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Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi , the Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Phaltan, Maharashtra has been selected to receive the DAA of University of Florida, USA
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi , the Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Phaltan, Maharashtra has been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) of University of Florida (UF), U.S.A. UF is one of the leading universities of America and is included in the top 15 public universities of U.S.

DAA is the highest honor that University of Florida can bestow on its alumni. Dr. Anil Rajvanshi is the first Indian to receive this aw ard and hence it is a great honor not only for him but for all Indians. Dr. Rajvanshi has been given this award for his pioneering work in rural development done at NARI since 1981 when he came back from the U.S.

Dr. Rajvanshi, who is a mechanical engineering graduate of IIT Kanpur (1972), did his Ph.D. in the same subject from University of Florid a in 1979 and then taught there for 2.5 years before returning to India in late 1981. In the past Dr. Rajvanshi has received numerous national and international awards for his work on rural development which includes Jamnalal Bajaj Award from Dr. Manmohan Singh; FICCI Platinum Jubilee Award from the Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee; Energy Globe Award at Stockholm from HRH Princess Victoria, US based Solar Hall of Fame among others
.

The DAA will be given to Dr. Rajvanshi when he will be felicitated by the President of UF, Dr. Bernard Machen, at the commencement convocation on 3rd May 2014 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.

In announcing the award, Dr. Machen in his letter wrote “It is in recognition of the honor and prestige you have brought your alma mate r through your accomplishments and services that we honor you. In accepting this award, you will join an elite group of outstanding university alumni who are excellent examples of what our students should strive to become as they step off campus and into the world as graduates”.

In getting DAA, Dr. Rajvanshi joins a select band of distinguished awardees which include Florida governors, U.S. Senators, Presidents of universities, well-known scientists, and inventors including U.S. Presidenti al Medal winners, among others. On receiving the news of this award Dr. Rajvan shi said that not only does this award honor him but also thousands of Indian students who have studied at UF and therefore will provide inspiration to future students who may go to study in the U.S.

He said that this award is also a testimony to the fact that the rural work done in India is recognized by one of the top 15 public universities of the U.S. This should provide inspiration, he said, to all the Indian students going to the U.S. to come back and help their country and good work will be recognized eventually. News published in Economic Times and Embassy of India, Washington Newsletter .
 
Prof Anurag Kumar, Chairman of the Electrical Sciences Division in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at IISc Bangalore will be the new Director of the Indian Institute of Science
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Prof Anurag Kumar, Chairman of the Electrical Sciences Division in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at IISc Bangalore will be the new Director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The second director with Engineering background after Satish Dhawan, Kumar assumes office in August, after the present Director Padmabhushan P Balaram retires in July 2014, after serving two terms. Sources in the Institute said that the name of Prof Kumar was announced by a committee headed by Dr K Kasturirangan, at the meeting of the IISc Council on Saturday. The Council, a high-powered committee, comprises 21 members. Members from Tata Trust, Members of Parliament, top bureaucrats, vice-chancellors of various universities and ex-officio members of IISc are part of the Council. It is also headed by Kasturirangan. Description: http://vtnlog-1536340128.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com/beacon/vtpixpc.gif?pid=1076&vid=0&pixelfrom=ep&type=vpKumar has several awards and fellowships to his credit, including the Department of Science and Technology’s JC Bose National Fellowship for 2011-2016. He is also an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has authored several research papers and books since 1993. Some of his books include ‘Communication Networking: An Analytical Approach,’ published in 2004 and ‘Wireless Networking,’ published in 2008.
 
Manu Prakash(BT/CSE/2002), Physicist, inventor
Friday, March 14, 2014
An assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, Manu Prakash is a physicist working at the molecular scale to try and understand no less than how the world really works. As he told BusinessWeek in 2010, he is humbled and inspired by nature’s own solutions to the world's biggest problems. "I build and design tools to uncover how and why biological systems so often outsmart us. 

I believe one day we will be able to understand the physical design principles of life on Earth, leading to a new way to look at the world we live in."

Born in Meerut, India, Prakash earned a BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur before moving to the United States. He did his master’s and PhD in applied physics at MIT before founding the Prakash Lab at Stanford.

Prakash's ultra-low-cost, "print-and-fold" paper microscope won a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundaton in 2012.

http://www.ted.com/speakers/manu_prakash
 
Saurabh Chandra takes over as Secretary, Petroleum Ministry
Monday, March 03, 2014
Saurabh Chandra assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, on Saturday. He succeeds Vivek Rae, who demitted office on superannuation on February 28.

An officer of the Indian Administrative Service, 1978 batch of the UP cadre, Chandra was earlier Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

He is a Graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and holds a Diploma in Management.
 
Padma Bhushan to Prof Padmanabhan Balaram (MSc2/CHM/1969)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Professor Padmanabhan Balram is a leading, internationally renowed bio-organic chemist of India. Born in 1949, he received his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1969. He went on to obtain PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, and did a year’s post-doctoral work with Nobel Laureate Professor R B Woodward at Harvard University. He returned to India in 1973, and joined as lecturer in Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore, where he has remained since. He became a Professor in 1986 and was the Chairman of the Molecular Biophysics Unit in IISc.Currently he is the Director, IISc Bangalore

During his PhD, Balaram studied the use of 'negative nuclear overhauser effect' signals as probes of macromolecular conformations. As a postdoctoral scholar with Woodword, Balaram worked on the synthesis of the antibiotic erythromycin.

Professor Balram’s work has been widely hailed, and he has received many laurels from peer bodies. To mention a few, the Young Scientist Medal of Indian National Science Academy in 1977, the S S Bhatnagar prize in 1986 and the G D Birla Award in 1994. He is fellow of several societies including the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, the Indian National Science Acade
my, New Delhi, and the Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus Awardee of IIT Kanpur in the year 2000.

In addition to carrying out his own research, Professor Balram has guided several PhD and post-doctoral students, some of whom have already established themselves as outstanding scientists in India and abroad. He is member of several Editorial Boards, and has been Editor of the Current Science Journal. He has rendered singular service to the scientific community in this capacity. Besides, he is an acclaimed speaker in research for a, much sought after for his lucid and scholarly lectures. He is also an ardent spokesman for science in this country.
 
Padma Shri to Prof Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis (MSC2/CHM/73)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Eluvathingal D. Jemmis was born in Chevoor, Kerala and educated at the village school. After obtaining B.Sc. (University of Calicut; University College, Trivandrum and St. Thomas College, Thrissur) and M.Sc. ( Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur) Jemmis moved to Princeton University in 1973 to work with Prof. Paul von Rague Schleyer. During the formal Princeton years moving along with his supervisor, Jemmis spent a semester at the University of Munich (Fall, 1974) and four semesters at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg (1976-77). After several collaborative projects with his supervisor and Professors Lee Allen and John Pople, a Ph.D. degree was received from Princeton in 1978. A two year postdoc at Cornell University (Prof. Roald Hoffmann) followed.

In 1980 Jemmis joined the then fledgling School of Chemistry,University of Hyderabad where he became a Professor in 1990. After 25 years in Hyderabad, Dr. Jemmis accepted an invitation from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and joined the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry of IISc.

After 25 years in Hyderabad, Dr Jemmis joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Then he became the Director of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at Thiruvana
nthapuram in 2008. Dr Jemmis is a professor with the department of inorganic and physical chemistry at IISc and his research interests are in 'Applied Theoretical Chemistry, Structure and Reactivity of Molecules and Clusters'.

Jemmis was a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra (1991) and a Visiting Professor at the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry of the University of Georgia, Athens (2000). Jemmis is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Computational Chemistry and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of WATOC World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists and Honorary Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research , Bangalore. Jemmis was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1992), the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (1998), the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad (2003) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Trieste, Italy (2004) and received many awards and honours including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR, New Delhi (1994). Dr. Jemmis was awarded the J. C. Bose National Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, in 2006. Jemmis went on deputation to start IISER Thiruvananthapuram in June 2008 and joined back IISc in June 2013.
 
Rishikesha T Krishnan (MSC5/PHY/86) appointed director at IIM-I
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Rishikesha T Krishnan (MSC5/PHY/86) will take over as the new director at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore from N Ravichandran whose term expired in November

Rishikesha T Krishnan, an IIT-Kanpur and Stanford University alumnus will take over as the new director at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.

Krishnan is presently the professor of corporate strategy and policy at IIM, Bangalore. He has reportedly accepted the offer to join as director at IIM-I although official confirmation from the ministry of human resource and development is pending. Krishnan confirmed his appointment to various media saying "I have received communication of approval from the ministry but I am yet to recieve the appointment letter."

He added, "The dates will be given by the ministry and I will follow it." The orders are expected to come very soon as the tenure of existing director N Ravichandran expired in November. N Ravichandran’ term was extended for three months but after a controversy over the director search panel, he is likely to be released soon.

The five-member director search panel had an interaction session with the short listed candidates in New Delhi on October 9. The five short-listed candidates including incumbent director N
Ravichandran were Rishikesh T Krishan, Shailendra Singh, D K Srivastava and Jitendra Kumar. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) then cleared Krishnan’s name for the new director of IIM-I.
 
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 Fellowsh
ip (2007) and Elected Fellow at the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011).

Website: http://www.infosys-science-foundation.com/prize/laureates/2013/shiraz-naval-minwalla.asp
 
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.

http://www.nariphaltan.org/biodata.htm
 
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. Former faculty: 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.
 
Prof Sanjeev K Aggarwal (MT/PhD/CSE/81/87) appointed as the Director, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Professor Sanjeev K Aggarwal (MT/PhD/CSE/81/87) has been appointed as the Director, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. Professor Aggarwal is currently the Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur.

Sanjeev joined IIT Kanpur as an Assistant Professor in May 1990. He has held various positions at IIT Kanpur including the Dean of Resource Planning and Generation (Jan 2008 to Jan 2011), the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Aug 2002 to Dec 2005), and the Head of Computer Centre (Jan 1997 to Jan 2003). Earlier, he worked as Research Scientist at Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Pune (1986 to 1990).

Sanjeev's research interests are in the area of program analysis, compiler design and high performance computing.

More details about Sanjeev can be found at http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/users/ska.
 
Jitendra Malik (BT/EE/80) Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Jitendra Malik is a researcher in computer vision, and the Arthur J. Chick Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Two of Malik's research results have been awarded the Longuet-Higgins Prize for fundamental contributions to computer vision that have stood the test of time
 
Rakesh Agrawal (BT/CHE/75) Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, holds 118 U.S. patents, nearly 500 non-U.S. patents and has authored 107 technical papers. In 2011 he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president.
 
Dr. Udai Pratap Singh (BT/CE/1972) to lead Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Dr.Udai Pratap Singh (BT/CE/1972) for being chosen to lead the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council
 
Radha Krishna Mathur (BT/ME/75) gets additional charge of Defence Secretary
Friday, May 24, 2013
Radha Krishna Mathur (BT/ME/1975) and 1977 batch IAS has been appointed as India’s defence secretary, one of the most high-profile bureaucrat’s jobs, next only to cabinet secretary.

Mathur is low-profile, had served as chief secretary in one of the few Communist pockets in India --- Tripura. But unlike some of his high-profile peers, Mathur is armed with the following to his advantage…

First, he has rich experiences in the ministry of defence and understands the nuances of South Block affairs. Joined as an additional secretary in the ministry in September 2008, he was the secretary of the department of defence production, an arm of the defence ministry itself.

Secondly, he enjoys the confidence of defence minister AK Antony who did not wish to take risks by picking up a rookie.

Earlier, this Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS served as development commissioner (handicrafts) and joint secretary in the ministry of textiles and secretary in the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprise.

An engineer before joining as an IAS, Mathur is a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, M.Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from International Centre for Public Enterprises, Ljubljana. As the defence secretary, Mathur will have a humongous task ahead in indigenization
of defence production and clean up the procurement process.
 
Prof Mukesh Sharma (MT/CE/82) Engineering Legends of India
Monday, May 20, 2013
Dr.Mukesh Sharma is currently professor of civil engineering at IIT Kanpur from where he completed his M.Tech. and later did his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1994. Prior to joinining IIT Kanpur in 1997, Dr. Sharma was employed with Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi. Dr. Sharma stands out in the field of air quality management as he highlights the issue through scientific analyses and then argues for changes in policies which easily find favour with stakeholders. One of his biggest achievements is the inclusion of new air pollutants (ozone, arsenic, nickel, benzene and benzo(a)pyrene) to the Revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards in 2009.

Dr. Sharma spearheaded the consultation with various stakeholders before the revised air quality standards were notified by the central goverment. His pathbreaking research on the formation of fine secondary aerosols in atmosphere through atmospheric chemistry has transformed the thinking on how air quality must be improved in India. He engaged in studies on emissions inventory and source apportionment for Indian cities, most notably in Kanpur, and has determined an optimum mix of management options to control emissions from motor vehicles and industries. His innovate research on the sequestration of car
bon dioxide through algal mass holds considerable promise in mitigating climate change. He also indentified the merits of titanium dioxide and nanoparticles in controlling emissions of carcinogenic volatile organic compounds. The industrial units in Vapi, Gujrat, are in process of installing piolet plants based on Dr. Sharma's technology, supported by the Ministry of Enviroment and Forests.

Dr. Sharma, an expert in engineering science and who has melded rigorous research with policy engagement, has published over 100 papers in national and international journals and conferences. He has also been the principal investigator of many research project funded by France, Norway, Sweden, USA, the World Bnak, and various agencies in India.

Dr. Mukesh Sharma has received several international and national awards. He is the first Indian to receive the Kong Ha Award in Air Quality from Clean Air Asia, a UN supported foundation. He is also an associate editor and is on the editorial board of international scientific journals. His other awards include Hiyoshi Environmental Award by Hiyoshi Corporation, Japan, Excellence in Research and Technology Development, Ministry of Enviroment(Ontario), Canada, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship; and Faculty of Engineering Award for Excellence of Graduate Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada.
 
Chandramauli Agrawal (BT/ME/82) named UTSA interim vice president for research
Monday, May 06, 2013
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has named C. Mauli Agrawal the interim vice president for research. After serving as dean of the UTSA College of Engineering for nearly eight years, Agrawal will assume his new responsibilities May 15.

