from College of Aero, CIT, Cranfield (UK).

Dr. Upadhya’s major technical contributions as a practicing engineer is in developing techniques and methodology for aerospace vehicle design incorporating advanced concepts of structural dynamics and aero elasticity, aero-servo-elasticity, load estimation and optimization with' composite structures. The contributions cover both analysis and experiments. He co-coordinated various multidisciplinary efforts and other activities involving numerous work-centres. He was successful in building teams of scientists and engineers to carry out goal-oriented developmental and project tasks and he established excellent human relations with employees of all major aeronautical institutions.

His Major Professional Contributions  are (i) Design and Development of Light Combat Aircraft- Tejas , with particular emphasis on Loads, Dynamics, Aero-elasticity and Structure-Control-Interactions, Structural optimization, Flight Vibration and Flutter Testing, etc (ii)Programme Director of first National Programme on Smart Materials (iii)Design, Development and Ground Testing and WT Testing of Launch Vehicle Models for Buffet Response

Dr. Upadhya organized major events such as National and International Conferences, seminars and workshops. He successfully organized the prestigious event of LCA Naming Ceremony by the Prime Minister of India, involving close coordination with central and state agencies. While at ADA he coordinated the Indo-Israel Management Committee Program between Department of Defence, Israel and DRDO, India in the area of applications of Smart Materials and MEMS. He has over 30 technical papers, over 100 Technical Reports and he is the Joint Editor, "Smart Materials, Structures and Systems".

He is the Member of AIAA, Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India, Founder Life Member of Indian Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (ISAMPE), Life Member of Institute of Smart Structures and Systems (ISSS), Member of Semiconductor Society of India, and Life Member of Society for Aerospace Quality and Reliability (SAQR), Citation by IE, India - Board of Metals & Materials Eng. Dvn. (2008), IE-Rajastan State Centre (2010) and Institute of Smart Structures & Systems (2012), Visveswaraya Vijnana Puraskara Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana, Karnataka(2008), Engineering Personality Institute of Engineers, India (2009), Member, Academic Senate, VTU, Karnataka (2009-13)  and Karnataka State Council for S&T (KSCST).


Arun Sarin

Shri Arun Sarin joined Accenture’s board of directors in October 2015. He was Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Group Plc from 2003 until his retirement in 2008, and also served as a director of Vodafone from 1999 to 2008, graduated from IIT Kharagpur with B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975. In 1978, he obtained M.S. in Engineering and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shri Sarin started his career as a management consultant before moving to Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco in 1984. He was instrumental in the company acquiring the first cellular licenses in the US and in Germany and a PCN license in UK. He was subsequently appointed CFO and Chief Strategy Officer at Pacific Bell before moving on to become Vice President and General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Telephone Company, a Pacific Bell division with 12,000 employees.

Following the de-merger from Pacific Telesis of the mobile and paging businesses to form AirTouch Communications, Shri Sarin was appointed Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Development where he developed and implemented a growth strategy encompassing partnerships and acquisitions which included the merger with the US West wireless business. On becoming President and CEO, AirTouch International, Shri Sarin was responsible for the acquisition of wireless licenses in several overseas territories and establishing the management teams of these new ventures. He then became President and CEO of AirTouch Communications where he was responsible for managing the cellular and paging operations in 14 countries and was a key negotiator in the successful acquisition of AirTouch by Vodafone Group Plc. Within the combined business, Vodafone AirTouch Plc, he was CEO US/Asia Pacific region, managing the Group’s operations in the US, Asia and Australia. In addition, Shri Sarin headed the Global Technology division, responsible for the introduction of wireless Internet services.

In 2000, with the successful merger of Vodafone AirTouch's US businesses with those of Bell Atlantic and GTE to form Verizon Wireless, Shri Sarin, whilst maintaining a non-executive directorship of Vodafone AirTouch Pie, became CEO of Infospace. In 2001 he joined Accel-KKR Telecom, a telecom investment and management business, where he evaluated numerous opportunities in the telecommunications industry around the world and oversaw the acquisition of Bell Canada's Yellow Pages business.

Mr. Sarin is a director of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Charles Schwab Corporation and Cisco Systems. He previously served as a director of The Gap and Safeway, and as a non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England. In 2010, he was named an Honorary Knight of the British Empire for services to the communications industry.


Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla

Professor Pradeepkumar Brijnath Khosla is the Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Chancellor at University of California, San Diego. He completed his B.Tech (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1980. He later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984 and 1986.

Professor Khosla defined the vision and set strategic directions and goals for both education and research for the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. As the founding Co-Director, he has been instrumental in preparing the implementation plan for CyLab, a University-wide initiative created to integrate response and prediction, research and development.

Professor Khosla's vision of an intelligent system involves several specialized components (hardware or software) that can be composed rapidly to create a system, and that collaborate with each other to achieve the desired behavior. To accomplish these goals and demonstrate this vision, technologies are being developed for distributed design and manufacturing, and utilization of the next generation of distributed robot systems (macroscopic and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based) that will include hardware, software and man-machine interfaces.

He has served as member of the AdCom of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, Chairman of the Education Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Professional Activities (PACE) Chair of the Robotics and Automation Society, member of Robotics and Intelligent Machines Coordinating Council (RIMCC), member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Robotics and Automation Society, member of the Board of Directors of The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) from 1998-2002 and member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) during 2000-2001, and 2004 - present. He served as Technical Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Computers and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE). He currently serves on editorial boards of IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Security and Privacy and Oxford University Press series in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In December 2002, he was appointed a member of the IT transition team of Pennsylvania Governor-elect Ed Rendell and in February 2003 he was appointed to the National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design for a three year term.

Professor Khosla is a consultant to several companies and Venture Capitalists and has served on the technology advisory boards of many start-ups and currently serves on several advisory boards including iNetworks, ITU Ventures, iPolicy, Alcoa CIO's Advisory Board, and the IT advisory committee, CSIRO, Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Quantapoint Inc., the Children's Institute, IIT Foundation, and MPC Corporation. He has served as member of the Strategy Review Board for Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Council of Deans of the Aeronautics Advisory Committee, NASA; Senior Advisory Group, DARPA Program on Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems. He is a co-founder of Quantapoint Inc.

Professor Khosla's research interests are in the areas of distributed and secure information systems, collaborating autonomous systems, agent-based architectures, software composition and reconfigurable software for secure embedded systems and intelligent instruments for biomedical applications. His research is multidisciplinary and has focused on the theme of "creating complex embedded systems and information systems through composition of and collaboration amongst building blocks".

Professor Khosla is a recipient of the Inlaks Foundation Fellowship in 1982, the Carnegie Institute of Technology Ladd Award for Excellence in Research in 1989, 2 NASA Tech Brief awards (1992, 1993), the ASEE 1999 George Westinghouse Award for Education, Siliconindia Leadership award for Excellence in Academics and Technology in 2000 and the W. Wallace McDowell Award from IEEE Computer Society in 2001. He was elected Fellow of IEEE in January 1995, Fellow of AAAI in 2003, Fellow of AAAS in 2004, and member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2006. He was appointed a Distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for 1998-2003. Professor Khosla's research has resulted in 3 books and more than 320 articles in journals, conferences and book contributions.



Dr. Kirit Shantilal Parikh

Dr. Kirit S. Parikh is Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), New Delhi and former Professor Emeritus and Founder Director of lndira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. He was also a Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India. Dr. Parikh obtained his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Gujarat University in 1956. Later he did his M.Tech (Structures) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1957. He has a D.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Economics from MIT, USA. He has been a Professor of Economics since 1967.

Dr. Parikh served as Senior Economic Advisor to United Nations Development Programme from October 1997 to September 1998. He has been a member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) of the Prime Minister of India. He was the Chairman of the Integrated Energy Policy Committee, Planning Commission. He had also been a member of the National Committee for Environmental Planning & Co-ordination, the National Committee on Science and Technology and the Fuel Policy Committee. He was the Special Economic Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York in 1997-98. He had been on the Board of Directors of a number of major industrial firms and financial institutions viz. Indian Petrochemicals Ltd, Life Insurance Corporation, Industrial Development Bank of India and State Bank of India.

Dr Parikh has authored, co-authored and edited 29 books in the areas of planning, engineering, water resource management, appropriate technology for housing, optimum requirement for fertilizers,  energy systems and policy, national and international food policies, trade policies, general equilibrium modeling, environmental governance and natural resources accounting. He has also published numerous articles. He had been the editor of "India Development Report" which provides a non-governmental assessment of India's development and policy options.

Dr. Parikh has received numerous awards and honors during his career. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Davos. In 2003, he was made honorary life member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He had been the President of The Indian Econometric Society and Gujarat Economic Association. In 1978 he was given the Vikram Sarabhai Award for Systems Analysis and Management. In 1999 he received the "Vishweshwaraya Award" by the Engineers' Foundation in Kolhapur. He is also a recipient of Nayudamma Award for contribution to the welfare of mankind through developments in the fields of Economics & Energy 2005. He was awarded Padma Bushan by the President of India in March 2009. Honored as the most distinguished and illustrious alumni of the decade from India by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in September, 2007.


Dr. Panjab Singh

Dr. Panjab Singh is presently the Chancellor, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi from 2016 and the President, Foundation for Advancement of Agriculture and Rural Development, Varanasi from 2008. He obtained his Ph.D. in water management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in collaboration with the University of California, U.S.A in 1969.

Dr. Singh was the Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research, Education (DARE), Government of India and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University. He has held many responsible positions such as Agronomist, Head of the Division and Assistant Director General, ICAR; Director, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi; Joint Director and Director/Vice-Chancellor of the premier Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), popularly known as PUSA Institute and Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur. He also served as the Regional Plant Production and Protection Officer in the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in Bangkok.

Dr. Singh has made significant scientific contributions in fields of water management and crop production and management systems besides providing leadership in shaping up of national and state level research institutions and agricultural universities. Dr. Singh has more than 350 research papers/articles to his credit and has guided more than a dozen Ph.D. and M.Phil programmes.

He has won several distinguished awards viz. the National Productivity Council Award, Millennium Plaque of Honor, Indian Science Congress, World Food Day Award, K.N. Behl Memorial Gold Medal, ISA Gold Medal and Life Time Achievement Award of Indian Society of Agronomy and Agriculture Leadership Award 2009. He is an elected Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), Indian Society of Agronomy (ISA), National Institute of Ecology (NIE), Bio-Ved Research Society of India (BRSI) and Society for Extension Education (EES). Dr. Singh is also honored with D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, V.B.S. Poorvanchal University, Jaunpur and Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad. Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, 2008.

He is the Member of Policy Advisory Board, ACIAR, Australia, Editorial Board of Glasslands & Herbage Abstracts, CAB International, UK and Japanese Society of Grassland Science, Japan. He was the Member of the Expert Panel of the Ramon Magasaysay Award in 1992. He is also the Chairman, Working Group on Agro-climatic Zonal Planning and Task Force on Grasslands and Deserts for the Environment &, Forests Sector for the Eleventh Five Year Plan.


Dr. Prithviraj Banerjee

Dr. Prithviraj Banerjee is the Senior Vice President, Research and Director, Hewlett Packard Labs, the company's central research organization. Dr. Banerjee received his B .Tech. degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1981 where he won the President of India Gold Medal, and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982 and 1984 respectively.

Prith Banerjee is Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry. In this role he is responsible for IOT and Digital Transformation Advisory Services in the Global Industrial Practice.

 Formerly, he was the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Dr. Banerjee was the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University, where he was also the Director of the Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Computational Science and Engineering program, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Previously he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Schneider Electric.
Formerly, he was Managing Director of Global Technology R&D at Accenture. Earlier, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB. Earlier, he was senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs.

He is also the Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products and services in electronic design automation. In 2000, Dr. Banerjee founded AccelChip, Inc. He served as President and CEO of AccelChip while on leave from Northwestern University from 2000 to 2002. In addition, he has been on the Technical Advisory Boards of many companies such as Atrenta, Calypto Design Systems, and Ambit Design Systems.

Dr. Banerjee's research interests are in VLSI computer aided design, parallel computing, and compilers. He is the author of about 300 research papers in these areas, and is the author of a book entitled "Parallel Algorithms for VLSI CAD". He has supervised 35 Ph.D. and 40 M.S. student theses. He has served as the Program Chair, General Chair, and Program Committee member of more than 50 conferences in the past 20 years and has served as Associate Editor of four journals.

His research interests are in electronic design automation, and parallel computing, and he is the author of about 350 research papers. He has also supervised 37 Ph.D. students.

Dr. Banerjee received numerous awards and honors during his career. He became a Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2005 and a Fellow of the ACM in 2000. He received the IEEE Taylor L. Booth Education Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 2001. He was the recipient of the 1996 Frederick Emmons Terman Award of ASEE's Electrical Engineering Division. He was elected to the Fellow grade of IEEE in 1995. He received the University Scholar award from the University of Illinois in 1993, the Senior Xerox Research Award in 1992, the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigators' Award in 1987, and the IBM Young Faculty Development Award in 1986.

He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009.


Dr. Supriyo Datta

Dr. Supriyo Datta is the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, USA. He is also the Director of NASA Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing (INAC). He received his B. Tech degree with President of India Gold Medal in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1975, and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977 and 1979 respectively.

Dr. Datta has been holding many prestigious positions in his illustrious career. He has over 125 refereed journal publications and 100 invited talks. He has written four books. His current research interests are centered around the physics of nanostructures. It includes spin electronics, nanoscale device physics, molecular electronics and mesoscopic superconductivity. A major part of Dr. Datta's work in the 1990's was to develop an esoteric quantum transport formalism (called the non-equilibrium Green's function or NEGF formalism) into a powerful practical tool that can be used to model nanoelectronic devices. The applied aspects of this work have been done in collaboration with his colleague Prof. Mark Lundstrom with whom he shared the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award in 2002 and the Semiconductor Research Corporations (SRC) Technical Excellence Award in 2001. Since 2000, his major contribution has been the development of a unified viewpoint that can be used to model quantum transport in all varieties of nanoscale devices whether it is based on semiconductors, carbon nanotubes or organic molecules.

His paper in Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 665 (1990) is widely cited as the first paper on semiconductor-based spintronics. The first demonstration of this so-called “Datta-Das spin transistor” was reported in Science 325, 1515 (2009), and an experiment combining this concept with the spin-Hall effect has been reported in Science 330, 1801 (2010). This concept was listed by Nature as one of the 23 milestones in the history of spin.

Dr. Datta has received numerous awards and honors during his career. Recently he won the Herbert Newby McCoy award, 2006, the annual award given by Purdue University to the faculty member making the most important contribution to science. He received the Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society of Engineering Education in 1994, the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, 1984 and the D.D. Ewing teaching award from the School of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University in 1983.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK, Fellow, IEEE and Fellow, American Physical Society. He is the Editor of Quantum Electronics and Devices since 2002 and is the Distinguished Lecturer, Electron Devices Society since 2004.

He received the Procter Prize from Sigma Xi for his research contributions and his ability to communicate their significance.


Dr. Pradip K. Roy

Dr. Pradip Kumar Roy is a prolific inventor of numerous commercially and technologically significant patents. He is a recognized world authority in ultra-thin gate dielectrics and layering processes in microelectronics with unprecedented impact on device scaling, cost, and reliability.

Dr. Roy received his B.Tech (Honours) in Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering in 1964 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Thereafter he joined the National Metallurgical Laboratory as a Senior Research Fellow. He then obtained his M.Sc. in Materials and Solid State Engineering in 1967 from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He was formerly with Agere Systems (formerly Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies) from 1982-2002 after his Ph.D.
from Columbia University and post-doctoral work at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. He later on did a Mini-MBA in General Management in 1996 from the Wharton School of Business, USA.

As a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Dr. Roy has made significant contributions to process technology development at Bell Labs. His pioneering work on Stacked Oxide, has generated worldwide attention in state-of-the-art microprocessors. He extended the "stacking" concept and developed the world's first MOSFET (1997) fabricated via stacked high-k gate dielectrics. From July 2002-Dec. 2003, he worked at Tokyo Electron (TEL) as a Senior Technical Advisor to provide technology vision and guidance for various modules in sub-90 nm technologies. From March 2002 he was honored as a visiting scholar/professor by MIT for the development of stacked pseudo
binary ferroelectrics to couple III- V materials with silicon substrates. Presently he is also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University to evaluate the onset of tunneling & band offsets in thin dielectrics using 2nd harmonic generations and internal photo emissions.

In Jan. 2004 he founded a fully funded start-up 'Neopad Technologies Corporation' for developing and designing nanomaterial technology products. Neopad's first product line is a tribologically graded polymeric pad used during Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) in today's silicon IC manufacturing. Such functionally graded pads are expected to have significant commercial and technological impact-in sub-l00 nm silicon ICs, large area display, disk drive and micromachine (MEMS) industries.

His breakthrough invention, Graded-Grown-Gate (G3TM) with a planar & strain-free interface is a necessary advancement for continued scaling of Si02 for sub-0.2 micron technologies. G3 and its derivative interface engineered gate dielectrics have already set the industry standard worldwide and extended Si02 gate application to 45 nm technology node. This invention is considered by many experts to be one of the major developments in the art of CMOS. The G3TM oxide technology has been amply recognized by Lucent Technologies and the international semiconductor community.

Dr. Roy continues to be innovative and productive today as he has been throughout his career. For his sustained outstanding contributions and technical achievements he was awarded the United Nations TOKTEN Fellow in 1991, the American Vacuum Society Fellow in 1993, AT&T's Clinton Davison Award in 1994, TEL's Pioneering Vision Award (1999), Keithley's Outstanding Technical Contribution Award (2000) and Lucent's Corporate Special Recognition Award (2000). His inventions are considered among the top ten key patents in Lucent's IP portfolio for their scientific, commercial and technological significance. To date, Dr. Roy has over 200 patent applications and
over 100 articles, book chapters and critical reviews. He is a Team builder and creative developer of breakthrough technologies from conception to implementation. He is an outstanding role model for his peers.


Dr. Duvvuri Subbarao

Dr. Duvvuri Subbarao served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for five years (2008 -13) finishing his term in September 2013. Prior to that, Dr. Subbarao was Finance Secretary to the Government of India 2007-08) and Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (2007-08). He belongs to the 1972 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (Andhra Pradesh cadre). He topped the All-India Civil Service Exam for entry into IAS and IFS in 1972. Dr. Subbarao is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Subbarao studied at IIT, Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur and was one of the first IIT products to join the civil services. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics in 1969 from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where he stood First in the class and received the Director's Gold Medal. Subsequent to joining the IAS, he did his M.S. in Economics from Ohio State University in 1978 and was a Humphrey Fellow in Public Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA during 1982-83. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Andhra University in 1998.

Before becoming the Finance Secretary Dr. Subbarao was working as secretary to the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council. He served as finance secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh from 1993 to 1998 and was actively involved in initiating fiscal reforms in the state. He was the joint secretary in the department of economic affairs from 1988 to 1993 when economic reforms were initiated.

Dr. Subbarao is recognized as one of the leading experts in public finance management in India stemming from his educational background and practical experience at the state and national levels. He served as the Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh State Finance Corporation and the Executive Director, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation. Between 1999-2001 he was a Senior Economist, World Bank at the Ethiopia Country Office and during 2002-2004 he was the Lead Public Sector Specialist at World Bank, Washington DC.

He was the lead economist at the World Bank from 1999 to 2004 during which he worked on issues of public finance in countries of Africa and East Asia. As a staff member of the World Bank, Dr. Subbarao advised a number of countries on public finance management and decentralization. These include: Bangladesh, Kampuchea, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.


Dr. Anil K. Malhotra

Dr. Anil K. Malhotra, born July 5, 1939 retired as the Regional Energy Adviser, Asia Infrastructure Unit in the East and South Asia Region of the World Bank in 2005. He is now a part-time international energy consultant, visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad on ‘Leadership and management’ and at Bridging Nations University.
He joined the Bank in 1986 and has worked on a number of countries in the Asia region-China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and on a variety of assignments in oil, gas, geothermal exploration and production, pipelines, power generation and transmission, energy sector restructuring, state enterprise reform and privatization. He has led work on World Bank energy sector investment and policy review studies for a number of countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam. In the period 1988-1990, he worked
for the Strategic Planning Department of the World Bank and was the author of several papers on different issues including "Energy and the Environment", "Marine resource policy" and "Development of technical services capability".

Prior to joining the World Bank, he held a variety of senior positions in India: In 1970 he created the first offshore engineering design organization in Engineers India Limited, which was the then the largest consulting company in Asia. He also did set up and managed the corporate planning and systems engineering divisions in the company. In 1979 he took over as executive member of the board of directors of Oil and Natural Gas Commission of India, was directly responsible for exploration and production of all offshore oil and gas in the country and in 1984, he became
the Chief Operating Officer of a 5 billion US$ oil company. He has been a member of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and chairman of a number of national panels which produced the first national science and technology plan in the areas of energy, urbanization, marine resources and waste utilization as part of the national economic plan for India. He has been on the boards of a number of national and international institutions and companies, which inter alia include Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, Oil India, Mazagaon Shipbuilders and Dockyard and American Bureau of Shipping.

He has a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and was the winner of the President Gold Medal in 1961. Later he obtained his masters degree from M.LT, a doctorate from University of California at Berkeley and a business management degree from Harvard Business School. He is the author of several articles and two books - one on ocean science and technology and the other on oil policy and plans.

Throughout his illustrious career Dr. Malhotra received numerous Fellowships/Awards that include Homi Bhabha Fellowship in (1972-74), Charles E. Fish Fellowship from the University of California in (1968-69), Regents Fellow from the University of California in (1967-68) and Earle C. Anthony Fellowship in (1966-67).


Shri Ravi Kant

Shri Ravi Kant, non-executive vice-chairman at Tata Motors Ltd, retired on May 2014 on attaining the age of 70, according to the company’s retirement policy. He was earlier the managing director from 2005 to 2009 of Tata Motors Ltd., the India's largest Automobile Manufacturing Company. He has been with the company for over 10 years and has been associated with turning around the company, acquisition of Jaguar & Landrover, and Daewoo Commercial Vehicles, Korea. He has been involved in the setting up of the companies venture in Thailand and also in the introduction of several new products like Nano car, Ace small truck, world truck and a range of buses. Prior to joining Tata Motors Ltd., in 1999, Shri Ravi Kant was Director, Phillips India Limited looking after Consumer Electronics. He contributed significantly in turning around of an ailing scooter manufacturer. He has been actively involved in launching of Titan, now India's leading watch brand.
Shri Ravi Kant is the Chairman of Mis. Tat a Daewoo Commercial Vehicles, S. Korea, Mis. Hispano-Carrocera, Spain and Tata Motors Thailand Ltd. Bangkok. He is also the Chairman of Tata Cummins Limited, a joint venture with Cummins, USA, Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd., TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. Telco Construction Equipment Co. Ltd., Fiat India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. and Tata Motors (Proprietary) Ltd. South Africa. He is on the Board of Volt as Limited, and Tata Motors European Technical Centre, UK, Tata Industries, Tata Precision Industries and Tata Engineering Services Pte. Ltd. Singapore and Tata Advanced Materials Ltd. After the taking over of Jaguar and Land Rover brands, he is also on the Board of Jaguar Land Rover UK Ltd.
Mr. Ravi Kant had his education at Mayo College, Ajmer; Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where he obtained his B .Tech degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department in 1966 and Aston University, Birmingham, UK from where he did his Masters in Management in Industry. He was conferred with an Honorary D.Sc. by the Aston University, in Birmingham in July 2008. He has also been nominated as an Honorary Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick, UK.
Mr. Ravi Kant takes great interest in Marketing and Industry related activities. He is on the Governing Board of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and is President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. He has also been the Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations, National Readership Studies Council & the Advertising Standards Council of India. http://www.livemint.com/Companies/TYSn41jXiNmkdHm2V8VryN/Tata-Motors-vicechairman-Ravi-Kant-retires.html

Dr. Kiran Seth

Dr. Kiran Seth completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in the year 1970 after which he did his Masters and Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. From 1974 to 1976 he worked as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) of Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. From 1976 onwards he has been teaching and doing research work in applied mathematics at IIT Delhi.
Dr. Seth is credited with setting up of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) in 1977, a society that has done phenomenal amount of work in the area of promoting classical music and culture amongst school and colleges in India and more recently in different parts of the world. It has chapters in 300 cities in India and 50 cities abroad, conducting close to 2,000 events every year.

SPIC MACAY is the biggest, non profit, voluntary, cultural, youth movement in independent India. Its contribution to Indian classical music and dance is unparalleled. For nearly 30 years, it has exposed generations of Indian students to culture-dance, music and yoga-through conventions, baithaks, camps, lectures and musical fests in cities and towns in every state in India. The volunteer-driven organization largely draws on the passion of young people and their desire to become a part of something bigger than themselves. Every few years, old student's graduate and new ones arrive with new ideas, new energy and lots of commitment. A generation of Indians is today aware of Indian classical music and is in a position to appreciate it due to SPIC MACAY. Today the movement conducts thousands of concerts, talks, yoga workshops, classic film shows, theatre shows and handicraft fairs in schools and colleges so that the young person is inspired and awakened.

Dr. Seth was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 by the Government of India for his distinguished service to Indian art and heritage EMPI-Indian Express India Innovation Award (2012), Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2011), Keshav Kothari Smriti Award (2008), Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan Award (1995), Sahitya Kala Parishad Award (1988), Sanskriti Award (1980), Chand Khan Award. He was also the NDTV Indian of the Year 2008 for promoting Indian Culture and keeping it alive.

Dr. Biswadip Mitra

Dr. Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra is currently the president and managing director of Texas Instruments, India. Dr. Mitra leads all of Texas Instrument's research and development, sales and marketing activities in India. He is very well respected in the semiconductor industry for his leadership and contributions that have made a worldwide impact. The vibrant Indian semiconductor industry ecosystem, which he helped to create, is making lasting contributions to world class products for the
global industry today.

Dr. Mitra did his B .Tech in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 1993, both from IIT Kharagpur. He also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

He joined Texas Instruments since 1986 and has been very actively involved in promoting the semiconductor and electronic manufacturing industry in India. He has been instrumental in expanding Texas Instrument's presence in India since its inception. He led its research and development activities with innovative world-class products for their global customers. He has also been a key driving force for the creation of the India semiconductor and electronics industry ecosystem, and establishing Texas Instrument's partnership with over 700 local universities. With nearly 700 U.S. patents from India to its credit – amongst the highest filed by technology companies in the country - Texas Instruments India today is driving Analog and Embedded Processing innovations for applications from Energy Efficiency to Medical, Surveillance, etc. He was also the Director of the Americas Wireless Communication Product Development activities, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas.

Dr. Mitra has published over 35 technical papers in International Journals/Conferences. He is a Co-inventor of one patent in medical imaging. He has chaired several international conference committees including General Chair, International Conference on VLSI Design in 1996.

In Feb 2008, Dr. Mitra was voted as one of the top three R&D visionaries in India by the Indian R&D industry. Smart Manager (a leading business magazine) in its 5th Anniversary Issue named Dr. Mitra as one of the Top 10 Innovators of India. Texas Instruments India, under his leadership, was also named as "the most innovative company in India" by Dataquest India, and was a winner of the IT Innovation Award by Nasscom in 2008. The Dallas Morning News, a leading Texas daily, acknowledged his achievements as a 'Success Story'.

Dr. Mitra is a Senior Member, IEEE; Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE) Fellow, President, VLSI Society of India; Executive Council Member of NASSCOM and Executive Council Member of MAIT (Apex body for IT manufacturing) and Council Member of CII, Kamataka. He is the Past Chairman and Executive Council Member of India Semiconductor Association (ISA). During his period as ISA Chairman (2010-11), he led several activities of the Indian semiconductor industry focusing on Electronic Systems Design & Electronic Product Manufacturing (ESDM).


Dr. Amit Goyal

Dr. Amit Goyal is a distinguished scientist and a well-recognized, prolific inventor. He is a UT- Battelle/ORNL CORPORATE FELLOW and Distinguished Scientist and a Battelle Distinguished Inventor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. He is the vice-chairman of Corporate Fellows Council of UT- Battelle Inc. He has been a Task Manager and Team Leader for Superconducting Materials Projects in the Metals & Ceramics Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Director, Research and Education in Energy, Environment and Water (RENEW) Institute, University at Buffallo, New York. He is also the President & CEO of two start up companies viz. TEXMAT Inc, and EpiSolar Inc.

He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Rochester, NY in 1991, a M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester, NY in 1988 and a Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1986. He has also received executive business training from the Sloan School of Management, MIT, an executive MBA from Purdue University in 2003, and also an international executive MBA from Tilburg University, The Netherlands in 2003.

He has authored or co-authored more than 350 publications, given over 25 plenary, keynote talks and over 180 invited presentations in national and international conferences. Goyal has published over 45 invited papers and book chapters and has written or co-edited five books on high temperature superconductors and one book on the epitaxial growth of advanced functional materials. A recent analysis of citations and papers published worldwide in the last decade in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, between 1999 and 2009, conducted by Thompson-Reuters’s Essential Science Indicators, ranks him as the most cited author worldwide.

