Functionaries FAN 2019

Faculty Alumni Network
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

The Indian FAN Symposium 2019 on New & Advanced Materials and Sustainable Chemical Sciences

April, 2019

Profiles 

Devang Khakhar
Director,
Professor, Chemical Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • B.Tech, IIT Delhi, 1981
  • Ph.D, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1986

Research Interests:

  • Research interests include mechanics of
  • granular materials and polymer processing

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1997),
  • Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998),
  • Excellence in Teaching Award IITB
  • Mathur Award for Research Excellence

Profile:

Devang Khakhar is currently the Director of IIT Bombay and Professor of Chemical Engineering. He did his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1981 and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay in January 1987, and has been with the Institute since then.

His research interests include mechanics of granular materials and polymer processing. He has published over 100 papers in these areas . For his research achievements, Devang has been conferred with several prestigious awards, which include the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1997) and the Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998). He is also a recipient of IIT Bombay's "Excellence in Teaching Award" and the "Mathur Award for Research Excellence". He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India.

Devang served on the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (SAC-PM), Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cabinet (SAC-C), and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). He served as an independent Director on the Boards of Indian Oil Corporation and Antrix Corporation Ltd.

He also served as Professor-in-Charge of IIT Bombay's Continuing Education Program from 2001-02, as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 2002- 04, and the Dean of Faculty Affairs from 2005-08. He has been the Director of IIT Bombay since January 2009.

Subhasis Chaudhuri
Director Designate
KN Bajaj Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering
IIT Bombay

Academic Background:

  • B.Tech., IIT Kharagpur,
  • M.Sc., University of Calgary, Canada, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, USA, 1990

Research Interests:

  • Motion analysis and tracking
  • Data clustering and pattern recognition
  • Computational photography
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Haptics

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research,
  • NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award for Application
  • Oriented Innovation,
  • J.C. Bose National Fellowship
  • Prof. H.H. Mathur Excellence in Research Award from IIT Bombay
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences,
  • Swarnajayanti Fellowship
  • Hari Om Prerit
  • Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award.
  • On the editorial boards of EEE Transactions on
  • Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) during 2006-2008
  • SIAM Journal SIIMS since 2018
  • International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV)since 2004
  • Visiting Professor at many international universities like the Institute of Fundamental Electronics, University of Paris Sud, France, Technical University of Munich, Germany National University of Singapore and many more.


Profile:
Professor Chaudhuri is presently the Kamalnayan Bajaj Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Professor In-charge of IIT Bombay Monash Academy at IIT Bombay.
He earned his BTech degree from IIT Kharagpur in 1985 and MSc from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1987. He completed his PhD from the University of California, San Diego, USA in 1990.
Prof. Chaudhuri has held various administrative positions at IIT Bombay including Deputy Director (Academic and Infrastructural Affairs), Dean (International Relations), Head of the Electrical Engineering Department and Wardenship of Hostels.
Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri works in the area of image processing, computer vision, machine learning and computational haptics. Some of the areas where he has contributed significantly include - depth recovery from defocused images, image super-resolution, blind deconvolution, hyper-spectral image visualization and pattern recognition in remote sensing images. In the area of Haptics, his major contribution lies in haptic rendering of point cloud data, kinaesthetic perception and haptic data communication.
Prof. Chaudhuri has received numerous awards for his research. These include the G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award for Application Oriented Innovation, J. C. Bose National Fellowship, Prof. H. H. Mathur Excellence in Research Award of IIT Bombay, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, Swarnajayanti Fellowship and Hari Om Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur.
Prof. Chaudhuri has been a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), National Academy of Sciences (NASI) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA). He is also a Fellow of IEEE.
Prof. Chaudhuri has been on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) during 2006-2008, SIAM Journal SIIMS since 2018 and International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) since 2004. He has also been a Visiting Professor at several international universities such as the University of Paris Sud, France, Technical University of Munich, Germany, National University of Singapore, University of Erlangen, Germany and Hong Kong Baptist University.

