IIT Kharagpur announces Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2016

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IIT Kharagpur to award 7 of its Distinguished Alumni for significant contributions to the professional world and society

Press Release: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award on the occasion of the 62nd Convocation of the Institute being organized on July 30 and 31, 2016. Seven eminent alumni have been selected for the award for their exceptional professional achievements in the industry, in the academia or as entrepreneur. The awardees, in alphabetical order, are - 

Dr. Anurag Acharya (IIT KGP B.Tech./Computer Science and Engineering/1987), Distinguished Engineer at Google USA. Dr. Acharya is key founder of Google Scholar which since its inception has become an indispensable service for the global academic and research community.

Shri Ajit Jain (IIT KGP B.Tech./Mechanical Engineering/1972), President of Reinsurance Division, Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group, USA. Shri Jain is a visionary in the global investment sector, having led Berkshire Hathaway to great heights. He is a well-known philanthropist as well funding the Jain Foundation with the mission is to cure muscular dystrophies.

Dr. Asoke Deysarkar (IIT KGP B.Tech./Chemical Engineering/1971), CEO & Chairman, PfP Industries, USA. Dr. Deysarkar has blended his research with entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering forming a billion dollar conglomerate of companies. The Deysarkar Family has helped establish the Trans-disciplinary Program in Petroleum Engineering at IIT KGP. Dr. Deysarkar is also known for his philanthropy activities.

Prof. Gautam Biswas (IIT KGP Ph.D/Mechanical Engineering / 1985), Director, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Prof. Biswas has an illustrious academic career of 25 years having taught at IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur and in various international universities and known for his leadership at IIT Kanpur, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur and IIT Guwahati. His fundamental research on heat transfer phenomena is well recognised in the international academic community. He was the Founder Director of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi.

Prof. Indranil Manna (IIT KGP Ph.D/Metallurgical and Materials Engineering/ 1990), Director, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He has been an exceptional academician and researcher having a long-standing association with IIT Kharagpur as faculty and thereafter leading the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata and IIT Kanpur. His significant contributions in advanced material science and engineering have been well recognised by national and international bodies.

Prof. Supriyo Bandopadhyay (IIT KGP B.Tech./Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering/1980), Commonwealth Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Recently he was named Virginia's Outstanding Scientist and is known globally for his interdisciplinary research. He directs the Quantum Device Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering which has been frequently featured in national and international media for exemplary research in nanotechnology.

Prof. Venkatesan Thirumalai (B.Sc./Physics /1969), Director, NUSNNI-NanoCore, National University of Singapore. He is known for his pioneering research in laser technology. Prof. Venkatesan was Founder of the PhD/MBA program in NUS and the Surface Center at Rutgers University. 

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is one of the highest recognitions given of accomplishment and contribution of an alumnus/alumna from the Institute. The awardees will be given a gold medal and a certificate.