- Prof. C N R Rao
|Monday, November 18, 2013|
|Professor C N Rao, National Research Professor and Honorary President, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, has been conferred Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country. Professor Rao was a faculty member at IIT Kanpur during 1963-78 in Chemistry department and later the chairman, Board of Governors during 2003-06.
- Shiraz Naval Minwalla (MSC5/PHY/95)
|Wednesday, November 13, 2013|
|Shiraz Naval Minwalla (MSC5/PHY/95)
Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
The Infosys Prize 2013 for Physical Sciences is awarded to Prof. Shiraz Naval Minwalla for his pioneering contributions to the study of string theory, quantum field theory and gravity, and for uncovering a deep connection between the equations of fluid and superfluid dynamics and Einstein’s equations of general relativity.
Prof. Shiraz Naval Minwalla did his M.Sc. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and completed his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University. His current appointment is Professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics, TIFR. His past appointments included Staff Associate, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP); Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics, TIFR; Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics, Harvard University; Reader at the Department of Theoretical Physics, TIFR and Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows.
He has been the recipient of awards such as the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2011), ICTP Prize 2010, Swarnajayanti Fellowship (2007) and Elected Fellow at the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011).
- Anil K. Rajvanshi (BT/MT/ME/72/74)
|Wednesday, November 13, 2013|
|The IIT Kanpur Alumni Association is delighted and proud to learn of you have been conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Florida.
Anil K. Rajvanshi has been the director of the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Phaltan, Maharashtra since 1981. NARI is a private non-profit NGO working in rural India. It is a registered trust and does pioneering work in the areas of agriculture, renewable energy, animal husbandry and sustainable development. Dr. Rajvanshi is also the trustee and honorary secretary of NARI. He has concentrated his efforts for last 30 years on how to use high tech modern science and technology to achieve environmentally sound rural development. Dr. Rajvanshi’s research has therefore spanned a whole spectrum of areas affecting the lives of rural population. These have included among others renewable energy based cooking and lighting for rural households; power generation – both small scale and on Taluka level from agricultural residues; electric cycle rickshaws; water purification and effluent treatment through the use of renewable energy in environmentally sound way.
Dr. Rajvanshi was born and raised in Lucknow, India. After obtaining B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur in early 1970’s, Dr. Rajvanshi went to USA to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1979 with specialization in solar energy and then taught at the University of Florida for two and half years before returning to India in 1981 to join NARI. He left a very lucrative career in U.S. to come and work for rural development in India. Dr. Rajvanshi established the energy and sustainable development work at NARI from scratch to make it nationally and internationally known. He has directed its activities in these areas since 1981.
- INSA award to Sujit Kumar Ghosh (PhD/CHM/2007)
|Tuesday, October 15, 2013|
|Sujit Kumar Ghosh (PhD/CHM/2007) is awarded the Indian National Science Academy's (INSA) medal for young scientists for 2013. According to a statement issued by the IISER, the medals will be presented in December. Dr. Ghosh has been awarded the medal for his significant contribution in the design and synthesis of functional metal organic frameworks for ion and explosive sensing. He has spent three years at Kyoto University, Japan as a post-doctoral fellow before joining the IISER in 2009.
- Rajesh Gopakumar (MSC5/PHY/92) TWAS Prizes for 2013
|Tuesday, October 15, 2013|
|TWAS has announced the winners of the TWAS Prizes for 2013 at the Academy's 24th General Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Rajesh Gopakumar of the Harish-Chandra Research Institute in Allahabad, India, and Marcos PIMENTA of the Department of Physics of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, share the 2013 TWAS Prize in Physics. Gopakumar is recognized his discovery of duality symmetry between a class of two-dimensional conformal field theories and higher-spin theory in three-dimensional anti-de Sitter space. Pimenta is honoured for his contribution to our understanding of the optical and electronic properties of carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes and graphenes) using resonance Raman spectroscopy.
- IITK Faculty in Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
|Monday, October 14, 2013|
|Dr. Bikramjit Basu
Dr. Basu is a Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering (on leave), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, INDIA. He joined IIT Kanpur in November 2001 as Assistant Professor. Dr. Basu is currently an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Dr. Vijay B. Shenoy
Dr. V B Shenoy is currently an Associate Professor, Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He had served as Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1999-2002.