Dr. Goyal works have been the creative stimulus in the effort for developing high temperature superconductors. His inventions are being used to fabricate long-lengths of high-performance superconducting wires in the US, Europe, Japan, Korea and China. He has 87 issued patents comprising 70 U.S. patents and 17 international patents with more than 15 patents pending. He has also developed several other platform technologies, one of which provides a route to fabricate mile-long, flexible, single-crystal-like, substrates of wide widths, for epitaxial growth of semiconducting devices such as high-efficiency, low-cost photovoltaics and flexible, large-area displays. He is also widely regarded as a leader world-wide in the field of nanomaterials, especially in the areas of strain-mediated, self-assembly of nanomaterials and fabrication of organized structures such as single-crystal nanofences.

He is a Fellow of nine professional societies, including the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), the World Innovation Foundation (WIF) with headquarters in UK, the American Society of Metals (ASM), the Institute of Physics (IOP), with headquarters in UK and the American Ceramic Society (ACERS), the World Technology Network (WTN) 2009, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Materials Research Society (MRS) 2012. He has received numerous internal and external, national & international awards of excellence including Nano50TM Innovator Award, ten R&D100 Awards which are widely regarded as the Oscars for innovation; three Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) awards  for technology transfer; the 2012 World Technology Award in the materials category; R&D Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” Award 2010 and E. O. Lawrence Award 2011 in the inaugural category of “Energy Science & Innovation,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology's, Technical Review, TR100-Award, Pride of India Gold Award, the University of Rochester's Rochester Distinguished Scholar Medal and many more.


Shri Subir Chowdhury

Shri Subir Chowdhury is the chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, USA-the world leader on Six Sigma and Quality Leadership implementation consulting and training. Arespected quality strategist, Chowdhury's client list includes global Fortune 100 corporations and industrial leaders such as  American Axle, Berger Health Systems, Bosch, Caterpillar, Daewoo, Delphi, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, ITT Industries, Johns Manville, Kaplan Professional, Kia Motors, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Loral Space Systems, Make It Right Foundation, Mark IV Automotive, Procter & Gamble, the State of Michigan, Thomson Multimedia, TRW, Xerox, and more.

Hailed by the New York Times as a "leading quality expert," Chowdhury is the author of 15 books, including the international bestseller The Power of Six Sigma, which has been translated in more than 20 languages and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Chowdhury’s Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the first book on the topic and is credited with popularizing DFSS philosophy in the world. His Management 21C was selected as the Best Business Book of 1999 by Amazon.com in U.K, and translated into more than ten languages. His latest book titled The Ice Cream Maker has been praised by leaders and prestigious media like The Washington Post, The Detroit News and has been distributed to every honorable Member of the U.S. Congress (Senators and House of Representatives). Subir was recently ranked among world’s top 50 thinkers for the year 2017 by Thinkers50, a nonprofit global organization that issues a biennial ranking of management thinkers based on their contribution toward the advancement of business management.

Chowdhury obtained a B.Tech degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1989, a graduate degree in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University (CMU), and an Honorary Doctorate in engineering from the Michigan Technological University (MTU). CMU awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award. Most engineering schools and business schools throughout the world include his engineering and management books in undergraduate and graduate programs. Chowdhury is frequently cited in the national and international media.

Chowdhury has received numerous international awards for his leadership in quality management and his major contributions to various industries world-wide. In addition to being honored by the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Society of Automotive Engineers awarded him its most prestigious recognition, the Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering and elected him as SAE FELLOW. He also received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Gold Medal. The American Society for Quality (ASQ) honored him with the first Philip Crosby Medal for authoring the most influential business book on Six Sigma and elected him as ASQ FELLOW. He is also an honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation and International Technology Institute (ITI). In 2004 Chowdhury was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology (World Level) and the m honored him with its most prestigious Rockwell Medal for Excellence in Technology.

His outstanding leadership and passionate promotion of QUALITY around the world in every facet of life from the CEO to the ordinary worker is benchmark to any citizen of the globe. His books inspire millions of people and have contributed in the field of management to engineering in all types of companies in private and public sectors as well as academia. Known as the father of modem Quality, his 'LEO' principle has been taking 'Quality' to the next level- He explains Quality concepts in a simple manner allowing the common people to easily understand and practice quality in everything someone does. The United States Department of Homeland Security presented the “Outstanding American by Choice Award” to Subir for his contributions to the field of quality and management.

From 2011, Chowdhury and his wife, Malini, began a foundation that has seeded several programs at major universities in India, the U.S., and the U.K. The Subir Chowdhury School of Quality and Reliability has been created at IIT Kharagpur for all IIT students who desire academic training in the concepts of quality assurance, The Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science, The Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics Fellow at Harvard University, Global Quality Awareness (GQA) - A non-profit initiative created to improve the lives of individuals and their communities around the world by promoting a personal understanding of, and commitment to a "Quality mindset," Frances Hesselbein Medal for Excellence in Leadership and Service at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In 2014, University of California at Berkeley established the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies - the first of its kind in any academic institutions in the United States. The center awards graduate fellowships, scholarships, and research grants that focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the people of Bangladesh.


Mr. Subrata Biswas

Mr. Subrata Biswas is the Chairman, Damodar Valley Corporation. He started with CEO in 2006 and took over Chairman from Oct. 2009. As a leader he transformed the corporation from a regional to national player.

Biswas was born on April 13, 1959. He did B.Tech in ME in 1981 and PG Diploma in Management in 1983 from IIM Calcutta.

His started his career as System Management Executive in Berger Paints India Ltd. in 1983. Then in 1985 he joined Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, as IAS Probationer. His illustrative career in Govt. services include Sub Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate, (1987-1989), Addl. Director, Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Kerala, (1989-1991), General Manager, Kerala Financial Corporation, Thiruvananthapuram, (1991-1994), District Collector & District Magistrate, (1994-1996), Regional Director, Central Board of Film Certification, (1996-1999), Executive Director, National Centre for Jute Diversification, (1999-2002), MD, Kerala Financial Corporation, Chairman Kerala Venture Capital Fund, (2002-2004), Secretary to Govt. of Kerala, Animal Husbandry & Water Resources, (2004-2006).

Mr. Subrata Biswas has made remarkable achievements in every step of his career. He turned Kerala Financial Corporation from a loss making concern of Rs 28.0 cr to a profit making concern of Rs 2.0 cr in 2 years time. He introduced no. of low cost eco friendly jute diversified products in the market. All these products are doing extremely well. He brought an investment of around Rs 200 cr in one and half year in Animal Husbandry sector in Kerala. He developed Mattupetty, a place close to Munnar - a hill station of Kerala, into an important tourist destination. He also made significant contribution as a member of the Expert Committee on Credit Flow to SME Sector appointed by Reserve Bank of India. In his current assignment as Chairman, DVC, Biswas perpetrated confidence and motivation among the employees which resulted in the transformation of the overall image of the organization from 2,000 mw to 10,000 mw in a period of 4 years.

Mr. Amit Chatterjee

Mr. Amit Chatterjee is currently Partner Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft, Redmond, WA. The Engineering Systems team for Windows (and devices) at Microsoft is probably one of the best opportunities he has been part of in Microsoft. Windows and Devices is one of the biggest divisions in Microsoft and arguable one of the most important too! The Engineering Systems group builds the systems and services that drive the overall productivity for the entire division. This place is an "Engineer's dream" - an opportunity to strive for engineering excellence every day, and to increase the productivity of a division of thousands of engineers. In this group, he is the engineering manager of the team that owns the flow of code from idea to customers. He learns from team members who are some of the best engineers in the company, and coach them too - this is a dream job for him. Previously working out of the Hyderabad Development Centre, Amit leads a distributed development team located at Hyderabad and Redmond, on a mission to establish Microsoft as a key leader in the Testing Industry. Great Tools, Great Testers, Great Software is the vision that Amit and his team pursues. His team has just shipped an innovative set of products as part of the Visual Studio 2010 release, and there is already a lot of excitement building up in the industry around them.

Born on 23rd August 1962, he did his graduation and post-graduation from IIT Kharagpur - completing B.Tech (Honours) in E&ECE in 1984 and M.Tech in Computer Engineering in 1985. He was winner of the President of India Gold medal award in 1984 and the Technology Alumni Association gold medal in 1985.

Mr. Amit Chatterjee joined ICIM in 1986 and quickly took on a leadership role in being a technical leader in their PC division. He then joined Microsoft in 1988 at the Redmond headquarters of the company as a developer in the Windows team. As a Development Manager for the Graphic and Imaging subsystems, his team introduced many innovations in the area of display drivers and he had 12 patent awards for his work during this time. He came back to India in 1999 as few of the initial leaders of Microsoft's India Development Center. Under Amit's leadership the SFU product twice won the "Best System Integration Software" award at Linux World. In his 22+ years of career in Microsoft, Amit Chatterjee has shipped dozens of world class products that are now being used by millions of customers worldwide. In course of this, he has built up several development teams from scratch to 300+ in size. He is a sought after leadership mentor in Microsoft, and is routinely consulted and involved in leadership endeavors, and has also owned and directed leadership development programs for senior leaders at Microsoft.

Mr. Amit Chatterjee is also routinely invited for keynote, panel membership, and chairing industry events in India and Europe. These include several Microsoft organized industry events organized worldwide, the Great Indian Developer summit, Eurostar Europe etc.

Mr. Amit Chatterjee is actively involved with organizations like Prajnana Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha and volunteers' time and money in helping these organizations drive programs in the areas of education and development of the deprived and downtrodden members of the society.

This MS veteran has been recognized for Management Excellence in Microsoft multiple times. Products built under his able leadership has also won several awards, some such are "Best Integration Software" aware twice at Linux world for the SFU product, innovation awards at Microsoft for VSTT product.

Mr. Amit Chatterjee's work has influenced hundreds of millions of people, through the products that he has built. Always passionate about contributing to the success of India, Amit has helped India play a key role in global software development.


Prof. Sujoy. K. Guha

Prof. Sujoy. K. Guha is the Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT-KGP and National Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Kharagpur and Managing Director of IcubedG Ideas Pvt. Ltd.

Born in June 20, 1940, he did his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering in 1961 (4th rank, Institute merit scholar all years) and M.Tech in EE (Control Systems) in 1962 (1st rank). Continuing studies in USA he did M.S. (EE) (1963) and Ph.D (Medical Physiology with minor in EE; 1965). Later on while being a Professor in IIT he completed MBBS (Delhi University, 1965 as a regular student taking admission through regular competition). He has also done a Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He joined IIT Delhi and All India Institute of Medical Sciences as Professor in Biomedical Engineering in 1971 and established an internationally unique collaboration between the two institutes. Thereafter on joining IIT-KGP in 2003 as Chair Professor he bridged the gap between academia, research and industry in biomedical instrumentation, new drug molecule innovation and clinically accepted medical product development. Under IIT Kharagpur Faculty Entrepreneurship programs he has established the company IcubedG Ideas Pvt. Ltd. which with Central and State Drug Controller approval is manufacturing the Sterile Injectable drug RISUG for the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Prof. Guha has led scientific research which brings about a synthesis of engineering and biomedical sciences and the setting up of academic programs at the national and international levels. His work has given a foundation for Biomedical Engineering in India. His technological work has helped to develop a strong manufacturing base of contraceptives in India. He has played a seminal technological role in the advancement of India from the stage of being totally dependent on supplies from abroad for female contraceptive implants to a country completely meeting all national needs and gaining a major share of the world market. Also his invention of the new electrical charge action mediated male contraceptive drug molecule named RISUG® is considered to be the "most promising" emerging male contraceptive. RISUG® is the only long acting male contraceptive internationally to have reached the Phase III Clinical Trial level. In the year 2010 the technology of RISUG® has been transferred to USA. Among his other areas of interest are low cost technology for rural healthcare, rehabilitation of disabled particularly the blind, and bioinstrumentation for noninvasive physiological monitoring; and Artificial Heart development.

Prof. Guha has published quite a number of journal papers. Some of his important publications (including solely authored and co-authored ones) in the recent years are in Radiation Physics & Chemistry (2010), International Journal of Nanomedicine (2009), International Journal of Pharmacology (2009), Asian Journal of Andrology (2007), Sensors & Actuators (Physical) (2006), Micron (2006), Medical Hypotheses (2005), Human Reproduction (2004), Contraception (1998 & 2002). He has also authored the CRC book publication 'Bioengineering in Reproductive Medicine' and introduced to the international scientific community the area of Bioengineering in Reproductive Medicine. His technology development has led to twelve Technology Transfers since 1975 and to eight patents abroad and over twenty patents in India. His other books are on Medical Electronics.

He has been awarded fellowships in various national and international professional bodies such as Academy of Engineering (India), National Academy of Sciences (India) and American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (USA).

His work has been recognized and conferred many awards like Indian Council of Medical Research for Biomedical Engineering in Reproductive Biology (1984), Ministry of Welfare, World Intellectual Property Organization (UN) Invention Silver Medal (1989), UGC Homi J Bhabha Award in Applied Sciences (1992), National Invention Award of the Ministry of Welfare for Communication Aid for the Spastics by the President of India (1993), Indian Medical Association Diamond Jubilee IDPL Oration Award (1994), Engineering Personality Award, The Institution of Engineers, India (1999), LABHSETWAR Foundation award for Biomedical Research for Population Control (2001). He has received several Presidential awards which include National Technology Invention Award on Aids for the Disabled (Blind) (1988), National Invention Award of the Ministry of Welfare for Braille Communication System (1990), National Invention Award of the Ministry of Welfare for Braille Classroom Teaching Aid (1992), Ministry of Social Justice & Environment National technology Award for Aids for the Disabled (1999). Other recognitions include invention awards by the National Research Development Corporation; professional award by the Institution of Telecommunication Engineers; Association of Surgeons of India (Bihar chapter) and Association of Rural Surgeons of India.

Prof. Guha founded the Biomedical Engineering Society of India of which he has been Secretary and President; and is currently President of the Society of Andrology (India).

Mr. Ranbir. S. Gupta

Mr. Ranbir S. Gupta is the Chairman of SIGMA7 Design Group Inc. He has been in leadership role for almost 30 years, developing architecture in to a successful business enterprise including projects such as nuclear plants, data centers, and high-tech facilities.

Born on 1st April 1949, Mr. Gupta did B. ARCH in 1970 and won the Silver Medal for coming second overall.

Mr. Ranbir S. Gupta served as the President of Gupta Associates Inc. from 1983-1991 thereon moving to Gilbert Architecture (1991-2000) as the Principal before joining SIGMA7 Design Group Inc. in 2000.He is Member, American Institute of Architects and Chairman, AIA National Design Committee, Member, 7X24 Exchange.

He has authored two chapters in AIA Handbook for Design-Build Practice and spoken at National Conventions of 7X24 Exchange National Organization, dealing with Mission Critical Projects.

Mr. Ranbir S. Gupta has received several AIA awards. He has also received the Honorary Award by India's Ambassador, Ronen Sen, for exemplary contribution to community service.

Under his patronage the Mr. Ranbir and Mr. Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design & Management was started in IIT KGP in 2008.

Mr. Uttam. C. Jain

Mr. Uttam C. Jain is a renowned architect and planner. He has had a private practice since 1961, developing several landmark projects across the country. In 2008, he established 'UCJ architecture & environment', where he is the principal partner. Placing the user centrally on the design grid while drawing from the rich, multilayered ancient Indian building traditions typifies his work. These design values have empowered his work in resolving contextually specific issues and evolving design metaphors through structures and programs that to the end users remain an ongoing, constantly clarifying process in spatial experience.

Mr. Uttam C. Jain was born in 1934, in Malwara, Rajasthan. He graduated in Architecture (B.Arch) with 1st Class Honors on a scholarship from IIT Kharagpur (1958). He thereafter pursued an advanced study scholarship at the National University of Tucuman, Argentina (1958-59). He has also been Editor, Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects for 16 years. He was the founding member of an architecture group called 'Yantra'. He has been an Inspector, External Examiner, Visiting Faculty and Academic Council member for numerous architecture colleges in India and abroad.

Mr. Uttam C. Jain has planned and designed various projects; some of them worth mentioning are University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur (1969); Bandodkar Memorial, Panaji (1973); Barkatullah Khan Stadium, Jodhpur (1974); Oberoi Bogmalo Beach Resort, Bogmalo, Goo (1975); Municipal City Hall, Balotra, Rajasthan (1983); Kota Engineering College, Kota (1984); Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai (1985); Habib Ganj Railway Station, Bhopal (1988); Affordable Housing, C.I.D.C.O., Navi Mumbai (1988); Jaipur City & Municipal Hall, Jaipur (1992); Universal Harmony Hall & International Exhibition Centre, Gyansarovar Vidyapeeth, Mt. Abu (1993); Landmark (Office Complex-cum-Larsen & Toubro Welfare Centre), Mumbai (1993); Jawaharlal Darda Institute for Engineering & Technology, Yavatmal, Maharashtra (1998); Ago Khan School, Mundra, Gujarat (2002); Umaid Heritage (Master Plan), Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur (2003); Capitol Complex (Master plan, Secretariat and Head of Dept.), Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh (2006, ongoing) and Shaurya Smarak, Bhopal (2009, ongoing).

Mr. Uttam C. Jain has been on the boards and committees of several bodies. He was on the Commonwealth Education Panel for Commonwealth Countries, London (1980-1983); Chairman, Board of Studies in Architecture, Board of Technical Exams (Maharashtra) (1980-1998); Governing Council & Founder Member, Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai (1986-2005); Building Sub-committee, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai (1994-2003); Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee, Mumbai (2000-2008); High Court Building Heritage Committee, Mumbai (2003-2008) and Chairman, All India Board of Architecture, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi (2008-todate). He has also been Jury Member for several national architectural competitions such as Airport Authority of India, Govt. of Goo, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi Vishwavidalaya, A+D Spectrum Award, etc. His professional affiliations include Member, Council of Architecture, India (1975) and Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects (1975).

Mr. Uttam C. Jain has several publications and telefilms to his credit. These include a book 'Manyness of Mumbai' (2005). Telefilms include 'Vistara' - Festival of India (1986); 'Srishti' by Bombay Doordarshan (1991); 'Through an Architect's Eye' by Bombay Doordarshan (1991) and 'Ace Architect' by Real Estate TV (2008). He is currently writing his next book 'M.A.N' - an overview of 50 years of philosophy and projects. He has conducted a workshop and exhibition 'Context & Response' at University of Singapore, Singapore (1990). In addition he has held exhibitions across the world: 1st & 2nd Belgrade Triennial of World Architecture, Yugoslavia (1985 & 1991); Exposition Special d' Architecture, Paris, France (1985); 'VISTARA' - Festival of India, Paris, France (1985), Mumbai, Russia & Japan (1986-1987), Germany (1991) and 'Through an Architect's Eye' - a photographic exhibition on towns and citadels of Rajasthan at National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai (1991) and Industrial Design Centre, IIT, Mumbai (1993).

Among the various felicitations and awards honoring Ar. Jain are 1st Prize for his essay ‘Contemporary Architecture in India', by Commonwealth Institute of Architects, London (1969); Project Award - Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (Reserve Bank India), Mumbai by Journal of Indian Institute of Architects Award (1991); Lifetime Achievement - Chairman's Award - Architect of the Year Award (2001), constituted by J. K. Cement Ltd.; Lifetime Achievement - Golden Architect Award for the year (2004), constituted by A+D & Spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards. He also received various competitive 1st prizes for his designs including the Dayanand Bandodkar Samadhi, Panjim (1973); Kota Engineering College, Kota (1984); Rajasthan Vidhan Bhavan, Jaipur (1994); Natya Gruh Sankul, Yavatmal, Maharashtra (2002); Capitol Complex, Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh (2006) and the Shaurya Smarak, Bhopal (2009).

He also received IIA Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal (1991), the highest honor conferred by the Indian Institute of Architects for lifetime achievement in architecture.

Prof. Narendra Kumar

Prof. Narendra Kumar is the Homi Bhabha Distinguished Professor in Raman Research Institute and Adjunct Professor, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) of TIFR from 2008. He is also an Honorary Professor of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

Prof. Narendra Kumar was born on February 01, 1940 in Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh. He graduated in B.Tech (Honours) in Electronics & ECE from IIT KGP in the year 1962 and secured 2nd rank. In 1963 he completed M.Tech in Electronics & ECE with specialization in UHV & Microwave Engineering and secured 1st rank. He did Ph.D in Physics from IIT-Bombay.

Prof. Narendra Kumar is an eminent physicist and has worked extensively in the field of Condensed Matter Physics especially in the area of Quantum and Classical Transport in Disordered Systems, Phase Transitions and Superconductivity. He has also specialized in Anderson-Mott localization, Magnetism and Statistical Physics. Among his other areas of interest are General Relativity, Astrophysics, Complex Systems-Associative Memory, Neural Network, Turbulence & Chaos.

Prof. Narendra Kumar has previously held various positions of repute. He has served as a Professor in IISC Bangalore (1975-1994) and Director of Raman Research Institute from 1994-2005. He was an Associate & Sr. Associate Member of ICTP, Trieste (1970-1992) and Staff Associate from 1993 onwards. He served as the President of Indian Academy Sciences, 1998-2000. He is on the Advisory Board of Journal of Physics, Condensed Matter (Institute of Physics, UK) and Adjunct Professor, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences of TIFR since 2008.

Prof. Narendra Kumar has 197 original publications in International Journals. He has published and co-authored several books and a monograph - Interactions in Magnetically Ordered Solids (1980), Invitation to Contemporary Physics (1991 & 2004), Deterministic Chaos: Complex Chance out of Simple Necessity (1996), Quantum Transport in Mesoscopic Systems: Complexity and Statistical Fluctuations (2004).

In recognition of his scientific accomplishments, he was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy Sciences (1985), Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (1987), Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (1994), Fellow of the American Physical Society (1994), and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK.

Prof. Narendra Kumar has received various prestigious awards and recognitions. Some of the awards received by him are Bhatnagar Prize for Physics in 1985, Gold Medal of Sardar Patel University for Best Published Papers (1985-86), TWAS Award in Physics (1992) by the Third World Academy of Sciences, Mahendra Lal Sircar Prize in Physics (1997), Goyal Award in Physics (1998), FICCI Award for Physical Sciences (1998-99), C. V Raman Birth Centenary Award (1999-2000), Meghnad Saha Medal (2000), R D Birla Award for Excellence in Physics (2006) by Indian Physics Association, Distinguished Materials Scientist of the Year 2006  Award by Materials Research Society of India, Delivered the 8th Sir JC BOSE Memorial Lecture (2008) at the Royal Society, London. Prof. Narendra Kumar has been awarded Padma Shri by the Govt. of India in 2006.

Mr. Malay Mukherjee
Mr. Malay Mukherjee is the Independent Non-Executive Director at JSW Steel. Mr. Malay Mukherjee has over 40 years of experience in a range of technical, commercial and managerial roles in the mining and steel industry.Between October 2009 to 2011, Mr. Mukherjee served as the CEO of the Essar Steel Global, a large integrated steel company in India.

Prior to Essar, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Arcelor Mittal and Chief Operating Officer for Mittal Steel. Mr Mukherjee joined Arcelor Mittal in 1993 as Executive Director of the company's Mexican operations, where he subsequently became CEO. Following his tenure in Mexico, he moved to Kazakhstan in 1996 where he spent three years as the company's CEO. He left Kazakhstan in 1999 to become President and CEO of Ispat Europe.

In 2001, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer, first of Ispat International and subsequently of Mittal Steel Company, following the merger between Ispat International, LNM Holdings and International Steel Group to create the world's largest steel company. Following the merger in 2006 between Arcelor and Mittal Steel, Mr. Mukherjee was appointed as one of the six members of the company's Group Management Board, with particular responsibility for Asia, Africa, the CIS, Mining, Stainless and Pipes and Tubes.

Prior to joining Arcelor Mittal, Mr. Mukherjee spent many years with the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) as Executive Director (Works) at the Bhilai Steel Plant, the largest integrated steel plant in India.

Born in January 26, 1948, Mr. Mukherjee did a B.Sc. in Physics (1964-67). Mr. Mukherjee is an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and holds a master's degree in mining from the USSR State Commission in Moscow.

He is a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Metals. He was awarded a letter of appreciation from the President of Kazakhstan for his various achievements in social work in Kazakhstan. Mr. Mukherjee is a recipient of the MECON Award from the Indian Institute of Metals.

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan

Dr. Kopillil Radhakrishnan is the Chairperson of the Board of Governers of IIEST, Shibpur. He is an internationally acclaimed scientist and the former Chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organization. When India's Mangalyaan successfully settled into Mars Orbit on September 24, 2014, the country became the first and only nation to have done so on its maiden attempt under the leadership of Dr. Radhakrishnan, He also has headed several other landmark missions such as the spaceflight of an Indian cryogenic engine, the launch of the heaviest and tallest GSLV Mark II, and the successful reentry of the unmanned crew module. Dr. Radhakrishnan is one of the 2014 top ten scientists chosen by the prestigious journal Nature. He was also the recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the field of space science and technology.

He also holds the key positions of Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India. He is a technocrat par excellence, with a distinguished career spanning beyond 39 years in space technology, applications and space programme management. He is also responsible for directing the multi-dimensional activities of the Indian Space Programme with special emphasis on application oriented projects toward the development of human life and realization of self reliance towards space technology. As the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the lead ISRO centre for launch vehicle area, Dr. Radhakrishnan played an instrumental role in the first Indian lunar mission, Chandrayaan-I in 2008.

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan was born on 29 August, 1949 at Irinjalkuda. Kerala. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University (1970), completed his PGDM from IIM Bangalore (1976) and Ph.D in Industrial Engineering & Management from IIT Kharagpur (2000).

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan started his career as an Avionics Engineer in 1971 at ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum. Thereafter, he commendably held several decisive positions in ISRO such as Project Director for setting up Regional Remote Sensing Centres (1987-89); Director of Budget & Economic Analysis for entire ISRO (1987-97); Director of National Natural Resources Management System-Regional Remote Sensing Service Centres (1989-97); Mission Director of Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development and Deputy Director of National Remote Sensing Agency (1997-2000); Director of National Remote Sensing Agency (2005-08); Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (2007-09); and Member, Space Commission (since October 2008) with some responsibilities in concurrence. During 2000-05 he spent a short stint in the Ministry of Earth Sciences as the Founder Director of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services and the first Project Director of Indian National Tsunami Warning System.

On the international scene, he was the founder Chairman of Regional alliance in Indian Ocean for the Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS) and led it during 2002-06 to become the stand-out GOOS regional alliance of the world. As Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) during 2001-05, he made a mark in this apex body under the UN System on Ocean Sciences and Services, with 131 Member States, and played a pivotal role in restructuring the Global Ocean Observing System, the largest and most complex of the scientific and technical programmes led by the IOC. Currently he is the leader of the Indian Delegation to the UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space as well as Chairman of the Working Group of the Whole of its S&T Sub-Committee.

As Head of Indian Space Agency Dr. Radhakrishnan has provided great impetus for International Cooperation in Indian Space Programme. The Megha-Tropiques and SARAL missions have been joint efforts of ISRO and CNES, which benefit the larger global community engaged in related scientific studies, and stand as fine examples of ISRO’s emphasis on promoting International Cooperation in Space, nurtured by Dr. Radhakrishnan. Whereas, the data from RESOURCESAT-2 and RISAT-1 are also on the anvil of being directly received and distributed from Europe, for use in management of natural resources and monitoring natural disasters and environment. The recent initiative of ISRO and NASA to jointly build an advanced dual-frequency Radar Imaging Satellite underscores the emphasis Dr. Radhakrishnan lays on international partnerships for realizing complex Earth Observations Systems. Providing three dedicated PSLV rockets for launching of a French Earth Observation Satellite - SPOT-6 (2012), and two joint ISRO-CNES spacecrafts - Megha-Tropiques (2011) and SARAL (2013); realization of the W2M and HYLAS Communication Satellites (2009-10) for two European Agencies; and launching of 9 more foreign satellites (2010-13) from 9 countries as co-passengers on board PSLV; are testimony to his ideology of working with international partners.

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan has also delivered several prestigious addresses/award lectures including the Air-Marshall Katre Memorial Lecture (2013); 29th Convocation Address at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (2013); "Statistics Day of India" Technical Seminar at Indian Statistical Institute Calcutta (2010); 1st Invited Lecture at IISc Alumni Association(2010), 9th Convocation Address at International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (2010), the Inaugural Address of National Space Science Symposium 2010; 35th Convocation Address at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in 2010; Subroto Mukheriee Memorial Oration of Indian Aerospace Society in 2008; and ARDB Prof. Satish Dhawan Memorial Lecture of Aeronautical Society of India in 2007.