Agrawal, who holds the Peter Flawn Professorship in Biomedical Engineering at UTSA, will remain a faculty member in the College of Engineering, continuing to teach and conduct research.

"I am thankful to have been a part of this incredible journey of the College of Engineering," said Agrawal. "I will continue to be part of Engineering and work with our community partners as the college continues to rise to its full potential."

Agrawal came to San Antonio in 1991 as assistant professor of orthopaedics and director of orthopaedic biomaterials at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. In 2003, he joined the UTSA College of Engineering as associate dean for research and was appointed dean in 2005. He established the UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as led the effort to establish the joint biomedical program between UTSA and the Health Science Center, the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and the Interactive Technology Experien
ce Center (iTEC). Agrawal also has been instrumental in broadening the university's partnerships with BioMedSA, Southwest Research Institute, CPS Energy, UT Health Science Center and the military.

Under Agrawal's leadership, the college's annual research expenditures increased dramatically from $1 million to $14 million. Additionally, he has recruited faculty from top universities around the world, and student enrollment has grown by more than 50 percent, putting UTSA on the map as the fastest-growing engineering program in the state.

Agrawal received his Ph.D. in materials science at Duke University, his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.
 
Rakesh Agrawal (BT/CHE/75)
Monday, May 06, 2013
Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. "Dr. Agrawal has an extraordinary record of innovations, and his work has had a significant impact on manufacturing and in diverse industries," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. Agrawal holds 118 U.S. patents, nearly 500 non-U.S. patents and has authored 107 technical papers. In 2011 he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Agrawal served on the National Research Council (NRC) panel that issued a report called "The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers and R&D Needs." He also has served on a national panel concerning America's energy future, and he was a member of the NRC's Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1977 and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from the Ind
ian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1975. Agrawal came to Purdue in 2004 following a career in industry that included 24 years at Air Products and Chemicals Inc. in Allentown, Pa. Previously, he has focused on basic and applied research in gas separations, process development, gas liquefication processes, cryogenics and thermodynamics. He joins 10 Purdue colleagues as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Those previously elected to membership are Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; H. Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Physics; Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel laureate and the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; former Purdue President France A. Cordova; Arden Bement, inaugural director of Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute; R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Joseph Francisco, the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry; Albert Overhauser, the Stuart Distinguished Professor of Physics; Michael Rossmann, the Hanley Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences; and Freydoon Shahidi, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. The new class will be inducted during a ceremony Oct. 12 at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the Shaw prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Tony awards. A complete list of new members is available on the academy's website at http://www.amacad.org/news/alphalist2013.pdf
 
Rajeev Sangal (BT/EE/75)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Prof Rajeev Sangal of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad joined as the new director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Tuesday.

Prof Sangal did his masters and research in Computer and Information Sciences from University of California, USA after completing BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur. He earlier served as director-cum-vice chancellor of IIIT-Hyderabad.

Prof Sangal is known for his work on development of software for converting and translating languages. He has developed eight softwares for the conversion of the matter from one language to other. He has also built 18 systems of machine translation out of which eight systems are released for public use. He has led a consortium of 12 institutions for building machine translation system for nine Indian languages.
 
Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande (PHD/ME/75)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Padma Shri awardee and former director of IIT Kanpur, Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande, has been appointed as a member of the prestigious National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) by government of India, informed IIT-Kanpur through a press release.

The National Security Advisory Board is a multi-disciplinary body of persons of eminence from outside government with expertise in the fields of foreign affairs, science and technology, cyber security, economics, defence, internal security, education and media related technologies. The term of appointment of Professor Dhande is for a period of two years. Presently, Shyam Sharan, former Foreign Secretary of Government of India, is the Chairman of NSAB.

While accepting the membership, Professor Sanjay Dhande said that the concept of national security has become multi-dimensional with technology playing a crucial role in the coming years. He further stated that he hopes to contribute in the fields of technology, cyber security and education related to national security.
 
Prof. Amitabha Chattopadhyay (MSC2/CHM/80)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Prof. Amitabha Chattopadhyay (MSC2/CHM/80) elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Prof. Amitabha Chattopadhyay received B.Sc. with Honors in Chemistry from St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) and M.Sc. from IIT Kanpur. He obtained his Ph.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. He subsequently joined the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad and is now an Outstanding Scientist (Director level) there. He has been recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Prof. Chattopadhyay’s work is focused on monitoring organization, dynamics and function of biological membranes in healthy and diseased conditions. His group has developed and applied novel, innovative and sensitive techniques (such as the wavelength-selective fluorescence approach) using fluorescence spectroscopy for monitoring solvent relaxation in membranes, membrane-mimetic media, and proteins. These pioneering studies have led to a better understanding of the dynamics of hydration of membranes and proteins. Another seminal contribution of Prof. Chattopadhyay’s group focuses on the role of membrane cholesterol in regulating the organization, dyna
mics and function of G-protein coupled receptors such as the serotonin1A receptor. His work showed, for the first time, that membrane cholesterol is necessary for the function of G-protein coupled receptors such as the serotonin 1A receptor. His work has also provided novel insight in the role of membrane cholesterol in the entry of pathogens into host cells. Prof. Chattopadhyay has used fluorescence-based microscopic approaches such as Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP), Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS), and Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) to provide novel insight into organization, dynamics and function of membrane-bound receptors. Overall, his work has contributed significantly to the understanding of membrane organization and dynamics, and the interplay between membrane lipids and proteins, especially in neuronal membranes.

Prof. Chattopadhyay was awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Ranbaxy Research Award, and currently is a J.C. Bose Fellow of the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and all the Indian Academies of Science, the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, and West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology. Prof. Chattopadhyay is currently on the editorial boards of a large number of reputed international journals that include Biophysical Journal, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Neurochemistry and BBA-Biomembranes. He has mentored a number of students for Ph.D. Prof. Chattopadhyay has authored close to 200 research publications (total citations > 5300, h-index 38), a monograph, and national and international patents. He has delivered more than 400 invited lectures all over the world including keynote and plenary lectures. Prof. Chattopadhyay has organized a number of international conferences on the broad theme of biological membranes including a thematic meeting of the Biophysical Society. Prof. Chattopadhyay has been instrumental in designing and teaching courses related to biomembranes and fluorescence spectroscopy for Ph.D. students in India and other parts of the world. In recent years, Prof. Chattopadhyay has been involved with science awareness programs among high school and college students. Prof. Chattopadhyay is an Adjunct Professor at the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Mohali), Institute of Life Sciences (Hyderabad) and Honorary Faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore). He serves as the first Dean of Biological Sciences of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research.
 
Siddhartha Gupta(MBA/2010) & Aditi Makol (MBA/2010)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Siddhartha Gupta & Aditi Makol (MBA/2010) working with Infosys (Consulting & Systems Integration) in IT consulting won the Max Life Insurance challenge in the ‘Capgemini Super Techies Show’. It is India’s first technology based reality television show, aired on ET Now. They were selected in the Elite top 21 finalist teams from all over India after a stringent selection process, which was based on gauging the applicant’s technology skills and business problem-solving abilities, after several rounds of short listing and interviews by Capgemini and Economic Times Now. The real-time business problem was given to them by the CIO of Max Life Insurance at Gurgaon headquarter office. They presented a technical and business viable solution for the problem to a panel of Judges (VP-Capgemini, MD-Cyber Media, CIO-Max Life Insurance) at Mumbai, ET Now Studio. Finally they emerged amongst the top 5 teams all over India. They were awarded prizes by IBM, Capgemini and iOmega. Received Infosys excellence award for the challenge won in this show.
 
Gunjan Bagla (BT/ME/78) Receives SASA Community Service Award
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The South Asian Studies Association presented its 2013 Community Service Award to Gunjan Bagla, managing director of Amritt, for his role in promoting U.S.-India relations and supporting the cause of SASA.

SASA president Bill Vanderbok presented the award, which reads: “For his steadfast counsel, guidance, support and generosity to SASA and all of our activities reaching back to the very first conference at Loyola Marymount University in 2007 and continuing forward to this day and into the future.”

The award was presented at the March meeting of The Indus Entrepreneur, in Cerritos, Calif. In attendance was N. Parthasarathi, the Indian consul general in San Francisco.

Bagla is the founder of Amritt Inc., whose clients include Roche, Boeing, Clorox, Covidien and Paramount Farms. Based in California, he is the author of "Doing Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today in Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market," published by Hachette Books.

The Indian American created the executive seminar "Business with India" for the California Institute of Technology, and was part of President Obama’s executive mission to India in 2010.

A mechanical engineering graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur and past president of the
pan-IIT Alumni Group, Bagla earned his MBA from Southern Illinois University, where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
 
Skand Ranjan Tayal (MSC2/CHM/71), India's Ambassador to Korea
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ambassador Skand Ranjan Tayal is a graduate of Allahabad University and has a Post-Graduate Degree in Chemistry from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

After joining the Indian Foreign Service (1976), Ambassador(Retd) Tayal served in Indian Missions in Sofia, Warsaw, Geneva and Moscow. He was India’s Consul General in Johannesburg (1996-98) and Houston (2002-05), and Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan (2005-08). Since 2008, he was Ambassador of India to the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Tayal was Secretary of the Indian National Commission for UNESCO during 1991-95 and served briefly as the Director in charge of IITs in the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. He was Joint Secretary and the Chief Passport Officer of India during 1999-2002.

Ambassador Tayal has wide experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and has been a frequent speaker on contemporary affairs.

Serving as Independent Director on the Board of Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam and Vice President of India-Republic of Korea Friendship Society,New Delhi.

For more details please click the following link
http:/
/asiasociety.org/korea/events/policy-india-land-silent-revolutions
 
Deepak Narula (BT/EE/85) Founder and managing partner, Metacapital Management
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
IIT K's Alum Deepak Narula is Fortune Magazine's Businessperson of the year.

Deepak Narula knows mortgage-backed securities, and it shows. The former Lehman trader's $1.5 billion mortgage-focused hedge fund has left others in the industry in the dust this year, posting 37% returns through October (the hedge fund industry average for the period is 4.5%). Metacapital has outpaced other funds for years -- it's up 520% since 2008 -- by taking positions with near perfect foresight of policy change and movement in the housing market.

This year, they've won big both on agency mortgage backed securities that have risen in value with QE3 -- the Fed is buying $40 billion in mortgage backed securities per month -- and non-agency mortgage backed securities, which have done well as housing has recovered.

Narula credits Metacapital's team of seasoned investment professionals for the performance. Narula, who was born in India and graduated with an engineering degree, can put himself in that category: He has focused on mortgages since the late '80s.

For more details please click the following link http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2012
/11/16/business-person-of-the-year.fortune/37.html
 
Vasudev Chanchlani (MT/IME/76)
Friday, January 18, 2013
Vasu Chanchlani - Canada Vasu Chanchlani is a serial entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist supporting projects having transformational impact. He started six successful technology ventures with world class strategic investors. He is actively engaged with his philanthropic projects, and contributes enormously for planned, sustainable and positive impact. He co-founded Canada India Foundation (CIF) for deepening engagement between Canada and India using public policy advocacy platform. More details: http://moia.gov.in/services.aspx?id1=30&id=m2&idp=30&mainid=23 The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians. PBSA is conferred by the President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conventions organized annually since 2003 on a Non-Resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin or an organization or institution established and run by the Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin, who has made significant contribution in any one of the following fields: (a) Better understanding abroad of India; (b) Support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way; (c) Building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence; (d) Social and humanitarian causes i
n India or abroad; (e) Welfare of the local Indian community; (f) Philanthropic and charitable work; (g) Eminence in one’s field or outstanding work, which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence; or (h) Eminence in skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for non-professional workers).
 
WATER WORLD names Dr. Udai P Singh (BT/CE/1972) among Engineering Legends of India.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Water World, the premier magazine of the global water industry, has named Dr. Udai P. Singh as one of the engineering legends of India. After completing his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1972, Dr. Singh left for USA and completed his post-graduate degrees in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Clemson University and University of Florida. His research at Florida on the feasibility of deep well disposal of treated waste water effluent was the basis for implementing the largest deep well injection facility in the world during the late 1970s. Currently, the same technology is being pilot tested by US and European countries to capture and store carbon dioxide in deep geological formations, as an option for mitigating global climate change.

Dr. Singh is VP at CH2M HILL -- the largest environmental engineering firm in the world and one of the largest engineering companies in civil engineering, infrastructure, and programme management, with about 31,000 staff in more than 300 offices globally and approximately $7 billion in annual revenue. Dr. Singh has managed CH2M HILL's largest contracts with US Environmental Protection Agency under the superfund programme. He is one of the most knowledgeable persons in hazardous waste management
and has received multiple commendations from EPA. In 2009-2010 he served as President of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the first Indian-American elected by EWRI of ASCE to lead the profession in USA. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur in 2009
 
Dr Pradip (BT/MME/75)
Friday, December 21, 2012
one of IITK Alumni has been honoured with the Foreign Associate Membership of US National Academy of Engineering. There are only six people from India alive, thus honoured. (see the details below), I was surprised that it was not announced on IITK website or IITK Alumni website even though his induction took place in February 2012. However, when I asked Pradip about it, he in his typical modest to fault way said, "it is not a big thing", so I did not convey it to Alumni Association or IITK! Pradip, chief scientist and head of the Process Engineering Lab, Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Pune, India. For contributions to processing of minerals and waste materials.
 
Raj Singh Honored at 2012 Wireless Hall of Fame at San Diego
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Thirty-two wireless pioneers and innovators previously inducted into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame welcomed four more individuals to their ranks. Movers and shakers from across the industry gathered at the Manchester Grand Hyatt October 8th to honor the four 2012 inductees.

Introduced by previous inductees and industry executives, the 2012 honorees were: Wayne Perry, Richard Lynch, Raj Singh, and Amos Joel (posthumous).

Perry, the Service Provider Honoree, served as president of McCaw Communications, Vice Chairman of AT&T Wireless Services, CEO and Vice Chairman of NEXTLINK Communications, and Co-Founder of Edge Wireless. He was also instrumental in forming the wireless industry's trade group (CTIA) and was its Chairman from 1993 to 1994. Perry was introduced by Wireless Hall of Fame member Craig McCaw.

