Symposium Committee Leader - FAN 2018

Faculty Alumni Network
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

The Indian FAN Symposium 2018 on Smart and Sustainable Cities

January 20, 2018


Pradipta Banerji
Professor of Structural (Civil) Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • B. Tech. (Civil Engg.): Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, INDIA. Emphasis: Structural and geotechnical engineering
  • M.S. (Civil Engg.): University of California, Berkeley, USA. Emphasis: Structural engineering and structural mechanics
  • Ph.D. (Civil Engg.): University of California, Berkeley, USA. Emphasis: Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics Minor Fields: Geotechnical engineering/soil dynamics; Applied mathematics
  • Executive Development Program: Kellogg Business School, USA.

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • Recipient of the National Science Talent Scholarship (NCERT), June 1976
  • 5 Merit Awards for 1st rank in Civil Engineering, 1979-81
  • Gold Medal in the National Technical Quiz Competition, Calcutta, Feb 1980
  • Director’s Silver Medal (1st rank in Civil Engineering), IIT Delhi, June 1981
  • Distinguished Teaching Associate Award, UC Berkeley, June 1983
  • Double Recipient of the UC Regents Fellowship, UC Berkeley, August 1983 & 84
  • Recipient of the William H. and Helena Popert Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley, January 1986
  • Young Scientist Award Nomination, ISCA, Calcutta, Jan 1991
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Bombay, September 2008




Professor Pradipta Banerji has been Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee from October 2011 to October 2016. He concurrently held the posts of Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay and at IIT Roorkee. Since November 2016 he has returned to his parent organization, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as Professor of Civil Engineering, and since February 2017 as the Head, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay.

He has been a faculty member at IIT Bombay since April 1988. During this period, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been the Dean (Alumni and International Relations) for two terms of three years each, apart from holding various other administrative positions. He has been a visiting Research Professor at Technical University Stuttgart in Germany and University of Manitoba in Canada respectively and has been invited as Keynote Speaker at many international conferences and workshops. He has delivered one of the most prestigious Indian lectures at the Institution of Engineers (India) - the 11th Dr Jaikrishna Memorial Lecture in 2012. Furthermore, he delivered the 36th Annual Lecture of the Indian Society for Earthquake Technology in 2016. He has also delivered the Karunesh Memorial Lecture at the 62 nd Congress of the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2017. He is known internationally for his developments on Bridge Asset Management using Structural Health Monitoring, especially for the Indian Railways and Network Rail in UK, and Vibration Control of Buildings for Earthquake Ground Motions. He has also developed technology that has been and is being implemented in India and abroad. He also has been Principal Investigator in  many International Applied Research Projects involving collaboration with UK, EU and Canada. Of course, he has guided many doctoral and masters level dissertations, and publishes frequently in archival journals and proceedings. He was the Editor of the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring published by Springer from its inception in 2010 to 2015. He has conducted and coordinated 24 capacity building and continuing education programs in India. These have included courses on earthquake engineering, structural mechanics and dynamics, structural health monitoring for asset management, assessment and rehabilitation of heritage buildings and bridges. He has created two very popular video-courses on structural analysis and structural dynamics under the NPTEL program of the Government of India.

He is a Fellow/Member of many professional societies and is an active member of several national and international professional committees. Notably, he was a member of the Advisory Council of the International Society for Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure from 2004 to 2015. He also has been an Independent Non- Executive Member of the Board of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the premier aerospace company in India from May 2014 to May 2017. During this period, he chaired the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and the CSR & SD Committee, and was a member of the Audit Committee and Business Strategy Committee of HAL. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Member of the Board of Cochin Shipyard Limited, a public company listed on BSE and NSE, from July 2017, and is chairing the New Technology and Strategy Committee of the company.

One of the major highlights of his term as Director of IIT Roorkee has been the induction of more than 150 young faculty members and many Distinguished Visiting Professors from universities abroad and adjunct faculty from the industry. Significant numbers of Post-doctoral Research Fellows has given a large boost to sponsored research from both government agencies and industry. International collaboration has increased significantly. Students have been encouraged to participate in international competitions and have brought laurels for the institute. Simplification of and transparency in administrative processes and introduction of ERP for all aspects of operations at IIT Roorkee has been another highlight of his term at IITR. The institute was consistently ranked internationally as one of the best academic institutions in Asia and BRICS nations. It was the sixth ranked engineering institution in the NIRF 2016. Two new multidisciplinary research centres at IIT Roorkee - Centre for Urban Design and Development and Centre for Himalayan Studies - have become catalysts for interdisciplinary applied research to benefit society and increase social equity.

He leads the initiative of the Government of India in “Sustainable Habitat” under the IMPRINT program. He was an identified expert and delivered a keynote speech at the BRICS Symposium on Urban Transitions 2016. He is a member of the India 75 Task Force on Urbanization, and a member of the India-UK Steering Committee set up to establish Urban Observatories in several cities in India.

He has been a consultant to the World Bank from 2004, almost exclusively for Higher and Engineering Education and Research in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was responsible for creating the original business plan for the Africa Institutes of Science and Technology, which led to the creation of the Africa University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria and the AIST in Arusha, Tanzania. As a member of the African Science Committee under the Nelson Mandela Foundation he helped establish the academic programs for Masters and Doctoral degrees in AUST Abuja. He developed a framework for future Indian participation in African PASET programs, which was published as a report by the World Bank in 2015. Based on this report, the IITs and a few other leading Indian institutions have been identified by the Government of India, under the India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) – III program, as the implementing institutions for collaboration with the World Bank and African countries in the  African Centers of Excellence and PASET universities. Department of Science and Technology has appointed him to lead this national effort.

He is also a member of the Committee for Capacity Building of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations under UNESCO since 2008. His commitment to Capacity Building in the Applied Science, Engineering and Technology in Developing Countries has seen him developing relationships between the IITs and Academic Institutions in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam to foster Capacity Building in ASET. He has recently also been at the forefront of the BRICS Network of Academic and Research Institutions under the BRICS University Framework. This is in the process of identifying specific themes for South-South Cooperation, for the benefit of the BRICS nations.