He holds the coveted fellowships of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, Indian Society of Remote Sensing (President -2005-0lL Systems Society of India, Indian Geophysical Union (Vice President-2007-09), The Institution of Engineers, India (Honorary Life Fellow), Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (2010), Hon. Life Fellow, Institution of Engineers, India (2010), Hon. Fellow, Institution of Electronics & Telecom. Engineers, India (2011), Member of International Academy of Astronautics (2010), President, Indian Society of Remote Sensing (2005-07), President, Astronautical Society of India (since 2010).He is also member of International Academy of Astronautics, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board of B M Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad etc.

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan is recipient of numerous accolades, key ones are "Honorary Doctorate in Science" conferred by SRM University, Chennai (2010), "Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa)" conferred by Tumkur University at its Third Annual Convocation (2010), Athivishishta Rojokeeyo Puraskaram - "Sastra Ratna" by the Pozhossiraja Charitable Trust from Her Excellency The President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan (2010), "Silver Jubilee Honour" by Ministry of Earth Sciences (2006), "K. R. Ramanathan Memorial Gold Medal" by Indian Geophysical union (2003), The prestigious Allan D Emil Memorial Award from International Astronautical Federation; Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award of Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (2009), BHASKARA Award of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (2008), VASVIK Industrial Research Award in the field of Electrical and Electronics Sciences & Technology (2005), and K.R. Ramanathan Memorial Gold Medal of Indian Geophysical Union (2003). In 2014 he was bestowed with the coveted Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in the country.


Dr. Prabhakant Sinha

Dr. Prabhakant Sinha is co-chairman and co-founder of ZS Associates, a leading sales and marketing consultancy in the World. He served as MD for the organization from 1983 to 2003. He is also Director of Greenlight Planet, Inc., a company dedicated to bringing affordable solar lighting to the powerless around the world.

Born on February 10, 1949, P.K. Sinha received his B.Tech in ME in 1970 and then M.S. and Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1974.

He taught at the College of Business Administration, University of Massachusetts as an Assistant Professor (1974-77), College of Business Administration, University of Georgia (1977-80), Associate Professor, College of Business Administration, Rutgers University (1980-83), and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (1983-87). He also teaches in Executive Education Programs at the Kellogg School of Management (1987-Current), Indian School of Business (2005-Current), London Business School (2003-2005), and Management Center Europe (1992-2002).

P.K. Sinha has published a number of books and over 30 other publications. Some of these are: Building a Winning Sales Force, (with A. Zoltners and S. Lorimer), American Management Association, 2009, The Complete Guide to Sales Force Incentive Compensation: How to Design and Implement Plans that Work, (with A. Zoltners and S. Lorimer), American Management Association, 2006, Sales Force Design for Strategic Advantage, (with A. Zoltners and S. Lorimer), Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2004, The Complete Guide to Sales Accelerating Sales Force Performance, (with A. Zoltners and G. Zoltners), American Management Association, 2001, The Fat Firm, (with A. Zoltners and S. Murphy), McGraw-Hili, 1997.

In an effort to give back to society, Dr. Prabhakant Sinha laid the foundation of the P. K. Sinha Center for Bioenergy, IIT Kharagpur in 2009. He has also supported the "Sinha Science Room" at North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois (2003) and annual scholarships at the University of Massachusetts for women in engineering (1999). He is a patron of The Art Institute of Chicago (Antiquities Acquisition Committee), and the Telluride Film Festival (Support Indian Filmmakers).

P.K. Sinha has received several awards. He has won the Marvin Jolson Award for the Best Contribution to Selling and Sales Management Practice, 2009, (with A. Zoltners and S. Lorimer), the American Marketing Association's Sales Interest Group 2009 Excellence in Research Award (with A. Zoltners and S. Lorimer), and the INFORMS Society (with A. Zoltners) Marketing Science Practice Prize Competition in 2005. He has been honored as an Inductee of the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2005.


Prof. Braj Bhushan Pandey

Prof. B B Pandey is a faculty member at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. He was also the HoD (1993-96).

Prof. Pandey did B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1977. He started his career with Govt. of Bihar and thereafter in Bihar College of Engineering. In 1964 he joined IIT Kharagpur as faculty. His research areas are materials for roads and airports, Design of Flexible and Rigid Pavements, Finite Element Analysis of Pavements, Visco-elasticity, Traffic Engineering, Stochastic Design of Pavements, Road of failure investigation, Recycling of pavement materials.

Prof. Pandey has developed equipments and facilities in various fields - Fatigue testing machine using solenoidal valves and compressed air, Repeated triaxial test machine, Hydraulic testing machine for universal application, In- vehicle falling weight deflectometer for structural evaluation of highways, Portable weigh bridge for measuring wheel loads of vehicles. He has carried out many research projects some significant ones are Benkelman beam deflection study of National Highways, Development of Computer Programme for Analysis and Design of Flexible Pavements, Fatigue and Elastic Modulus of Bituminous Mixtures, Development of Accelerated Road Test Facility, Construction of Flexible Concrete pavement for low volume roads.

Prof. Pandey has 88 publications and 46 seminars and conferences to his credit. He has two Patents and provided consultancy to over 10 projects.

Prof. Pandey received several awards throughout his long career some being Indian Roads Congress Medal (2010, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1993) Indian geotechnical Society Medal (1988, 1984), Eminent Civil Engineer by Institution of Engineers (India), 2003.

Prof. Kaushik Roy

Prof. Kaushik Roy is Roscoe H. George Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University. His areas of interest are Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing and VLSI and Circuit Design and research areas are Low-power electronics, Scaled CMOS devices and circuits, Silicon and Non-Silicon Nanoelectronics, process variations and design with unreliable components, VLSI signal processing. Kaushik did B.Tech. in Electronics and Electrical communication in 1983 and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 1990. He joined Purdue University in 1993.

Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kaushik is internationally recognized for his pioneering contributions to low power and error resilient system design and his role as a technical leader and visionary in his field, impacting academia and semiconductor industry. He is the inventor of power-gating or supply-gating technique that has been widely used in industry for reducing leakage current in logic and memories. He was also the first to propose and implement sub-threshold digital CMOS systems and technology aware circuit design methodology, which led to new research directions in digital design, especially for bio-medical electronics, low power sensor nodes, and high-performance computing in emerging technologies. He leads a large research laboratory (Nanoelectronic research Laboratory) at Purdue University. He has graduated 51 PhD students and has currently 20 PhD students in his group. He was also the Chief Technical Advisor, Zenasis Corporation, 2001-2005

Kaushik has published more than 500 technical papers in refereed conferences and journals (180 journal papers (mostly IEEE), 350 conference papers), 2 Books on low power design (Wiley Interscience and McGraw Hill), and 12 Book chapters, and 15 patents (issued). He has been Guest and Associate Editor for over 10 journals. He is a fellow of IEEE, been member of several committees and chaired as well also awarded many a times for Best Paper for IEEE publications.

Kaushik has received several honors and awards. Some among them are the Humboldt Research Award, 2010, Purdue College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2008, Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award, NSF CAREER development award, 1995, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, 2001, ATT/Lucent Foundation award, 1997, Honorable Mention Paper Award at 1997.

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award 2015, Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair 2014,  National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow, IEEE Circuits & Systems Society Technical Achievement Award 2011,


Prof. Lallit Anand

Prof. Lallit Anand is the Rohsenow Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the MIT. He has a highly distinguished record of research accomplishments in Continuum Mechanics and Materials Science.

Lallit Anand was born in Delhi, India, on June 29th, 1948. He entered the IIT Kharagpur where he did B.Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. The same year he emigrated to USA, and took admission in Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned his M.Sc. (1972) and Ph.D. (1975), both in Engineering.

In 1975 he joined the Mechanical Sciences Division of the Fundamental Research Laboratory (Bain Laboratory) of the U.S. Steel Corporation, and served successively as Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist till 1981. In 1982 he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was appointed as Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant/Associate Professor for the period 1983-85; Full Professor in 1994; and the Warren and Towneley Rohsenow Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2009.

In his research he has been attracted to topics related to the development of continuum-level theories of inelastic deformation and failure for a wide variety of engineering materials, including polvcrvstalllne metals, granular materials, and polymers. In particular, he has made substantial contributions to the development of plasticity theories of polycrystalline metals at large deformations under circumstances when a metal may be idealized to be isotropic, as well as circumstances when the inherent anisotropic response of such materials cannot be ignored, and these latter classes of theories are based on rigorous treatments of crystal plasticity. He has also made contributions to the development of robust numerical methods for the implementation of these theories in finite-element based computer programs.

He has published one book and nearly 90 papers. Among his most cited papers three have been cited more than 200 times each, to date according to the ISI Web of Science.

He has published over 120 archival journal papers, and advised the research of 25 PhD students at MIT. He has also published a fundamental book on continuum mechanics with Morton Gurtin and Eliot Fried, titled The Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Continua, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2010.

He received the first Eric Reissner Medal in 1992, and in 2007 received the Khan International Plasticity Medal for outstanding life-long contributions to the field of Plasticity, which was awarded in recognition for his seminal contributions related to (a) development of plasticity theories at large strains, (b) large-deformation, high-temperature isotropic viscoplasticity, (c) large-deformation crystal plasticity, and (d) development of attendant robust numerical methods.

Aditya Birla Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, 2012, Daniel C. Drucker Medal 2014, ASME medal recognizes distinguished contributions tothe field of applied mechanics and mechanical engineering through research, teaching, and service to the community over a substantial period of time, J. P. Den Hartog Distinguished Educator Award, 2017 is the highest award conferred for excellence in teaching Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Prof. Biswapriya Sanyal

Prof. Biswapriya Sanyal is the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, MIT. He is the Director, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at MIT administered by the Institute of International Education, U.S. State Department since 2004. He is currently also director of the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) – a major project to evaluate technologies for the poor sponsored by USAID.

Born on February 15, 1951, B.Arch. in Architecture from IIT Kharagpur (1972) and went on doing M.S. in Urban Planning, University of Kansas at Lawrence (1976) and Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of California at Los Angeles (1984).

Prof. Sanyal started his career from Architect, Stresscon Engineering Co., Kolkata in 1974. Thereafter he has served as Research Assistant/Associate for several other organizations like Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles, Urban and Regional Economics Department, World Bank, Lusaka, Zambia, African Studies Center, University of California at Los Angeles. In 1984 he joined as Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, MIT. In 1994 he became the Department Head and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, MIT.

He was also the Chair of MIT Faculty (2007-2009).  From 2010 to 2012, he served as  head of the International Development Group within the department. Professor Sanyal’s research, publication and leadership experience reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of Urban Planning. With degrees in Architecture and City Planning, and a strong interest in the interconnection between the developing world and the United States, Sanyal has long held an interest in planning theory and international planning education. He was nominated as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT in 2011.

Prof. Sanyal has affiliations with varied institutions at research and faculty levels - Research Associate, African Studies Center, Boston University, Boston, MA (1985-1988), Visiting Fellow, Program on International Economics and Politics, The East-West Center, Honolulu, HI (1994), Faculty Associate, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA (1997-2002), Faculty Affiliate, Center for International Studies, MIT, Cambridge, MA since 1987 and External Associate, London School of Economics, Urban Research Center, London, UK since 2002. He has conducted many seminars, symposia and studies and some being exclusively India-centric. In 2009 he became the Co-Principal Investigator, Rockefeller Foundation, MIT-Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) Curriculum Development Partnership for a new planning school in India. He participated in the International Competition - Hidden Successes: Innovative Institutional Responses to India's Urban Challenges, Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai, India form 2007-2009.

Prof. Sanyal has five books and edited volumes, 26 journals, 66 invited presentations, over 30 papers presented at professional conferences, 16 professional reports and 20 featured articles to his credit.

Prof. Sanyal has been honored and awarded several times. Some are Alan and Dorothy Fels International Award, UCLA, 1977, Metropolitan Life Research Award, 1989, Chester Rapkin Award for Best Research Publication of the Year, 1989.

Dr. Samit Kumar Bhattacharyya

Dr. Samit Kumar Bhattacharyya is an internationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear technology and applications. His contributions include leadership of nuclear critical experimental programs that characterized the physics and safety of fast-breeder reactor systems, design and construction of an advanced transient test reactor and design and development of nuclear and renewable energy systems for terrestrial and space applications. He is an international
authority on space nuclear power and propulsion technologies.

Born on March 21, 1947, Dr. Bhattacharyya did B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IITKharagpur. Thereafter he did MS and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from University of Wisconsin and additionally MBA from the University of Chicago. His Ph.D. thesis work resulted in the first measurement of the nuclear Doppler Effect in 238Uat very high temperatures.

Dr. Bhattacharyya is currently the Director at Savannah River National Laboratory leading one of twelve DOE National Labs comprising 1000 people at about a budget of $200M. He is responsible for programs in Environmental Management, National Security and Energy Security. Earlier he was the President of RENMAR Enterprises, Inc creating and operating High Tech Small Business in the field of Advanced Nuclear Applications, including space nuclear power and propulsion. He had a long association with Argonne National Laboratory. During this period Dr. Bhattacharyya worked in physics, safety and engineering of advance nuclear reactors and other energy systems. He rose from the position of Staff Assistant Nuclear Engineer to Senior Nuclear Engineer and Division Director. He has been involved in the design of several advanced reactors, initially for terrestrial applications, and later for space applications in support of NASA missions. He has been involved with nuclear fusion technology R&D of the ANL fusion program. He led the ANL space nuclear power and propulsion program from 1984-2003.

Dr. Samit K. Bhattacharyya is President of RENMAR Enterprises, Inc, a Technical and Management Consulting Services Company. The company serves a broad portfolio of government and private sector clients in the area of advanced nuclear technology and applications. Currently, he is an Advisor to NASA on its Space Nuclear power and propulsion activities, and to the USDOE on several projects. Dr. Bhattacharyya is a former Director of the Technology Development Division at Argonne National Laboratory and he was also a Director of Savannah River National Laboratory. His areas of expertise include: Nuclear Power Technology (Physics, Safety, Design and Engineering) and deployment strategies; fast, thermal and transient reactors; space nuclear power and propulsion technologies and deployment strategies; technologies for the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle, including spent fuel management, reprocessing, stable waste form development and decommissioning and decontamination technologies; arms control and non-proliferation technologies, reduced enrichment research and test reactor technologies; fusion technologies; laser processing and applications; aerosol technologies and advanced simulation and modeling technologies.

Dr. Bhattacharyya has authored/co-authored more than 250 reports and publications and presented invited keynote and distinguished lectures at national and international conferences. He was a member of NASA/HQ Space Nuclear Power/Technology Planning Group and Space Nuclear Power Power/Fuels Working Group of DOE. He has also been honored with Argonne National Laboratory Director's Award, USDOE, NASA and DoD Awards, Outstanding New Citizen Award.


Debnarayan Bhattacharya

Shri D. Bhattacharya is a business leader heading Global Metals business of Aditya Birla Group with a turnover of approximately Rs. 62,000 crores.

Presently Mr. Debnarayan (Debu) Bhattacharya is Vice Chairman and Non Executive Director, Hindalco Industries Ltd., a global non-ferrous metals major. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Novelis (Hindalco’s wholly-owned Global subsidiary), which is the world’s largest player in the rolled Aluminium products.

Born on September 13, 1948 Bhattacharya took admission the Dept. of Chemical Engineering in IIT Kharagpur and went on winning the P.C. Ray Gold Medal for the best undergraduate thesis in India. Serving a long career in Hindustan Lever Limited, he joined Hindalco Industries in 2003. At present Bhattacharya is the Managing Director of Hindalco Industries Limited, Vice-chairman of Novelis Inc., Chairman of Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd. (ABML). Mr. Bhattacharya's vision and leadership has transformed Hindalco Industries from a single location, India centric, commodity Aluminumproducer to a global, nonferrous metal major in a short span of 10 years. The leadership style of Mr. Bhattacharya has been subtle yet highly effective. The fact that Hindalco's growth is a successful combination of organic and inorganic growth during these uncertain times; replete with M&A failures, in itself is a testimony of his vision and leadership.

Under his leadership, Hindalco has transformed itself from a single location, India-centric, commodity Aluminium producer to a global, non-ferrous Metals major, with presence across 5 continents and 13 countries. Mr. Bhattacharya led the acquisition of Novelis in 2007, one of the largest acquisitions by an Indian company. During the Global Financial crisis, amidst economic meltdown and bouts of volatility; Novelis, witnessed a spectacular turn around. The inorganic growth approach and post-merger integration received critical acclaims and has also featured in Harvard Business Review article as “Best Practices”.

Hindalco’s revenue has tripled in size under the leadership of Mr. Bhattacharya to US$ 16 bn at a CAGR of about 40%. This growth has not only been profitable but has also transformed Hindalco to its today’s balanced portfolio with a thrust on world-class, value added businesses. The company earned the prestigious Forbes Asia ‘Fabulous 50’ Award in the year 2010. In the last five years, Hindalco has implemented an ambitious expansion programme, setting up three large Greenfield projects in India and doubling its aluminium operations. 

Mr. Bhattacharya was instrumental in acquisition of Novel is in 2007, one of the largest acquisitions by an Indian company which not only sailed through the worst financial crises across the globe but also witnessed a spectacular turn around, even as critics were skeptical about the survival. Mr. Bhattacharya's vision to venture into copper business and to invest in copper mining has not only helped Hindalco in de-risking its business but has also allowed it to participate in the cyclical commodity up moves. Mr. Bhattacharya has also been the guiding force behind numerous CSR activities undertaken by Hindalco and its affiliates. Hindalco believes in triple bottom line accounting and is involved in various community development activities. Hindalco is also at the forefront of energy conservation initiatives and is actively working on carbon footprint reduction measures.

Bhattacharya is also representing the board of Pidilite Industries as an independent director. He has held several other positions Hon. President - Aluminum Association of India (AAI), Director - International Aluminum Institute (IAI), Director - The Fertilizer Association of India (FAI).

Bhattacharya has been conferred with several awards for his leadership skills - India Business Leader of the Year Award 2005, The Asia Corporate Citizen of the Year Award 2005, LEXI Award 2007, Corporate Excellence Award 2010, Qimpro Gold Standard 2010. IIM-JRD Tata Award 2011, Fray International Sustainability Award 2011.



Prof. Bahadur Chand Nakra

Prof. Bahadur Chand Nakra specializes in Vibration Engineering & Machine Dynamics, Instrumentation & Controls. Born on March 31, 1939, he did B.Sc Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and was awarded a Gold medal for being first in all branches of Engineering (and also an all-rounder Gold medal). He did his M.Tech in Machine Design from I.I.T. Kharagpur and Ph.D. from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

He continued research in the area of Vibration and Noise Engineering-an area in which he did work for M.Tech. with late Prof. B.M. Belgaumkar at IIT Kharagpur. Prof. Nakra has extensively published papers in journals and conferences of repute which have been widely cited (173 research papers in journals and Conference ProceedingsEin India and abroad, in addition to 68 technical reports). He guided 21 Ph.Ds, 68 M.Tech theses and has published 3 books (two text books and one book for industry). His students have been occupying high positions in Society in India and abroad. Based on his research contributions, he has been elected Fellow of four National Science and Engineering Academies (FNA, FNAE, FASc & FNASC) and of several national and international professional bodies of repute.

His interaction with leading industries in automotive, power, steel, oil, machine tool, railways, aero-space & general engineering sectors, has been through research projects and continuing education programs. He had been involved in about 55 major projects sponsored by industry and funding agencies. He had project and seminar interaction with researchers from several countries including India, U.K., USA, Japan, Norway, Russia, Germany, Holland, Italy, South Africa etc. Apart from work in Mechanical System Dynamics and Dynamic Design, he has also worked in Mechatroncs including Instrumentation and controls areas for teaching and research. He held BHEL and RRM Chairs, in addition to being joint Professor between Mechanical Engineering Dept and an industrial research centre (ITMME Centre) at IIT Delhi for quite some time. Prof. Nakra held at IIT Delhi since its inception almost all positions from Lecturer onwards till Offg. Director. He is still reasonably active in academic and organizational work at ITM University at Gurgaon, being Professor of Eminence, Director of Engg. School and Pro Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Nakra has been honoured with C.V. Raman award by Acoustical Society of India, Institution of Engineers, India award, G. P. Chatterjee Memorial award for outstanding contributions in Engineering Sciences, Eminent Engineer Award Institution of Engineers India and many more. In addition to authoring 3 books, he has 88 journal publications, 85 conference papers and 68 miscellaneous publications to his credit.


Elected: 1995 Section: Engineering & Technology

Nakra, Prof. Bahadur Chand
Ph.D. (London), FNA, FNAE, FNASc

Date of birth: 31 March 1939
Date of death: 12 April 2016
Specialization: Vibration Engineering, System Dynamics & Controls and Instrumentation, Mechatronics
Last known address: P-12, New Colony, Gurgaon 122 001, Haryana

.Prof. P. K. Rajagopalan

Prof. Parandur Krishnamachari Rajagopalan was Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. His areas of interest are Control Systems, Electrical Machines and Drives and Measurements and Measuring Instruments.

Born on November 15, 1930, Prof. Rajagopalan received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Institute in 1959. He joined the Institute in 1957 and was associated with the Institute till 1991. He was Warden of Gokhale Hall of Residence (1971) and R P Hall of Residence (1979-81), President of Gymkhana (1977, 1981-82), HoD, EE (1981-82) and Dean, Planning and Coordination (1983-86). He taught as Professor in SRM College of Engineering, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (1992-2001). At present he is the Dean, SuniTech Telecom Academy, Chennai.

Prof. Rajagopalan was associated with the M.Tech. programme in Control System from its inception in 1958 for development of curricula and laboratories. His subjects were Linear Systems, Nonlinear Systems and Stochastic Systems. He have been actively engaged in research since 1956 in the fields of Magnetic field problems, Nonlinear and Time Varying Control Systems, Optimal Control, Periodic Controllers for non-minimum phase discrete and continuous systems, Effects of solid poles on the transient performance of large alternators.

Prof. Rajagopalan has published about 40 papers in national and international journals. He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India).

Prof. Rajagopalan was awarded the President of India Prize (English) for 1968-69 by Institution of Engineers (India) for best paper published in all the sections of the Proceedings of Engineers.

Prof. Ramesh Kumar Agarwal

Prof. R K Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering, Washington University, Director, Aerospace Engineering Program (WUSTL) and MO Statewide Aerospace Research and Education Center. Prof. Agarwal is an eminent aeronautical scientist of international reputation worthy of recognition.

Prof. Agarwal did B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering in the year 1968. He did M.S. Aeronautical Engineering from University of Minnesota in 1969 and Ph.D. Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975.

Prof. Agarwal started his career with Rao & Associates Inc., Palo Alto, CA. He became Program Director and MDC Fellow of McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories and served there from 1978-1994. He served as Director in several organizations like KS Statewide Aircraft Design & Manufacturing Research Center (1995-2001), Kansas/NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System (1999-2001), FAA Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence (1997-2001), FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (2000-2001), Executive Director, Executive Director, National Institute for Aviation Research and Sam (1996-2001). He was also Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Chair, Aerospace Engineering, WSU (1994-1996).

Over a period of thirty five years, Prof. Agarwal has made pioneering contributions to both the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics methods and industrial grade codes for the aerodynamic analysis and design of all categories of aerospace vehicles (transport and fighter aircraft, missile and launch vehicles, helicopter rotors, and hypersonic configurations) that were routinely used in McDonnell Douglas (MDC). During his sixteen years at MDC, Prof. Agarwal established a world class group in Computational Fluid Dynamics at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories (MDRL). Prof. Agarwal has worked in both basic and applied research. He has worked in all aspects of computational fluid dynamics-namely, grid-generation, adaptive and multigrid methods, and solution of nonlinear potential, Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, viscous-inviscid interactions, boundary-layer flows, turbulence modeling, and parallel processing. The codes developed by Prof. Agarwal were extensively used by various McDonnell Douglas divisions for the calculation of transport and military aircraft, missile and launch vehicles, and helicopter flow fields. He has also worked in the areas of computational electromagnetics, computational acoustics, magnetohydrodynamics, multidisciplinary optimization, micro-fluidics, flow control and rarefied gas dynamics. For past few years, he has been focusing his attention on "Environmentally Responsible Aviation and Aircraft Design." Over a period of 35 years, Professor Agarwal has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in aerospace engineering both in industry and academia. He has held high level leadership positions where he made high impact contributions to the aerospace profession. He is one of the rare individuals who has not only made high impact personal contributions to research, development and education in aerospace engineering but inspired, trained and mentored a generation of individuals who have become leaders in industry, government and academia. More recently, he has devoted some of his efforts in nanotechnology and renewable energy systems - in particular wind, solar and biomass.

To his credit, Prof. Agarwal has 112 Archival publications, 15 book chapters, 4 Engineering Handbook articles, 366 technical meeting papers in proceedings, over 300 technical meeting presentations. He has delivered numerous lectures as invited, plenary and keynote speaker, panelist and short-term courses. He is on the editorial Board of 13 Journals.

He is the author and coauthor of over 500 publications and serves on the editorial board of more than 20 journals. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many professional, government, and industrial advisory committees.

Professor Agarwal is a Fellow of eighteen societies: American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Institute of Pysics (IOP), UK, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Energy Institute (EI), Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Academy of Science of St. Louis, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and World Innovation Foundation (WIF).

For his outstanding contributions Prof. Agarwal has received many awards and honors. Some such are SAE Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design Development Award (2010) James B. Eads Award of Academy of Science of St. Louis (2009), AIAA Aerodynamics Award (2008), Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award (2007), ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2006), AIAA Missouri Academy of Science "Most Distinguished Scientist Award" (2003), WSU President's Award for Distinguished Service (1998), AIAA Engineer of the Year Award (1998) and many more.

He has received many honors and awards for his research contributions including the ASME Fluids Engineering Award (2001), William Littlewood Lecture Award (2009), ASEE/AIAA John Leland Atwood Award (2009), SAE Clarence Kelly Johnson Award (2009), SAE Franklin W. Kolk Award (2009), AIAA Lindbergh Award (2010), SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award (2013), SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award, SAE International Medal of Honor (2015) and AIAA Reed Aeronatuics Award (2015) among many others.


Prof. Ned Mohan

Prof. Ned Mohan is Oscar A. Schott Professor of Power Electronic Systems, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His research and education interest are in the broad field of electric energy systems.

Prof. Mohan did B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering in 1967 from IIT Kharagpur. In 1969 he did MS in Electrical Engineering from University of New Brunswick. He did a second MS in Nuclear Engineering from University of Wisconsin in 1972 and Ph.D. in 1973 in Electrical Engineering.

Prof. Mohan joined the University of Minnesota in 1976 and continuing there till present in teaching and research.

Prof. Mohan has written 5 textbooks; one of them is translated into Chinese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Turkish and Spanish. He has five other significant publications and more than 250 (431) Technical publications, 16 (19) Patents. He has supervised nearly 100 (170) graduate students, 27 (35) of them PhDs. He maintains a strong research program that at present consists of 11 PhD students.

Prof. Mohan is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota. He received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Power and Energy Society of the IEEE in 2008, and the 2010 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award. Prof. Mohan is a Fellow of the IEEE.

2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award

2013 Innovative Program Award - U.S. ECE Department Heads Association

2014 Elected to National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

2014 IEEE Nari Hingorani FACTS Award - IEEE Power & Energy Society

2014 Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, Professional Education Award - University of Minnesota


Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb

Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb is  Koenig Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, Director, Computational Optimization and Innovation (COIN) Laboratory, Founder and Formerly Director of Kanpur Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, KanGAL, IIT Kanpur, India. He has uniquely and most distinctly contributed to the development, advancement and application of evolutionary multi-criterion optimization (EMO) in engineering, sciences and commerce.

Prof. Deb did B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 specializing in Dynamics. He was awarded Amlan Sen Memorial Prize and also adjudged the Best Student in Industrial Management Program. Before joining Alabama, Prof. Deb served with Engineers India Limited (New Delhi) between 1985 and 1987. He did Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).

Prof. Deb was a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of General Engineering at the between 1991 and 1992 and worked at. He has held Visiting Professorship positions in several universities - ETH Zurich, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, NTU Singapore, Helsinki School of Economics. He also holds an Adjunct Professor position at the Department of Information and Service Economy at Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland.

Deb's demonstration of new and salient research directions and his leadership in promoting EMO activities in engineering and scientific communities make him one of the top contributors in the development of EMO field. His non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm (NSGA) algorithm clearly demonstrated, for the first time, that due to their population approach and flexibility in their operators, evolutionary algorithms are ideal candidates for finding a set of Pareto-optimal solutions in a single simulation. Deb's NSGA-II algorithm, published in IEEE Transactions on
Evolutionary Computation in 2002, was a parameter-less and modular algorithm that remains even today as the most influential and popular EMO procedure not only within the evolutionary algorithms community, but to researchers in many branches of engineering, science, technology and commerce. A Web of Science citation count of 2200+ on this single paper is a testimony to its impact to the scientific community at large. Over the years, NSGA-II has been adopted within popular commercial optimization softwares.