Lynch, the Technology Honoree, formerly led enterprise-wide strategic technology initiatives as Executive Vice President at Verizon Communications, Inc. He served with New England Telephone, Bell of Pennsylvania, and Bell Atlantic Mobile. Lynch built one of the largest early wireless data networks in the country. Verizon Wireless President and CEO Dan Mead presented Lynch with his award.

Raj Singh, Industry Associate Honoree,
founded LCC International in 1983 and provided engineering designs for many early cellular networks in the United States and more than 30 other countries. Singh also held cellular licenses in Latin America and India and brought wireless service to those markets. In addition, he co-founded Appex, one of the first U.S. wireless roaming clearinghouses. Anne Schelle, CEO of Acta Wireless, introduced Singh.
 
N R Narayana Murthy ( MT/EE/1969 ) receives 2012 Hoover Medal
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
N.R. Narayana Murthy, an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has used his business success to “give back” to his native India, has been named recipient of the 2012 Hoover Medal.

The Hoover Medal was established in 1930 to recognize great, unselfish, non-technical services by engineers to humanity. Previous awardees include former presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower and James Earl Carter.

Murthy, who is the 70th recipient since the medal’s inception, is being recognized for establishing a foundation that forges outstanding improvements in healthcare, social rehabilitation, rural uplift and education following his formation of Infosys, an innovative company that provides business consulting, technology, and engineering services in over 30 countries.

Murthy received this honor on October 23 at the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle, Washington, that brought together communities and individuals interested in applying technology to develop effective solutions for the challenges facing the world’s underserved. Representing Hoover Medal Board was its Vice Chairman Prof. P. Somasundaran of Columbia University and IEEE President Dr. Gordon W. Day. One of the world’s most admired business leaders, Murthy founded Infosy
s Limited in 1981. The Global Delivery Model pioneered and designed by Murthy has become the cornerstone of India’s success in information technology outsourcing. Infosys was the first listed Indian IT services company to reach revenues of 1 billion mark, but more important than the money Murthy has made is what the success of Infosys has meant to India as a country. Infosys incorporates a strong values system, promotes fairness to its employees and emphasizes merit, innovation and excellence across its operations. Through Infosys, Murthy has instilled throughout India the hope that even people from humble backgrounds can create a successful company by applying vision, passion and hard work. Using his own wealth and through the Infosys Foundation and other company programs, Murthy has created opportunity for India’s rural areas and underprivileged population. The Infosys Foundation was established in 1996 to improve healthcare, social rehabilitation, education, art and culture in India.

Among the Foundation’s many notable accomplishments, it has set up a hospital that serves poor patients, has provided medicine to elderly patients suffering from cancer and other diseases and has distributed funding to ensure that underprivileged patients can continue to receive needed treatment.

The Foundation has provided occupational training for destitute women and has provided relief efforts for those affected by natural disasters. Other important contributions include donating books, building libraries and refurbishing school facilities as part of one of the largest rural education programs in India.

The Infosys Science Foundation was created in 2009 to promote science research in India. Murthy believes such research is needed to address the country’s developmental problems. The Infosys Science Award is awarded to honor outstanding researchers who will make a difference to India’s future. Other examples of Murthy’s commitment to engineering excellence include training programs for teachers throughout India, Infosys Fellowships that fund doctorate programs at many Indian universities and exposing students to real-world projects at Infosys.

Among his many achievements, “The Economist” ranked Murthy among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005, and he topped the “The Economic Times” list of India’s most powerful CEOs for three consecutive years (2004 to 2006).

His many awards include CNBC Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), IEEE Honorary Membership (2010), the Padma Vibhushan from the government of India (2008), the Legion d’honneur from the government of France (2008), Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England (2007).

He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mysore, India, and master of technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Murthy is currently the Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited, Bangalore, India.
 
Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy (MT/ME/74) as Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Hyderabad
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Pranab Mukherjee, the Honorable President of India nominated Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy as Chairman of the Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Hyderabad. Dr. Mohan Reddy is the Founder and Chairman of Infotech Enterprises, a leading global engineering services company.

IIT Hyderabad is an institute of national importance, primarily focused on research in engineering and science. The institute has been setup with a vision to instill a culture of inventions and innovations. It aims to advance knowledge and scholarship to students in science, technology and liberal arts and equip them to handle the challenges of the nation and the world in 21st century. The board comprises of several industry leaders and educationists and is responsible for administering the activities of the institution.

Dr. Mohan Reddy is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial and managerial skills in the field of engineering design and geospatial data and technology services. It is the highest award given by the institute to its alumni.
Accepting his nomination, Dr. Mohan Reddy said, "It is a matter of immense pride to head the Board of Governors of this esteemed institution. We will
strive to make this top technological institute in India as a name to reckon with globally and set new standards in engineering education."

About Infotech Enterprises

Infotech Enterprises provides leading-edge engineering solutions, including product development and life-cycle support, process, network and content engineering to major organizations worldwide. With nearly two decades of continuous growth, Infotech leverages a global delivery and collaborative engineering model to achieve measurable and substantial benefits for our clients. Whether your organization needs to design innovative products faster, optimize R&D costs, increase market share, enhance operational efficiency or maximize the return on investment in your networks, Infotech Enterprises is the ideal partner.

Infotech has over 10,000 associates across 35+ global locations. We adopt a proactive approach to serve our clients with our best-in-class delivery centers in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Our clients span multiple industries such as Aerospace, Consumer, Energy, Medical, Heavy Equipment, Oil & Gas, Mining, HiTech, Transportation, Telecom and Utilities and include 22 'Fortune 500' and 27 'Global 500' blue chip organizations.
 
Professor Sanjay Mittal (BT/AE/88)
Monday, October 15, 2012
Department of Aerospace Engineering has been elected as Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India for the year 2012.
 
Rajendra Bordia (BT/ME/79)
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Rajendra Bordia is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He has been a faculty member since 1991. From 1998 to 2005, he was the Chair of the Department. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a Research Scientist in the CR&D Dept. of DuPont Co. (1986 to 1991). He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Mechanical Engineering in 1979) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in Materials Science and Engineering.

His research is at the intersection of materials and mechanics and is focused on fundamental and applied studies in the processing and properties of complex material systems for energy, biomedical, environmental and high temperature applications. His current emphasis is on ceramics, composites, multilayered and porous materials. He has authored or co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed technical publications.

In 2002, Prof. Bordia was elevated to Fellow of The American Ceramic Society and in 2010 as Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals. He received the Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientist (2007). He has been selected as the Teacher of the Year seven times by students in the Department and was the sole recipi
ent of the Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor award from the University of Washington (2007).

Prof. Bordia is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society (1988-Present). He was the Chair of the Basic Science Division (2004-05) and a member of the Board of Directors of The American Ceramic Society (2008-2010).
 
JN Rampal (MT/EE/87)
Saturday, October 06, 2012
J N Rampal, book on socio-economic projections of India, namely "India Rising : But Who Will Make It Happen?" has been released. The book is available on Atlantic book webpage under the head new releases at www.atlanticbooks.com. It is also available at flipcart. Attached is a curtain raiser of the book herewith. Hope this finds your interest. Reviews and feedback are welcome and sincerely solicited. Best Regards JN Rampal
 
Life Time Achievement Award for Prof. Rajendra Prasad
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Life time achievement award in Philosophy was conferred on Prof. Rajendra Prasad by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow on 30 August 2012. Prof Prasad retired from HSS Dept of IIT Kanpur as a Senior Professor of Philosophy in 1986. He went to Michigan as Fulbright / Smith-Mundt Fellow and went on to earn Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship there. He is a Gold Medalist from Patna University (1948), received Excellent Grade in his oral examination by Prof B F Skinner and also The Excellent Dissertation award in PhD from The University of Michigan (1957). He has authored well over 100 research papers and a dozen books on Ethics, Logic, Analytic Philosophy, Indian Philosophy of Karma and Moksha or Mukti, Practical Morality, Philosophy of Language, and a seminal volume on History Of Science, Philosophy And Culture In Indian Civilization under the auspices of Centre For Studies In Indian Civilization. He has chaired several times World Congress of Philosophy, and edited several journals and books. He was a member of the Board of Governers at IITK, and also a member of the drafting committee for formation of Indian Council of Philosophical Reasearch. He has settled in Lucknow.
 
Prof Sandip P Trivedi (PHY/MSC5/85)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai has been one of the ten recepients of the Thomson Reuters Research Excellence - India Citation Awards 2012 in the Research Field: Theoretical Physics and Cosmology
 
Prof K V Jayakumar (MT/CE/82)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Prof K V Jayakumar has been nominated as an

1. Honorary member of Wetland International South Asia and

2. Member of the Indian National Committee on Groundwater under the category of Eminent Academician.

He is now a core group member of the DST Technology Development and Transfer group and upgradation of State Science Technology Councils of various States.
 
Anil Kumar Rajvanshi (BT/ME/72)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Anil K Rajvanshi is Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). Last week in Delhi he gave a keynote address at an International Conference on Innovation organized by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). This was a part of Silver Jubilee celebrations of INAE.

Please see the lecture at http://www.nariphaltan.org/INAE2012.pdf
 
Satyam Suwas (MT/MME/94)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Born in a village in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district to a family of agriculturists, Satyam Suwas did his schooling there before graduating in science from Ranchi University and heading to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, in 1989 to do his master’s. “I developed some kind of fascination for science over there. And the more I studied it, the more drive I got to pursue it,” he says. While his early interest was in physics, in time Suwas specialized in materials science at BHU, which would give him an opportunity to work in the applied fields.

“After a point I felt that pure physics was becoming too abstract for me,” he confesses. “Material science branches out from the physics of materials, so it wasn’t a drastic transition, but streamlining into something that had application potential,” he explains. Followed by another master’s degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a PhD on titanium alloys, Suwas worked at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory in Hyderabad from 1999-2002. In September 2002, he headed to the Université de Metz in France and in 2004, to the RWTH Aachen University in Germany for postdoctoral studies. On his return to India in mid-2005, he joined the IISc.

While a lot of
time is spent in guiding and teaching, Suwas is predominantly involved in research for industries and manufacturers. “Metals and alloys are used in all aspects of life, including structural, aerospace, automotive and naval applications. My work is around the broad aspect of structural materials that will help these industries,” he explains.

“This profession requires 24 hours of involvement. Whether it’s doing experiments, discussing, reading or thinking, I’m involved in one of these four processes at all times. I work six days a week (sometimes more), and I don’t remember the last time I took a long holiday,” he says. However, this depends on the type of work you are involved in. “I’m doing several projects where there are deliverables.”

One of Suwas’ ongoing projects is for a leading aircraft manufacturer, to develop a higher-performance alloy for aircraft bodies and engines. “With increasing air traffic, aircraft will need to be faster in the future. Higher speeds imply higher temperatures. Our team is working towards developing alloys which are stronger and can withstand elevated temperatures,” says Suwas.

Dedication, passion and perseverance is what it takes to be a scientist. Unless you have passion, you’ll get tired soon.

“Dedication, passion and perseverance is what it takes to be a scientist. Unless you have passion, you’ll get tired soon. You may not succeed in a few attempts, so you have to keep trying.”

“Constantly changing technology is hard to keep up with. Today you work out an alloy that can withstand a certain stress level; tomorrow the requirement would have gone up. Also, the tools of research are changing constantly. The electron microscope that I used while doing PhD is obsolete now,” says Suwas.
 
Prof. Indranil Manna has been appointed as the new Director of IIT Kanpur
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Prof. (Dr.) Indranil Manna is working as Director of Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) with effect from March 1, 2010. Born on January 22, 1961, Prof Manna obtained his B.E degree from Calcutta University (B.E. College) in 1983 and M Tech degree in 1985 from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. After a brief stint at Mishra Dhatu Nigam, Hyderabad, he joined IIT, Kharagpur in 1985 as Lecturer and rose to the position of Full Professor in 2003. He was in this position till he joined CGCRI as Director.

Prof Manna is a metallurgical engineer, a renowned educator and a prolific researcher. His significant contributions in the studies of amorphous/nanocrystalline Al-alloys, nano-fluid and laser/plasma assisted surface engineering greatly inspired the scientific community. His early contributions in moving boundary phase transformation are still widely cited. As a teacher, Prof Manna has developed several new courses and taught subjects related to phase transformation, materials engineering, surface engineering, thermodynamics and X-ray diffraction. His research interest spans from structure-property correlation in engineering materials including synthesis/application of nano-materials, surface coating/engineering, phase transition, fuel cells, sensors
, bainitic steel and mathematical modeling.

Prof. Manna worked as guest scientist in several institutions of excellence and universities abroad such as Max Planck Institute at Stuttgart, Technical University of Clausthal, Nanyang Technological University, Liverpool University, University of Ulm, etc.

Prof. Manna is a recipient of INSA Medal for Young Scientists, Young Metallurgist and Metallurgist of the Year Awards, MRSI Medal, AICTE career award, DAAD and the prestigious Humboldt Fellowships. He is also a recipient of the Acta Materialia Best Referee Award for years 1999 and 2003, respectively. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn appointed Prof Manna as Honorary DAAD Advisor in India for three years, INAE selected him for Indian National Academy of Engineering-All India Council of Technical Education (INAE-AICTE) Distinguished Industry Professorship for 2007-08 to work with Tata Steel, and the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) conferred upon him the GD Birla Gold Medal for 2008.

He has published about 225 peer-reviewed papers, supervised 14 Ph.D, 35 M.Tech. and 50 B. Tech. theses, carried out 32 sponsored projects worth over Rs. 16 crore and also obtained a patent on morphous AlCuTi alloy.

Prof. Manna is a Fellow (FNAE) of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi; a Fellow (FNASc) of The National Academy of Sciences of India, Allahabad; and a Fellow (FASc) of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

Prof. Manna was the President of the Materials Science Section of the 97th Indian Science Congress held in Trivandrum during January 3 - 7, 2010. The INAE has recently awarded him the prestigious "INAE Chair" for two years. To date, he remains the third recipient of this prestigious chair.