Prasanna Majumdar
Deputy Director, Finance and External Affairs (FEA),
Professor, Aerospace Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • B Tech., Aeronautical Engineering, IIT Bombay 1981
  • M Tech., Aeronautical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1983
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1988

Research Interests:

  • Vibrations and Structural Dynamics, Structural Stability,
  • Aeroelasticity and Aeroservoelasticity, Composite Structures,
  • Experimental Techniques, Aerospace System Design,
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Aeroelastic and
  • Aeroservoelastic Optimization, MDO Software Development,
  • MAV/UAV development

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • Shri H. H. Lala & Smt J. H. Lala Teaching Excellence Award, Dept of Aerospace Engg, IIT Bombay, 2011
  • Excellence in Teaching Award,IIT Bombay, 2010
  • Excellence in Aerospace Teaching Award, Aeronautical Society of India, 2009
  • DB Research Excellence Award, presented at the Aeronautics Research & Development Board Silver Jubilee Celebration, NAL Bangalore, May, 1996

 

Akkihebbal K Suresh
Deputy Director, Academic and Infrastructural Affairs (AIA),
Institute Chair Professor, Chemical Engineering
IIT Bombay

Professional Qualifications:

  • Chairman, GATE Western region,
  • Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, IITBombay,
  • Dean, Faculty Affairs, IIT Bombay.
  • Visiting positions at National Chemical Laboratory, India, Monash University, Australia, Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia and Washington University in St Louis, USA.
  • Worked with Hindustan Lever Research Centre in industrial R&D before joining IIT

Research Interests:

  • Broad area of transportand reaction, with current research being on membrane forming processes,
  • Solid state reactions, liquid phase organic oxidations
  • Fundamental issues on heterogeneous transport-reaction processes. 
  • Reaction engineering, and multiphase and interfacial systems.
  • About 75 publications ininternational journals (some of which have over a 100 citations) and asimilar number of conference presentations to his credit. He has twopatents to his name.

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • Visiting Fellowship of the Indian National Science Academy
  • Herdillia award for excellence in basic research by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2010.
  • 3-year membership of the American Chemical Society in July 2015 inrecognition of engagement with the Society’s mission.

Profile:
Professor Suresh is an Institute Chair Professor with the Department of Chemical Engineering, and currently the Deputy Director in charge of Academic and Infrastructural affairs at IIT Bombay. Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was working with Hindustan Lever Research Centre in industrial R&D. Apart from being engaged in teaching and research, Prof Suresh has also held important administrative responsibilities such as Chairman, GATE Western region, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, and Dean, Faculty Affairs, IIT Bombay. He has also held Visiting positions at National Chemical Laboratory, India, Monash University, Australia, Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia and Washington University in St Louis, USA. In research, Prof Suresh's interests are in the broad area of transport and reaction, with current research being on membrane forming processes, solid state reactions, liquid phase organic oxidations and some fundamental issues on heterogeneous transport-reaction processes. Prof. Suresh has made pivotal contribution in the area of reaction engineering, and multiphase and interfacial systems. He has about 75 publications in international journals (some of which have over a 100 citations) and a similar number of conference presentations to his credit. He has two patents to his name. He has been conferred many awards and honours, among which may be mentioned the Visiting Fellowship of the Indian National Science Academy and the Herdillia award for excellence in basic research by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He was awarded a 3-year membership of the American Chemical Society in July 2015 in recognition of engagement with the Society’s mission.

Suhas Joshi
Dean Alumni & Corporate Relations
Rahul Bajaj Chair Professor,
Mechanical Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1997
  • M.E. - Manufacturing Technology, National Institute
  • of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, 1991
  • B.E. - Production Engineering, V. J. T. I., Bombay, 1988
Research Interests:
  • Ultra-precision machining (UPM) processes,
  • Modelling and machining of 'difficult to machine' materials,
  • Modelling and development of micro-machining processes,
  • Laser micro-machining, LIGA, Nano-polishing

Awards/ Recognitions:

  •  2002-BOYS CAST Fellowship by Department of Science and Techno., Govt. of India
  •  2008-Dr. P.K. Patwardhan Technology Development Award of IIT Bombay for 'Development of Tool-based Micromachining for Development of micro components'
  •  2008-Best Faculty Award, Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay

Profile:
Dr. Suhas Joshi is presently the Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relations at IIT Bombay besides being ‘Rahul Bajaj’ Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Joshi is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineers.

After his Ph.D. from IIT Bombay, Dr. Joshi worked with the R&Ds of Tata Motors India, and Kennametal (erstwhile Widia) India, and joined IIT Bombay as a faculty member in 1999. Dr. Joshi worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Tech., USA (2002) and served as a Visiting Faculty at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2005-06). Dr. Joshi was the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay during 2014-17.