Author of more than 280 research papers, two textbooks, 17 edited books, his 2001 book on Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization Algorithms is the first ever compilation of multi objective optimization algorithms. Because of his pioneering research in the field of evolutionary multi-objective optimization (EMO), he has been invited to present 35 Keynote lectures and more than 100 invited lectures and tutorials on the topic. Professor Deb has organized several conferences and founder-chaired the First Conference on Evolutionary Multicriterion Optimization (EMO 2001) held at Zurich. Prof. Deb has numerous awards and honors in his name, including the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, MCDM Edge worth-Pareto Award, Thomson Citation Laureate Award, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award and Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, Infosys Prize, Infosys Science Foundation, Bangalore, India, 2011; J. C. Bose National Fellowship, Government of India, New Delhi, India, 2011; Cajastur Mamdani Prize, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain, 2011; TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy, 2012; Wiley Practice Prize, International Society on Multi-Criterion Decision Making (MCDM), 2013; Eminent Engineer Award, Tripura State Centre for The Institution of Engineers (India),2015; SIGEVO Impact Award, Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computation, ACM, 2016; J C Bose Memorial Lecture Award, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) 2016. Founding Steering Committee Member, Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO). He was Co-organizer of the Asia-ITC funded M.Sc. Programme in Natural
Computation at the Computer Science Department at University of Birmingham, UK (2001-2002), editorial committees of 17 international journals.


Dr. Satyendranath Mukherjee

Dr. Satyendranath Mukherjee is currently Chief Scientist and Senior Director at Philips Research North America, Briarcliff Manor, New York. Dr. Mukherjee's current areas of interest include, lighting controls systems and building wide energy management systems including HVAC and appliances and is engaged in promoting energy efficiency technologies with the US federal and state agencies.
Retired in Jun 2015 Chief Scientist, Sr Director, Philips Research North America

At Philips Research he carried out research on IC technology, devices and design non-volatile memory devices, Power IC's and designs for mobile communications and power conversion systems, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) based flat panel display systems, wireless networks for lighting controls. Dr. Mukherjee has transferred several IC technologies to product divisions generating over a billion dollars in revenues.

Satyendranath Mukherjee obtained his B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1976, where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal for standing first from all branches of Engineering. He received his M. Tech. Degree with distinction from the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation. In 1981, Dr. Mukherjee obtained his Ph.D. from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

From 1981 to 1984 Dr. Mukherjee worked on physics and technology of EPROMs at Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA. At Intel he was responsible for device technology for the first 256K CMOS EPROM products. In 1984 Dr. Mukherjee joined Exel Microelectronics, San Jose, California, where he developed the world's first 512K flash EEPROM chip using a single transistor cell, on which he holds the original patent. In 1986 he joined Philips Research where he carried out research on IC technology, devices and design. Dr. Mukherjee has transferred several IC technologies and designs (bulk and SOI based for power and high voltage ICs) developed in his research group to product divisions where they are thriving businesses today. He has initiated research collaborations with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories to address challenges in integrated controls and energy simulation in buildings.

Dr. Mukherjee holds over 23 patents and has published over 50 papers in conference proceedings, journals and textbooks. He holds over 25 patents and has published over 50 papers on these subjects in conference proceedings, journals and textbooks. He has also given numerous invited talks at major international conferences and courses. He has served on program committees for several premier conferences such as the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISPLED) and others. He has co-edited a recent book titled "Amlware: Hardware Technology Drivers of Ambient Intelligence" by Springer. He has been serving as a member of the board of directors of Continental Automated Building Association (CABA) for the past three years.


Dr. Amitava Hirendranath Roy

Dr. Amitava Hirendranath Roy has been the president and chief executive officer of International Fertilizer Development Center since 1992. Dr. Roy's vision and commitment to agricultural research, particularly during the past 20 years when funding for such efforts was drastically reduced, is noteworthy.

Before coming to IFDC, Roy was a process engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Roy earned a doctorate and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech. There he also developed an innovative heat shield that was used by NASA in the U.S. Space Shuttle program to protect critical optical and electronic components of the shuttle.

Roy joined IFDC in 1978 as a chemical engineer and special projects engineer. Under his leadership, IFDC's programs have broadened to help create sustainable agricultural productivity around the world, alleviating hunger and poverty and ensuring global food security, environmental protection and economic growth. EHe contributed to IFDC's successful efforts to reinvigorate Bangladesh's agricultural sector and to prevent a humanitarian crisis in that country. He helped developed a working and vibrant market for agricultural supplies and products in Albania where none existed previously. Under Roy's guidance, took the challenge head-on to promote judicious fertilizer use and improve accessibility of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers in the developing world.

Roy's work has taken him to more than 100 countries. Roy was instrumental in organizing the Africa Fertilizer Summit in Abuja Nigeria, in June 2006 which brought together heads of state and governments of more than 40 African nations. Roy regularly meets with donors, government officials and development organizations. He has published extensively and presented papers and keynote addresses at numerous international events and meetings.

In 2008, Roy spoke before the Hunger Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives about the role agro-inputs such as fertilizers and seeds have in providing long-term solutions to global food security. Roy founded the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center in 2010 to facilitate the development of the next generation of fertilizers and production technologies. In 2012, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Nutrient Management Project of the United Nations Environment Programme. He co-led the Global TraPs project with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft of Germany. In 2014, Roy co-edited Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap.

Dr. Roy has authored/co-authored about 200 reports and books. He has instituted research and development of new or modified fertilizer materials and processes using indigenous sources, especially phosphate rock. He has played a vital role in generating financial support from donor agencies and private sector organizations including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Netherlands' Royal Embassies and Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Fertilizer Industry Association, Agriterra and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, among many others.


Shri S. C. Mukhopadhyay

Shri S. C. Mukhopadhyay is the present Acharya (spiritual head) of Dev Sangha, a spiritual centre located at Deoghar, Jharkhand. He is Saumen, Saumendra Chandra Mukhopadhyay -- the ace footballer from Azad Hall and member of the IIT Kharagpur football squad for all the five years; the department topper in Mechanical Engineering and, of course, the B. C. Roy Gold Medalist of the 1968 batch.

Founder of Dev Sangha National School (DSNS), Deoghar.

He left a promising corporate career of only ten years to enter into spiritual life, as per the wishes of his "Guru" Srimat Narendra Nath Brahmachary. Today he is a powerful spiritual leader inspiring men and women in India and abroad with his illuminating speeches and companionship.

In 1988, Saumendra Chandra Mukhopadhyay was christened Srimat Saumyendra Nath Brahmachary and installed as the spiritual head of Dev Sangha, to give concrete shape to the spiritual vision of his Master.

Later, Saumen founded a society registered as "Dev Sangh Seva Pratisthan" for social service and humanitarian work. He primarily works for womens' education for the backlward sections of Jharkhand State.

If you happen to meet him anywhere even today, be sure he will receive you with open arms and a welcoming smile. An anti-thesis of the stereo-typical "Babaji" model, he is equally comfortable with diverse sections of society - be it with a corporate CEO or a man in the village or with a band of bubbling young IITians. His discourses are equally popular among executives, university teachers, students of IIMs and even among the Judges of High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.

Acharya Saumyendra Nath is actively involved in spreading the wisdom and messages of our ancient rishis to revive the "Rishi"-culture in our modern times. He strongly feels that IITians all over the world constitute the right kind of group which has tremendous potential to assimilate the spiritual treasure of India and disseminate the same to the world and emerge as the rishis of this new millennium.


Shri Prasad R. Menon

Shri Prasad Menon has over 40 years of diverse experience in some of the premier multinational and Indian companies in the chemical and power industry.

He worked in ICI for twenty years as a Plant Manager and as the Works Operations Manager. Thereafter, he joined Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited where he constructed, commissioned and stabilized the Urea Fertilizer Project of the Company at Kakinada, rising to become the Technical Director and Agri Business Sector Chief at the Nagarjuna Group.

In October 2000, Mr. Menon took over as the Managing Director of Tata Chemicals. During the next six years, he led the company to become the largest inorganic chemicals company in India. He successfully completed the acquisition and integration of Bruner Mond (U.K.), Magadi Soda (Kenya) and IMACID (Morocco) resulting in Tata Chemicals becoming the third largest soda ash manufacturer in the world. In October 2006, Mr. Menon took over as the Managing Director of Tata Power leading it to leverage opportunities put forth by sustained growth in GDP and the power sector reforms in the country by setting an aggressive path for ten-fold growth by 2017, establishing the organization across geographies in India and abroad and transforming the organization to become more agile and customer centric. He has also been instrumental in securing fuel through an acquisition of a 30% stake in coal mines in Indonesia, setting up the associated logistics arrangements through a shipping and logistics arm in Singapore as well as in leveraging the Company's strengths in Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of power plants to build a Services business to offer O&M and project management services to various players in the power sector. He has been instrumental in setting up a Sustainability Advisory Council, comprising world renowned experts from the fields of environment, climate change and community relations to advise Tata Power on its approach to Sustainability.

Mr. Menon is on the Board of several major Tata Group companies and other key Tata Group Committees, as well as on the Supervisory Board of Sanmar Group in Chennai. Recently, he has been inducted on the Board of Axis Bank Ltd. He is on the Steering Committee of Combat Climate Change. He is the first Chairperson of the Association of Power Producers. Mr. Menon is the member of the Advisory Council of IITB-Monash Research Academy. He is also a Member of the Governing Council of Centre for Environment Education, Nehru Foundation for Development. He is the first President of the Korea-India Business Association, also Member of the Central Advisory Committee for Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. In Nov. 2009, "Business World" Magazine ranked Mr. Menon as the most valuable CEO in power sector and 10th most valuable CEO in India.


Dr. Pradip K. Dutta

Dr. Pradip K. Dutta is a Corporate Vice President of Synopsys Inc. and the Managing Director of its wholly owned subsidiary, Synopsys (India) Private Limited, a world leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software. His key focus areas include research and development activity in various aspects of EDA tool development, strengthening industry-academia-government interaction and building strong customer relationships.

Dr. Dutta has earned his B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur followed by M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park under a US Government Fellowship from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

Prior to joining Synopsys, Dr. Dutta had spent twelve years with Delco Electronics Corporation, a General Motors subsidiary, in the field of automotive electronics and held a variety of positions in engineering and management, both in the US and in the Asia-Pacific region. He had started the India operations of Delco Electronics in New Delhi in the mid 90s, which later became part of Delphi Automotive Systems. After repatriating from the US, Dr. Dutta has been heading the India operations of Synopsys since 2000, overseeing the growth from a little over fifty employees to more than a thousand highly skilled employee base spread across Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida roughly 12% of the entire human resources of the company but more like 20% of the R&D strength of the enterprise. Dr. Dutta not only helped enable the organic growth in India, he also oversaw several major M&A s that had a significant footprint in India. Avant!, ArchPro, Synplicity and CoWare are a few of those.

Dr. Dutta, being an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, had a clear and committed focus in terms of developing a strong and synergistic research and development relationship between his undergraduate institute and his current organization. He was one of the founding advisory board members of the Advanced VLSI laboratory and later on continued his association through the AVLSI consortium. He supported various R&D projects at IIT Kharagpur on behalf of various business groups within Synopsys. Very recently, he championed the award of the Charles Babbage Grant to IIT Kharagpur from Synopsys which allowed the institute to procure hardware and software for delivering targeted, research specific VLSI courseware. As an extension to that effort, Dr. Dutta worked with the executive management team of Synopsys to formally create a Synopsys-IIT Kharagpur CAD Research Laboratory which was officially inaugurated in September 2009.

He is the Chairman of India Semiconductor Association (ISA) and serves on the Executive Council of several other industry bodies including Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), and Bangalore Forum for Information Technology (BFIT). He also sits on the advisory boards of the Govt. of West Bengal (Ministry of IT) and the International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore (Academic Program). Dr. Dutta is a Charter Member of TiE.


Prof. Jammi Srinivasa Rao

Prof. J. S. Rao is currently Chief Science Officer, Altair Engineering Bangalore and President of The Vibration Institute of India. His research areas are Vibrations, Turbo machine Blade Aero and Structural Dynamics, Rotor Dynamics, CFD, Life Estimation, Fusion Reactor design. Over the last 40 years significant original contributions have been made in the field of general machine. Professor J.S. Rao, President, The Vibration Institute of India

Born on July 1, 1939, Prof. J. S. Rao has a long academic involvement with IIT Kharagpur. He did M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering in 1963, Ph.D. in 1965 and received D.Sc. in 1971.

Prior to moving to IIT Delhi in 1975 to establish a Center for Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics and Maintenance Engineering Center he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. He has been chairman and BHEL Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi and Visiting Professor at several Universities in England, France, Canada, USA, Germany, Taiwan and Australia. He was also Science Counselor at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC during 1984-89. He has been a Consultant to several organizations; notably as principal investigator in investigating the complete catastrophic failure of Narora Atomic Power plant.

He is a founding father of IFToMM, Member of its executive council and Chairman of its Rotor Dynamics Committee and Permanent Commission on Conferences, member of History of Machines and Mechanisms technical committee, Chief Editor of the journal "Advances in Vibration Engineering". Prof. Rao is a past president of The Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and founded Association of Machines and Mechanisms in India. He authored over 400 research publications and 12 text books and conducted over 25 short courses around the world.

He has received several awards, notably from ASME, Washington, DC, Institution of Engineers (India), Association of Machines and Mechanisms, Pacific Center of Thermal-Fluids Engineering, Hawaii, Bharat Excellence award and Gold Medal in 2002, IFToMM award 2004 for fundamental contributions in MMS, and IFToMM Distinguished Service award 2004, Emeritus Chairman of IFToMM Rotor Dynamics Technical Committee, 2006, Distinguished Mechanical Engineering Educator, Indian Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008. He was honored by Abdul Kalam for Aerospace technologies in Altair 2008 and the 2009 TANA award for exceptional and outstanding contributions in the field of Engineering by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. He is also conferred IFToMM Honorary Membership award 2011.


Prof. Mahinder Kumar Jain

In 1965, Prof. Jain was faculty with an illustrious teaching and research experience of 52 years. He held various administrative positions at IIT Delhi wherein he initiated both teaching and research programme in numerical analysis. His field of specialization is Computational Fluid Mechanics and Numerical Solution of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations. He developed the Compact Implicit Finite Difference methods (1989).

Prof. M K Jain was awarded D.Sc. (1963) by IIT Kharagpur and taught here from 1954-1965. He served in IIT Delhi from 1965 -1992 wherein he was HoD, Mathematics (1965-69), Head Computer Centre (1967-69), Dean of Undergraduate Sciences (1975-84), Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research (1983-84) and Deputy Director (1984-89). He joined University of Mauritius (1992-2000) as HoD, Mathematics (1992-99) and thereafter held the position of Dean of Faculty of Science (1999-2000). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois, 1969-70, Visiting Faculty at Imperial College of Science and Technology, UK, 1970, University of Wisconsin, 1977 and University of Karlsruhe, West Germany, 1981. Prof. Jain was Vice Chancellor of APS University, Rewa, 1989.

Prof. Jain has 4 books and 82 papers and research reports to his credit. He has been the President of the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1979 and was elected Fellow of the INSA, 1977.

Prof. Jain received the Distinguished Service Award by Indian Society of Information Theory and Application (2002).

Captain N. S. Mohan Ram

Capt. Mohan Ram Needamangalam Srinivasan is a dynamic professional - originally a Naval Architect, then Warship Designer, Project Engineer, Foundry Specialist, Steel Maker and currently in Automotive Engineering. He retired prematurely in the rank of Captain Indian Navy, after twenty years of service. Mohan is at present advisor in TVS Motor Company Limited.

Consultant, TVS Motor Company Limited

Born on April 10, 1936, Mohan graduated in Naval Architecture at the top of the class, from the third batch of students from IIT Kharagpur, Mohan Ram joined the Indian Navy and was deputed for a four year postgraduate course on Warship Design at Royal Naval College Greenwich, UK, where he topped an international class. He also holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, where he was awarded the prestigious Das Gupta and VKRV gold medals for academic excellence. He has attended short-term courses in prestigious institutions worldwide, including Stanford University.

Over a long and fruitful career spanning over fifty years, he has designed warships for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard and went on to head the Design Department of Mazagon Docks Limited, Mumbai. He subsequently headed the construction, foundry and the flagship Steel divisions of Mukand Limited, before taking over as President of TVS Suzuki Limited (now TVS Motors Limited) in 1989. He spearheaded the spectacular turnaround of the company in the early nineties from sickness to robust health. He became Director Projects of the company in 1996 and set up the company's second plant at Mysore. He is a rare example of an R & D specialist making a successful transition to excel in general management.

He has completed two four-year spells as a Distinguished Visiting professor at IIT (Madras) and IIT (Delhi), IIT (Kharagpur) and RV College of Engineering, under the AICTE-INAE scheme for industry academia collaboration. His forte is turnaround management and New Product Development. He frequently lectures on engineering and management topics at national forums and educational institutions. He is currently active on the issue of "Recycling automobiles at the end of useful life". His paper to the INAE seminar on automotive recycling finds a reference in the 'Prime Minister's Action Paper on Climate Change'. He is responsible for setting up a recycling demonstration center by Ministry of Heavy Industry near Chennai. He currently heads the automobile industry's task force on recycling of vehicles at the end of useful life.

He has received many honors and awards during his career, including the Vishisht Seva Medal from the President of India for designing India's first warship, INS Godavari and the FIE foundation medal for Excellence in Engineering and Management from the honorable Chief minister of Maharashtra. In recognition of lifetime achievement, he was inducted as a fellow of the exclusive Indian National Academy of Engineering in the year 2000 and currently serves as a member of the Governing Council of the august body. He is founder member of the core group on Automotive Research set up by the Prime Minister of India and headed by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.



Shri C. N. Raghavendran

Shri C. N. Raghavendran is a practicing Architect and Partner of M/s. C. R. Narayana Rao (CRN), a firm of Architects & Engineers based in Chennai. As one of the Partners of CRN since 1968, Shri Raghavendran has provided the leadership and is significantly responsible in making CRN one of the largest and most successful firms in India today. He has also been a mentor and inspiration to many young Architects and Engineers entering the profession in addition to the third generation of the founder's family who are now part of the practice.

Born on March 14, 1944, Shri Raghavendran received his Bachelor's Degree (Honours) from IIT, Kharagpur (1966) and Master of Architecture Degree from University of California at Berkeley, USA (1967).

He has been responsible for the Design, Engineering & Implementation of a wide variety of projects Pan India and abroad including UAE, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Guyana, Malaysia and Zambia. Having successfully delivered projects for the Central Government, PSU and many State Governments, his other works include projects for Indian & Foreign Multinational Corporations, Foreign Governments, Private Sector Industries, Educational Institutions, Healthcare & Hospitality projects and Sports Infrastructure Sectors many of which have been recognized as innovative and trendsetting.

Long before the need for Climate Concerns & Resource Efficiencies was realized in Building Design, Shri Raghavendran's works reflected a commitment to these principles. He has contributed significantly to the Advancement and Revamping of the Technical Education of Architecture in India, to suit the evolving needs of the Industry. His works have been featured in several Foreign & Indian books, Professional Journals & the press.

His Works designed have been published in leading Architectural magazines such as "ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN" and "INSIDE - OUTSIDE". Has participated in several architectural design competitions in India, of the all India nature and has won several prestigious design competitions such as Chairman of CII - LEED India, a committee to indianize the Green Building rating for Energy Efficient Buildings in India.

He has held offices in several Professional Organizations such as Chairman of the Chennai Chapter, IGBC, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), of which he was the Chairman of Tamil Nadu Chapter in early 80s and currently a member of the International Affairs Board of IIA and an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects.

Shri Raghavendran is a recipient of several awards including the IIA Design Excellence Award in 1995, the prestigious Architect of the Year Award in 1996, Paterson Cancer Center Award in 2003 and from several Industry Publications such as The Economic Times ACETECH Award 2007, Construction World Top Ten Architects Awards in 2007, 2009 & 2010 and the Padmashree in 2011.


J V Nrupender Rao

Shri Nrupender Rao is the Chairman of Pennar Group of Companies. By setting up industries employing over 2000 people and introducing new technologies and products into the country he has made a mark for himself in the industrial field.

Mr. Rao was always judged the best student of the school in Hyderabad. He moved on to liT Kharagpur where he completed his B.Tech with Honours in Mechanical Engineering. Later on he did his post-graduation at Purdue University, USA, specializing in Operations Research. He worked for a year with NCR, Dayton, USA on a project for unique product identification using the Bar Coding system.

Mr. Rao came back to India in 1968 and he worked with Coromandel Fertilisers Limited and Union Carbide India Limited. He became an entrepreneur in 1977 and co-promoted Nagarjuna Steels Limited and its subsidiary, Nagarjuna Signode in technical collaboration with the packaging giant Signode Corporation of USA. He was successful in introducing modern packaging systems into many of the industries, more particularly the steel sector.

Mr. Rao went on to successfully promote the Pennar Group of companies, which manufactures steel products, engineering, aluminum products, chemical additives and pre-engineered building systems at six locations at Hyderabad, Chennai, Hosur and Tarapur. During the recession of 1998 - 2002, Pennar went through severe financial strain but Mr. Rao led the fight from the front and by hard work, cost reduction and business and financial restructuring brought about an impressive turnaround. From the year 2004 onwards, the group has achieved continuous growth and is all set to reach sales of Rs. 880 crores cores during this year and slated to cross Rs. 1200 crores in the next financial year.

Mr. Rao has unusual leadership and management skills and always gives maximum importance to the human resource. During the three decades, there has not been a single instance of labour unrest in any form in any of the six factories. 11M, Ahmedabad has made a case study of the unique management and motivation skills of Pennar under the leadership of Mr. Rao. He has been awarded Entrepreneur of the year Award from Hyderabad Management Association in the year 1993-94 and Prof. Nayudamma Gold Medal for contribution to Industry in Andhra Pradesh. Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by the Council of State Industrial Development and Investment Corporations of India.

Mr. Rao is active in the society and participates in education, philanthropic and human development activities at the Ramakrishna Math and the backward village he hails from. Mr. Rao is a very good speaker and he participates in many youth activities at the Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Hyderabad. He is also Chairman of the J. V. Narsing Rao Society which runs two schools and active in improving education, Sanitation, Drinking Water and Health in two backward villages of Andhra Pradesh. As a part of his services to the society, he is the Managing Trustee of Sri. Ramakrishna Vivekananda Service Foundation and Sri J.V. Narsing Rao Memorial Foundation.

Anand Deshpande

Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT), a Company that he founded in 1990. Anand has a B.Tech (1984) in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, a Masters (1986) and a Ph.D. (1989) in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA). Anand worked as MTS at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California from 1989 to 1990.

At Persistent, he is responsible for overall leadership and management of the company and drives the sales and technology efforts. As an active member of the database community Anand was responsible for hosting VLDB 1996 in Mumbai and ICDE 2003 in Bangalore. He has actively participated in program committees of international conferences like member of Industrial Program Committee: VLDB 2003 in Berlin, VLDB 2004 in Toronto, IEEE 2005, ICDE 2005 in Tokyo, VLDB 2007 in Vienna; Program Committee Chair for Annual Convention CSI 2009 in Pune; General Chair for COMAD 2008 in Mumbai; Industrial Program Committee Chair for DASFAA 2008 in New Delhi; Organizing Committee Chair for ISEC 2009 in Pune; launched the ACM India Council, 2009.

He serves as a Trustee of Persistent Foundation, Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the School of Informatics of Indiana University, and Member of the Executive Committee of MCCIA.

Anand is a founding member of iSPIRT, India’s first product think tank, started with the vision of creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in India. Anand is also a founder member of Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovations Center (i4C). i4C is an independent, non-profit entity which acts as a platform to pro-actively scout, showcase and handhold technology innovations, especially aimed at the base of the pyramid. With members of his family, he has established DeAsra Foundation (http://www.deasra.in), a non-profit entity which focuses on creating self-employment at scale.

His recent awards include:

  • Recognized as "One of the best leaders in research & development services" by IAOP (International Association of Outsourcing Professionals).
  • Business Today, India’s leading fortnightly business publication, has named Persistent Systems founder, Chairman and Managing Director to its 2016 “Best CEO List”.
  • Dr. Anand Deshpande awarded Lokmat Maharashtrian Business Person of the Year 2016
  • Anand Deshpande featured in a special issue of Entrepreneur India for ‘Tech 25 – Class of 2017’
  • Ranked sixth as the 'Best Investor Relations Professional in India' by - Thomson Reuters Extel Survey Awards.
  • Awarded the Maharashtra Information Technology Award - 2011 in the category - IT Software, by the Government of Maharashtra.
  • Won the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) Excellence in Corporate Governance Award 2011: Ranked amongst Top 5 Companies in India.
  • Won the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Silver Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
  • Won the Asset - Gold Award for Social Responsibility and Inyestor Relations 2011. Ranked amongst the top eight international companies that follow 'social responsibility and investor relations practices'.
  • Awarded the Indian IT Company of the Year by Bloomberg UTV.
  • Ranked amongst the Best Following Corporate Governance Practices in India by IR Global Rankings (IRGR).
  • Awarded Asia's Best Employer Brand Award 2010-11 in the Western Region (India) in the Category Managing Health at Workplace.
  • Recognized in the 2011 Global Services 100 List; also ranked amongst Top Product Engineering Companies.
  • Ranked fifth in PwC Global Software 100 Leaders 2011 List (India Region).


Dipankar Raychaudhuri

Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Professor-II, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB's Director, he is responsible for an internationally recognized industry-university research center specializing in wireless technology. He has previously held R&D management positions in the telecom/networking industry including: Chief Scientist, lospan Wireless (2000-01), Assistant General Manager &Department Head-Systems Architecture, NEC USA C&C Research Labs (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications Research, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92).

Dr. Raychaudhuri is a leading researcher/technologist in the field of wireless networking based on his sustained technology contributions and leadership over the past 30 years. He is acknowledged as a pioneer who brought broadband wireless access technology from concept to reality in the 1990's. This is a technology domain (high speed WLAN, WiMax, etc.) which has made it possible for 100's of millions of people connect to the Internet. Prof. Raychaudhuri is also recognized today in the US academic research community as a forward-looking network architect who is leading NSF and other R&D initiatives to innovate the future mobile Internet from a "clean slate" perspective. Finally, as director of WINLAB since 2001, he has led development one of the world’s best academic research centers specializing in wireless technology, and in this capacity plays a visible leadership role in advancing basic research and education in the field.

Notable technology innovations by Prof. Raychaudhuri include design and implementation of one of the world's first broadband wireless local area networks. He published his concept for an ATM-based broadband wireless access network in a landmark paper (in IEEE J. Selected Areas in Communications,1992) - this paper went on to become the 2nd most highly-cited journal paper in the entire communications field between 1990-2005 according to ISI Thomsen-Reuters, with over 2200 citations. Dr. Raychaudhuri’s research group at NEC C&C Laboratories in Princeton subsequently demonstrated the feasibility of reliable 25 Mbps mobile services in the 5 Ghzbandand successfully conducted proof-of-concept field trials as early as 1998. Other important research results in his career include design and prototyping one of the earliest VSAT (very small aperture terminal) data networks during the 1980's. This technology enabled the first generation of data networks in the US and is still used to provide Internet access to remote areas all over the world. In the early 1990's he also led a multi-company research team which designed one of the first HDTV systems tested by the US FCC in 1991, significantly influencing the "ATSC" digital TV standard in wide use today. After joining Rutgers as a Professor, Dr. Raychaudhuri’s research group at WINLAB built the "ORBIT radio grid testbed" the world's largest open research testbed for evaluation of future wireless networking protocols. More recently, his group at WINLAB has also developed a novel clean-slate mobility-centric future Internet architecture called "Mobility First", now being deployed for trial use on the GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovation) research network in the US.

Dr. Raychaudhuri has also been active in technology entrepreneurship, helping to incubate several startup companies in the wireless networking and media areas over the past 12 years. He serves as technical advisor or board member to several new technology companies, and is on the advisory council of the NJ Economic Development Authority's Edison Innovation Fund. He has previously served as editor of several leading journals including IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Communications Magazine. He has also participated in several international standards committees in the telecom field, and has been an external advisor for several European and Japanese research projects.

Prof. Raychaudhuri obtained his B.Tech (Honours) in Electronics & Electrical Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1976, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a recipient of several awards including Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation (2008), ISI "most cited author (2006), Fellow of IEEE (1995), Sarnoff Team Award for Development of the HDTV (1990), and RCA Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards (1982,83,85). ECEDHA Innovative Program Award (2013),  IEEE Donald J. Fink Best Paper Award (2014),  Faculty of the Year Award, Rutgers School of Engineering (2017) .