To see the COMMUNIQUE please click here….

http://www.iitk.ac.in/infocell/file/Communique.pdf
 
Rajeev Chawla (BT/ME/77)
Friday, August 31, 2012
Rajeev Chawla
Age: 50
Profile: An IAS officer, Chawla was the principal secretary to the revenue department (Bhoomi and urban property registration) in Karnataka before being transferred as the Metropolitan Commissioner, Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority
His Achievement
• In 1998, Chawla was the first one to roll out an initiative, now called Bhoomi, to digitise land records in the state. He also launched a project to create Urban Property Ownership Records in various towns
Back in 1998, when digital revolution was still a nascent concept in India, one man in Karnataka harnessed the power of technology to weed out corruption in land holdings in the state. Rajeev Chawla, then the revenue secretary, employed a young workforce to collect data and help compile the state’s first digitised land records, a programme now called Bhoomi.
The mandate to digitise land records was not new. The Central government had in 1985 ordered state governments to computerise the records. But for 13 years, the instructions merely remained on paper.
In 1998, when Chawla stepped in, he not only brought to the table his administrative capability as an IAS officer, but also the technical knowhow he had acquired through his training as an engineer a
t IIT-Kanpur. And in 18 months, he accomplished what the government had been trying for 13 years. He set up the first pilot project in Madhur village with the support of SM Krishna, the then chief minister.
“I had worked on this project before Chawla came on board,” says Samartharam NR, Bhoomi head, National Informatics Centre. “But it was not seeing good results as the ownership from the revenue department was missing. Before Chawla joined, it [digitisation of land records] was seen as a secondary activity.”
However, the going wasn’t easy when Chawla started off. The 50-year-old, who realised that changes have to be implemented at the grassroots level, spent nearly a year visiting villages, talking to accountants, deputy commissioners etc. He got around the problem of rigid mindsets by devising the method of “compassionate appointments”, building an army of workers by hiring kin of government employees who had died while in service and trained the 19-25-year-olds in handling the software. Chawla also ensured that no transfers took place in the initial years so that the programme ran like a well-oiled machine.
By 2003, Bhoomi digitised records of 177 talukas of the state. But the IAS officer wanted to take the project to the next level and create Urban Property Ownership Records (UPOR) for which he even turned down a position in the Centre’s e-governance initiative. In late 2009, UPOR was tried out in four towns, including Mysore, and the results were encouraging. Harsh Gupta, the managing director of Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation, says, “When I was posted in Mysore as deputy commissioner, UPOR work was already under way. Through it, we identified 200 acres in prime areas that were under various encroachments.”
Early this year, Chawla started to dig into urban property records in Bangalore, a large share of which is estimated to be illegal. In May, he was transferred as the Metropolitan Commissioner, Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority.
Samartharam, who has worked with Chawla since 1998, still hopes that he will return to Bhoomi and continue with his project on UPOR. “I sincerely hope he comes back, so that we can continue with the good work we started,” he says.
Read more: http://forbesindia.com/article/independence-special-2012/rajeev-chawla-breaking-new-ground/33608/1#ixzz256W57Tu6
 
Amod Kumar (BT/CE/91)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Amod Kumar's e-governance initiatives showed public & private sectors worked better together
Amod Kumar
Age: 41
Profile: Project Director, Manthan, and Consultant to UP Chief Minister for e-governance
Achievement
• Kumar heralded an era of successful e-governance initiatives in his district which were later scaled up to the national level
It was friendly banter with his batchmate in the Indian Administrative Service that egged Amod Kumar, BTech from IIT-Kanpur, to come up with India’s first successful e-governance initiative based on a public-private partnership (PPP) in 2004. Kumar’s friend, the DM in Jhalawar district in Rajasthan, was putting together an e-governance initiative called Janmitra. On a stray phone call he chided Kumar, saying, “UP mein to kuch nahin hota (Nothing happens in Uttar Pradesh).”
That got Kumar, the first-time DM of Sitapur district, to take up his own e-governance experiment. He quickly put together a three-man team: a block development officer on the development side, a sub-divisional magistrate on the regulatory side and a district information officer on the technical side, and sent them to study two new e-governance initiatives - Janmitra in Jhalawar, and Gyandoot, in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh.
2004 was sti
ll early days for e-governance in India. “The DM's office still had only manual typewriters,” says Kumar. But the idea was to reach each member of the district’s massive population in a fast, effective manner. The team returned with some learnings but wasn’t very impressed. Neither Janmitra nor Gyandoot was sustainable, as both were based on government subsidies.
Kumar took a revolutionary decision. Instead of subsidising e-governance programmes, he would involve private players and charge them. He’d intuitively created a PPP approach before he’d ever been formally introduced to the concept.
Kumar convinced 13 vendors to open internet kiosks, called Lokvani, where the public can come and place their grievances and queries before the government through a web platform. The government charged vendors a one-time licence fee, and vendors charge a nominal Rs 15 per transaction to each complainant. At the end of the day, Kumar and his team would meet to resolve the complaints and post the solutions on the same web platform for the public to see the next day.
The scheme was a hit with the public and by 2005, the Samajwadi Party government announced Lokvani’s expansion to all districts. Today, there are around 200 kiosks in Sitapur alone and thousands across the state, even though the change of government in 2007 and the advent of Common Service Centres by the Central government held back Lokvani’s expansion.
Every year between 2005 and 2010, Kumar was invited to share his experience with the young probationers at the IAS academy in Mussorie, who employed his wisdom in their respective states. “I cannot have a patent on the Lokvani system as it is very commonsensical, but I do draw a lot of satisfaction that whatever I did in Lokvani has today spread to the whole country,” Kumar said.
His next big move was in 2010, when he used IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System) technology to audit the mid-day meal scheme. Each day, an automated phone call was made to every principal in the state to record the number of students eating mid-day meals. The daily audit reduced instances of principals overstating the number of beneficiaries, while also encouraging principals to expand or adopt the programme for fear of being criticised for inaction. After audits began, the percentage of schools without mid-day meal schemes or not in compliance dropped from 35 to five, but expenditures on the programme decreased despite the expanded reach. Kumar’s efforts got recognition when this idea was replicated at the national level.
With the return of the Samajwadi Party in UP, Kumar has been brought in as a consultant on e-governance in addition to his current role as project directo, Manthan, which runs experiments to improve maternal and neo-natal health in the state and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Many say e-governance won’t help solve deeply-rooted social problems like corruption, which need nation-building and honest leadership. But Kumar has a more measured take. “Both solutions are not sufficient on their own. For a country of India’s size and population, even an honest leader will not be able to solve problems without using e-governance.”
http://forbesindia.com/article/independence-special-2012/amod-kumar-of-all-states-uttar-pradesh-is-an-ecommerce-incubator/33628/1
 
Khitchdee - Rohit Agarwal (BT/EE/89)
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Rohit Agarwal (BT/EE/89) has started Khitchdee, an Allahabad based company building indigenous custom PCs.
The PC is a key productivity tool in an Engineer's education. Today's PC is also very generic -- it's difficult to customize it for your own needs expect to the extent possible through installing applications.
Based on these two observations, Khitchdee (http://www.khitchdee.com) has started an effort to build a PC for ourselves and share this effort with EE students so that they can build their own PCs based on what they learn from us.
The Khitchdee team is building PC using what we call Use-centric design.
Today's Wintel PC has been designed in the following sequence -- 1) Design the microprocessor (Intel) 2) Design the OS that will run on top (Microsoft) and 3) Design the apps that will be hosted by the OS. If you look at the component stack, this is a bottom up approach to design and indeed in the evolution of the PC over the last 40 odd years, the key driver has been Intel, the agent at the bottom. We are changing this design order. We start by defining the use of the PC to its user.
For our first project, where the user is us, that use is to help us design gadgets. Once we know the use, we design the hardware that will realize exactly th
at use, no more no less. The hardware is therefore not generic but directly tied to the use scenario. Also, its not necessary to make programmable hardware to realize this. In fact, in our first attempt, we will try to realize our use scenario with a fixed-function non-programmable chip. Through our first Use-centric designed PC, we will show that it is possible to build a PC that meets our needs using one single chip! which is a lot simpler than the kitchen sink design that is the Wintel PC.
Basically, what we are going to establish first is that the Wintel PC is a grossly over-designed system and that for any given user, if we design a PC use-centric, we can create much simpler hardware and consume much less energy to run it. The second thing we need to establish is that the single chip that we need to design can be designed simply enough so that the cost of the design effort is not prohibitive.
In the bottom-up approach this is not an issue since the same chip design can be used by millions of different users. To establish this second thing, we need to improve the simplicity of the gadget design process by an order of magnitude. To achieve this, we are building our entire gadget design capability from scratch. We are not using any off the shelf design tools for example. To do this, we are following a first principles approach to gadget design which makes it all the more interesting for students who are trying to learn the innards of the technology in play. To learn more about where this leads, follow our blog at http://khitchdee.wordpress.com.
 
Ashoke Sen has received the inaugural Fundamental Physics Prize
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Physicist Ashoke Sen (MSc2/PHY/78, DAA 1999) is one amongst the nine are recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize, established by Yuri Milner, a Russian physics student who dropped out of graduate school in 1989 and later earned billions investing in Internet companies like Facebook and Groupon. (profile at: http://www.iitkalumni.org/daa/DAAProfile2.asp?id=21)
Prof Ashoke Sen, whose work seeks to unify two bedrock theories of physics and realise Albert Einstein’s dream, has become one of nine scientists to receive the inaugural Fundamental Physics Prize, launched by a Russian physicist-turned-Internet investor.
Sen, 56, a scientist at the Harish Chandra Research Institute in Allahabad, has received the $3-million prize for pioneering work on string theory, an attempt to unify the theories of gravity and quantum mechanics and an effort to complete a task that Einstein had begun.
Sen, who graduated from Calcutta University, obtained a master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a doctorate from the State University of New York. He has been a professor at the Harish Chandra Research Institute since 1995.
The prize announced by the Milner Foundation, an international not-for-profit organisation set up by Russian investor Yuri Milner, car
ries a cash award nearly three times that of the Nobel Prize. The Foundation said Sen’s research had opened up “the path to the realisation that the multiple string theories are different limits of the same underlying theory”.
Sen’s work has essentially rescued string theory physicists from embarrassment. During the mid-1980s and 1990s, physicists had churned out several string theory versions, all of which appeared correct and thus drew scepticism from some fellow scientists.
The techniques that Sen developed were, however, picked up by other physicists to show that the multiple string theories were all different manifestations of the same underlying theory.
“This prize came as a complete surprise, I see it as an encouragement to young people to come into fundamental physics. There is still so much more to be discovered.”Sen said.
The other inaugural prize-winners include physicists who have helped advance ideas of the early universe, black holes and the mysterious dark matter, among other topics. The Milner Foundation said it was seeking to advance understanding of the universe at the deepest level by awarding annual prizes for scientific breakthroughs.
A spokesperson for the Foundation said that unlike the Nobel Prize, given only for research that has been experimentally corroborated, the Fundamental Physics Prize is open to any physicist or group of physicists who have done outstanding theoretical work.
Milner, who had studied theoretical physics before becoming an entrepreneur, himself picked the nine recipients of the inaugural prize, the spokesperson said. Future prizes will be awarded by a selection committee made up of the nine inaugural recipients, the spokesperson added.
The news can be read at: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120801/jsp/nation/story_15798328.jsp#.UBi3K6A7t1h
 
Mukesh Bansal (BT/CSE/97)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bengaluru is home to many youngsters who have chosen to step off the beaten path. Mukesh Bansal is one such example. This Computer Science graduate from IIT Kanpur founded the web portal, Myntra.com five years ago. Today, it is the largest online retailer of fashion and lifestyle products with over 200 brands.
Heading a 1,000 strong workforce, does the founder and CEO, Mukesh have to be prim and propah at all times, we wonder. He is quick to share, “We have a very informal environment. It’s a lively office with no cubicles. Even the office interiors exude a vibrant, funky feel. The meeting rooms are named after top fashion houses Hugo Boss, Prada and Coco Chanel with some trivia about them on the walls. There are break areas with chill out zones, gaming rooms where we play on the Wii and X-box, gym and cafeteria. We also do movie screenings in our office theatre replete with popcorn and Coke.” Mukesh adds, “The average age is 25 to 30 and they are all bursting with energy. We even have a sports club, an adventure club, literary club and a fashion club that holds fashion shows.”
Getting chatty on how he likes to spend his time, he says, “I’ve always been passionate about building a successful startup and this is my dream come true, so a lot of time goes in living the dr
eam. Besides that, cricket is one of my favourite sports and I never miss a good game. I also hit the gym to destress and on weekends, I catch up on a game of golf and do some reading. Also, I make it a point that I don’t discuss work with my wife Archana. We met at IIT Kanpur and she works with a software firm called Cadence. We prefer to cut off from our work at home.”
On why he chose to settle in Bengaluru, he says, “I was born and brought up in Haridwar. Today we deliver a lot of goods to my hometown every day. Bengaluru was an obvious choice as it is the hotbed of innovation in India. This city has all the essentials to support a startup.”
Recalling an incident from his initial days of struggle, he says, “I still remember the time when we were working out of our home office in HSR Layout. Quite a few of our potential hires decided against joining us after seeing our office. Also, it was funny when a client had come over to discuss a business proposition and we were busy playing a game of cricket outside our office. He couldn’t resist and soon joined in to finish the game with us.”
 