Dr. Joshi works on improving productivity and quality of multi-scale machining processes through physics-based modelling and characterization. Dr. Joshi has undertaken over thirty five research, consultancy and infrastructure development projects sponsored by aerospace, nuclear, defence and private organizations in India. He has established excellent research infrastructure for micromachining, laser micro-machining and titanium machining. During 2009-14, he spearheaded establishment of ‘National Centre for Aerospace Innovation and Research (NCAIR)’, at IIT Bombay as its founding Principal Investigator. The centre is an industrial consortia mainly sponsored by Govt. of India, The Boeing Company and IIT Bombay.

Dr. Joshi has been a recipient of BOYSCAST fellowship of Govt. of India (2002) for young researcher, ‘Best Faculty’ award of Mech. Eng. Dept., IIT Bombay (2007), and ‘Dr. P. K. Patwardhan Technology Development Award’ of IIT Bombay (2008).

Dr. Joshi has served as an Associate Editor of Trans. ASME, Journal of Manuf. Sci. and Eng. (2007-14). He is presently an Associate Technical Editor of Machining Sci. and Technol. (Taylor and Francis) (2010-) and, the Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Machine Tools and Manuf. (Elsevier) (2013-2018) and Indian Journal of Engineering & Materials Sciences, CSIR-NISCAIR (India) (2015-).

Dr. Joshi has supervised a post-doctoral and twelve doctoral students. He is presently guiding another ten doctoral students for their Ph.D. He also has supervised more than 100 masters dissertations at IIT Bombay. Dr. Joshi has over 250 publications including over 130 in referred international journals, and five book chapters to his credit.

Krishna P. Kaliappan
Dean of Faculty Affairs (FA)
Professor, Department of Chemistry,
IIT Bombay

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1997
  • M.Sc., Madurai Kamraj University, 1990
Research Interests:
  • Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products Synthesis of Natural Product like Molecules Design and Synthesis of Novel Hybrid Natural Products Development of New Chiral Ligands for Asymmetric Synthesis Organocatalysis
Awards/ Recognitions:
  • A.V. Rama Rao Foundation Lecture at JNCASR, Bengaluru (2018)
  • Prof. S. C. Bhattacharyya Award for Excellence in Pure Sciences at IIT Bombay (2017)
  • Juliot Visiting Professor at ESPCI, Paris (2016)
  • Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (2016)
  • Professor C. N. R. Rao National Prize in Chemical Sciences (2015)
  • Advisory Board Member of "Chemistry:an Asian Journal" (2014-)
  • Member-Synthesis Sub Committee-IUPAC, Organic and Biomolecular Division III (2014-)
  • Advisory Board Member of "Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Journal" (2013-)
  • Chairman, ICOS 21, held at IIT Bombay (2016)
  • CRSI Bronze Medal (2013)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (IIT Bombay-2011)
  • IIT Bombay Best Research Paper Award (2009)
  • Swarnajayanti Fellowship (2006-07)
  • B. M. Birla Science Prize for Chemistry (2006)
  • Vice President, RSC West India Section (2012-2014)
  • Professor S. Sivasubramaniam Endowment Lecture, Madurai Kamaraj University (2007)
  • Professor S. Swaminathan Endowment Lecture, University of Madras (2003)
  • DAE Young Scientist Research Grant Award (2002)
  • International Foundation for Science (Sweden) Research Grant Award (2002, 2004 & 2006)
  • BH Iyer Medal of Organic Chemistry, Department, IISc for the best Ph.D. Thesis (1997)
  • Awarded the Certificate of Merit from C.S.I.R. for being one among the top six candidates in Chemical Sciences in the Joint CSIR-UGC Test, 1990
  • T.P. Meenakshi Sundaram Prize (Gold Medal) from Madurai Kamaraj University in M.Sc (Chemistry)
Memberships and Fellowships of Societies:
  • Elected Fellow: Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc) since 2016
  • Elected Fellow: Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, London) since 2008
  • Member: Synthesis Sub Committee of IUPAC since 2014
  • Member: American Chemical Society since 1999
  • Life Member: Chemical Research Society of India since 2002
  • Member: NOST Council (2010-)