- IITK Alumni in Thinkers 50 India List
|Monday, September 23, 2013|
|For the first time, a list of the most influential management thinkers in/from India was released: Thinkers 50 India.
You will be glad to know that there are at least 5 IITK alumni on this list:
Rajiv Lal #14
Pramath Raj Sinha #36 [BTech 1986]
Rishikesha T Krishnan #37 [MSc Integ 1986]
Anil Gupta #38 [BTech 1972]
Arvind Sahay #42 [BTech 1986]
Of the 50 thinkers chosen, 17 are based in India and 33 outside India.
Of the 17 based in India, 5 are academics. The others are practitioners, policy-makers and writers.
The complete list is available at http://www.thinkers50.in/event/results-2013 and in the attachment.
On the occasion, Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan was also jointly awarded the Thinkers50 India Innovation Special Award. A photo of him receiving the award from MoS, HRD, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, is below.
- Professor Narayan Receives TMS 2014 RF Mehl Gold Medal and Delivers 2014 Institute of Metals Lecture at the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego
|Wednesday, August 14, 2013|
|Professor Narayan is the John Fan Family Distinguished Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and also has appointment as Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After graduating with distinction and first rank from India’s top institution (IIT, Kanpur) in 1969, Narayan continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained his MS (1970) and PhD (1971) degrees in a record time of two years. He worked as Research Metallurgist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1971-72) and Senior Scientist and Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Lab (1972-84), before joining North Carolina State University in 1984 as senior professor and Director of Microelectronics Center of North Carolina. He also served as Director of Division of Materials Research (1990-92) of the National Science Foundation.
Professor Narayan’s other honors include: 2011 Acta Materialia Gold Medal and Prize, 2011-12 NCSU Holladay Medal, 2011 NCSU Reynolds Prize, 2011 MRS Forum and 2011 MS&T International Conference in Narayan’s honor, ASM Gold Medal, Edward DeMille Campbell Lecture and Prize, three IR-100 Awards, 1997 IIT/K Distinguished Alumnus Award, Inaugural MRS Fellow, Life Member and Fellow of TMS, Life Member and Fellow of APS, ASM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, Honorary Member MRS-I, Fellow Bohmische Physical Society, and Life Member and Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (India). Professor Narayan has published over 500 papers in archival journals and received 40 patents which have over 18,000 Citations, 32 Citation Classics and h-index approaching 70 so far.
- Professor Gautam Biswas
|Tuesday, July 02, 2013|
|Professor Gautam Biswas, currently the director of Central Mechanical Engineering and Research Institute (CMERI) Durgapur, is tipped to become the next director of IIT Guwahati. Prof Biswas will replace Professor Gautam Barua, whose tenure as the director ended yesterday. Barua served in the top position for 10 years.
A search-cum-selection panel headed by human resource development minister M.M. Pallam Raju has selected Biswas for the job. President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the visitor of the institute, will have to clear the appointment after which Biswas will get a five-year term as the director, sources said.
Biswas has done Masters and PhD from IIT Kharagpur. A faculty at IIT Kanpur, he has served as the Dean (Academics) in IIT Kanpur. He has been serving as the director of CMERI, a research lab of Council of Scientific and Indust-rial Research (CSIR), since 2009.
- Dr D Kanjilal (PhD/PHY/84)
|Wednesday, June 26, 2013|
|Dr D Kanjilal (PhD/PHY/84) has been appointed as next Director, Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) New Delhi.
This is a world class research Centre of University Grants Commission. More than 400 research groups from
universities, institutes and laboratories from all over India and abroad have been using energetic particles from
accelerators at IUAC for carrying out research in Materials Science, Nuclear Physics, Atomic & Molecular Physics
and radiation Biology. Dr Kanjilal will take over charge on 24th July, 2013 from present Director Dr. Amit Roy.
Prof A. P. Patro from SINP Kolkata was the founder Director and Prof. G. K. Mehta from IIT Kanpur was the
Joint Director when at the starting of the Centre in mid-eighties.