He has over 250 journal and conference papers, 10 book chapters and edited book entitled “Emerging Wireless Technologies and the Future  Mobile Internet” , Cambridge University Press, 2011, 15 patents on various topics including broadband wireless networks, medium access control  (MAC) protocols, digital video, VSAT networks. http://www.winlab.rutgers.edu/docs/faculty/RayBio.html

Sanjoy Banerjee

Sanjoy Banerjee is CUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Energy Institute, which he founded when he moved to the City College of New York from UC, Santa Barbara three years ago. The Institute is now primarily funded by ARPA-E, DOE, NRC, NYSERDA and Con Edison. At UC Santa Barbara, Professor Banerjee was Department Chair for an extended period and during this time it rose to national prominence. Previously he held appointments at UC Berkeley, McMaster University, and Atomic Energy of Canada. His main research is in multiphase and turbulent systems for which he has been recognized with several awards, amongst them the IChemE Danckwerts Memorial Lectureship, the ASME Melville Medal and the ANS Technical Achievement Award. AIChE Donald Q. Kern Award for energy conversion, ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, Mitsubishi Professor Tokyo University, Burgers Professor University of Delft, Dow-Sharma Professor University of Mumbai, Danckwerts Memorial Lecture to Chemical Engineering Science/Institution of Chemical Engineers in London, American Society of Chemical Engineers’ Melville Medal, UICT Golden Jubilee Fellow, University of Bombay, United Phosphorous Ltd Medal & Distinguished Lecturer, IIChem E, Honorary Fellow, IIChemE, Annual Guest Lecture, Council for Chemical Research, the Netherlands, Seymour Cray Prize (Italy), with two Italian collaborators, Neaman Lecturer, Israel Institute of Technology (TECHNION), 1985/86, Fellow, American Nuclear Society (ANS).

The behavior of systems far from equilibrium, including rapid phase transitions, turbulence and most recently nonlinear phenomena such as dendrite formation in electrochemical energy storage systems

The author of more than 190 articles, book chapters and refereed conference proceedings and the holder of four patents.

Banerjee serves the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a member of the Advisory Committee in Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) and is Chair of its Thermalhydrauics Phenomena Subcommittee. He also serves as a Board Member of the Flow Assurance Center (Norway), which is funded by a consortium of oil/gas companies.

Banerjee has helped to establish several companies based on research collaborations, including Metaheuristics LLC, which develops highly parallelizable software aimed at very large fluid/thermal simulations, Mindflash Technologies, which applies artificial intelligence techniques to learning systems software, and Gas Reaction Technologies Inc., which uses novel metal oxide catalysts to convert natural gas to a variety of liquid products, including gasoline and benzene/toluene/xylene. He is the principal founder and Board Chairman of Urban Electric Power Inc., which manufactures and markets zinc anode based battery systems for supporting renewable energy generation. He has continued his service to various professional societies, including, the American Nuclear Society where he co- founded the Thermalhydraulics Division. He has also served the AICHE as Chair of its Transport and Energy Process division in 2006. Most recently he served on the New York State Governor's Trade Force on Economic Development.

Banerjee also has served or serves as a consultant to several oil companies, including ExxonMobile (Houston), Shell (Amsterdam), Statoil (Stavanger), Det Norske Veritas (Oslo), Reliance (Mumbai) and ENI (Milano), as well as many chemical/pharma companies, including Hoffmann LaRoche, Novartis and Novo Nordisk (Denmark). He has helped these companies with technical and operational issues as well as high-level due diligence related to acquisitions and projects.

Sandipan Chakravortty

Sandipan Chakravortty is the Managing Director of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Limited (formerly Tata Ryerson Limited). Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd. (TSPDL), was set up in 1997. It has, in a span of just 14 years, become the largest service centre in India by clocking a processing volume of 1.6 million tonnes and turnover of Rs.19 Billion with a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 60%. TSPDL’s Vision is to continue to be the undisputed leader of the steel service centre business in India.

Ramkrishna Forgings Limited  Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chakravortty holds a B.Tech (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1970), and M.Tech degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (1972). Subsequently, he completed his Management PG Course from Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A. in 1978. He has also undergone a Senior Management Course in CEDEP (Insead) from Fontainebleu, France - 1992-93.

Prior to joining Tata Ryerson in May 2001, Mr. Chakravortty held various positions in Tata Steel where he joined in 1975 as the Materials Controller. From Material Controller he moved on to being a Product Manager/Regional Manager/Marketing Manager for different Steel Product Groups & Regions. In 1993, Mr. Chakravortty took charge of the Raw Materials and Ferro Alloy Division as Director - Raw Materials, and subsequently, he was made the Executive In-charge of the Division. In 1998, Mr. Chakravortty took charge as the Director of Sales of Tata Steel and in 2001, he was appointed the Managing Director of Tata Ryerson.

Besides making his Company (TSPDL) the largest and the most profitable service centre in Asia, he is passionately involved in various IIT, social and entrepreneurial activities, which makes him different from others:The summary of some of these activities are given below:

  • He kept close connection with his parent institute, IIT Kharagpur, ever since he graduated. Almost every year, he came to deliver lectures/talks to students regarding industry, business excellence, management practice and others. He is a regular external examiner of some M.Tech course in IIT Kharagpur. He is also a Member of the
    Advisory Board of Vinod Gupta School of Management.
  • He is Member on the Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur. He takes active interest in the development and growth of the institute with the objective to raise IIT Kharagpur to a top 10 level Institute in the world.
  • He is the Chairman of PanIIT Alumni Global Conference 2012. He has taken the responsibility of ensuring the greatest ever PanIIT Conference in Kolkata in December 2012 with a spectacular list of delegates, speakers and activities.
  • As Chairman, CII (ER) and President of The BengalChamber, he ensured the participation and involvement of IIT to different activities in the state of West Bengal, with a focus on engaging IIT in skill development and reaching out to technical education to people who cannot afford IIT education. As Director Sales Tata Steel, Executive In- charge (Minerals & Ferro Alloys), Managing Director of Tata Steel Processing And Distribution Ltd., and other capacities, he engaged IIT Kharagpur in several consultancy services for Tatas and others.
  • Mr. Chakravortty is a very keen golfer, travels all around the world and is also in the Governing Board of Tollygunge Club (one of the premier sporting and social clubs of the country).


Supratik Guha


Supratik Guha is the Director of the Physical Sciences Department at IBM Research and in this capacity is responsible for managing IBM's worldwide research in the physical sciences. His technical work, over the past dozen years, has been in the area of new materials for ultra-scaled silicon CMOS technology where he was responsible for some of the key materials used in IBM's high k metal gate technology, representing major changes in the way that a silicon transistor is built. More recently, his own research work has been on new materials for photovoltaics. As a manager, he has established many successful research programs at IBM including ones in silicon nanophotonics, sensor based analytics, photovoltaics, and nanowire based technologies. He received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Southern California in 1991, and a B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1985. Supratik is also an adjunct professor of materials science at Columbia University and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Supratik joined the University of Chicago in August 2015. Concurrently, he is also Director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory.  He has extensive industrial research and development experience, having spent twenty years at IBM Research where he was the Director of Physical Sciences since 2010.

Supratik received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Southern California in 1991. He was a post-doc in the Esaki-Chang group at IBM Research from 1991-92, following which he worked as a Senior Materials Scientist at the 3M Corporate Research Laboratory in St. Paul, MN between 1992-95. At 3M he was a member of the group that pioneered the first blue semiconductor injection laser using II-VI semiconductors. He returned to IBM Research in 1995 and, prior to beginning work in the area of oxide dielectrics, carried out research on the molecular beam epitaxial growth of GaN heterostructures on silicon substrates: in 1997 he was responsible for demonstrating the first working GaN/Si light emitting diodes. Supratik holds 85 US patents and has over 150 publications.

Supratik is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. He received the 2015 Industrial Applications of Physics award from the American Institute of Physics in 2015 and IBM Corporate Award in 2013.


Viswanatha Ramamurti

Viswanatha Ramamurti was born on the 18th of September 1938 in Annamalai Nagar, South Arcot District of Tamilnadu. His father N. Viswanathan was the first Registrar of Annamalai University. He had his early education in Mayiladuthuraiand Chidambaram. He took his B.E (Hons.) from Annamalai specialising in Mechanical Engineering securing the first rank in his branch. Subsequently he took his M. Tech. from IIT Kharagpur in 1963. He was a student of Late Prof. B.M. Belgaumkar. He obtained his Ph.D from IIT, Madras in 1970. His specialisation is Stress Analysis and Vibrations.

Prof. Ramamurti joined IIT Madras as a Lecturer in 1966, became an Assistant Professor in 1970 and Professor in 1977.He was the Head of the Department of Applied Mechanics between 1978 and 1981. He retired from IIT, Madras in 2001. During his tenure at IIT, he was with the Institute of Mechanics, University of Hannover, Germany between 1971and 1973, on sabbatical leave with NASA Lewis Research Centre, Cleveland, USA as a NRC Senior Research Associate between 1981 and 1983. He was a Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the US, Canada and Kuwait between 1991 and 1993, Visiting Professor in UT, Austin, US in 1999 and Visiting Professor of Mechanical and Production Engineering in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore between 2001 and 2002. He worked as INSA Senior scientist with AUFRG CADCAM centre,Anna University, Chennai between 2005 and 2009.

Prof Ramamurti had his first stint with the Indian Industry was with Messers KCP Limited, Chennai as a Machine Tools Engineer between 1963 and 1966. For nearly 40 years from 1973, he has been a retainer consultant to Process, Heavy Engineering, Automobile and Power sectors. His is a rare case of an academician involved in Design problems of Industry simultaneously. The industries covered are KCP Group, Chennai for 17 years (Heavy Engineering), TVS Group, Chennai, 10 years (Auto ancillaries), Nuclear Power Corporation, Mumbai for 6 years (Turbo Machinery),Tata Research and Development Centre, Pune (Industrial Research), GE (India) Bangalore and L&T e Engg. Solutions, Chennai and Bangalore, two years each (Engineering Software). Besides he has solved interesting problems for industries spread over the country several times connected with vibration and condition monitoring.

He has guided 25 Ph.Ds during his research career. He has more than 185 publications in International Journals. He has written 5 books published in India (Tata McGraw Hill and Narosa) and abroad (McGraw Hill, New York and Alpha Sciences International, London). He has been elected fellow of all the three prestigious academies in India. INSA, INAE and Indian Academy of Sciences. Besides he has been elected Honorary life member of the Association of Mechanisms and Machines. He has also worked as the Editor of the Journal INSA Biographical Memoirs between 2003 and 2010.

Prof. Ramamurti has to his credit the following awards: NRDC award for Import Substitution 1973, Vasvik Industrial Research Award in Mechanical Engineering 1983, INSA Hussain Zaheer Medal 1995 and INSA Biren Roy Medal in 2007. He has received best paper award number of times.


Elected: 2010 Section: Engineering & Technology

Ramamurti, Prof. Viswanatha
Ph.D. (IIT, Madras), FNA, FNAE

Date of birth: 18 September 1938
Date of death: 19 November 2016
Specialization: Vibrations, Stress Analysis
Last known address: No. 2 (new no. 5), IV Main, Kasturba Nagar, Chennai 600 020,

Ved Prakash Sandlas

Ved Prakash Sandlas is the Director General, Amity Institute of Space Science &Technology (AISST), and Amity Institute of Aerospace Engineering (AIAE), Noida since June 2008. He retired from regular Govt. service in Feb 2005 after working in ISRO (1967-1986) and DRDO (1986-2005) in the areas of Electronics &Communications, Satellite Launch Vehicles and R&D Management.

2008-2013: Director General, Amity Institute of Space Science & Technology (AISST) and Amity Institute of Aerospace Engineering (AIAE), Noida

Prof Sandlas functioned as Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller R & D, DRDO during 1996-2005, contributing significantly to areas of Satellite-based Communications and Surveillance, Information Technology, Cyber Security, E-Governance, Electronic Warfare, EMI/EMC and HRD. While working at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum, he grew up to become Group Director, Electronics (1984-86) and, Mission Director/Project Director SLV-3 (1980-84), and was responsible for the two successful launchings of SLV-3 and Rohini Satellites on May 31, 1981 and April 17, 1983.

As Director, Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun (1986-96), he was credited with the introduction of satellite communications era in the defence services. DEAL was also recognized through ISO 9001 certification in 1996 - making it the first R & D laboratory to achieve this distinction. He assumed the responsibility to provide communication links to Antarctica Expeditions w.e. f. 1991.

He was awarded DRDO's 'Scientist of the Year' award (1988) for outstanding contributions to Electronics, and FIE Foundation National Award (1998) for Science & Technology. He has extensively lectured and published on Project Management, Satellite Launch Vehicle Systems, R&D Management, Electronics, Communication Systems, Amateur Radio, EMI/EMC, Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards, Defence Space Systems and Cyber Security. He was Guest Editor of the 'Special Issue on Military Communications' of the Defence Science Journal (DSJ - Jan 1993) and 'Golden Jubilee Special Issue on R & D in Electronics in India' of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE Technical Review - Jan-Feb 2003). He coauthored the Coffee Table Book: Glimpses of Indian Engineering Achievements, brought out to commemorate the silver jubilee of INAE in 2012.

Prof. Sandlas is Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and Astronautical Society of India; Vice President, Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) and Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-India); President, dB Society of USA (India Chapter) and Microwave Applications Society of India (MASI); and Patron, Society of EMC Engineers (India).


  • Name : Shri. Ved Prakash Sandlas
  • Passed Away On : Jul 06, 2017
  • Residential Address : C-9, 9109, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070

Subrata Sengupta

Subrata Sengupta has been the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 1990. He is a mechanical engineer who was elected fellow of ASME in 1987. He was awarded the Governor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Technology, Florida, in 1990.

Subrata Sengupta  Ph.D. Professor, Mechanical Engineering

This recognized his pioneering work in the science of thermal phenomena in microencapsulated phase change material slurries. The related patent has been commercialized. His research interests are in the fluid thermal sciences. His contributions to numerical methods in modeling of time-dependent, three-dimensional environmental flows with moving boundaries was awarded the certificate of merit by NASA in 1981. He has authored or co-authored and edited 170 publications, including 10 books. His work has been supported by over 80 grants from agencies such as NSF, NASA, DOE, EPA, NOAA, and industry. His current research interests are in computational fluid dynamics of I.C. engines and phase change heat transfer in microcapsules. He served as the department chair of mechanical engineering at the University of Miami, Florida, and as associate director of the State Center for Solid and Hazardous Wastes in Florida. He has led large interdisciplinary teams to investigate environmental impact of waste-processing. He started the Center for Engineering Education and Practice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to develop a clinical model of engineering education that integrates practice, teaching, and research to enhance design and manufacturing education. The center is housed in a facility funded by state and private sources. He established the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems at the college to support innovations in vehicle development, with particular emphasis on issues dealing with business, engineering, and manufacturing systems integration. Over the last several years, he has been actively involved in enhancing K-12 education with involvement in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) and partnerships with local high schools. He has served as chief editor of the International Journal of Modelling and Simulation and as associate editor of the ASME Applied Mechanics Review.


Pinakpani Chakrabarti

Pinakpani Chakrabarti is a Senior Professor at Bose Institute and is known nationally and internationally for his work in structural biology and bioinformatics. Born in Guwahati he spent the major part of his school days at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia. After graduating from Gauhati University and securing his M.Sc (Chemistry) from IIT, Kharagpur in 1976, he joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for his PhD, and elucidated the structure of a few biologically important small molecules using X-ray crystallography. During 1981-89 he worked as a post-doctoral fellow/research associate at ETH Zurich, Purdue University, University of California at Los·Angeles and California Institute of Technology, USA, before taking up an independent position at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune in 1990. In 1997 he moved to the Department of Biochemistry, Bose Institute, Kolkata, and has also occupied the position of the Scientist-in-Charge of the Bioinformatics Centre.

Finding patterns in sequence and structure and deriving the underlying factors stabilizing the native fold of proteins and protein-protein recognition have been the hallmark of Chakrabarti’s work, which spans biophysics and bioinformatics. He is involved in structural studies on proteins from Vibrio cholera, understanding protein-nanoparticle interactions, and the elucidation of the general principles of macromolecular recognition. His team has demonstrated the antimicrobial and anti-tumor activities of inorganic nanoparticles, which is likely to find niche applications in pharmaceutical industry. He has authored 125 research publications, many of which are highly cited. His group has been involved in the development of databases and many web-based bioinformatics tools, which are accessed regularly by users across the world. Prof. Chakrabarti has been a pioneer in the development of bioinformatics as a field of research in India. He is an accomplished teacher who has taught and delivered special lectures in many of the universities and institutes in India, including his alma mater. He is a fellow of all the three science academies of India, and recipient of the JC Bose National Fellowship. He is a Fellow of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), and presently the Vice-President of the Asian Crystallographic Association. He has served in committees of many of the government funding agencies, assessment committees, and international program committees of conferences.

The Jagadis Chandra Bose Medal, INSA (2016)

Fellow, TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences), 2011

The Bires Chandra Guha Memorial Lecture, INSA (2011)

Fellow, West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology

JC Bose National Fellow (2007-)

Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, 2006.

Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences

Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences

Member, Guha Research Conference

Member, Chemical Research Society of India

P.S. Sarma Memorial Award for contributions in the field of Biochemistry and Allied Sciences, by the Society of Biological Chemists (2004)

Prof. Y.T. Thathachari Prestigious Award for Science 2005 (http://www.bhramara.org/)

Guha Research Medal for the best thesis (1981-82) in the Dept of Organic Chemistry, IISc

Ajit Memorial Lecture, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (1994)

He married Sarmistha Basu, his classmate from IIT, and they have two children Averi and Aveek.


Farrokh Pudam Mistree

Farrokh Mistree’s passion is to have fun in providing an opportunity for highly motivated and talented people to learn how to define and achieve their dreams.

Farrokh is an Azadian who was awarded the IIT Gymkhana Dramatics Blue in 1966 and the Freedom of Azad Hall in 1967. In the mid-sixties he was one of five student founders of a monthly news magazine called IMPACT that brought about change in the IIT Gymkhana's publication Alankar. In 1966, he was invited to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual Udhyog magazine. In 1963, Farrokh received the General Proficiency Award, and in 1967, he received the Best Thesis in Naval Architecture Award and a Bachelor's of Technology degree with Honors in Naval Architecture from IIT Kharagpur.

Farrokh obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. He has co-authored two textbooks, one monograph, and more than 350 technical papers dealing with the design of mechanical, thermal and structural systems, ships and aircraft. He has supervised 28 doctoral students and more than 50 master's students, all of whom are well-placed around the world. Twelve of his doctoral students are pursuing highly successful careers in academia. In addition, he has mentored two students, one master's and one doctoral, who now own several for-profit colleges in Orissa, India.

He has co-authored two textbooks, one monograph and more than 400 technical papers dealing with the integrated realization of materials, products and associated manufacturing processes, the design of mechanical, thermal and structural systems; ships and aircraft; engineered networks.  He has supervised 29 doctoral students and more than 50 master’s students, all of whom are well-placed around the world; 13 of his doctoral students are pursuing highly successful careers in academia.  In addition, he has mentored two students, one master’s and one doctoral, who now own several for-profit colleges in Orissa, India. 

Farrokh has been recognized as an educator, researcher, and for his professional service. He was named the ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Engineering Design Educator in 2011 and received the Jack Zeigler Woodruff School Outstanding Educator Award in 2001. In 1999 he received the Design Automation Award for research from the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's International Design Engineering Division. He was the recipient of the ASME Design Engineering Division Distinguished Service Award in both 1998 and 2003. In December 2012, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Agile Manufacturing, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Farrokh is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Life Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, an Honorary Member of Pi Tau Sigma (the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society), a Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Farrokh currently holds the L. A. Comp Chair and is the Director of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to this position, he was the Associate Chair of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. In August 2009, Georgia Tech elevated him the Professor Emeritus status.

Farrokh is an active member of the Pan IIT Leadership Circle and since 2009 he has served as the chair of the PLC Education Forum Committee. In this role he is committed to work with the leadership of all the IITs in their quest for recognition as world class research universities.

Farrokh is indebted to the late Professor S. R. Sengupta (former Director of IIT Kharagpur) and Professors S. C. Mitra and H. Rakshit (Wardens of Azad Hall). They played major roles in shaping his personality and values at IIT Kharagpur. From them he learned the importance of allowing people to identify and pursue their dreams.


Puthenveetil Chandapillai Varghese

Puthenveetil Chandapillai Varghese had his Pre-Degree education at CMS College, Kottayam. He then moved for his B.Sc. Degree to Loyola College, Madras and completed the same in 1941. His urge for knowledge forced him to join B.Sc. Degree programme in Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, which he completed in 1945. In 1948, he went to USA to do Masters in Civil Engineering and Masters in Soil Mechanics at Harvard University, USA, which he successfully completed. After the memorable years in USA, Prof. Varghese returned to India and did his Ph.D. at IIT Kharagpur in 1961 in Civil Engineering.

After completion of Ph.D., he preferred to join academic institute rather than industry. He had the privilege of working as one of the founding staff members of IIT Kharagpur from 1950 to 1961. In between, he was deputed on a UNESCO Fellowship to study concrete at Imperial College, London, UK. He also worked as a Construction Engineer for campus development works for CPWD at IIT Kharagpur.

In 1961, he moved to IIT Madras as Head of the Civil Engineering Department which he served till 1972. During his stay with IIT Madras, he obtained German Government funding and technical support to develop the Structural Engineering Laboratory and Hydraulics Laboratory. He also encouraged and groomed many faculty members and graduates into leadership roles.

From 1972 to 1982, he served the Moratuwa Univeristy, Colombo (Sri Lanka). He also acted as UN Advisor to the Ministry of Works, Sri Lanka during this period. He had the honour of working (and leading) a team of international experts. There he worked with the UNCHS and the Ministry of Works and Housing on many building projects. In 1983, he returned to India and joined Anna University as an Honorary Professor in 1984. Besides having over 60 years of teaching experience in premier institutions, like IITs, Professor Varghese has also been consultants to various industries in India and abroad.

Professor Varghese has authored several books in the field of concrete structures and building construction, which are all well acclaimed by students, professors and practitioners in this field.

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Dr. Aditi Chattopadhyay is a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University (ASU). She is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) and the Director of Adaptive Intelligent Materials & Systems (AIMS) Center at ASU. She received her B. Tech (Hons.) in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1980, followed by MS and Ph. D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Her research focuses on structural health monitoring and damage prognosis of heterogeneous material systems, multiscale modeling, multifunctional materials and adaptive structures, and multidisciplinary design optimization. She has been the Principal Investigator on numerous grants and collaborated with defense and government laboratories on significant technical transitions. Her direct graduate advising resulted in 29 Ph.D. and 25 M.S. degrees.

Dr. Chattopadhyay has served as the Associate Editor of AIAA Journal, Engineering Optimization and Inverse Problems in Engineering and is currently serving as the Associate Editor of the Computer Modeling in Engineering & Science, Journal of the American Helicopter Society, and Journal of Structural Durability and Health Monitoring. She has published over 165 archival journal papers and 350 other publications (conference papers, book chapters and NASA Technical Memorandum). She is the recipient of several academic, research and best paper awards.

She was inducted into the Georgia Institute of Technology Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award (1995). She is the recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award - Excellence in Research, Arizona State University (2000), and NASA Tech Brief Awards, NASA Glenn Research Center, 2005-2006, Distinguished Service Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2007. Dr. Chattopadhyay is a Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Aniruddha Roy

Aniruddha Roy born in 1945 holds an Honours degree in Physics from Calcutta University and a B.Tech (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. Immediately after graduation in 1966 he joined Govt. of India, Ministry of Civil Supplies moving on to AEI / GEC of India Ltd. (Alstom) in their Furnace and Switchgear divisions. Early 1971 he joined Union Carbide India Ltd which later became Eveready Industries India Ltd and retired from services after 37 years as Whole time Executive Director responsible for all Company Manufacturing, Engineering, Projects, R&D, Materials Management, Quality Assurance, HR and Industrial Relations and Flashlight business. He had personally driven change management towards world class manufacturing competency in the company and introduction of new LED products. Also held additionally direct responsibility of sales and marketing for batteries for a period as Business Head. Widely travelled in US and Asia Pacific locations of EBL towards technology transfer. Other board positions held: Chairman - Nepal Battery Company Ltd, Kathmandu, a JV Company of Eveready Industries India Ltd and Nepalese promoters engaged dry batteries manufacturing and sales. Director - Flender Gears Ltd, Kharagpur, an Indo German company manufacturing gearboxes and transmission systems.

  • Has been an active member of Eastern Regional Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for many years and held position of Chairman of various sub - committees such as Quality & HR, TQM, Manufacturing, Industrial Relations, Technical Education & Training. He was a member of CII top management team to have been trained by Japanese Union of Scientists & Engineers (JUSE) at Tokyo for implementation of Japanese quality management system in India. Qualified Trainer under "Train the Trainer Programme" conducted by Demming prize winner Japanese faculty subsequently in India.
  • Faculty member, Speaker and Course Coordinator in various Management Development Programmes in areas of TQM, HR and General Management. President for three terms of the Calcutta Chapter of IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association. Chaired Programme and Entertainment committees of Pan IIT 2012 global conference held in Kolkata.
  • Has been a member of governing council for management studies of Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur during 2005-2007.
  • Presently, Independent Director nominated by Govt. of West Bengal on the board of Westinghouse Saxby Farmer (a Govt. Co). Also a Director with a reputed Delhi based industrial group and an Independent Management Consultant.
  • Governing body member of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Taratala, Kolkata and Calcutta Institute of Engineering and Management.
  • Comes from a family that has three brothers graduating from IIT Kharagpur. Wife Krishna is the founder President of a non profit society working for the cause of children with Autism and is Principal of an inclusive school in Kolkata. Daughter and son are both abroad the latter is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee.


Devinder Kumar Gupta

Born on 22nd January 1942 D K Gupta was schooled at St. Columbus Delhi and completed his B. Tech (Honours) in Agricultural Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1964. Mr. Gupta joined the Rockerfeller Foundation in 1964, not-for-profit US based foundation and worked on their land development programme and oversaw their agriculture projects throughout India especially in Hyderabad, Hissar, Pant Nagar (UP) and Coimbatore, which today are the agricultural growth and innovation centres within India. An entrepreneur at heart, DK as he is now fondly called within the industry, ventured on his own with an initial capital of Rs. 10,000/-. Of his many path breaking ventures and first-of-
its-kind in India, he started manufacturing Paper Pollination Bags, which were till then imported by Rockerfeller Foundation. It was the first manufacturing unit of its kind in India and soon he was supplying his bags to all the Agricultural Research Institutes in India. Not content with his bags projects, DK ventured into telecom in the 80s with path breaking supplies and warranty maintenance of digital microwave, optical fiber, digital coaxial networks to the Department of Telecom including experimental digital packet-switched networks, which led to the overall improvement of Indian communications. DK then ventured into the trade and manufacture of PVC Compounds and established a successful business of imports of polymers particularly from Rupee trading partners of India, Romania and then Soviet Union. He successfully integrated the trading business with manufacturing through concentric diversification which saw him expand his product lines for intermediaries such as speciality compounds for cables, shoes and pipes. He is currently producing Plastic Shoes and Outdoor Rattan Furniture made from his own production of PVC
Compounds. His manufacturing facilities are spread in Delhi, Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) & Noida (UP). In recognition of his pioneering spirit and dynamism, he was appointed the President of the All India Federation of Plastic Industry, an organization that he contributes to even today. His achievements have contributed extensively to the development and expansion of the plastic industry in India. Currently the Patron of the Association and is regarded as the Father of Plastic Industry. As a responsible member of society he contributes to the under-privileged through his Charitable
Trust for education and medical treatment to the needy. DK has a 'green thumb' and lives with his wife, children and grandchildren at a Farm House in South of New Delhi.

K G Narayanan

Dr. K G Narayanan is presently an independent technology adviser working with Indian industry. He also assists an NGO in enhancing quality of science education for disadvantaged children.

Earlier, Dr. Narayanan had a long research career in the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) and retired as its Chief Adviser in 2002. As the Director of 2 major laboratories, ADE and DARE at Bangalore, he was a key leader of several design and development programmes in aeronautics-in flight controls, flight simulation and avionics of Light Combat Aircraft and other frontline fighters as well as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). Dr. Narayanan was involved in establishing several international technology co-operation programmes. He was the founder Co-Chair of the India-USA Joint Technology Group mandated to promote defence technology co-operation.

Dr. Narayanan served as an Emeritus Professor at IIT, Kharagpur (his alma mater). He also led a privately funded research centre devoted to developing new technologies for solar energy utilization.

Dr. Narayanan is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India and a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. Besides several awards received from DRDO, Dr Narayanan is also the recipient of the Systems Society of India gold medal, Om Prakash Bhasin award and the DS Kothari Prize of the Indian Science Congress Association.