Dr. Ashok Saxena(BT/ME/70) appointed as a Vice Chancellor of the Glgotias University
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Dr Ashok Saxsena Appointed as a Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University. Earlier, he was Dean of the College of Engineering and the Irma F. and Raymond C. Giffels’ Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Arkansas. In addition, Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan has been appointed as a Pro. Vice Chancellor, earlier he was Associate Dean in the School of Business at Oakland University.
Dr. Ashok Saxena in 1970 has done his B.Tech in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering from University of Cincinnati. Then he went to American for higher education. From 1985 to 2002 he was in America as a prof. in the Institute of Georgia.
As the Dean of Engineering, he has being made responsible for a College that has seven departments offering 10 ABET accredited degree programs. A new Strategic Plan was also developed by the college faculty member with a vision, for “becoming and being perceived as a top-tier engineering program in the country”.
University Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Rajagopalan received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Memphis .In 1988 he has done his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University. Prior to his appointment
as a Associate Dean, he had served his roles as a Director for Graduate Business Programs and Director of Executive MBA program at Oakland University.
On this occasion Dr. Ashok saxena said “In today’s scenario technology is globally accessable and India has the largest employment rate in technology”. So it is necessary that to focus on innovate new technology with the global reach across countries. His focus was to motivate student towards development in technology. He said for the advancement of students is essential to have practical knowledge more than they should be.
The chancellor Mr. Suneel Galgotia Said “ Our aim is that our Students should be given a global recognition and with the experience of Dr. Saxena this will come true. Mr. Suneel Galgotia with this added that Faculty members of any university are its backbone. In Golgotias university the faculty members are world class that help students at every step. He also give a warm welome to Dr. Ashok Saxena and Prof. Balaji in Galgotia University.
 
CMC appoints Ashok Sinha(BT/EE/73), former CMD, BPCL as Independent director
Friday, July 13, 2012
CMC Limited, a subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services Limited, announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Ashok Sinha as Independent Director with effect from July 11, 2012.
Ashok Sinha has a wealth of experience, competencies and expertise, from his leadership journey as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), an organization that is listed as a Fortune 500 company. He spent 33 years in BPCL, where he served on the Board of BPCL for 15 years, first as Director (Finance) for 10 years from 1995 and then as its Chairman and Managing Director for 5 years from August 2005.
Ashok Sinha has received many awards and honours including CIO-100 Award (USA), 1999, awarded to one among 100 firms worldwide that are most likely to excel in the 21st century and India CFO Award 2001 by the Economic Intelligence Unit India.
Sinha has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, with specialization in Finance. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur as well as from IIM, Bangalore.
“Ashok Sinha’s extensive business experience will enrich th
e deliberations of the CMC Board and I am sure that his contribution and counsel will be of great value to the Company in the years to come,” said S Ramadorai, Chairman, CMC Ltd.
http://www.telecomtiger.com/Policy_Movement_fullstory.aspx?storyid=14952§ion=S205
 
Contributions to Hiigs Boson Discovery at CERN by IIT Kanpur alumnus
Monday, July 09, 2012
Physicist Prof. Vivek Sharma (MSC2/PHY/84) is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and head of a Higgs search team at CERN, the European research laboratory. He was born in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, went to a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Pune and pursued master’s in physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Prof. Sharma moved to the US in 1984, treating higher studies in the US as a route to plunge into experimental physics requiring expensive machines, particle accelerators and spent five years at CERN in the early 1990s where he discovered two new subatomic particles, including a cousin of the proton, but five times heavier. In the coming months, Sharma and his colleagues will refine their analyses and combine the data from the two main particle detectors looking for the Higgs boson.
His home page http://vsharma.ucsd.edu/. says By Colliding Matter and Anti-Matter particles and looking at the resulting sub-atomic debris we attempt to understand the fundamental constituents of this universe.
 
Prabhat Hajela (BT/AE/77) Named Provost
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Prabhat Hajela, an experienced academic and administrative leader, has been appointed provost of Rensselaer, effective July 1. A professor of aerospace engineering and vice provost at Rensselaer, Hajela has served as acting provost since Jan. 1, 2012.
“This is an exciting and transformational period for higher education,” Hajela said. “New modes of communication have redefined the landscape, offering enhanced connectivity and access to education for millions of individuals on an unprecedented global scale.”
“Following an international search, Dr. Hajela emerged as the leading candidate among an exceptionally strong pool of candidates for the position,” President Shirley Ann Jackson said. “He brings to the position a wealth of experience as a leader in teaching, research, administration, and faculty governance gained during his distinguished career in higher education. Since joining Rensselaer in 1990, he has touched the lives of generations of students and given guidance to scores of faculty members through his work as an academic and administrative leader. This experience will serve him well in his new position.”
“This is an exciting and transformational period for higher education,” Hajela said. “New modes of communication have redefined the landscape, offeri
ng enhanced connectivity and access to education for millions of individuals on an unprecedented global scale. Building on a storied tradition of innovation in teaching and research, Rensselaer will lead with transformational changes in its research and learning environment.”
As vice provost since 2005, Hajela has been instrumental in helping Rensselaer maintain its leadership position in undergraduate education. Under the auspices of the Undergraduate Plan, he led the expansion of undergraduate research programs, developed several new study abroad and international experience opportunities, and created the framework for living and learning communities.
He collaborated closely with the Office of Student Life in the implementation of the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) program.
President Jackson said a top priority for the academic leadership of Rensselaer will be to “continue to work toward our shared objective of implementing The Rensselaer Plan and further developing the academic resources of Rensselaer.”
Hajela’s administrative mandate has included oversight of all undergraduate programs at the Institute, including engaging the five academic schools in program development and implementation. He has supported activities related to the operation of the academic enterprise, including summer and outreach programs, international programs, academic support of all students, learning outcomes assessment, promoting pedagogical advances, and helping identify infrastructure development priorities as related to instructional needs at the Institute. He has provided management to the Advising and Learning Assistance Center, Office of International Programs, Office of Research and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Summer and Academic Outreach programs, and the ROTC programs.
An expert in complex system analysis and design in the presence of uncertainty, Hajela has published more than 270 papers and articles in the areas of structural and multidisciplinary optimization, and is an author/editor of four books in these areas. He has held editorial assignments and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He has conducted research at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, and at the Eglin Air Force Armament Laboratory. He also worked at the Boeing Company as the Boeing-A.D. Welliver Fellow in 1995.
Hajela is a past vice president of the International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and a past chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Aerospace Division, an organization that serves over 15,000 ASME members with interest in aerospace engineering. In 2003, he served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT).
In 2004, Hajela was the recipient of AIAA’s Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award. He is a lifetime fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India, and a fellow of ASME.
Hajela received his undergraduate degree (with distinction) in 1977 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He received master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University (1979) and in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (1981). He was awarded his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1982 and did postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles, before joining the University of Florida as a faculty member in 1983, where he was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1987.
He was recruited to Rensselaer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1990 and was promoted to full professor in 1992. He served as president and chair of the prior Faculty Senate from 1999 to 2002, and was appointed vice provost in 2005. He also served as administrative dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences during the 2010-11 academic year.
 
Arvind (BT/EE/69) , a Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson professor of computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected in the category of computer science;
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced April 17 that two Indian Americans were among the 220 new members elected, recognizing some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders.
Arvind (BT/EE/69) , a Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson professor of computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected in the category of computer science;
One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education.
Arvind is a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT since 1978.
Arvind received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, and his B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
 
Udai Singh(BT/CE/72) chairs event organized by ASCE-EWRI
Friday, May 11, 2012
Udai Singh chairs event organized by ASCE-EWRI, May 20-24, in Albuquerque, NM. Industry experts from CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com), a global full-service consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management firm, will share their knowledge and expertise through participation in the 2012 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress to be held May 20-24 in Albuquerque, NM, an event developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI). CH2M HILL is a gold sponsor of the Congress.
The theme of this year’s EWRI Congress, chaired by ASCE-EWRI Past President and CH2M HILL Vice President Udai Singh, is Crossing Boundaries.
Environmental and water resources cross social, political, technical discipline, and geographic boundaries every day.
Presenters from more than 30 different countries will cross borders into Albuquerque to address these issues with an audience of over 1,000 participants.
“The venue for the 2012 Congress, Albuquerque, is exemplary of the Crossing Boundaries theme. At the intersection of four geologic provinces, with a rich history of diverse cultures, natural water scarcity, a key international border, and a host of environmental challenges and opport
unities, New Mexico is perfectly suited to host a discussion and demonstration of the importance of crossing boundaries over space and time for sustainable water and environmental management,” said Dr. Singh. Companies like CH2M HILL face tremendous challenges with social, political, technical discipline, and geographic boundaries and many are determining sustainable solutions as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach for wide-ranging benefit. CH2M HILL is well represented on the program with 14 paper presentations throughout the week. Kathy Freas, CH2M HILL Water Business Group Global Service Team Director, is a Technical Program Co-Chair. The technical tracks include:
• Urban Watershed Management Symposium
• Symposium on Groundwater Hydrology, Quality, and Management
• Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium
• Hydro-Climate Symposium
• Symposium on Water Systems Planning Under Climate Change
• Environmental Track
• International Issues
• Stream Restoration in Semi-Arid Environments
• Sustainability Track
• Hydraulics and Waterways
• Education and Research
• Emerging and Innovative Technologies in Water and Wastewater Treatment
• Irrigation and Drainage Track
• Water Resources Planning and Management
Dr. Singh shares, “I feel like a kid in the candy store with all of the different sessions and topics that will be covered during the Congress. With more than 700 papers and presentations spread out into 14 concurrent tracks, five Symposia, four short courses, and five technical tours; you couldn’t ask for a better technical program.”
Dr. Singh has been with CH2M HILL since 1974 and is currently based in the Oakland, California office. He is the program manager on U.S. EPA Region 9’s Superfund contract for investigating and remediating hazardous waste sites on the National Priorities List. He is a Distinguished Alumnus Award winner from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur where he received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering. He completed his graduate degrees in water resources and environmental engineering from Clemson University and the University of Florida, respectively. Dr. Singh has authored 55 technical papers in national and international publications, co-authored a book, and edited 7 books in environmental and water resources engineering. He has received several prestigious awards from professional societies, and has led U.S. environmental and water resources delegations to various countries.
Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$6.4 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industryleading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News- Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix. The firm has been named a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For five times and was named Water Company of the Year at the 2012 Global Water Awards. Visit us at www.ch2mhill.com, www.ch2mhillblogs.com/water, twitter.com/ch2mhill and facebook.com/ch2mhill.
 
Accel's Subrata Mitra (BT/CSE/88) In Midas List Of Top Global Tech Investors
Friday, May 04, 2012
Accel Partners' Subrata Mitra (BT/CSE/88) has joined the list of some of the renowned venture capital investors in world thanks to the early investment bet on Flipkart, the country’s largest ecommerce firm. Mitra figures in the latest Forbes Midas List for top 100 global tech investors.
Although Indian names are not unusual in the annual list, till now bulk of them were persons of Indian origin (mostly US-based VCs). Mitra is one of the rare India-based venture capitalist to be featured on the list. While Mitra came in ranked at 99, Accel's Silicon Valley-based partner Jim Breyer topped the global list.
Mitra's name on the list comes on the back of successful investments like e-tailer Flipkart.com and business analytics firm Mu Sigma. When contacted by VCCircle, Mitra said: "Utterly surprised, to say the least! That said, the recognition is attributable to the work that Accel India has done as a team over the years."
Mitra, along with partner Prashanth Prakash and Mahendra Balachandran, started venture investing back in 2005 after setting up Erasmic Venture Fund with a $10 million corpus. Erasmic merged with Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley based venture capital firm with investments like Facebook and Dropbox, in 2008.
Since then
the firm has raised two more India dedicated venture funds - $60 million Accel India Venture Fund II in 2008 and $155 million Accel India III in 2011.
Since the closure of new India fund in November 2011, Accel India has announced nine new investments and one follow-on round, according to VCCEdge, the financial research platform of VCCircle.
Mitra, an IIT Kanpur product, who holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, looks at software, technology & Internet transactions. He started his career at IBM's prestigious T.J. Watson and Santa Teresa Labs, working in the Software R&D groups.
He then founded Firewhite, Inc., which was acquired by Ubiquio, Inc., and later merged into Mobile Planet. Mitra then headed India operations of US-based Tavant Technologies, a mortgage solutions company which was acquired by privately held Ameriquest Mortgage Capital in 2004.
Since Mitra started out in 2004, the start-up ecosystem has changed dramatically. "The ecosystem is evolving very rapidly; we probably get to see more entrepreneurs now in a month than we would in a year when we started. Also, the quality of the teams & thought processes are maturing quickly as well," said Mitra.
 
Rahul Jain (BT/EE/97) Receives 2012 Young Investigator Award
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Office of Naval Research recently announced that through its Young Investigator Program four Indian American academics were recipients of the 2012 Young Investigator Award.
One of them is IITK alumni Rahul Jain (IITK/BT/EE 1997) . Please join me in congratulating Rahul.
Rahul wants to pursue “Stochastic Dynamic Optimization and Games: Simulation and Learning Methods.”
Rahul is an assistant professor and the Kenneth C. Dahlberg Early Career Chair in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in EECS, and an M.A. in statistics, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received an M.S. in ECE from Rice University, where he was a recipient of the Texas Instruments Fellowship. He completed his undergraduate work with a B.Tech in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1997.
http://www.indiawest.com/news/4183-four-academics-recipients-of-2012-young-investigator-awards.html
 
Professor Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan (BT/MT/CHE/75/77) has been inducted as Fellow of Royal Society
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Born on 3 February 1954, Prof Raghavan, is currently the senior Professor and Director of The National Centre for Biological Sciences.
He is an inspirational leader successfully promoting excellence in Indian biology. Growing under his inclusive leadership, the National Centre for Biological Sciences is recognized internationally as a world-class institution. He has been an exemplary mentor, forging partnerships to grow life sciences research. He has worked to establish new institutions, drawing the best young scientists to India. An outstanding developmental geneticist, his contributions to understanding the cellular and molecular principles of adult muscle development in Drosophila are widely recognized. He has elegantly combined these studies with those on the development of the nervous system to study the control and development of movement.
Dr K VijayRaghavan, after doing B Tech in 1975 and M Tech in 1977 in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur obtained his PhD degree in Molecular Biology from TIFR Bombay. From 1984 to 1988 he worked at California Institute of Technology, USA in the area of Molecular Biology and Genetics. After returning from USA he joined NCBS as a Reader where he is currently a Professor and the Director.