Kamal Kumar Sarvadhikari

Kamal Sarbadhikari retired as the CEO of Sensi Vida Medical Technologies, Inc., a start up company developing minimally invasive clinical diagnostic products. He is an entrepreneurial senior executive with 40 years of start-up, turnaround and top line growth successes. Prior to SensiVida, he was the Corporate Officer/VP/General Manager responsible for a multi millon dollar turn around of Bausch & Lomb's $540M Ophthalmic Surgical Business.

Mr. Sarbadhikari was the lead member of the original team responsible for developing and commercializing Bausch & Lomb's new-to-the-world product, soft contact lens, spawning a $6B global business. Subsequently, as the VP of Research, Development and Engineering at Bausch and Lomb, he led the multifunctional team that developed and commercialized pre-made, over-the-counter solutions for soft contact lens - now a $3 B high margin global business.

He left Bausch &Lomb in 1985 and became one of the original founding members of Eastman Kodak's consumer battery business (Kodak Ultralife and Supralife brands). In addition to his responsibilities of heading up R&D and Operations, he was responsible of setting up several JV's - Panasonic, Japan and Varta AG, Germany. He led the team that developed the built-in battery state-of-the-charge indicator, which was out-licensed to Duracell, USA, generating multi-million dollar royalty streams.

While at Kodak, he was part of a small team that commercialized Kodak's first successful Digital initiative -" Picture Maker" kiosks (Kodak retail photo scanning and printing kiosks) which grew to a $400M business, five years after introduction. As the Strategic Business Unit Manager at Kodak, he spear-headed the co-development of Kodak/AOL/Microsoft JV, "You've Got Pictures"- the first picture e-mail application (1995). He was recruited back to Bausch & Lomb in 1998 where he held two positions: VP of R&D and "Category Leader" responsible for the growth of the Contact Lens Division; now a $900 M business, with double-digit growth. He was promoted to be a Corporate Officer of Bausch and Lomb with P&L responsibility of the Global Ophthalmic Surgical Division.

Mr. Sarbadhikari has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and an MS from The University of Detroit. He holds nine (9) patents. In 2011, he was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE).

Keshab K. Parhi

Professor Keshab K. Parhi received the B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1982, the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988.

Keshab Parhi has been with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, since 1988, where he was an Assistant Professor from Oct. 1988-June 1992, Associate Professor from July 1992-June 1995, and has been a Professor since July 1995. Since 2000, He has held the permanent title of "Distinguished McKnight University Professor" awarded by the Graduate School of the University. Since 1997, he has held the title of "Edgar F. Johnson Professor" awarded by the College of Science and Engineering. From July 2008 till August 2011, he served as the Director of Graduate Studies of the Electrical Engineering program. He has held short term positions in several industries such as IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY), AT&T Bell Laboratories (Holmdel, NJ), NEC Corporation (Miyamae-Ku, Kawasaki, Japan), where he was a National Science Foundation Japan Fellow, Broadcom Corp., Irvine, CA, and Medtronic Corp., Minneapolis, MN. He has been a visiting Professor at Delft University (The Netherlands), Lund University (Sweden) and Fudan University (Shanghai, China).

Dr. Parhi is widely recognized for his work on high-level transformations of iterative data-flow computations, for developing a formal theory of computing for design of digital signal processing systems, and for his contributions to multi-gigabit Ethernet transceivers on copper and fiber and for backplanes. These transceiver integrated circuit chips form the backbone of the internet. His research addresses VLSI architecture design and implementation of signal processing, communications and biomedical systems, error control coders and cryptography architectures, high-speed transceivers, stochastic computing, secure computing, and molecular/DNA computing. He is also working on intelligent classification of biomedical signals and images, for applications such as seizure prediction and detection, schizophrenia classification, biomarkers for mental disorders, brain connectivity, and screening of fundus and optical coherence tomography (OCT) images for ophthalmic abnormalities. He has published over 600 papers, is inventor or coinventor of 29 issued US Patents, has authored the text book VLSI Digital Signal Processing Systems: Design and Implementation ( Wiley, 1999), and is the co-editor (with Takao Nishitani) of the reference book "Digital Signal Processing for Multimedia Systems" (CRC Press, March 1999). He has coauthored the research monographs Pipelined Adaptive Digital Filters (with Naresh Shanbhag, 1994), Digit-Serial Computation (with Richard Hartley, 1995) and Pipelined Lattice and Wave Digital Recursive Filters (with Jin-Gyun Chung, 1996), all published by Springer.
Dr. Parhi is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 Mac Van Valkenburg award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, 2013 Graduate/Professional Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota, 2012 Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the 2004 F. E. Terman award from the American Society of Engineering Education, the 2003 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Technical Field Award, the 2001 IEEE W. R. G. Baker prize paper award, and a Golden Jubilee medal from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2000. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS —PART I and PART II, VLSI Systems, Signal Processing, Signal Processing Letters,and Signal Processing Magazine, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS —PART I (2004-2005 term), and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Signal Processing Systems (JSPS). He has served on technical program committees of IEEE or ACM Conferences such as ASAP, ICASSP, ISCAS, HOST, Asilomar Conf. Signals, Systems and Computers, Computer Arithmetic Symp., Great Lakes Symp. on VLSI, workshop on VLSI Signal Processing, SiPS, Workshop on VLSI in Communications, and of ASP-DAC, IECS and IWISP conferences. He has served as technical program cochair of the 1995 IEEE VLSI Signal Processing workshop and the 1996 ASAP conference, and as the general chair of the 2002 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems. He was a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems society during 1996-1998. He served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems society from 2005 to 2007. He is a Fellow of IEEE (1996) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2017).


Rabindra Nath Nayak

Shri Rabindranath Nayak was born on 23rd Sep, 1955 in village Dehan Hata, Jajpur, Odisha. Shri Nayak did his early schooling from Kantabania School in Jajpur and then from BJB College, Bhubaneswar. He graduated, 1st class, with B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from REC, Rourkela in 1977. He did his Masters in Electrical engineering, specializing in Control Systems Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1980. Shri Nayak joined SAIL and later worked for about 7 years in NTPC, prior to joining POWERGRID.

Shri Nayak joined POWERGRID in 1991 when the organisation was recently formed and was yet to make a footprint in the growing Indian power sector. He has worked for more than 22 years in POWERGRID as a founder member and handled various multi-disciplinary functions like Engineering, Load Despatch & Communication, Grid Management, Contract Management, Quality Assurance and Inspection, Research & Development, Human Resources, Operation and Maintenance and Commercial. He had led the most recently formed business domain through diversification plan of POWERGRID into commercial Telecommunication project with a brand name of "POWERTEL".

Shri R N Nayak currentll is the Director of PTC India Limited, Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited and Future Smartec (Opc) Private Limited.

Shri Nayak headed various Functional areas of the organization like Engineering, Quality Assurance, R&D and HR leading the organization to unparalleled levels with planning and implementation of grid strengthening transmission projects, project management of more than 80 nos. of transmission projects viz. hydro, thermal, nuclear and non-renewable generation linked and grid strengthening scheme including inter-regional links at an estimated cost of Rs. 100,000 Cr and Implementation of Long Term & short Term open access in inter-state transmission system.

During the tenure of Shri Nayak as Director, Operations, taking opportunity of the advancement in information technology and falling prices of communication system, he introduced virtual manning of Substation thereby optimizing the requirement of skilled manpower and managing the asset with the available skilled workforce. State of the art computerized control centers NTAMC & RTAMC with associated telecommunication system and adapted substation for enabling remote centralized operation, monitoring and control of POWERGRID Transmission system was proposed by him.

Shri Nayak was instrumental & the driving force behind implementing a unique R&D project, i.e., Indigenous development of 1200kV UHVAC technology, which was a daunting task both on technical as well as on project management front. India is currently the only country that is operating its test facility, 1200kV National Test Station at Bina, Madhya Pradesh at this voltage Level.

Shri Nayak has also been the spearhead behind Implementation of ±800 kV, 6000 MW HVDC Bi-pole of length around 2000km from North Eastern region to Northern Region, Smart Grid Projects /smart city in Puducherry.

Based on his vast experience that included various facets of efficient functioning of the Organization for achieving its Corporate objectives, Shri Nayak was appointed as Chairman & Managing Director, POWERGRID in September 2011. Under his leadership POWERGRID has grown leaps & bounds technically, financially & culturally-POWERGRID assets increased by 25.91% in Fiscal 2012 and increased by 27.15% in Fiscal 2013 as compared to previous year. Corporation has flourished spectacularly, achieving a turnover of Rs. 13,328 Crore and a Net Profit of Rs. 4,235 Crore during FY 2012-13 as compared to Rs. 10,785 Crore and Rs. 3,255 Crore respectively during FY 2011-12. “CMD of the Year” award has been conferred on Shri R. N. Nayak, CMD, POWERGRID in the BT-Star PSU Excellence Awards 2014 organised by Bureaucracy Today Magazine.

Shri Nayak's long association with POWERGRID & Indian Power sector has been instrumental & decisive in giving direction to this important Infrastructure sector. Power sector is growing at a fast pace & initiatives taken by Shri Nayak will act as Industry benchmarks for tomorrow.

Shri Nayak's contribution to Organization's & Power sector's growth has been phenomenal & has been actively commemorated through various awards & accolades bestowed on him. He has been awarded P.M. Ahluwalia Award; is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been honoured with Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in Electrical Engineering Field.


Somnath Ghosh

Professor Somnath Ghosh is the Michael G. Callas Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At JHU, he is the founding director of the newly formed Air Force Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM). Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins University, he was the John B. Nordholt Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at the Ohio State University till March 2011. Professor Ghosh is a leader in the field of Computational Mechanics of Materials, including both brittle and ductile materials. His pioneering research has helped advance the entire field of computational materials modeling into new areas of current importance and challenges. His interdisciplinary research has brought together the Computational Mechanics and Computational Materials Science scientific communities. This forms an important foundation for the newly formed Integrated Computational Materials Science & Engineering (ICMSE) initiatives. Dr. Ghosh leads an internationally recognized research program on multi-scale modeling of mechanical behavior and failure response of composite materials, polycrystalline metals involving structure-material interactions.

Professor Ghosh has published nearly 200 journal and proceeding papers and 7 book chapters in the field of nonlinear materials modeling with implications in the field of plasticity. He has authored a book on Micromechanical Analysis and Multi-Scale Modeling Using the Voronoi Cell Finite Element Method (CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2011), edited a book on Computational Methods for Microstructure-Property Relations (Springer, 2011), and co-edited 3 proceedings. He has been on the editorial board or associate editor of 12 journals in Computational Mechanics/Materials including Computational Mechanics, Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, International Journal of
Plasticity, Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, etc. He chaired the 22nd International Workshop of Computational Mechanics of Materials (2012), 10th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (2009), NUMIFORM: 8th International Conference on Numerical Methods of Industrial Forming Processes (2004), Integration of Material, Process and Product Design (1997). He has also organized 5 workshops, and a number of minisymposia.

Professor Ghosh is also Member, Board of Governors, Engineering Mechanics Institute, ASCE (2016-2021), Chair, Advisory Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Multifunctional Materials & Structures: The Science of Autonomic, Adaptive and Self-Sustaining Systems (2016), Vice-President of the US Association of Computational Mechanics (2012-2014) and President (2014-2016), a member of the General Council of International Association of Computational Mechanics (2010-2015) and Member, Computational Materials Science and Engineering Committee, TMS (2014). He is also the Chair of the ASCE/EMI Computational Mechanics Technical committee (2012-2014). He was the Secretary/Treasurer of USACM (2010-2012), member of USACM-Executive Council (2002-06, 2008-10), Chair of USACM's Materials Modeling committee (2002-07), chair of ASME-AMD-CONCAM (2007-2009) and ASME-AMD-MPM (2007-2009),

He has received many awards and honors in his professional career for his research and educational achievements. He is the 2013 Nathan M. Newmark Medal winner of American Society for Civil Engineers. He is a fellow of seven professional societies, viz. the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), US Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM), ASM International and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI). He received the University Distinguished Scholar award (2007), the Harrison Faculty award for Excellence in Engineering Education (2001) and the Lumley Research award (1994, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2008) from the Ohio State University, Nathan M. Newmark Medal, ,  Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, Structural Materials Division, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (2017). He was an NSF Young Investigator awardee in 1994.

Prof. Hem Shanker Ray

Prof. Hem Shanker Ray obtained his B. Tech. (Hons) degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1962. He was a resident of the Nehru Hall which honoured him with the "Freedom of Hall." for music. Subsequently, he obtained the degrees of M.A.Sc. (1963) and Ph.D. (1966) in Metallurgy from the University of Toronto, Canada. His early schooling was in Bhagalpur from where he stood second in the I.Sc. Examination of the Bihar University.

Prof. Ray has served as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1967-1980), Manager and Senior Technologist at Research and Development, Pilkington Research Centre, Lathom, England (1977-1979), Professor of Metallurgical Engineering (1980-1990) and Dean of Students' Affairs (1988-1990) at the Indian institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He also served as a Research Associate for short periods, at the University of Toronto and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

From 1990 to 2000 he was the Director of the Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar (now known as CSIR-IMMT) After retirement he was Emeritus Scientist at Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata from 2000-2009. During this period he also served as Honorary Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Agarpara, Kolkata. Presently he is Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Engg., Research and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah.

His areas of research include thermal analysis, kinetics, extractive metallurgy, energy and environment ,glass melting, rural development and R & D administration. He has guided 22 Ph.D. students and 20 M. Tech. students for their thesis work and has published over 450 papers in reviewed journals and conference proceedings, 5 text books, 2 other technical books, 2 books in the area of management, 3 books for children and adolescents, 1 book on popular science topics and 2 collections of short stories in English. In 2012 Rupa Publications, New Delhi brought out his book on Symbols of India which deals with Indian culture and heritage. He has edited about 20 conference proceedings and written about 50 technical reports and numerous non-technical articles, editorials, fiction etc. in English and Bengali. He holds several patents including 2 U.S. patents.

Prof. Ray has received many awards in recognition of his work and these include the Silver Jubilee Research award of IIT Kharagpur, the National Metallurgists Day Award, G. D. Birla Award and the Kamani Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) twice. He is an Honorary Members of IIM. The Indian Science Congress Association has conferred on him the Dr. G. P. Chatterjee Memorial Award in 2009 for his work in the area of Science and Man.

In the past he served several companies and R & D laboratories as consultant or member of Boards or Research Councils. He is associated with many professional bodies and is, presently, Vice-President of the Indian Association for Productivity, Quality and Reliability, Kolkata. Earlier he was President of the Millennium Institute of Energy and Environment Management, Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers, Indian Thermal Analysis Society, CSIR Pensioners Welfare Society, Kolkata etc and member of the editorial boards of several journals.

Prof. Ray has strong interest in several areas of knowledge such as music, magic and painting. He has two children (Raj Shankar and Rajashree) both of whom graduated from IIT Kharagpur. His son-in law, Palash Mitra, is also a graduate of this Institute.

Prof. Niraj Kumar Jha

Prof. Niraj K. Jha received his B.Tech. (Hons.)degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1981, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, NY in 1982, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL in 1985.

Currently he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I and II, IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, and Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, Journal of Low Power Electronics and Journal of Nanotechnology. He has also served as the Program Chairman of the 1992 Workshop on Fault-Tolerant Parallel and Distributed Systems, the 2004 International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, and the 2010 International Conference on VLSI Design. He has served as the Director of the Center for Embedded System-on-a-chip Design funded by New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. He is the recipient of the AT&T Foundation Award and NEC Preceptorship Award for research excellence, NCR Award for teaching excellence, and Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award.

He has co-authored or co-edited five books titled Testing and Reliable Design of CMOS Circuits (Kluwer, 1990), High-Level Power Analysis and Optimization (Kluwer, 1998), Testing of Digital Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Switching and Finite Automata Theory, 3'd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and Nanoelectronic Circuit Design (Springer, 2010). He has also authored 15 book chapters. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 technical papers. He has coauthored 14 papers which have won various awards. These include the Best Paper Award at ICCD'93, FTCS'97, ICVLSID'98, DAC'99, PDCS'02, ICVLSID'03, CODES'06, ICCD'09, and CLOUD'10. A paper of his was selected for "The Best of ICCAD: A collection of the best IEEE International Conference on Computer-Aided Design papers of the past 20 years," two papers by IEEE Micro Magazine as one of the top picks from the 2005 and 2007 Computer Architecture conferences, and two others as being among the most influential papers of the last 10 years at IEEE Design Automation and Test in Europe Conference. He has co-authored another six papers that have been nominated for best paper awards. He has received 14 US patents. He has served on the program committees of more than 150 conferences and workshops. His research interests include FinFETs, low power hardware/software design, computer-aided design of integrated circuits and systems, digital system testing, quantum computing and secure computing. He has given several keynote speeches in the area of nanoelectronic design and test.

Shri Vinayak Lohani

Shri Vinayak Lohani, the Founder of Parivaar, did B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2000) and MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (2003). He did not appear for the placement process at 11M, and immediately after his MBA, started Parivaar. The normal career-path of a mainstream corporate career following degrees from two of the most prestigious institutes in India ensures a highly lucrative future, but Shri Vinayak Lohani sacrificed this to work at the grassroots level. He was inspired by the spiritual and humanistic ideals of Swami Vivekananda, and with 3 children in a small rented building with almost no financial resources, ShriVinayak started Parivaar. As on 1st April 2014 Parivaar's Residential Institution has 965 resident children (672 boys and 293 girls) and is considered to be a model institution for caretaking and overall development of children from destitute backgrounds in a residential setting. It is also the largest free residential institution for children from impoverished backgrounds in West Bengal. Parivaar is slated to reach a capacity of 2500 residential children by 2017 and in next 10 years aims to become India's largest residential institution for children from impoverished backgrounds.

On Vinayak and Parivaar, many academic case-studies have been conducted, dealing with grass roots social entrepreneurship and organization-building. These cases have been taught and discussed at various B-Schools in India. Best-selling author Rashmi Bansal's book I have a Dream' has an entire chapter on Shri Vinayak Lohani and the initial phase of Parivaar. In 2011, the Government of India's Ministry of Women and Child Development invited him to the membership of the Ministry's Working Group towards the Twelfth Five Year Plan, and he is one of the very few persons from the Non- Governmental/Civil Society sector from the entire country to be inducted into it. Shri Vinayak Lohani is also a member of the 14-member National Committee for Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and chaired by Former Chief Justice of India, Justice R.C. Lahoti. This Committee decides on which organizations are to be given the 100% tax exemption status under Sec 35 AC.

He won the National Award for Child Welfare 2011 presented by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Sanskriti Award 2011, country's premier award for young achievers, in 2011 from the Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. CNN-IBN recognized his achievements with the 'Young Indian Leader of the Year Award' for 2012. He has been conferred the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award' by 11M Calcutta. The 'Spirit of Mastek Award' was conferred on him by the IT Company Mastek Corporation. He won the 'Karmaveer Puraskar' 2011 presented by the International Confederation of NGOs and the 'Transforming India through Transforming Indians' felicitation from Chinmaya Mission Kolkata, as well as the Rotary Club of Calcutta Megacity Vocational Excellence Award.

Shri Vinayak Lohani has delivered lectures on Social Entrepreneurship at Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong, Deutsche Bank, Singapore and at various civil society for a in the United States. He has also delivered lectures at IIMs at Kolkata, Bangalore and Indore, at XLRI Jamshedpur, Infosys Leadership Institute, Bangalore, and All India, Bombay Chartered Accountants Association, Mumbai. He has also given several talks at Conventions organized by Ramakrishna Mission in Kolkata, Howrah and Mumbai, ICAI Baroda, Tata Consultancy Services, Kolkata, Pondicherry University and British Council Kolkata.

Dr. H Harish Hande

Dr. H. Harish Hande obtained his Ph.D. in Energy Engineering (specialized in solar energy for developing countries) and his M. S. in Energy Engineering (Solar) from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, United States in 2000 and in 1997, respectively. He obtained his B. Tech. (Hons.) in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1990.

From 1995, he has been the Managing Director, Board Member and Founder of SELCO Solar Light Private Ltd. (SELCO-India), a pioneering social energy enterprise which has installed solar lighting in more than 200,000 households. From 2003, he is also been the Chairman of Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF), India. He is credited with establishing the first solar loan with a regional rural bank.

SELCO-India, under the leadership of Dr. Hande, has won the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2005 and Accenture Economic Development Award for 2005. In 2007 SELCO-India again won the Ashden Award, this time for "Outstanding Achievement" in energy sector. In 2007 he was nominated as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship (Switzerland) and Nand and Jeep Khemkha Foundation (India). In 2008 he was nominated as One of the 21 Young Leaders for India's 21st Century, by Business Today, India and as One of the 50 Pioneers of Change in India, by India Today, India. In 2011, Dr. Hande received the Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award by the Government of Karnataka. In 2013 the Trustees of University of Massachusetts awarded him the Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Dr. Hande serves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international.

Sushil Kumar Soonee

Shri Sushil Kumar Soonee obtained his B.Tech (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1977. He has first-hand experience of Power System Operation of Eastern, Southern and Northern Grids of India for more than three decades and has worked extensively towards Integration of State Grids to form a Regional Grid in Eastern and North-Eastern Region and subsequent integration of Regional Grids leading to the formation of the National Grid. From January 2006 to June 2010 he was the Executive Director of System operations at POWERGRID. From June 2010 – Nov 2016 he has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer of Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POSOCO), the entity responsible for national grid operation and management. Currently he is Advisor at POSOCO (Power System Operation Corporation), India from Dec 2016.

Shri Soonee has been actively involved in the integration of Regional Grids in India. He has been a driving force behind the reform process in the Power Sector in the country which includes implementation of Availability Based Tariff (ABT) Mechanism, introduction and implementation of Open Access in Inter-state Transmission, implementation of Power Exchange Market in India, international interconnection with the neighbouring countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal, Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism and grid integration of renewables, transmission pricing reforms and implementation of Point of Connection (POC) mechanism and implementation of advanced power system visualization tools such as Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs).

The fact that India today boasts a modern fully integrated country-wide high voltage transmission grid is, to good part, due to the technical and management leadership of Shri Sushil Kumar Soonee. With the southern region interconnected with the rest of the country last year, Shri Soonee accomplished a modern power grid for India that enabled the transmission of electricity all over the country to provide the economy and reliability of electric supply comparable to the most advanced countries.

Shri Soonee is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Hon'ble Union Minister of Power. He had also the Chairman of implementation Committee for Point of Connection Charges, and the Chairman of the R&D Council of Center for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources (MNRE). He is also a Special Invitee to the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).

As a special invitee, Shri Soonee has been actively involved with the activities of the SAARC Expert Group on Electricity and has contributed immensely to the ADB Study on a South Asia Regional Power Exchange.

He specializes in Power System Operation, Planning, Commercial, Settlement, Restoration and the entire gamut of Power Pooling and Governance. Other areas of his expertise include Electricity Markets including Power Exchanges, Open Access in Inter-State Transmission System, and Regulatory Affairs besides expertise in Load Despatch Technology, integration of Renewable Energy Sources including REC Mechanism, Transmission Pricing and development of Ancillary Services.

He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Senior Member of IEEE and CIGRE. He has represented India on the CIGRE Study Committee C2 on Power System Operation for two consecutive terms till 2012 and currently represents India on the CIGRE Study Committee C5 on Electricity Markets and Regulation.

He was given the Outstanding Engineer Award by the IEEE PES Delhi Chapter in 2011. In 2012 he received the 6th Enertia Power Persona of the Year Award "Special Award or Grid Management". He has also published and spoken at a number of IEEE and CIGRE Meetings.


Prof. Krishen Mehta

Prof. Krishen Mehta graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 1969 with a B.Tech (Hons.) in Civil Engineering. He was awarded a scholarship to pursue an MBA from the University of Denver, majoring in Accounting and Finance, and obtained his Masters degree in 1972. Following that, he studied for and passed the US Chartered Accountancy examination. He then joined the international accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and worked with them for 30 years at their Denver, New York, London, and Tokyo offices. While in Tokyo Krishen was a Partner in charge of US tax practice, with responsibility for the offices in Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Under Krishen's oversight a major US Tax office was opened in India in 2005, which now has over 300 staff.

Currently, Prof. Mehta serves on the Advisory Board of Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program and as a Senior Global Justice Fellow at Yale University. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Tax Justice Network, and is on the Asia Advisory Council of Human Rights Watch. He is a Trustee of the Social Science Foundation, an organization that oversees the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is one of the founding directors of Asia Initiatives, a US 501(C)(3) organization devoted to education and microfinance in Asia. In 2008 Prof. Mehta helped found Save Life Foundation, an organization based in New Delhi and devoted to issues of road safety in India. He continues to serve as the Chairman of that organization.

Since 2009, Prof. Mehta has been actively engaged on issues relating to the structural roots of global inequality - the relationship between tax policy, illicit financial flows, and poverty - and the effect it has on both developed and developing countries. Having specialized in this area, he has taught at American University's School of International Service in Washington, DC, and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, MA. He served till 2012 as Co-Chairman of Global Financial Integrity (GFIL a research and advocacy think-tank at the Center for International Policy, in Washington, DC.

Prof. Mehta has been a featured speaker in the executive management program at Tokyo University since 2009. He conducted Capstone research projects at Columbia University in New York in 2010 and 2011, and was honored as a Master Scholar by the University of Denver in 2013. In January 2014, Krishen conducted seminars on tax and global justice at the Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT Kharagpur and at the IIT Alumni Association in Kolkata.

Prof. Mehta's writings on tax and global justice have been published in International Herald Tribune, The Japan Times, and Dallas Morning News. His wife, Geeta, is a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Columbia University. Krishen and Geeta currently reside in New York and New Delhi, and have two sons, Ravi and Arjun Mehta.

Shri Diwakar Acharya

Shri Diwakar Acharya, Independent Advisor & Executive Trainer and Ex-Chairman & Managing Director, Uranium Corporation of India Limited, obtained B.Tech (Honours) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1979. Subsequently, he successfully completed 'Advanced International Course in Mining Technology' from Lulea University, Sweden and a course in 'Project Management' from IIM, Ahmedabad. He holds the 1st Class Mine Manager's certificate of competency and RQP from Indian Bureau of Mines and Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research.

He started his career in Manganese are India Limited and FACOR. Later he headed the "Long Range Planning Cell" in FACOR planning conversion of a large opencast mine to a mechanized underground mine for the first time in India in the metal mining sector.

He joined UCIL in 1988 and has been in the organisation since then. He led the team that constructed Narwapahar Mine, which is the first fully trackless mine in India from drawing board to commissioning. The mine is not only considered a pioneer in deployment of underground technology, but has had international recognition in all aspects of mine and mine management. It has set benchmarks in efficiency, environmental management, mine remediation and corporate social responsibility. A unique feature of the mine is that it was constructed in partnership with the communities in the neighbourhood during a period of significant social stress in the area.

The successful design and operation of Narwapahar Mine became the template for a number of new mines that UCIL constructed to maximize utilization of moderate indigenous uranium reserves in furtherance of India's nuclear power programme. Domestic fuel supply to nuclear reactors is critical for utilization of vast Thorium reserves for long term energy security of the country.

He has provided consultancy to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, in the field of "Best Practices in Environmental Management of Uranium Production Facilities". Travelled widely, he is an expert on Hard Rock Mining using modern technologies. He has authored and published a number of technical papers in various seminars and symposiums.

He received the "Alumni Award" from IIT, Kharagpur during Golden Jubilee Celebrations for his contribution to the Indian Mining Industry. He is recipient of 'Life Time Achievement Award' from the Indian Mining & Engineering Journal during its Golden Jubilee celebrations for his life time contribution to hard rock mining and research in India through effective leadership. He is recipient of Gold Award from Greentech Foundation, New Delhi for his outstanding achievement in HR. He has also been awarded "Star PSU CMD" of the year 2013 by Bureaucracy Today.


Under his dynamic leadership and guidance, Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. has bagged several awards in the recent years like the Golden Peacock Award-2013 for CSR, the Greentech HR Silver Award-2013 for Training Excellence, Engineering Excellence Award for R & D project, the Greentech Environment Award - 2013, the Greentech CSR Award- 2012, the National Award for Innovative Training Practices: 2012-13, the National Safety Award (Mines) consecutively from 1993 to 1995 and again from 2008 to 2010, the All India Rescue Awards (Metal) as overall champion in 2011 and 2012. He treasures the 'ISO 14001: 2004 certification obtained by Narwapahar colony, a rare achievement for a mining township.

His current interests are conceptualizing and providing management support to new mining projects, finding avenues for leveraging IT to improve safety and to reduce downtime of large underground equipment and bringing benefits of mining industry to the local communities.