Dr K VijayRaghavan has earlier worked on the function and analysis of a blood oxygeneator and heart- lung- machine at IIT Kanpur, genetic analysis of flight muscle in Drosophila, genetics of steroid hormone regulated genes in Drosophila and the molecular analysis of brain mRNAs in flies. His current interests lie in understanding mechanisms underlying animal development, in particular the formation of muscles in the fruit fly Drosophila Melanogaster. A Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science Academy, Dr K VijayRaghavan is recipient of several awards as British Council Fellowship, Proctor and Gamble Fellowship (Caltech), Lucile P Markey Fellowship (Caltech) and Biotechnology Career Development Award of Rockfeller Foundation. In 1998, Dr K VijayRaghavan was conferred with the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Biology. Author of several technical papers in refereed journals, Dr K VijayRaghavan was also a member of the editorial board of Journal of Genetics. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Jubilant Biosys.
The other two distinguished IITK alumni who have been inducted as Fellow of Royal Society are Prof Mriganka Sur (BT/EE/74), and Prof Ashoke Sen (MSC2/PHY/78).
 
NR Narayana Murthy(MT/EE/1969) among the 12
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Fortune magazine has listed Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy among the 12 "greatest entrepreneurs of our time" along with with Apple's late chief Steve Jobs, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The list is topped by Jobs, whom Fortune calls "our generation's quintessential entrepreneur. Visionary. Inspiring. Brilliant. Mercurial" while Gates is second for turning "concepts into companies" and changing the "face of business".
"The outsourcer" Murthy, who has been ranked tenth, "proved that India could compete with the world by taking on the software development work that had long been the province of the West," the US magazine said.
The "visionary founder" of Infosys, has built "one of the largest companies in India, helping to transform that economy and put it on the world stage", it noted citing his lesson that an organisation starting from scratch must coalesce around a team of people with an enduring value system.
"As one of six co-founders of Infosys and the CEO for 21 years, Murthy helped spark the outsourcing revolution that has brought billions of dollars in wealth into the Indian economy and transformed his country into the world's back office," the magazine said
.
"It is all about sacrifice today, fulfilment tomorrow," Murthy, 65, who is now chairman emeritus, is quoted as saying.
"It is all about sacrifice, hard work, lots of frustration, being away from your family, in the hope that someday you will get adequate returns from that."
 
Arvind: IEEE Computer Society's 2012 Harry H. Goode Award
Friday, April 20, 2012
Arvind, MIT's Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was recognized "for fundamental contributions to research in dataflow computing, memory models, and cache coherence protocols."
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Arvind, a world-renowned leader in computer languages for parallel processing, has been named the winner of the IEEE Computer Society's 2012 Harry H. Goode Award.
Arvind, MIT's Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was recognized "for fundamental contributions to research in dataflow computing, memory models, and cache coherence protocols."
The Goode Award was established to recognize achievement in the information-processing field-either a single contribution of theory, design, or technique of outstanding significance; or the accumulation of important contributions on theory or practice over an extended period.
Arvind received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and 1973, respectively, and his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1969. Prior to joining MIT, Arvind taught at the University of California, Irvine, from 1974 to 1978, and at IIT Kanpur from 1977 to 1978.
Arvind has
contributed to the development of dynamic dataflow architectures, the implicitly parallel programming languages Id and pH, and the compilation of these types of languages on parallel machines. R.S. Nikhil and Arvind published the book "Implicit Parallel Programming in pH" in 2001.
In 1992, Arvind's group, in collaboration with Motorola, completed the Monsoon dataflow machine and its associated software. A dozen of these machines were built and installed at Los Alamos National Labs and other universities, before Monsoon was retired to the Computer History Museum in the Silicon Valley.
In 2000, Arvind started Sandburst, a fabless semiconductor company to produce a chip set for 10G-bit Ethernet routers. He served as its President until his return to MIT in September 2002. Sandburst was acquired by Broadcom in 2006. In 2003, Arvind co-founded Bluespec Inc, an EDA company to produce a set of tools for high-level synthesis, and serves on its board.
Arvind's current research focus is on enabling rapid development of embedded systems using guarded atomic actions. He continues to be interested in memory models and cache coherence protocols for parallel architectures and languages.
Arvind is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Further information about the Goode Award, including a list of past recipients, can be found at: www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/harrygoode.
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Mr Purshottam Kar (BT/CSE/2008)
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Mr Purshottam Kar(BT/CSE/2008) had applied to the 2012 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program. His research showed enormous promise and are performing research in a very important and challenging area as evident from his recent publication(s) in top-tier conference(s)and for these reasons Yahoo! has awarded a special KSC Program honorable mention which includes a $2,000 unrestricted grant.
Congratulations on being selected for this very special award again!
 
Tapan P. Bagchi Doctor of Science (D Sc) degree by IIT Kharagpur
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Tapan P. Bagchi, a 1967 B Tech in Mechanical Engineering, has just been awarded the Doctor of Science (D Sc) degree by IIT Kharagpur on his thesis “Selected Topics in Quality Engineering”. He is the 12th individual to receive this honour and will be conferred it in the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee Convocation of IIT Kharagpur. Bagchi received his M A Sc (1969) and PhD (!971) in Operations Research from the University of Toronto, Canada whereupon he served the EXXON-Mobil Corporation handling manufacturing and supply chain management, process engineering, facilities debottlenecking, product engineering, quality engineering, automation, technology transfer, and corporate planning while he worked in USA, South America, Europe and the Far East. Since 1987, he has worked at IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, NITIE India, and SP Jain Institute of Management Research, Dubai variously as Professor, Department Chair, Dean and Director. He is the author of six texts and about 75 refereed papers in computer science, quality engineering, operations research and applied mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. Presently, he is the Director of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NM
IMS), Shirpur, MH, India running a pharma, an engineering and a management school.
 
Vikas Kumar SP in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district
Thursday, March 29, 2012
It is perhaps a coincidence that two graduates from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) seem to be emerging as heroes against the rampant illegal mining that has wreaked havoc in different parts of the country.
An IIT Kanpur alumnus, the Superintendent of Police in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district, Vikas Kumar, has shown what can be achieved if only the administration has the will to act. In a massive raid last Friday, Mr Kumar and his team dealt a major blow to gravel stone mining in the district by arresting 97 lower level operatives and seizing equipment worth crores of rupees.
It has been barely five months since Mr Kumar took over as the Bharatpur SP and he has already conducted a number of raids against the illegal mining of pink and red sandstone, in addition to Friday's raid which, was the first against gravel stone miners.
If Mr Kumar continues with his success against the mining mafia and Mr Parrikar is able to achieve what he has promised, it would be a fitting way of honouring another IIT alumnus, the late IPS officer Narendra Kumar, who lost his life trying to stop a tractor-carrier carrying illegally mined stone in the Morena district in Madhya Pradesh.
The new chief minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, an IIT Bombay alumnus h
as asserted his commitment to crack down on the illegal mining of iron ore in the state, by stating that he would cleanse the mining department by March 31.
Mr Parrikar, who took over as the chief minister a few weeks back, must be commended for his seriousness, especially as he heads a state where officials at every level are said to be in collusion with the mining mafia.
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/bharatpur-ips-officer-vikas-kumar-tames-mining-mafia/1/179522.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2120722/Bharatpurs-Dirty-Harry-Rajasthan-citys-dedicated-police-officer-broken-the-mining-mafia--insists-beginning.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2121200/MAIL-TODAY-COMMENT-At-challenges-mining-mafias-might.html#ixzz1qNwRamZZ
 
Mr. Narayana Murthy, whom Fortune Magazine has chosen 12 Greatest Entrepreneur of all times
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Mr. Narayana Murthy, whom Fortune Magazine has chosen 12 Greatest Entrepreneur of all times.
We salute to his leadership and we are proud of an IIT K Alumnus, who brought such great pride to us and to our Alma-mater. http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/news/companies/1203/gallery.greatest-entrepreneurs.fortune/11.html
In 1974, Narayana Murthy was a 28-year-old politically left-leaning engineer on his way home to India from France. During his journey on a train, he struck up a conversation with one of the passengers "about the travails of living in an Iron Curtain country." He says: "We were interrupted by some policemen who, I later gathered, were summoned by a young man who thought we were criticizing the Communist government of Bulgaria."
Murthy was dragged out of the train and left in a small room without food or water for 72 hours, then thrown back on another departing train and released in Istanbul. His treatment purged Murthy of any affinity he had for the left and would ultimately help make him one of India's and the world's most successful capitalists. If he was to be a reformer, he realized, it would have to be through a system that was rejected by the Communists.
He proved that India could compete with the world
by taking on the software development work that had long been the province of the West. As one of six co-founders of Infosys and the CEO for 21 years, Murthy helped spark the outsourcing revolution that has brought billions of dollars in wealth into the Indian economy and transformed his country into the world's back office.
His important lesson: An organization starting from scratch must coalesce around a team of people with an enduring value system. "It is all about sacrifice today, fulfillment tomorrow," explains Murthy, 65, who is now chairman emeritus. "It is all about sacrifice, hard work, lots of frustration, being away from your family, in the hope that someday you will get adequate returns from that."
 
Two IITKians making it into MIT's India TR35 2012 young technology innovators list among the 20 selected across the country for their innovative projects
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The list of innovators was recently released by the Indian Edition of MIT Technology review for the year 2012. All the chosen innovators are under 35 years and have contributed in diverse areas like computing, transportation, biomedicine, energy, communications, materials and the web. Mr Abhijit Mazumdar and Mr Vanteru Mahendra Reddy have made it to the list. Mr Vanteru Mahendra Reddy – presently pursuing research at IIT Bombay hail from the State and his research is being considered as path-breaking in the respective fields. He will present his innovations at the Emerging Technologies conference at Bangalore this month in front of a team of eminent scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA. Mahender Reddy, alumnus of JNTU Kakinada and IIT Kanpur, got into the list of innovators with his work on suppressing the formation of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons that are responsible for acid rain. Mr. Reddy, who is doing his Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering says that his present work focuses on the development of a laboratory scale flameless combustor with a typical 20 kW thermal input and using kerosene as fuel and air as oxidizer at ambient conditions. Hailing from Agraharam near Kavali, Mr. Reddy too plans to
take up teaching in the IITs rather than going abroad despite several offers beckoning him.
 
Dr. Rakesh Jain has received 2012 Science of Oncology Award
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Dr. Rakesh Jain (1972 BT/CHE/IIT Kanpur and Distinguish Alumni Award winner) A.W. Cook Professor of Radiation Oncology (Tumor Biology) at Harvard Medical School and Director of E.L. Steele Laboratory of Tumor Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center has received 2012 Science of Oncology Award and Lecture.
This is what the announcement says: By combining his extensive expertise and experience in engineering, mathematics, tumor biology, and physiology, Dr. Jain has created a novel approach to imaging technologies in cancer research that has provided unprecedented molecular, cellular, anatomical, and functional insights into tumor barriers and how to overcome them. His discoveries have fundamentally changed the thinking of scientists and clinicians about how antiangiogenic agents work in people with cancer. Dr. Jain’s research also represents a premier example of bench-to-bedside translation in oncology.

http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Press+Center/Latest+News+Releases/Meetings+News/Oncology+Professionals+and+Leaders+Honored+for+Contributions+in+the+Progress+Against+Cancer
 
Abhijit Majumdar MIT TR35 list
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
MIT's India TR35 2012 list of young technology innovators, along with Abhijit Majumder of IIT-Kanpur. Majumder (33) developed a highly innovative chemical adhesive that mimics some natural principles, according to a press release issued by the Indian edition of MIT Technology Review, now in its fourth year of publication. The India TR 35 programme started in 2010 and in the last two years, has identified 37 young innovators, the majority of them from small and medium-sized private research institutions. "It is heartening to see IITs solving unique Indian problems. This culture of innovation in public institutions will enthuse thousands of bright students pursuing technical programs," said Pradeep Gupta, publisher of Technology Review India and an alumnus of IIT Delhi. This year Technology Review India received over 250 nominations from all over the country. Over a period of three months, a panel of 23 expert judges identified 20 individuals who have developed technologies that are likely to benefit the society at large.
 
V K Mathews is new CII Kerala chairman
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
IBS Software Services executive chairman V K Mathews has been elected chairman of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Kerala State Council for 2012-13. Geojit Financial Management Services managing director C J George will be vice-chairman. Mathews has guided the IBS group from a modest beginning in 1997 into a multinational organization with over 2,000 employees operating from 10 locations worldwide. Equipped with a master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, Mathews holds several important positions in government agencies, academic institutions and trade bodies in India.
 
Ved Singh as VP of GENWI India
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
GENWI ( http://genwi.com ), the inventor and leader of live mobile publishing in the cloud, today announced that it has named Ved Singh, a veteran of Oracle Corporation's operations in India, its Vice President for the region. Including his 13-year career at Oracle in India, Ved brings over 15 years of technology operations, strategy, product development and delivery, and business development experience. GENWI has opened its Indian headquarters in Bangalore, India. The hiring comes on the heels of GENWI's recent partnership with the Times Internet Limited, a subsidiary of the Times of India -- one of the world's oldest and most respected publishing companies -- on the Tweek tablet app. Ved will help guide GENWI's relationship with the Times of India, as well as oversee the company's Indian operations and develop other opportunities for GENWI in both the Indian and Southeast Asian market. "We are very excited to have Ved on board," said PJ Gurumohan, CEO & Co-Founder of GENWI. "He has the perfect blend of engineering, product, and management experience to help GENWI become an early cloud computing leader in India and to build the infrastructure necessary to meet the demands of the highly mobile audience hungry for content from Indian media companies." Ved was the Director at
Oracle's India Development Center, the company's prime research and development center in the region. Before joining Oracle, Ved was a senior software engineer at Tata Technologies. He holds a Masters in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an Executive M.B.A from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He also received his Bachelor of Technology from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology. "GENWI's CloudPublish solution sits at the nexus of two important trends," said Ved Singh, VP of GENWI India. "While mobile access is exploding in India, online publishers are struggling with how to best deliver their content on mobile devices while capitalizing on new monetization opportunities. With GENWI's proven platform that delivers live, engaging content to millions of touch screen users, I am confident that we are well positioned to capture significant mind share among Southeast Asian online publishers. I'm looking forward to building the team in India and growing our market presence in this region." About GENWI GENWI (Generation Wireless) is the inventor and leader in live mobile publishing solutions, powered by the cloud. GENWI's CloudPublish(TM) suite helps online publishers and digital agencies to easily create, manage, brand, and distribute live content to smart phones and tablets -- delivering highly engaging and monetizable apps to millions of consumers. Today, there are over 1,500 apps powered by GENWI including Conde Naste, Moguldom Media, Times of India, Forbes, and PBS Kids. Founded in 2010, GENWI is a privately held firm based in Los Altos, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.genwi.com or follow us on Twitter @genwi.
 