Prof. Krishnendu Chakrabarty

Prof. Krishnendu Chakrabarty received the B.Tech (Honours) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1990, and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He is now the William H. Younger Distinguished Chair Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Duke University. In addition, he serves as the Executive Director of Graduate Studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Chakrabarty was a Chair Professor in the School of Software in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2009-2013), and a Visiting Chair Professor in Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan (2012-2013). He has held Visiting Professor positions at University of Tokyo (Japan), Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan), and University of Potsdam (Germany), and a Guest Professor position at University of Bremen (Germany).

Prof. Chakrabarty is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Faculty (CAREER) award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, and 10 best paper awards at major IEEE conferences.

Prof. Chakrabarty's current research projects include testing and design-for-testability of integrated circuits; digital microfluidics, biochips, and cyberphysical systems; optimization of digital print and enterprise systems. He has also led major research projects in the past on wireless sensor networks, embedded real-time operating systems, and chip cooling using digital microfluidics. Research support is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the Army Research Office, and Huawei Technologies. Other sponsors in the past have included National Institutes of Health, DARPA, Office of Naval Research, Cisco, HP, and Intel.

He has authored 18 books on these topics (with two more books in press), published over 500 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings, and given over 220 invited, keynote, and plenary talks. He has also presented 40 tutorials at major international conferences.

Prof. Chakrabarty is a Fellow of ACM, a Fellow of IEEE, and a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society. He holds two US patents and he has several pending patents. He was a 2009 Invitational Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He is a recipient of the 2008 Duke University Graduate School Dean's Award for excellence in mentoring, and the 2010 Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University. He is a recipient of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award (2017), the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2015) and the Meritorious Service Award. He served as a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society during 2005-2007 and 2010-2012, and as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society during 2006-2007 and 2012-2013. Currently he serves as an ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Prof. Chakrabarty served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Design & Test of Computers during 2010-2012. Currently he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems. He is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He serves on the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems and IEEE Journal of Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices, and as an Editor of the Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications (JETTA). In the recent past, he has served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (2005-2009), IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (2001-2013), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (2005-2006), and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems/I (2010-2013).


Dr. Pallab Chatterjee

Dr. Pallab Chatterjee is an internationally recognized high-tech executive with experience in Corporate General Management, Corporate Governance, Strategy, Technology, Operations, and Outsourcing.

Dr. Chatterjee earned a B.Tech (Honours) in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal for curricular excellence and the B. C. Roy Memorial Gold Medal for extracurricular excellence. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Currently, Dr. Chatterjee serves on the boards of directors of MSC Software, Symphony EYC and Symphony Summit.  Previously he was Managing Director and Operating Partner of Symphony Technology Group (STG), a strategic private equity firm that invests and partners in building great software and services companies, growing companies not only with capital, but innovation.

Prior to STG, Dr. Chatterjee was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of i2 Technologies, Inc. Under his leadership, i2 1aunched a new sales execution model coupled with new services lines for the company's Total Supply Chain Management approach that yielded significant growth for i2. Prior to assuming the CEO role, Dr. Chatterjee was President, Solutions Operations at i2. As President of i2's Solutions Operations, Dr. Chatterjee was responsible for product development, product marketing, and delivery of i2 Technologies' supply chain management solutions.

Before joining i2, Dr. Chatterjee spent 24 years at Texas Instruments in various executive management positions. Under his leadership as Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer, the Texas Instruments Technology Labs became known as a standard for excellence acknowledged by both academia and industry. He led a Manufacturing Excellence Team at TI across 21 factories worldwide and delivered over 1 Billion dollars in productivity improvements. As President of TI's Notebook and Calculator Business TI became the leader in Educational products.

A TI senior fellow in 1985, an IEEE fellow in 1986, Dr. Chatterjee received the IEEE J. J. Ebers award in 1986 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in 1997. He has been awarded numerous patents and written several hundred publications on the high technology industry.


Prof. K. S. Sajwan

Prof. K. S. Sajwan completed his B.S. in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (1972) from Pantnagar University, M.S. in Agricultural Sciences (1975) from Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, M.S. in Public Health (2008) from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Ph.D. in Post Harvest Technology (1980) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Ph.D. in Soil Science and Environmental Quality (1985) from Colorado State University. He was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin (1987) and the University of Kentucky (1988) respectively.

Prof. Sajwan joined the faculty of the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in 1989 as an Assistant Professor. He joined Savannah State University in 1992 as an Associate Professor and Environmental Science Program Director, and became a Professor in 1996. Dr. Sajwan has regularly taught at the undergraduate level for the past twenty-four years. He has also held adjunct faculty appointments at University of South Carolina-Aiken (1989-present), Alabama A & M University (1996-present), and at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia (1989- present).

Prof. Sajwan has received numerous national and international awards of distinction for his teaching excellence. These awards include the Regents' Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning, Savannah State University (1998); the International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching Learning and Technology (1999); the White House Millennium Award for Teaching Excellence (2001); the University System of Georgia Regents' Teaching Excellence Award (2002); the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Teaching and Learning, (2003); the National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Teacher Award (2004); the Richard Nicholson National Award for Teaching Excellence (2005); the Society of College Science Teacher's Outstanding Science Teacher Award (2006); the State of Georgia CASE-U.S. Professor of the Year Award (2009); and most recently the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (2010).

Prof. Sajwan has received 15 science education grants, with a total value of over $5 million. These grants were received from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, and the NASA. Representative grants include Environmental Justice, Hazardous Waste Management, Computer Education for Special Need Students, Teaching Radiation Energy and Technology, and K-12 Teacher Quality Improvement-No Child Left Behind Initiative.

Prof. Sajwan's research interests include trace elements, PCBs and dioxins. In these areas he has authored over 300 publications. He has edited 5 books, 2 laboratory manuals, and has published 28 book chapters, 106 refereed papers, 52 symposia proceedings papers, and over 180 abstracts from presentations at various conferences and invited talks.

Prof. Sajwan has been extremely active in serving on various boards of national and international scientific organizations. He has given numerous invited talks, has organized numerous symposia and chaired sessions at various national and international conferences. He serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality and Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration.

Prof. Manthripragada Sanyasi Rajn

Prof. Manthripragada Sanyasi Raju obtained his B.Tech. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering in 1956 from IIT Kharagpur and Diplomate of Hadley School for the Blind, Illinois, USA. He has been a Gold Medalist of Andhra University in ISC in 1952 and was among the top ten B.Tech. students of his batch.

From 1956 to1994 he worked at the AP Electricity Board, Kirloskar Electric, Bangalore Installer and Larsen & Toubro Chennai. He was an Export Manager at the Indian Telephone Industries and a Group Vice President at Duncan Stone Kolkata. As the Dy. Chairman of Engineering Export Promotion Council, he led delegations to East and West Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia and USA an South Korea. After his retirement in 1994 he has served as Professor at XLRI Jamshedpur, NEU Boston and Gitam University Visakhapatnam.

He has authored over 10 books on Business Management, HRM and Vision Management. Three of these are bestsellers in English and translated into French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Telugu and Kannada.

Since 2004 he has founded Vision Aid India, the premier charitable Society serving the vision impaired, of which he is the President. His awards include those from National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, NASSCOM and Rockefeller Bellagio.

His technological innovations include the Electronic Magnifier for which he won an award from DSIR, a Wireless Classroom projector for which he won an award from the VAINC and an Electronic Wand for Blind persons' mobility (Patent under issue).

His current missions are on cloning Vision Aiding Centers and training of blind persons and teachers of blind persons for computer enablement.

Prof. M S Raju and wife Bala have 3 children and 5 grand children in India and USA. They have all been educated at the IITs, BIT or at MIT, with everyone contributing, time, effort and money for service to the vision impaired.

Bedabrata Pain

Dr. Bedabrata Pain is a noted Indian scientist turned film director, producer and screenwriter, whose contributions in the fields of science and cinema are exemplary. Presently, he is the CEO and Founder at Edict Inc. and Jonai Productions.

Dr. Pain graduated from IIT Kharagpur with B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Electrical
Communication Engineering in the year 1986. He received the Swapan Kumar Saha Memorial Prize and the Institute Silver Medal. He completed his PhD on CMOS Image Sensing Technologies in 1992 from Columbia University.

In 1992 Dr. Pain joined Biomedical LSI as Research Engineer working on ultra-low power circuit for controlling heart rhythms. In 1993, he joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology as NSF Post Doctoral Research Fellow and became involved in the development CMOS image sensor technology. As a Member of Technical Staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he, along with his colleagues, developed the first single chip digital camera-on-a chip which led to the development of the $20 billion digital camera industry. Dr. Pain worked for NASA for 15 years and has 20 NASA certificates of technical innovations and 87 invention patents to his credit. He has published over 150 technical papers, and won several awards, including the Lew-Allen Award for Inventors. He was inducted to the Space Technology Hall of Fame for invention and development of CMOS active pixel sensors and honoured with NASA Researcher of the Year (2005) for the invention of back-illuminated CMOS imagers, 2005. Some of his other contributions to science and technology include Technology Roadmapping for next generation digital cameras to corporations like RED, Sony, AKM, Micron, Biomorphic, Hynix, HP, Forza.

From 1996 onwards he started his journey in films as a self-taught film-maker. He won the Golden Lotus at the 60th National Award (India) for the Best First Film of a Director. His contribution to cinema has been acknowledged in the Florence Film Festival 2012, the Sedona International Film Festival 2013, the Washington DC Film Festival 2014 and, the Jaipur International Film Festival 2014.

Mohinder Kumar Badhwar

Rear Admiral MK Badhwar (Retd) is one of the pioneering shipbuilding professionals in the country with multifarious qualifications, from institutions of global repute. Commissioned in 1972, he served in the Indian Navy for almost 4 decades before retiring in December 2009. He is a recipient of AVSM in 2009 and VSM in 2002 for the distinguished services rendered. He has contributed to the spectrum of warship acquisition and upkeep issues, including design, overseeing construction, development of warship equipment. He was instrumental in the preparation of the 'Warship Building Procedure', an integral part of the Defense Procurement Procedures which has helped the Indian Navy attain self-reliance. He had been heading Indian Navy's prestigious design organization for almost seven years as the Director General. He interacted with all the Indian defense shipyards and many of the European shipyards and has also represented India on numerous important national, bilateral and international committees associated with warship design and construction.

Rear Admiral Badhwar completed M.Sc. in Warship Design and Construction in 1984 from the erstwhile USSR Naval Academy and MBA in Finance from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University in 1993. He is a member of the Technical Committee for Naval Ships of the Lloyd Register of Ships, UK. He is a Fellow of Institution of Marine Engineers (India) as well as a Fellow, Institution of Naval Architects.

He has been COO (Strategic Business) for Pipavav Defence & Offshore Ltd, a large and modem private shipyard. He is now retired from active career.

Pradip Dutta

Prof. Dutta is an exceptional academician, with outstanding contribution in scholarly work, engineering research and innovative technology development. His major thrust areas of research are solar thermal technologies, computational fluid dynamics, advanced cooling technologies, semi-solid materials processing, squeeze casting, advanced casting technologies for light weighting, etc.

Prof. Pradip Dutta is the INAE Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He is involved in significant government and industry funded projects. He worked as a Project Engineer in Flakt India Ltd. (1983-85), Calcutta and then joined M.Tech. degree at IIT Madras (1985-87). Thereafter he worked at the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) in New Delhi as Research Associate for a brief period and went on to do M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the Columbia University (1987 - 92). In 1992 he joined as the National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He taught at the Columbia University as Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Dept from 1995-97 and at the Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN. In 1996, he returned to India and IISc, and became a professor 2007. He has been Visiting Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, MD and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

At the National level, Prof. Dutta received the INAE Outstanding Teacher Award in 2014. For his leadership in technology development and industrial R&D. Prof. Dutta has received the prestigious VASVIK Award, 2010. He has been elected a Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (NASI) in 2014.

Prof. Dutta has a brilliant record of academic publication and had delivered keynote speeches and plenary lectures at several conferences. He has graduated more than 25 doctoral students.

Sharat Chandra Bhargava

Sharat Chandra Bhargava is the Senior Vice President, Electrical & Automation, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Mumbai. Starting with the development of Indian switchgear products, he played a major role in transforming L&T Electrical & Automation into an organization that was able to compete with global leaders. Shri Bhargava led the business in 2003 to enter the building sector by recasting the product portfolio and the development program. He played a key role in increasing the inorganic growth of the organisation by acquisitions in different parts of the world increasing both the product portfolio and the geographic footprint. Today, L&T Electrical & Automation is an integrated switchgear business and among the top ten in the world.

Shri Bhargava graduated with B.Tech. Hons. (Electrical Engineering) from IIT Kharagpur in 1973 with President's Gold Medal. Since then, he has served L&T in various positions. He has worked in the field of plasma research on DC arcs in the laboratories of Electrical Research & Development Association in United Kingdom.

Shri Bhargava was the member of the CII National Innovation Council from 2012-2014 and was the
member of the switchgear division of IEEMA from 2002-2004. He held the position of Chairman of the switchgear Division from 2004-2006 and was the Member of the Executive Council of IEEMA from 2003-2008. He also served as the Vice President of IEEMA from 2005-2007 and the President of IEEMA from 2007-2008.

Venkatesh Shankar

Prof. Venkatesh Shankar is the Professor of Marketing and holds the Coleman Chair in Marketing and Director of Research, Center For Retailing Studies, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He is listed among The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters for being among the top 1% most cited researchers worldwide and Top 8 global innovation experts.

After graduation, he completed his PGDM in Marketing & Finance from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1986. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in 1995. From 1995 to 2004, he was the Associate Professor at University of Maryland. He has been a Visiting Professor with MIT, INSEAD (France), Indian School of Business, SDA Bocconi (Italy), Singapore Management University, Universidad Chile, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Chinese European International Business School.

Prof. Shankar received a Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime contribution to retailing research by American Marketing Association. Globally, he is one of the only 5 winners of the retailing lifetime achievement award, among only 12 winners of strategy lifetime award, and also one of the 5 professors to have been conferred the IIM Calcutta Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has won several outstanding awards for his research, teaching and leadership contributions to academia and industry. The Shankar-Spiegel Award has been named in his honour. Professor Shankar has co-edited the world's authoritative marketing strategy handbook. He is a prolific invited speaker worldwide at universities and companies such A1catel Lucent, Glaxo, IBM, and Medtronic

Chetan Vamanrao Vaidya

Prof. ChetanVaidya is an Architect-Planner with over 30 years' experience. He is the Director and the Chairman of the Academic Council at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi from September 2012. During the last three decades, he worked with various urban local bodies to institute significant fiscal and management reforms which laid the necessary groundwork for issue of municipal bond, successful implementation of the urban infrastructure projects and private sector participation in delivery of urban services.

Presently he is working closely with Ministry of Human Resources on issues dealing with Higher Education and Ministry of Urban Development on urban programmes like Smart City, 500-city Urban Development Program and Housing for All by 2020. The University of Melbourne nominated him as Melbourne-Asia Visiting Fellow for 2014-15. He was recently nominated to the Advisory Council of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He is Member, State Level Strategic Urban Expert Committee of the Andhra Pradesh State Government. He is the Chairman of Planning Education Board ofthe All India Council of Technical Education.

Prof. Vaidya was the Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) during 2008-12. He worked very closely with the Ministries of Urban Development as well as of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). He was also on editorial board of two urban journals.

Prior to joining NIUA in 2008, he worked as the Deputy Project Leader, Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion (FIRE) of Indo-USAID during 1995-2008. He was Professor of Architecture and Planning at M.S. University of Baroda during 1991-94 and worked as Assistant General Manager with the National Housing Bank during 1989-91. He worked with the Operations Research Group (ORG), Baroda during 1979-89, designing and managing city-based development projects.

Peter Chan

Peter Chan is a self-taught Bonsai artist and one of those rare, unassuming IITians who chose to do things differently and yet become a world leader in his domain. He is the Founder and CEO, Herons Bonsai Limited with his nursery 'Herons Bonsai' being the premier Bonsai nursery at United Kingdom. He is known throughout the world by his bestselling books he has written on Bonsai. His first book - 'Bonsai, the Art of Growing and Keeping Miniature Trees' was published in 1985 and is still in print. His other books include 'Bonsai Master class', 'Bonsai Bible: the Definitive Guide to Choosing and Growing Bonsai', 'Create your own bonsai from everyday garden plants' etc. Many of his books have been translated into several languages. Innumerable bonsai enthusiasts world-wide have been introduced to the art of bonsai through one or more of his books. He also a Japanese garden designer and maker and has written a book 'Creating a Japanese Garden'. On his 7.5 acre nursery, he grows most of the bonsai that the company sells.

Shri Chan moved to United Kingdom in 1963 and started experimenting with bonsai in 1967 when ceramics was his main hobby. Trained originally as a professional Electrical Engineer, he worked in the UK Electricity industry and also as Energy Policy adviser in the UK Department of Energy for over twenty years. In 1986 he took up his hobby of bonsai into a full-time profession.

Shri Chan in the winner of 21 Chelsea Flower Show Gold medals: this is a record tally of medals byanyone, in one of the world's most well-known flower shows. His prestigious Bonsai collection at Wisley was gifted to the Royal Horticultural Society by Peter and his wife Dawn in 1997. Peter's clients include members of the Royal Family. He served as Chairman of British Bonsai Association, 1980-1987. He is the Founder Member, Federation of British Bonsai Societies and serves as Honorary Chairman of several Bonsai societies.

Shri Chan has contributed through his philanthropic activities to Rural Development Projects at IITKharagpur for Mritshilpa (pottery) and Chitraka (painting) in Medinipur District. He is very active with the IIT AA UK Chapter having served as Secretary for many years and was awarded 'Alumnus of the Year' award in 2009. Peter has regular demonstrations and talk-shows on British radio and television.

Rakesh Bahadur Verma

Retired Commodore Rakesh Bahadur Verma served the Indian Navy for 31 years where he took up various appointments with specialization in Submarines. He was the head of Submarine Design for 10 years and worked on design and development of the Nuclear Powered Submarines. He had worked closely with a large number of DRDO Labs and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. He was responsible for design and development of underwater platforms for test launch of underwater missiles for DRDL and of the prototype test centre for BARC.

Cmde. Verma was awarded B.Tech (Honours) in Naval Construction in 1969. He joined the Indian Navy after completion of the degree. He completed his post graduation in Warship Designing from University College, London in 1975. He has also pursued a course on Cost Accounting & Budgeting in Defense Services from Institute of Defence Management, Hyderabad. In 1997, he acquired a PG Diploma in Financial Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi.

After seeking pre-mature retirement from the Indian Navy, he joined Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) Ltd., the biggest exporter of tractors in India, as Vice President (R&D) and then Executive Vice President-R&D from 2011 – 2015. He has been instrumental in setting up research facilities for TAFE, responsible for developing new products. Currently he is the Senior Industry Advisor, IITM, Chennai since 2016.

Cmde. Verma has been awarded with the INAE Fellowship for his work on design of submarines and design and development of off-highway vehicles,  Ati Vishist Sewa Medal (AVSM) awarded by President of India in 1996 and Life Time Ahievement Award SAE International 2016.


Sundararajan Pichai

Sundararajan Pichai, commonly called Sundar Pichai, is the CEO from 10 August 2015 at Google. Previously he was the Senior Vice President and Product Chief at Google, San Francisco where he oversees Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. He has more than 15 years of experience developing high-tech consumer and enterprise products. During his tenure in Google, he has launched popular products like iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears. However, the most coveted product he launched is Chrome, which is one of the world's leading web browsers. If one uses any Google product, chances are Google's SVP Sundar Pichai has had some say in how it was created.

Shri Sundar Pichai completed his B.Tech (Honours) Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1993. He was awarded the Institute Silver Medal. Then he pursued M.S. from Stanford University and MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

Shri Pichai started his career in engineering and product management at Applied Materials. Thereafter, he moved to McKinsey & Company in management consulting for a variety of software and semiconductor clients. He joined Google in 2004 in product management. He led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google's client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. He went on to oversee the development of different apps like Gmail and Google Maps. He served as the Senior Vice President of Chrome of Google Inc. since April 2011 to March 2013. In 2013, he added Android to the Google products he oversees. He was appointed as Google's new Product Chief in 2014.

Sundar Pichai has got nomination for CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Global Indian. He has the goal of
making Google's technology available to as many people as possible.


Prof. Venu Govindarajn

Prof. Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Distinguished Professor, is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors and is currently the Furnas Memorial Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

He received his Bachelor's degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1986, and his Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo in 1992. He has served on the editorial boards of several premier journals including the most prestigious IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and is also currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Biometrics Council Compendium. A recognized authority in the field of Pattern Recognition, Govindaraju has received peer honors such as the IEEE Technical Achievement Award (2010), MIT Global Indus Technovator Award (2004), APR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award (2015) "For pioneering contributions to pattern recognition and its application to the fields of handwriting recognition, multilingual document analysis, and biometrics; and for the development of real-time engineered systems", Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University at Buffalo, SUNY(2016) and fellowships from the major professional societies such as AAAS, ACM, IAPR, IEEE, and the SPIE.

Prof. Govindaraju is credited with major conceptual and practical advances in this area with four books and about 400 refereed publications. He has been an innovator of principled modeling approaches for pattern classification that have resulted in the development of robust, scalable systems in a variety of application domains, from document processing to biometrics. He has designed several seminal algorithms for cursive handwriting recognition suitable for real time applications that demonstrated the benefits of innovative modeling of application constraints. His pioneering methods were at the core of the first handwritten mail-processing system developed for Postal Services around the world including US, UK, and Australia - a machine learning success story with a level of practical impact that has few parallels in academia. The broader impact of his language-motivated hierarchical modeling can be seen in its successful extension to computer vision applications such as scene understanding and classifying activities and gestures in unconstrained videos. He has also made significant contributions to the theoretical foundations of a general fusion architecture and taxonomy of trained combining functions (classifiers) and their input parameters which provide a principled guideline for choosing a particular fusion technique. His novel paradigms in pattern recognition have transformed the landscape of several sub-fields such as multilingual OCR, document analytics and multi modal biometrics.

Prof. Govindaraju has supervised the Ph.D. of 37 doctoral students as major advisor. He has given over a hundred invited talks, keynotes, plenary sessions, seminars, and distinguished lectures at prestigious venues including influential think tanks such as the Science and Technology Investment committee of the National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Govindaraju has an extraordinary sponsored funding record in support of his research. He has had active awards from the National Science Foundation for the past 12 years (2002-14) including new awards in 10 of those years and high-risk/high-reward grants from agencies such as DARPA and iARPA, which is a remarkable feat given the extremely competitive nature of these grants. During his distinguished research career, he has received over 100 research grants totaling over $60 million from an impressive array of sponsors, including industry giants such as Raytheon BBN, Lockheed-Martin, Siemens, HP Labs, Google, IBM, Qualcomm, Fujitsu, eBay, Xerox, and Kodak.


S. Christopher

Dr. S. Christopher is currently the Director General and a Distinguished Scientist at the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). He had served Bengaluru-based Centre for Airbourne System (CABS) as Director and was the key scientist for manufacture of India's first indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW &C) system. He led a team to create the Automated Planar Near Field Measurement Facility at Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) for the first time in the country. Dr. Christopher also worked for the Indian Navy as Project Director for Airborne Surveillance Platform (ASP) project and for development of the Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar, Super Vision 2000. He played a crucial role in developing slotted array technology, which was used for several airborne and missile projects. The technology was even exported to Poland, becoming the first ever export from LRDE.

Dr. Christopher completed his B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Madras (1978) and M. Tech in Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT Kharagpur (1980). He conducted research at IIT Madras on Microwave Antenna Design and Near-field Measurement Techniques. He further got a Ph.D in Antennae and Measurement Techniques from IIT Madras (1985). During 1985 to 1988, he worked as Senior Engineer with Mis Bharat Electronics, Ghaziabad, where he designed antenna for Digital Troposcatter Communication System. Dr Christopher joined DRDO at LRDE, Bengaluru, as Scientist in 1988. In 2004 he joined CABS as Programme Director for the AEW&C programme. He was appointed Director, CABS, in addition to his responsibility as Programme Director, AEW&C in 2007.

Dr. Christopher was given the Scientist of the Year award in 1998 and DRDO Outstanding Scientist award for 2012. He was also awarded with the INAE fellowship for his work on Air Borne Early Warning Systems. Dr. Christopher has published over 75 papers and holds copyrights and patents for many of his works.

Manoj Sumatilal Gandhi

Manoj Gandhi is one of the prominent technical and business leaders of Indian origin managing global businesses in the worldwide hi-tech industry today. He has an experience of 25 years in HDL-simulation and verification. He is currently Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Verification group at Synopsys Inc.

Shri Gandhi worked with Telco, Pune from 1982-85. In 1985 he moved to Gateway Design, USA for MS in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1990 he joined View logic, USA as the R&D Director and continued till 1997. The same year he joined Synopsys. He is responsible for Synopsys' verification solutions, including simulation, emulation, debug, VIP, static and formal technologies as part of Verification Compiler and the Verification Continuum Platform.

Shri Gandhi and his organization of several thousand people distributed in multiple global sites in USA, India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Germany, France, Israel are responsible for Synopsys Verification solutions business of and partnering with clients like Intel, AMD, Apple, Samsung, QUALCOMM, Samsung, ARM, TI. Shri Gandhi is the Executive Sponsor of Synopsys India organization with 1600+ employees located in Bangalore, Hyderabad, NCR and Mumbai.
Times of India has named Shri Gandhi in the list of "The Other Big Guys" in the American Corporate Hi- tech Industry. He is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal as an industry expert in the Hi-
tech/Semiconductor industry.

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay

An exceptional academician and researcher, Supriyo Bandyopadhyay is a name of global renown in the field of Electrical Engineering. Since 2001, he has been the Commonwealth Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is also a Courtesy Professor of Physics at the University.

Prior to this, Professor Bandyopadhyay taught at Purdue University (1986-87), the University of Notre Dame (1987-96) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1986-2001). He has authored and co-authored nearly 400 research publications, presented nearly 150 invited or keynote talks at conferences and colloquia/seminars across four continents and is the author of two textbooks, as he nears completion of a third. He is also currently a member of the editorial boards of eleven international journals.

In 1987, Professor Bandyopadhyay established the Quantum Device Laboratory, which has since migrated across three universities: Notre Dame, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and VCU. It has been used as a model for meeting nanotechnology pipeline challenges in a pilot study carried out by the ASME in Penn State University, and has won an academic badge of honour.

In 2016, Professor Bandyopadhyay was named Virginia's Outstanding Scientist by Governor Terence R. McAuliffe. In 2012, VCU honoured him with the Distinguished Scholarship Award, given annually to one faculty member in the University. He has also been the recipient of the College of Engineering Research Award (1998), the College of Engineering Service Award (2000) and the Interdisciplinary Research Award at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2001).

He has also taken an active role in educational outreach among the K-12 population. His research group hosts high-school students during the summer under the Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering (RAPME) initiative. The programme, developed by Dr. Bandyopadhyay and his colleagues, has been a highly successful programme in the United States, with 95% of its students going on to choose STEM careers.

Gautam Biswas

Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Prof. GautamBiswas has an illustrious academic career spanning over 25 years.

Prior to his present position, he has been the Director of Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur, a CSIR institution, (2009-2013) and the Founder Director of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi (2011-2013). He has taught at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur, and also been Visiting/Guest Professor at universities in Canada, Germany and France.

Dr. Biswas has more than 200 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings and 10 books to his credit and has delivered numerous invited lectures. In 1987 and 1992, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and became the JSPS Invited Fellow at Yokohama National University, Japan in 1994. In 2011, he was awarded the J.C. Bose National Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) and in 2012 the Fellowship of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi. Apart from the above, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, The Institution of Engineers, India (IEI) and the World Innovation Foundation. He is the President of the Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer.

In 2013, Dr. Biswas was honoured with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the then Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur.

Anurag Acharya

Dr. Anurag Acharya's first visit to Google's Palo Alto office was reportedly in 1999, when he visited a colleague who had taken temporary leave to work for the start up. From then to his present position as Distinguished Engineer, Google and more notably as the Lead Developer of the company's niche offering, Google Scholar, it has been a remarkable journey.

Dr. Acharya went to the United States to pursue doctoral Studies and after completing his studies, became an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was during this stint (1997-2000) that he first visited Google. Shortly after that visit, he joined Google in 2000, taking charge of its web indexing operations in the early years. He led the development and deployment of two generations of web crawl and indexing systems. In this period, both the index size and query volume grew by two orders of magnitude.

After four years in this role, Dr. Acharya turned his attention to Google Scholar, the free and widely used search service that has entirely transformed the way researchers find relevant content which may be hidden in a paper that calls for paid access.

In 2014, in an interview with Nature magazine, he conceded that it was his years and experience as a student in Kharagpur that influenced the problems that he worked on later in life and his approaches to them. Google Scholar, in particular, sought to solve one such problem. For a vast number of researchers, faculty and students today, it is the first search tool of choice when it comes to accessing scholarly content on the web. Dr. Acharya's passion for building and sustaining Google Scholar has been widely recognized and appreciated by the scientific community.