Vijay Kumar: Amazing Story: Robots that fly.. and Cooperate
Monday, March 05, 2012
Prof Vijay Kumar (BT/ME/83) who is a UPS Foundation Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Computer and Information Science and Director, GRASP Laboratory at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, presented an incredible & inspiring piece of work at TED 2012, it can be viewed at http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html At the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania, flying quadrotor robots move together in eerie formation, tightening themselves into perfect battalions, even filling in the gap when one of their own drops out. You might have seen viral videos of the quads zipping around the netting-draped GRASP Lab (they juggle! they fly through a hula hoop!). Vijay Kumar headed this lab from 1998-2004; he's now the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, where he continues his work in robotics, blending computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders. What is brilliant about Professor Kumar's achievement is that he has synthesized ideas from a large number of areas - decentralized and
adaptive control, motion planning, image and signal processing, electromechanical systems, mechanics, computer aided control, to name a few - to build something unique that displays the power of fundamentals driven engineering in its full glory. More details about him and his work can be read at: https://alliance.seas.upenn.edu/~kumar/wiki/index.php?n=Main.HomePage http://kumar.grasp.upenn.edu/ http://kumar.grasp.upenn.edu/CV.web.pdf
 
Mriganka Sur Reveals the Mysteries of The Brain
Friday, February 24, 2012
H ow is the brain wired? How does it code and decode information? What causes developmental disorders like autism and diseases like Alzheimer’s? These are the questions that have occupied neuroscientist Mriganka Sur over the past 30 years. By studying the connections in the brain—and by making connections in the lab through an interdisciplinary approach—he has transformed not only his own work, but neuroscience as well. It was in the late ’80s that Sur rose to fame when he ‘rewired’ the brain of a small animal, a ferret, at Yale University. In that experiment he showed, for the first time, that the brain is ‘plastic’. He demonstrated how the brain changes in response to the external environment even as it continues to develop. “That result was stunning; it beautifully combined physiology and behaviour and demonstrated his outstanding ability to hit the big questions without any fear,” says K. Vijayraghavan, director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, who was Sur’s junior at IIT Kanpur. After finishing at IIT, Sur moved to MIT; he wanted to combine technology and science. At MIT, he ensured that other labs got interested in pursuing this goal. The result, in the 1990s, was the development of extensive toolkits that allowed researchers to image the
brain at its barest: A single neuron. In the following decade, Sur and his team went on to resolve this further with even higher resolution imaging. They could now see a single neuron and all its processes, even at the level of a single synapse, in the living, intact brain. Now he’s shedding light on what happens if the brain gets “mis-wired”. The holistic understanding of plasticity has allowed Sur to bring a magnificent shift in how people study mental disorders. In 2009, he shot into fame again when he showed that it’s the immaturity of brain circuitry that causes Rett Syndrome, a subset of autism. A disease that is on the rise, autism ranges from mild communication difficulties to severe conditions, even mental retardation, and affects about one in 150 children anywhere in the world. Sur represents a new class of molecular neuroscientists who, equipped with a powerful understanding of the brain, are now applying that knowledge to diseases, says Sumantra Chattarji, a neuroscientist at NCBS, who studies Fragile X, a subset of autism. It’s strange that pharma companies never studied plasticity at its most basic. The result has been several failed trials and no breakthroughs in diseases like schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and Alzheimer’s. “If you now look at what these companies are doing, they are hiring some of the people in the forefront of plasticity, be it Roche or Pfizer,” says Chattarji. Lest we start reading too much into this, Sur is quick to add that brain disorders, developmental disorders in particular, are complex; more so because children cannot be administered new drugs. His goal is to try existing drugs. Will the problem be solved anytime soon? He doesn’t think so. Will we make progress? You bet. “We already have begun to, given that there was nothing available until now,” says Sur. He is helping a group at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi to start a similar study in India where no data exists on the incidence of autism. In January, Sur stepped down as head of the department of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT to lead a new Simon’s Center for Social Brain at MIT that became possible with a $26 million grant in December. “We think that just as the brain has modules for vision, audition and action—which function seamlessly—there is a social module, one that mediates different components of social interactions.” Understanding what it is and how autism makes it go wrong is a very big frontier of neuroscience, says Sur. Sur has always sought new frontiers, even as a school boy. In Class XI at St. Joseph’s High School in Allahabad, when every student had to choose either the math or the biology stream, he decided to do both—he was the only student in the school to do so. Later, at IIT Kanpur, he studied electrical engineering as there wasn’t any life science course. But when he was doing his Ph.D at the University of Vanderbilt, in Nashville, Tennessee, he made sure he did his thesis research with somebody who studied the brain. “The American system allows you to do that,” he says. The ethos of interdisciplinary work that he picked up at Vanderbilt has been carried forward through his discovery-filled career. His philosophy: All interdisciplinary work first begins in the mind. “It’s possible to work in different subjects and link them all in the brain,” says Sur. That belief, he says, was inculcated in him in childhood, particularly by his mathematician grandfather, who worked in the education department in Allahabad. Over 30 years of active research, Sur has made several discoveries that link engineering, computation, imaging, molecular biology, genetics and a host of other disciplines. For example, the first computer that he programmed was a PDP-8 with 8 kilobytes of memory at Vanderbilt, for lab work. “I was the only one around who could analyse the data using principles of engineering,” he recalls. More than 30 years ago, Sur refused a job in India, the only one offered then, by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. But in the last 15 years, he has been associated with Indian science and institutions in ways that sometimes surprise him. His association deepened in the ’90s when the government wanted to set up the National Brain Research Center (NBRC) in Haryana. The relationship was formalised in 2010 when the department of biotechnology (DBT) offered him distinguished professorship at NBRC, an institution he is keen to handhold to international standards. “Sur is one of those classy Indian scientists who are thriving in the US, but want to deeply engage with India now,” says M.K. Bhan, secretary, DBT. Given his involvement in various Indian institutions, and his passion for active research at MIT, the pull of India could get overwhelming. “It’s fun. You never stop being Indian,” he says.
 
HC Verma
Monday, February 06, 2012
NAGPUR: Hanuman's elder brother wanted him to drop out midway through middle school. The family wanted him to start earning and contribute to the income. Today, however, the boy has grown to become a computer trainer, drawing in a salary unimaginable for his family at that time. This change was made possible by a group of volunteers of the NGO Shiksha Sopan, run by students and faculty members of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. This eclectic group aims at empowering the rural children with knowledge. A name associated with this project is the person whose books are the first word in the study of physics in the country, HC Verma. The IIT-K lecturer was in the city on Sunday to attend Yudhya 2012 - a national level physics Olympiad hosted by Love 4 Physics Club of Vishvesaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT). Other than teaching physics to graduate and postgraduate students at IIT, Verma is also known for his pet project, teaching physics teachers experiments so the subject can be taught in an easier way. He started off with around 150 such practical demonstrations and in less than a decade, the number of experiments has doubled. This teacher of teachers is proudest when teachers with whom he has shared some of his experiments share the reactions of their student
s when those experiments are replicated in the classroom. However, the present scenario of science education in the country saddens him. "There is a big disconnect between science seen on the blackboard and that seen in everyday life. Even laboratories at schools and colleges have exotic devices that students do not come across very often in the course of their routine life. Completing journals and writing experiments have become mechanical tasks for students, who do not understand the theory behind what they are writing or doing in the labs," he lamented. He wished teachers would take up examples from everyday life and integrate them with their teaching, using easily available things like marbles, mirrors and pencils. The teachers have the same, old syllabus to deal with year after year, contributing to the uninteresting way in which science is taught in the country, believes Verma. It becomes the individual teacher's task to make their work more interesting rather than succumbing to its monotony, he said. Verma attributes the small number of takers for pure sciences to a social problem. "We are all unique individuals with different characteristics and skill sets. Sadly, these are overlooked in favour of better job prospects while choosing a field of study. Every mind has a unique frequency at which it works. Not everybody is supposed to take up a career in pure sciences, but those who are must stick to them," advised the veteran teacher.
 
Bhaskar Pramanik
Monday, February 13, 2012
Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. is responsible for all marketing, operational and business development efforts in the country. He provides the single point of leadership for all Microsoft assets including R&D facilities in India and plays an integral role in defining Microsoft's relationships with policy makers, customers and business partners. With over 35 years of experience in the Indian IT industry, Bhaskar comes to Microsoft from Oracle where he had been the Managing Director for its Indian operations post the global acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. Bhaskar's focus in the last year at Oracle India was to; create higher growth through greater cross leveraging of lines of business; to enhance customer satisfaction and to increase employee motivation. Prior to Oracle, he worked for Sun Microsystems for 13 years as the Managing Director in India and in his last position, served as Global Vice President, Commercial Systems at the U.S. HQ. Bhaskar was instrumental in building the company's presence in India and growing it at a pace faster than the industry average. Bhaskar has held several senior management positions in companies like Digital Equipment India Ltd., Blue Star Ltd., and NELCO. His last held position at Digital Equipme
nt was Director, Enterprise Sales, Digital Equipment Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Bhaskar is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has also attended the Advanced Marketing Management Program at Stanford University. Bhaskar has been a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM and a member of various committees in CII and MAIT. He was also the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka, in 2003-2004. Bhaskar is based in Gurgaon with his family. His wife Madhumita is involved with NGO's to teach underprivileged school children and is active with the TOI's Teach India program. He has two adult children. His interests are photography, reading and rebuilding his Golf game.
 
Nirmalendu Bhattacharya
Monday, February 06, 2012
Dr. Nirmal Bhattacharya recently retired as the Director of Engineering & Public Works, District of Central Saanich, BC, Canada, and has now been appointed a Council Member of Green Municipal Fund (GMF) accountable to the the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to provide strategic oversight of the funding agreement between the Federal Government and FCM and to make recommendations on all funding applications, strategies, criteria, policies and procedures.

Nirmal Bhattacharya is a professional engineer and registered planner who recently retired from the position of director of engineering and public works for the District of Central Saanich, where he worked as a municipal engineer and soil conservation specialist. He brings practical experience in all areas of municipal activity funded by GMF and in working with municipal decision-makers. During his 11 years with the District of Saanich, Nirmal led all engineering and public works initiatives for the district. He monitored compliance with municipal and provincial regulations, developed policies and procedures, managed budgets and provided input to the corporate strategic plan. As the principal advisor to the district council on engineering, public works and related issues, he worked with elected offi
cials, colleagues and stakeholders to deliver efficient and sustainable services. As a senior member of the management team involved in the municipal decision-making process, Nirmal demonstrated leadership in achieving strategic goals and objectives. He reorganized and integrated the district's engineering and public works functions by implementing new policies and procedures, and leading co-workers to provide improved, sustainable and customer-friendly services. The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia has recognized Nirmal as a Water Balance Model champion for initiating and facilitating the adoption of the District of Central Saanich Surface Water Management Bylaw. The bylaw requires rainwater runoff capture and encourages the use of the Water Balance Model on individual properties. From 1989 to 2000, Nirmal was superintendent of public works and director of development services for the City of Port Moody, B.C. His responsibilities included municipal services and assets, land development functions, provincial and municipal regulations, budget preparation and control, and liaison with municipal council, community associations, developers, consultants and residents.
 
Dr. Sanjib Senapati (PHD/CHM/01)
Monday, February 06, 2012
Elsevier and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) announced the recipients of the 6th Annual NASI Scopus™ Young Scientist Awards. The awards were presented at a gala ceremony yesterday evening at The Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi, in the presence of the Honourable Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology. Two of our alumni are in the list.
Dr. Sanjib Senapati received his M. Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry from Kolkata University, Kolkata. He obtained PhD from IIT Kanpur in the year 2001. After his PhD, he did his Post Doctoral Fellow from Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. He worked as Research Scientist, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, USA. Since 2005 he has been a faculty member in the Dept. of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has published more than 30 research papers and more than 20 articles in workshop and conferences. He received boys cast fellowship from DST for the year 2007-2008.
 
Dr. Sagnik Dey (MT/PHD/CE/2002/2008) Indian Scopus Young Scientist Award
Monday, February 06, 2012
Elsevier and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) announced the recipients of the 6th Annual NASI Scopus™ Young Scientist Awards. The awards were presented at a gala ceremony yesterday evening at The Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi, in the presence of the Honourable Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology. Two of our alumni are in the list.
Dr. Sagnik Dey received his M. Sc. degree in Applied Geosciences from Jadavpur University, Kolkata (West Bengal) in 2000 and M. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2002 and PhD in 2008. His doctoral thesis was on 'Aerosol Radiative Effects over Kanpur region in the Indo-Gangetic Basin, northern India'. He worked three years as Postdoctoral Scientist at Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He joined the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi as Assistant Professor in July 2010. His research interests are to understand and quantify aerosol-cloud interaction and their impacts on climate change and health impacts of aerosols using remote sensing and in-situ observations and models. He has published more than 30 research papers. He received INSA Young Scientist Medal for the y
ear 2008 for his research contribution on the problem of climatic impacts of aerosols in India. His postdoctoral work on 'MISR-based aerosol climatology over India' has been highlighted by NASA (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/misr20100915.html). He has been awarded the NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award in Earth Sciences in 2012 for his research contribution on the climatic impacts of aerosols in India.
 