Thirumalai V. Venkatesan

Eminent academician and researcher, Professor Thirumalai V. Venkatesan is currently the Director of the NanoCore Research Center at the National University of Singapore.

Prof. Venkatesan has had a highly distinguished career, starting as manager of Bell Labs USA where he spent 17 years between 1973 and 1984. He has been a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA (1985-90) and also a Professor of Physics and Electrical & Communication Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (1998-2008) before he took over as Director of the NUS

NanoCore Center.
A highly cited Physicist by ISI (over 39,000 citations and an h index of 99), Prof. Venkatesan has over 700 papers and 28 patents in the area of oxides involving superconductors, magnetic and optical materials. He pioneered the Pulsed Laser Deposition process and was the first to elucidate the intricacies of the process to make this a reproducible laboratory technique for the growth of high quality multi-component oxide thin films. He is working with Henri Lezec in the application of oxide hetero structures for novel plasmonic and metamaterials devices.

His stellar academic career aside, Prof. Venkatesan has also been a successful entrepreneur, having founded four companies over the last 30 years. These include Neocera (PLD and magnetic imaging systems), Blue Wave Semiconductor (CVD and UV sensors), Indocell (battery) and Neocera (India) Technology (automation).

Prof. Venkatesan has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards, most prominent among which are the Bellcore Award of Excellence (1989-90), George E Pake Prize of American Physical Society (2012), the President's Gold Medal from the Institute of Physics, Singapore (2014) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kanpur (2015). He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the World Innovation Forum. He was a member of the Physics Policy Committee and is the founding member of the International Oxide Electronics Workshop.


Indranil Manna

Indranil Manna was the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an internally renowned researcher in the field of physical metallurgy and materials engineering. His significant contributions in the studies of amorphous/nanocrystalline Al-alloys, nano-fluid and laser/plasma assisted surface engineering have greatly inspired the scientific community.

Dr. Manna has held positions of eminence and responsibility throughout his academic career. He taught at the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering in IIT Kharagpur and was the INAE Visvesvarya Chair Professor at the Institute. During 2010-12, he was Director of the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, a CSIR Laboratory in Kolkata under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. In 2012, he took over as the Director of IIT Kanpur.

Dr. Manna has taught at various international universities as Visiting Faculty, including the ENISE (National School of Engineering), France, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA and the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany.

He has published more than 200 papers in international journals and has more than 100 invited papers to his credit. He has also been on the editorial boards and committees of reputed national and international journals such as High Temperature Materials and Processes (Germany), Bulletin of Materials Science (Springer), Computers, Materials and Continua (California, USA), STEEL TECH and many others.

Dr. Manna has won numerous awards over his career, including the INSA Medal for Young Scientists, the Young Metallurgist and Metallurgist of the Year Awards, the prestigious DAAD and Humboldt Fellowships, the TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences from The World Academy of Sciences, 2013 and the J C Bose Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) for 2012-17.


Ajit Jain

A name associated with undisputed excellence in the field of global insurance, Ajit Jain is President of the Reinsurance Division of Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group and is one whose extraordinary leadership and acumen have placed the Berkshire Reinsurance business among the top globally.

After passing out from IIT Kharagpur, Mr. Jain started his career as an engineer and salesman with IBM in 1972, and subsequently went on to handle the role of Executive at McKinsey &Co between 1978 and 1986. In 1986 he joined Berkshire's National Indemnity Co. and the journey since has been spectacular. Today, Ajit Jain is credited by none less than Warren Buffet himself for having added "a great many billions of dollars to the value of Berkshire Hathaway."

One of his most significant contributions has been the creation of 'float' - a key financial instrument which makes the insurance world go around. In fact, the reason for Berkshire's outstanding performance over the years is the access to cheap float that can be reinvested in companies like
Coca Cola, American Express and the likes. Under Mr. Jain, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance increased its float value from $4.3 billion (19% of overall Berkshire float) in 1998 to $37 billion (48%) by the endof2013.

Beyond his business pursuits, Mr. Jain is also deeply involved in a mission to seek a cure for muscular dystrophies collectively termed dysferlinopathy, a condition that afflicts his son. To that end, he has established the Jain Foundation, a Seattle-based not-for-profit organisation that focuses on funding, extending logistical support and actively monitoring the progress of scientific research projects in key pathways towards a cure.


Dr. Brajendra Mishra is an expert with over three decades of experience in the domain of materials recovery and recycling, pyrometallurgy and electrochemistry. He is presently the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute [MPI] at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute [WPI]. He is also the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling.

Dr. Mishra graduated with B.Tech. (Honours) in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering in the year 1981.He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Prior to joining WPI, Dr. Mishra was a Professor of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines [CSM] for twenty five years, where he now serves as a University Emeritus Professor. He has worked at Tata Steel in India in its corporate R&D Center in Jamshedpur; he has been a faculty consultant to Motorola Corporation, and has served as Distinguished Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Mishra’s current research interests and contributions are spread over two major needs of the day - Environmental management by developing chemically benign processes and - Materials development with enhanced properties. His research contributions bridge across the process and the physical metallurgy of materials.  His work has been focused on the design and development of industry-oriented methods for energy and materials sustainability, which is the greatest challenge in the 21st Century. He has authored over 600 technical publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds thirteen patents and has authored/edited 20 books.

Dr. Mishra is a member of TMS, ASM International, and NACE. He is a Fellow of ASM (2001) and TMS (2016). Mishra received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (2010) and the highest award of Honorary Membership form the Indian Institute of Metals (2008). Dr. Mishra is an Honorary Professor of Kazakh National Technical University. He served as the 2006 President of The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) of AIME and the 2011 President of Amer. Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers. Dr. Mishra received the Presidential Citation of AIME in 2015 and the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies (2016).


Dr. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay is a leading researcher in computer science working in the intersection of pattern recognition, evolutionary computing and bioinformatics. She is acclaimed for her work on evolutionary and multi-objective clustering. She is a Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute and currently serves the Institute as its Director.

 Dr. Bandyopadhyay completed her M. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1994. She held the first rank in M. Tech and was the recipient of Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma Gold Medal and the Institute Silver Medal. She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute in 1998.

 Dr. Bandyopadhyay joined the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) as a Senior Research Fellow with Dr. K. S. Krishnan Fellowship given by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. Thereafter she worked as a CSIR Research Associate at ISI. She joined Indian Statistical Institute in 1999 as a faculty member. She has held Visiting Faculty/Scientist positions at several leading unievrsities across the globe.

Dr. Bandyopadhyay’s research interests include computational biology and bioinformatics, soft and evolutionary computation, pattern recognition and data mining. In Computational Biology her work provides insights into the molecular mechanisms of complex diseases like Cancer, HIV pathogenesis and Alzheimers. Some biomarkers she discovered through computational studies have been independently validated in experiments.

Dr. Bandyopadhyay is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Young Scientist Award of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), the Young Engineer Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Humboldt Fellowship from Germany, Senior Associateship of ICTP, Italy, JC Bose Fellowship of DST and Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National Young leader award in Science and Technology. She was awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Science.

She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India (NASI), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, INSA and IEEE. She Chairs the Program Advisory Committees (PAC) of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Science, SERB and Women Scientist Scheme (A), DST.

She has authored/co-authored more than 145 journal papers and 140 articles in international conferences and book chapters, and has authored/ edited six books


Dr. Amitabha Ghosh is a Space Scientist and Planetary Geologist, working on NASA Mars Missions for the last 15 years. He is a world authority on the thermal evolution of asteroids and planets. He currently serves as the Chair of the Science Operation Group for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

Dr. Ghosh obtained his Integrated M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics with specialization in Applied Geology from IIT Kharagpur in 1993. He completed his Ph. D. in Planetary Science in 1997 and his MS in Computer Science in 2003 – both from the University of Tennessee, USA.

As Chair of the Science Operation Group, Dr. Ghosh is responsible for the health and activities of the two rovers on Mars, which represent ~$1 billion of strategic engineering assets on the Red Planet.  He is responsible for coordination and oversight of the Science and Engineering teams, and is responsible for the final delivery of an engineering plan that is uplinked to the rovers each Martian day. He serves as the Chief Systems Architect in a private effort to design a spacecraft that will lower the cost of surface exploration of other planets and the Moon by a factor of ten. In 1997, as a member of the Mars Pathfinder Mission, Dr. Ghosh conducted chemical analysis of rocks and soil at the landing site. He analyzed the first ever Martian rock which was also the first rock analyzed from another planet.

Dr. Ghosh is interested in emerging areas of commercial potential in technology such as Technology offshoots from NASA missions, Opportunities in the rapidly expanding Personal Robotics Industry, Global Product Development Models in Defense and Aerospace, Project Management and System Engineering Methods for Innovation. He is interested in the impact of changes in the US legal landscape related to export/import of defense-related technology (specifically the ongoing process to rationalize ITAR) that will seed business opportunities in Global Aerospace and Defense Sector.

Dr. Ghosh is the recipient of several NASA awards, including a five time recipient of the NASA Group Achievement Award. He was a judge for induction of novel technologies to the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr. Ghosh’s work has been widely featured in the media. He has served as a Commentator on the BBC since 2002 and written a Science Column in the Deccan Herald since 2004.

Dr. Ghosh was one of the three Indians featured in a documentary titled “India: Brainpower of the World” produced by NHK, the largest TV channel in Japan. He writes and speaks on Technology, Space, Education and US-India relations in a variety of platforms. Dr. Ghosh is a board member of the US Chapter of Center for Civil Society: a policy think tank based in New Delhi. He is actively engaged in the Space Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization in the US Aerospace Sector.


Shri Raj Kamal Jha is among the finest journalists in India and is an internationally acclaimed novelist, telling stories of a changing India with honesty, compassion and courage. He is the Chief Editor of The Indian Express.

Shri Jha graduated with B.Tech. (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. He was awarded the Order of Merit by the Technology Students Gymkhana for Literary Activities and was Governor, Alankar, the students’ magazine. He obtained his Master of Arts in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California in 1990.

Shri Jha has led teams of reporters and editors, for over 25 years, at The Statesman, India Today and now heads The Indian Express, one of the most trusted and influential newspapers of the country. The Indian Express has marked itself out for its independence, and its benchmark investigative and explanatory journalism. The newspaper has to its credit some of the most significant newsbreaks in journalism which have effected change in public policy and even legislation in contemporary India. Under Jha’s leadership, the newspaper and its reporters have won major national and international journalism awards.

Called the “novelist of the newsroom,” Raj Kamal is the author of four critically acclaimed novels (his fifth one is forthcoming in 2018). His latest novel, ‘She Will Build Him A City’, was a finalist for the DSC South Asia Literature Prize in 2016. His first novel ‘The Blue Bedspread’ won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia) in 2000. His second novel ‘If You are Afraid of Heights’ was a finalist for the Vodafone-Crossword Book Award and his third book ‘Fireproof’ was called the best book published in India in 2006 by CNN-IBN. His fictions have been published in more than twelve foreign languages.

In 2012-13, Shri Jha was selected as one of 12 Artists-in-Residence in Berlin by the German Academic Exchange. In 2017, the Mumbai Press Club National Redink Journalism Awards honoured him as Journalist of the Year for 2016-17 for his “exemplary stewardship” that turned the focus on investigative journalism.
Shri Jha has been a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California Berkeley.


Ms. Anuradha Acharya is an Indian entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of Mapmygenome India, a Genomics company whose vision is “To touch100 million lives”. She introduced the concept of improved healthcare through personal genomics in India. She has successfully pioneered the company through growing product lines, expanding affiliate network, Pre-Series A round of funding and several awards and accolades for start-ups.

Ms. Acharya graduated from IIT Kharagpur with an integrated M.Sc. degree in Physics in the year 1995. She obtained her MS from the University of Illinois and completed her Executive Education programs from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Indian School of Business.

Ms. Acharya co-founded of Ocimum Biosolutions, a global genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics, a company that began as a pure Bioinformatics company. She was the CEO until 2013. Since co-founding the company in 2000, she led it through three strategic international acquisitions, two capital raises for equity investments and launch of several innovative products, solutions and services through its proprietary platform called RaaS (Research as a Service).

Ms. Acharya has had rich experience in the Telecom, IT and entrepreneurship arenas, prior to founding Ocimum Biosolutions, She worked for a start-up in the telecommunications space called Mantiss Information and a consulting firm called SEI Information where she helped create a social networking site for entrepreneurs.

In 2016, Women Economic Forum honored Ms. Acharya with the award Iconic Innovative Trailblazers of the Decade. In 2015, she won the Women Ahead category and made it tothe top 5 innovators list in the Economic Times Startup Awards, the FICCI FLO Women Achiever's Award in the category Innovation through Technology. Ms. Acharya was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for its class of 2011. The British High Commission also named her part of the “Young Leaders Forum” in 2013.She was selected by Red Herring Magazine to the list of 25 Tech Titans under 35 in 2006. She was named Biospectrum Entrepreneur of the Year for 2008 and received the Astia Life Science Innovators Award in the same year.

Ms. Acharya currently serves as a Governing Board member at the National Institute for Biomedical Genomics. She is on the Board of Mentors for Ivy Cap Ventures and Advisory Board at Flag A Spot, Action for India. She is also a member of CII National Committee on Biotechnology. Ms. Acharya had served in the past as a Governing Board member at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Genetics for the World Economic Forum, on the board of Association of Biotech Led Enterprises and as President of the Hyderabad chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.


Dr. Ruma Acharya is an entrepreneur, researcher, philanthropist and an exemplary leader in community service.

Dr. Acharya completed her M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1973. She obtained her Ph. D. from University of Salford of Greater Manchester specializing in Rheology and Fluid Mechanics. She also completed her MBA from the University of Houston. She did her post-doctoral work at the Northwestern University with Professor John Slattery where she helped him develop a pioneering device to measure interfacial viscosity and interfacial tension of polymeric fluids.

Dr. Acharya worked on fundamental research of fluid mechanics (Rheology) of polymeric fluids. Her work was the first to identify and recognize the wake phenomena in viscoelastic fluids that is primarily responsible for the drag /friction reduction in fluid flow. Her technical publications are the pioneering work of polymer rheology that has often been referred by the fracturing industries of oil field services.

After working for 15 years in the oil industry in the areas of reservoir and production engineering, she started her own engineering consulting company, Ground Technology, Inc. (GTI) specializing  in environmental, civil engineering and construction management. She sold GTI in 2010 and founded Scindia LLC which specializes primarily in planning, design and construction management.

Dr. Acharya continues to support in multiple ways the Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Engineering at this Institute, which was founded with financial support from her and her family.  She has initiated a scholarship program for women with the Institute of Chemical Engineers India to encourage women to study Chemical Engineering. In her personal life Dr. Acharya is a dedicated volunteer and a driven leader in her community. She is working on her latest philanthropic work - to build a multi-usage cultural facility Tagore Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Houston, TX. While serving as the President of the Tagore society of Houston, Texas, Dr. Acharya took the initiative to erect a life size bronze statue of Rabindranath Tagore and created Tagore Grove in Houston, first of its kind in North America.


Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital (Retired, Indian Navy) is an expert in the field of Shipbuilding, weapons, missiles and electronic systems and Policy formulation in 'Warship building & acquisition domain'. He currently serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL) a Defence PSU.

RAdm Mital obtained his M. Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1985. He completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai in 2002 and M. Phil. in Defence Studies from the National Defence College, New Delhi in 2010.

Before joining Goa Shipyard Ltd., RAdm Mital served the Indian Navy for 33 years in various key positions including those of the Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of the Technical Head Division at the Eastern Naval Command at Vizag; the Director General, Naval Design, New Delhi and the Additional Director General for Quality Assurance in the Indian Navy, New Delhi. 

During these 33 years he undertook operational, technical and project management roles. He has the unique distinction of working in both Shipbuilding and Submarine Design Directorates at apex positions. He headed the Submarine design in Indian Navy and was also involved in the design of strategic submarine project (ATV) of Indian Navy. He has dealt with multiple large scale strategic projects at the Ministry of Defence involving induction of state-of-the-art weapon, electronic and engineering systems and ships and has contributed immensely in building indigenous capabilities in strategic manufacturing in defence field within the country. He has headed cross functional teams for over two decades and has excelled in heading independent operations. He is an expert in techno-commercial negotiations and in running units/ projects as independent profit centres with strong strategic thinking, leadership skills and financial acumen in running business efficiently. RAdm Shekhar Mital took over the shipyard as CMD of Goa Shipyard Ltd. in Feb 2014 and transformed from its operational decline and massive loss in 2013-14 to the ‘fastest growing shipyard’ in the country. The company in the last three years has clocked about 100% growth in revenue coupled with over 500% growth in Operational Profits.

RAdm Mital received several awards and accolades including the prestigious Nau Sena Medal for Devotion to Duty from the President of India. The sterling performance of the company has earned him the sobriquet of ‘The Turnaround Man’ in the ship building industry. The turnaround has been further recognized by the SCOPE Awards 14-15 to GSL, the only company among 244 PSUs, for Excellence in turn around, conferred by Hon’ble President of India. He has also been conferred with Raksha Mantri’s Award for ‘Best Performing Shipyard’ and ‘Best Performance in Export’ on 30 May 2017. Under his dynamic leadership, the shipyard has earned the unique distinction of delivering every ship ‘On time’ at ‘Fixed cost’ during last 41 months. RAdm Mital is member of several national and international bodies, among them are LIoyds Register South Asia Advisory Committee. He chairs the Managing Committee of Indian Shipbuilders Association (ISBA) and Society for Industrial and Technical and Education of Goa (SITEG) and is a board member of IR Class.


Dr. Arun Kumar Bhaduri is a distinguished scientist associated with India’s nuclear technology programme. He is presently Distinguished Scientist and Director at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam and a Senior Professor of the Homi Bhabha National Institute.

Dr. Bhaduri obtained his B.Tech. (Honours) in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1992 both in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.

Dr. Bhaduri joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s Training School at Trombay in 1983, and was awarded the Homi Bhabha Medal for being the Overall Topper of its 27th Batch. In 1984, he joined the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam. He received the Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany in 1994 and carried out post-doctoral research in University of Stuttgart, Germany for two years. He pilots the design and technology development of sodium-cooled fast reactors and its associated fuel cycle for the second stage of India’s nuclear power programme, and anchors the development of materials and their fabrication technologies for Indian programmes on sodium-cooled fast reactors, fusion reactors and advanced ultra-supercritical thermal power.

Dr. Bhaduri specializes in the field of materials joining, and has to his credit more than 240 journal publications, 375 conference presentations and 2 international patents. For his contributions to the science and technology of welding and hard facing, he has been awarded the National Metallurgists’ Day Metallurgist of the Year Award (2003) by Ministry of Steel, Government of India; the Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award (2002) by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India; INS Gold Medal Award (2002) by Indian Nuclear Society; VASVIK Award (2005) by Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra, DAE Group Achievement Award ten times during 2006 to 2015 with four of them as Group Leader, IIW-India Golden Jubilee Welding Ratna Award, (2016) by Indian Institute of Welding, Carl von Bach Commemorative Medal (2016) by MPA University of Stuttgart, Germany. He was elected as Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) in 2007. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals (FIIM) and the Indian Institute of Welding (FIIW).

He is an elected member of the Board of Directors (from 2016), and also the Vice-Chairman of Commission–II on “Arc Welding and Filler Metals” (from 2014), at the International Institute of Welding. He is Member, Editorial Board of Journal of Materials Processing Technology (from 2007), International Journal of Nuclear Energy and Indian Journal of Materials Science (from 2013) and Indian Welding Journal (from 2002). He has been Chairman, Technical Committee (2005-2008) and Vice-President (2008-2012) of the Indian Institute of Welding.


Shri Anand Sen is a seasoned professional and expert with more than three decade long career in the field of Marketing and Sales, Strategy and Business Leadership, Operations and Projects. Presently, he is the President TQM & Steel Business, Tata Steel.

Shri Sen graduated from IIT Kharagpur with B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering in the year 1981. He was well known for his all-round performance and received the order of merit for debating in addition to being the opening bowler for IIT Kharagpur in cricket. He obtained his PG Diploma from IIM Calcutta in Marketing, Sales & Distribution, Economics & HR; and his Executive MBA from European Centre for Executive Development, France in Management of Change and Organizational Behaviour.

Shri Sen joined Tata Steel as a Graduate Trainee in the year 1981 and rose to the position of President, TQM & Steel Business, in the organization. He led the company’s foray into branded steel from India’s first dedicated Steel Distribution Channel and was associated with the development of specialized steel for the automotive industry.

Under the able leadership of Shri Sen, Tata Steel successfully challenged the Deming Grand Prize, the highest award in the field of Quality. He was awarded the Essar Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Metals in 2004 and the IIM Tata Gold Medal in 2012. He holds two Indian patents and six global patents and has published seven research papers.

Shri Sen is member/fellow of various national and international bodies. He is the Vice President of the Indian Institute of Metals and the Chairman of its Ferrous division. He is the Chairman of CII’s Logistics & Supply Chain Taskforce for the Eastern Region. He is a board member in Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd. (Chairman), TAYO Rolls Ltd. (Chairman), Tata BlueScope Ltd., The Tinplate Company of India Ltd., JCAPCPL , NatSteel Holdings Pvt. Ltd. He also chairs the Jamshedpur School of Arts and Jharkhand Boxing Association. Internationally he represents India as the Vice President of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, India Chapter and as a member of the Working Group of the Manufacturing Committee of the BRICS Business Council.

Boddu Aneesh Reddy

Shri Boddu Aneesh Reddy is an entrepreneur leading one of India’s top 5 software product companies. He is the Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Capillary Technologies, which has over 800 employees spread across 10 offices globally.

Shri Reddy graduated with B. Tech. (Hons.) in Manufacturing Science and Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur in 2006. He was awarded the Order of Merit for Technology.  He co-founded the IIT Kharagpur Entrepreneurship Cell in 2006, when he was an undergraduate student and built a culture of entrepreneurship on campus. He continues to mentor startups by alumni and students of IIT Kharagpur.

Shri Reddy co-founded Capillary Technologies in 2008. The success of his startup has over the years inspired other alumni and students of IIT Kharagpur to startup. Capillary Technologies was incubated at IIT Kharagpur which a minority ownership in the company. Capillary Technologies has returned the stake to the Institute – a Centre for Artificial Intelligence is being planned using these funds. Capillary has over the years been actively involved with IIT Kharagpur, recruiting during placements and internships, sponsoring Doctorate students and in active partnerships on Artificial Intelligence with the Institute.

Shri Reddy has raised over USD 90 Million for Capillary Technologies from marque investors like Warburg Pincus, Sequoia Capital among others. He and his company have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review and many others. Shri Reddy has been nominated to the Fortune’s ’40 Under 40′ in 2012 and 2013 and to The Economic Times 40 under Forty in 2017.


Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri is a leading expert in the area of image processing and computer vision. Currently he occupies the Kamal Nayan Bajaj Chair Professorship at IIT Bombay and is the J.C. Bose National Fellow.

Prof. Chaudhuri graduated with B. Tech. (Hons.) in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1985. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Prof. Chaudhuri joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay as a faculty member in 1990. He has served as the Head of the Department (2005 – 2008), Dean of International Relations (2009-2013) and the Deputy Director, Academic and Infrastructure Affairs (2013-2017). He has also held Visiting Professorships at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Technical University of Munich, Germany, University of Paris XI, France, and the National University of Singapore.

The areas of research where Prof. Chaudhuri has contributed significantly include depth recovery from defocused images and image super-resolution. Other areas of contribution include blind image deconvolution and hyper-spectral image visualization. Of late, he has also been working in the area of computational haptics that involves providing a sense of touch to virtualized objects. In the area of haptics, his primary contribution lies in haptic rendering of point cloud data and kinaesthetic perception.

Prof. Chaudhuri has published about 300 papers in various journals and conferences, besides publishing 6 monographs in his area of research. He has about a dozen patents to his credit. He is a Fellow of IEEE and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a Fellow of the following scientific academies: Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.

Prof. Chaudhuri research work has been recognized with several awards. He is a recipient of the G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, and the NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award for Application Oriented Innovation. He received the H.H. Mathur Excellence in Research Award from IIT Bombay in 2008. He is also a winner of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences. He received the Swarnajayanti Research Fellowship in 2003. He received the Hari Om Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 2001 and Prof. S.V.C. Aiya Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in 2003.


Shri Dipak Basu is a social entrepreneur, employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide. He is the Founder and Chairman of Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit social enterprise that is dedicated to empowerment of marginalized youth and women for digital livelihoods in India’s e-Commerce and IT-enabled services sector.

Shri Basu did B.Sc. in Physics in 1968 and B.Tech. degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1971.He did MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.

As CEO, Shri Basu sets Anudip’s strategic direction, leads fundraising, and also serves as Chairman of its Board. Since its inception, the company has created job and business opportunities for more than 70,000 young people through the support of numerous high tech companies.

Shri Basu co-founded iMerit Technologies in 2011, which is a leader in digital services for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and recruits from Anudip alumni for world class services to global clients. The organization received the GEM-Tech Award from ITU/UN Women. In 2001 he co-founded and served as Executive Director of NetHope, a nonprofit alliance of 50 of the world's largest humanitarian agencies, committed to applying technology solutions to humanitarian operations in poor, disaster-affected and war-torn regions of the world.

From 1995 to 2006, Shri Basu held leadership positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems, where his last position was Director, Global Center of Expertise. He is a Cisco Leadership Fellow and is considered a pioneer in Voice-over-IP and Metro Ethernet technologies. Prior to his time at Cisco, Shri Basu led software development programs for Verizon Communications and was a consultant to the Government of India’s Department of Electronics. During his time in India in the 1980s, he set up INDONET, India’s first public data network, as well as information networks for the country’s steel, energy and banking sectors.

Shri Basu received NASSCOM Social Innovation Honors award, Indians for Collective Action award, Save the Children president’s award, the Tech Laureate Award for IT in Humanity, the President's Award from Save the Children and the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship.

Shri Basu is the Chairman of the Data Communications Division of the Computer Society of India, he is an India representative at the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), a US representative at CCITT and ISO for Internet standards. 


Shri Surajit Kar Purkayastha is an IPS Officer. He is currently the Director General of Police, West Bengal.

Shri Kar Purkayastha graduated in 1978 with B. Tech. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in 1981.

After working in the corporate sector, Shri Kar Purkayastha embarked on a career in Civil service and joined the Indian Police Service in 1985. He held various positions of significance in the police service of West Bengal and Kolkata. He curbed major criminal activities in various districts of West Bengal restoring normalcy in law and order. He worked relentlessly to bridge the gap between police administration and community through a large number of innovative measures and brought about positive changes across the state.

Shri Kar Purkayastha oversaw, as Kolkata’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, the transition from manual system of traffic control to the automated traffic light system. He involved schools, corporates, NGOs and society at large towards generating awareness about the modern traffic system, pollution etc. He designed the indigenous and economic ‘wheel clamp’ for enforcement mechanism.

Shri Kar Purkayastha worked with the Government of India in Cabinet Secretariat and dealt with National Security related matters. He continued in the West Bengal State Cadre and served in various key positions including Inspector General (Law & Order), Additional Director General (Law & Order) of Police, West Bengal. He was posted as the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata and Director General (Crime), CID, before being promoted to his current rank.

Shri Kar Purkayastha has been awarded the President of India Police Medal several times and the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for outstanding service.


Dr. Sujit Banerji is an educationist and researcher with focus on servitization of manufacturing, service products, globalisation, outsourcing and offshoring. Currently he is Professor of Operations Management at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick and Executive Director at WMG Education.

Dr. Banerji received his B. Tech. (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and M. Tech. degree in Industrial Engineering in 1962 from IIT Kharagpur. He was ranked 6th in B. Tech. and 1st in M. Tech. in his department. He was awarded an ICI Commonwealth Scholarship and obtained his PhD in Operations Research at Cambridge and the University of Manchester.

Dr. Banerji is now responsible for all education programmes at WMG, including Full-Time Masters, Professional and Executive Programmes and Overseas Programmes.

Before joining WMG, Dr. Banerji spent more than 30 years with IBM, where he held a number of Executive positions in Systems Engineering, Marketing, Business Development, Product Management and Information Technology. He was CIO and Vice-President of IBM in India and ASEAN where he increased the revenue, profits and employee numbers dramatically. He created major centres in India and Malaysia to provide IT services in the USA and Europe. He has published 80 major internal IBM papers and has won numerous awards for his work.

Dr. Banerji moved from industry to academia in 2004 when he became Practice Associate Professor of Operations Management at Singapore Management University before joining WMG.

In 2010, Dr. Banerji was presented with the Glory of India Award by the India International Friendship Society.