Prof. Kayanmoy Deb. gets Infosys Prize of 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Infosys Prize for 2011 has been announced and the winners include economist Raghuram Govind Rajan, Professor Sriram Rajagopal Ramaswamy , Professor Kannan Soundarajan, Doctor Imran Siddiqui, Professor Kalyanmoy Deb and Doctor Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
The winners, chosen by a jury headed by Prof Amartya Sen, receive a 22-karat gold medallion, a citation certificate and prize money of 50 lakh.
Speaking about the awards, Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, Narayana Murthy, said, "The key objective of the awards is to encourage researchers in science and engineering, which includes social sciences and economics to do world class research."
The Infosys Science Foundation announced the winners, recognising outstanding contributions across five categories of scientific research - Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences - on Wednesday.
The jury chairs of the five disciplines are: Prof Amartya Sen for Social Sciences, Prof Shrinivas Kulkarni for Physical Sciences, Prof Pradeep K Khosla for Engineering and Computer Science, Prof SR Varadhan for Mathematical Sciences and Prof Inder Verma for Life Sciences.
The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2011 will be held on January 9, 2012 in Bangalore, where f
ormer President of India APJ Abdul Kalam will felicitate the winners.
The winners of the Infosys Prize 2011 are: Engineering and Computer Science:Prof Kalyanmoy Deb, Gurmukh and Veena Mehta Endowed Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, and the Director of the Kanpur Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, Kanpur, India
 
Manindra Agarwal
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Manindra Agarwal of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, will jointly receive the H K Firodia award with Roddam Narasimha, professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore.
The awards were announced by eminent scientist R A Mashelkar and Arun Firodia, chairman of the Kinetic Group, in Pune.
Prof Agarwal has carried out breakthrough research in encryption algorithms and developed two codes, namely 'Trinetra' and 'Indra'.
These codes have been specially developed for the Indian Navy and Air Force to ensure security of inter-services communication. Agarwal will receive Rs 1 lakh.
This is the 16th year of the awards. Besides Mashelkar, other eminent scientists in the country, such as Anil Kakodkar, Govind Swarup and Vijay Bhatkar are part of the award selection committee.
 
C N R Rao
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
C N R Rao, chairman of the scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister, will receive the lifetime achievement award instituted by the H K Firodia Foundation for 2011.
The award will be presented on November 17 at the Balgandharva Rangmandir, Pune.
Rao has been awarded for his contributions to physical sciences over the past five decades.
The awards were announced by eminent scientist R A Mashelkar and Arun Firodia, chairman of the Kinetic Group, in Pune on Tuesday.
Mashelkar, who is a member of the awards selection committee, said, "Professor Rao is known as 'Mr Science of India'; he is one of the world's foremost solid, state and materials chemists, known for his numerous original discoveries. The foundation has instituted this special award to recognise world class contributions made by an Indian scientist who has devoted his lifetime to research in any branch of science."
The H K Firodia awards were instituted in 1996 in the memory of the late H K Firodia, a doyen of the automobile industry, to recognise excellence in science and technology. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was the first recipient of this award. Other recipients include scientists Jayant Narlikar and K Kasturirangan.
 
Mr Rahul Asthana, an IAS officer of 1978 batch
Monday, October 17, 2011

Mr Rahul Asthana, an IAS officer of 1978 batch, Maharashtra cadre has been appointed as the Metropolitan Commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Thursday. Mr Asthana took over the charge today and addressed the key officials of the Authority.


Mr Asthana said while taking over the charge, “I am familiar with the achievements of MMRDA and I am also aware of the challenges before it. I have already set my priorities at the office. Expediting the ongoing crucial mass transit projects like, Metro rail, Monorail and other road transport projects need urgent attention as most of the projects are near the completion stage. Besides, I also have to put other planned projects into implementation phase and focus at holistic growth and development of the region” No sooner Mr Asthana took charge of the office held a meeting with all top officials of MMRDA.


He also received brief on various aspects of projects, operation and administration from Mr S V R Srinivas, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner. Mr Srinivas was holding the charge following the last Metropolitan Commissioner Mr Ratnakar Gaikwad’s appointment as the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, earlier this year. Ms Ashwini Bhide, Additional metropolitan Commissioner

also greeted and briefed Mr Asthana along with other officials at the office.


Mr Asthana expressed, “It is my pleasure and privilege while holding this dynamic and challenging office which is responsible for the development of such a large region earmarked under special planning in the State. This is not one man’s job and along with all officials of MMRDA, I would need the kind support of people of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. We all envisage to turn this region into the most developed and fastest growing not only in country but globally.” Graduate of Aeronautics Engineer, Mr Asthana was holding the post of Chairman at Mumbai Port Trust, Department of Shipping, since October 2008 before joining MMRDA.

 
Prof. Sirshendu De (BT/MT/PhD/CHE/90/93/97)
Monday, October 03, 2011

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences Earlier he also received several other awards & honours, including Fellow-INAE (2011) & IIChE-Herdillia Award (2010).

Professor De has the distinction of obtaining all the three degrees from IIT-Kanpur in Chemical Engineering (B.Tech.-1989, M.Tech.-1992 & Ph.D.-1996) and all his theses work (BTP, M.Tech. & Ph.D.) were carried out under the supervision of Prof. P.K. Bhattacharya, ChE.

Prof. De has been able to model, design and develop low cost novel membrane modules, hollow fiber membranes and domestic arsenic filter. Further, he has developed models to predict flux and its decline for various porous/non-porous membranes and provided deep understanding of fluid flow and mass transfer through microchannels.

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Mahan Mitra (MSc5/Math/92)
Monday, October 03, 2011

Dr. Mahan Mitra (MSc5/Math/92) has been awarded S. S. Bhatnagar award in Mathematical Sciences for the year 2011. Dr. Mahan obtained his Integrated M.Sc degree from IIT Kanpur in Mathematics and Statistics in the year1992.


He obtained his Ph. D from Berkeley in 1997. At present he is working under the title Dr. Mahan Maharaj as an Associate Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, P. O. Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal.

 
Prof. Shiraz Minwalla (MSc5/PHY/95)
Friday, September 30, 2011

Prof. Shiraz Minwalla (MSc5/PHY/95) is honoured with Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences for the year 2011. He obtained was his Integrated Masters Degree of Science in physics from IIT Kanpur and he was a recipient of Presdent's Gold Medal.


Prof. Shiraz obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University. At present is a faculty member in the Department of Theoretical Physics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai working in the area of string theory. He served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University. He was awarded Swarnajayanti Fellowship by DST in 2005 and the Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore in 2011.

 
Ms. Geetu Pathak(CE/BT/94)
Monday, October 03, 2011

MS. Geetu Pathak is currently the CEO of Milo-FAIS — a food services and infrastructure company based in southern Ontario Canada. Prior to this and other entrepreneurial ventures, she was with the Mitchell Madison group in New York and Toronto in Business and Strategy Consulting.

Previous to her extensive North American experience, Ms. Pathak worked in India in industrial operations and manufacturing sector as a process and plant engineer with the Lupin Group and Davy Powergas (Kvaerner ASA). Additionally, Ms. Pathak is a member of the board of Directors at TVO - Ontario.

She was recently director of UNICEF Canada, actively driving the $3M HIV/AIDS program targeted towards the under privileged youth in Andhra Pradesh in India. She was also a member of the board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Pathak also holds an MBA from India's prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmadabad.

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Prof. Veena Sahajwalla (BT/MSE/86)
Friday, September 30, 2011

Prof. Veena Sahajwalla (BT/MSE/86), whose research led to commercialisation of the world’s first “green steel” manufacturing process, was honoured with the Nokia Innovation Award at the 2011 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards on Friday.


Sahajwalla, director at the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at The University of New South Wales, is helping the materials industries combat environmental challenges with a technology that reduces carbon emissions and uses recycled rubber tyres that would otherwise go to landfills in electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking.


She recalls IITK as one of the most technically challenging places. “The four years prepared me to face the world and provided a new perspective into engineering and life in general.”

 
Trinanjan Datta (MSc2/PhY/01)
Friday, September 30, 2011

Trinanjan Datta, assistant professor of physics, was recently awarded the Anacapa Scholar, which is only given to the best of the best.

In 2007, Datta came to Augusta State University to teach after being at Purdue University for six years, and during that time he received his Ph.D., in theoretical condensed matter physics. Before attending Purdue, he received his undergraduate degree in physics from St. Xavier’s College and his master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.

Datta chose to get his degree in physics because he always had an interest, especially in one particular area.

“Theoretical physics and condensed matter is one of those areas which has applications to real life because it’s related to material science,” Datta said. “To have any of the technologies that we have right now, material science is one of the biggest things and without the correct material, you wouldn’t have your iPods, iPhones, or any of that stuff.”

While pursuing his career, Datta said he decided to come to Augusta State because the school was also developing its undergraduate research program. After he was hired, one of his first jobs was to develop that program, and by doing this, he was given the opportunity to not only teach, but also showcas

e his research skills.

Datta said he usually teaches several core classes such as introductory physics and upper level classes such as thermal physics and theoretical mechanics, as well as special topics courses towards his research area.

Besides teaching, Datta is part of the science department’s public relations team and is in charge of the newsletters. Datta said he also does a large amount of research with faculty nationally and internationally, and with undergraduate students at Augusta State.

“Being in a teaching university, one of the biggest problems that faculties face is not having the time to do research and even if you can’t, it’s typical to be productive,” Datta said.

In addition to being named an Anacapa Scholar, he was also named a KITP Scholar. The Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California has an award called the KITP Scholar that they hand out to eight physicists across the country who are engaged in research at undergraduate institutions. Datta was named one of these scholars in 2010 and the Anacapa Scholar went to one out of the eight who stood out the most. Because of his contributions to undergraduate research, Datta managed to stand out among the other seven scholars and was named an Anacapa Scholar.

Being able to do undergraduate research and teach at Augusta State has given Datta the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students. “I like the diversity of the students that we have,” Datta said. “I like the fact that there are students over here that are really engaged in, not only the classes, but in undergraduate research, especially in our department.”

One student who has worked with Datta on his undergraduate research is Philip Javernick, senior physics and math major. He has worked with Datta for three years on theoretical and computational physics. “Working with Dr. Datta is great because he pushes you hard, expects results and gets results,” said Javernick. “He is really dedicated in everything he does and doing research, and working with him has helped me be more successful in college in general. I don’t believe I would have been successful as I am now if I hadn’t been provided the opportunity to work with him.” Datta is known to have a dedicated work ethic, which his students have learned from.

“I definitely put in a lot more work and try to work harder because of the personal research with him,” Javernick said. Robert Murrah, senior physics major, has worked with Datta for a year in theoretical physics, said he has also found inspiration in working with him. “His work ethic is incredible, I can’t really describe it,” said Murrah. “He does physics all the time and never gets tired of it; he loves it. He’s inspired me to get more into physics and to be more into physics for the love of physics, not just because it’s my major, but because I enjoy it.”

As for the future, Datta said he plans to keep on doing what he is doing at the moment. “I don’t have anything specifically planned out,” Datta said. “Just teach, have fun, and have fun with doing research with students.”

 
Prof Rakesh Agarwal (BT/CHE/75)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Three distinguished Indian Americans, two inventors and a researcher, figure among a dozen top scientists and innovators named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the nation's highest honours in their fields.

Rakesh Agrawal (BT/CHE/75), Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Purdue University has won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, for an extraordinary record of innovations in improving the energy efficiency and reducing the cost of gas liquefaction and separation.

"These innovations have had significant positive impacts on electronic device manufacturing, liquefied gas production, and the supply of industrial gases for diverse industries," the White House said.

Prof. Agarwal did his Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and earned his Doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

His areas of interest are Energy transformation and use issues for solar, coal, biomass and hydrogen economy; Novel separation processes using distillation, membranes and adsorption; Process development, cryogenics and gas liquefaction processes.

 
Books Authored By VIvek Kumar Singh (BT/CE/9)
Monday, August 22, 2011

Dear Alumni,

My debutant novel "The reverse journey" has been published by Mumbai based publisher Frog books. You can see the write-up about the book at http://www.flipkart.com/books/9381115350 This is a story about a young man faced with a decision - to follow his heart or brain. The heart wants happiness in India, among his family, friends and people who are like him. His brain wants money - without it what security does he have?

All his friends are moving to the USA. He feels isolated. And so he decides to follow 'the rat race'. He travels to America. Will the journey to a foreign land bring happiness? Will money be the answer to his prayers? Or will he finally realize that true joy is the sense of belonging? About the Author Vivek Kumar Singh belongs to Class of '96 of IIT-Kanpur. Since then, he has been part of the IT revolution - travelling across the globe and working for various companies. He learned conscience and sensitiveness in the jungles of Jharkhand where he did his schooling, at Netarhat, a government residential public school, and a spell at Science College, Patna, made him a politically sensitive animal. Presently Vivek is based in Bangalore and can be reached at vivek_ks@hotmail.com

Though this book is fiction, good amount of ou

r lives at IITs are discussed. I will be greatful, if you can put this information on Alumni website.

Vivek Kumar Singh 92333, B. Tech (CE - 1996)

 
Books Authored by Kush Srivastava
Monday, August 08, 2011

Kush Srivastava

The journey of life started right after entering IITK. It was a rebirth considering that a boy, born and brought up in a small town was to become a man in the enclosures of the great campus, which they consider as the best in India. After graduating with a B.Tech in Civil Engineering, I went on to do a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe in Paris and an MBA from AIT, Bangkok.

With a flair for writing, the thing that started as a hobby turned into a passion, and carrying on with this passion, I have got published two

very diverse titles in my name:

1. Three Cheers to Life (A fiction) ISBN: 978-9-3811-1537-4

2. Motivation for Good Corporate Governance: A Peep into Thai Companies

ISBN: 978-3-8443-0864-8
 
President's Award to ITK Alumni
Monday, August 15, 2011

Mr. R. P. Thakur (BT/CE/83), Additional Director General of Police, Technical Services, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh has been conferred with the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service on Monday, August 15, 2011. He has held important positions at the centre and state level.

Alumni Association on behalf of its members wish him more such accolades in the near future.

For details please see ppm-id11.pdf

 
Books by Sivaswami Nikhil Rishiyur(BT/EE/76)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
In December 2010,Sivaswami Nikhil Rishiyur published mtechnical book, "BSV by Example".
It is a textbook introducing BSV, a next-generation language for designing digital circuits and systems:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1456418467/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1P7PCZ3X0RQPBDSQCQAN&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

His 1st technical book, "Implicit Parallel Programming in pH", published in 2001 and co-authored with Prof. Arvind of MIT, also an IITK alumnus.
http://www.amazon.com/Implicit-Parallel-Programming-Rishiyur-Nikhil/dp/1558606440/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297804475&sr=8-1

 
Book by Ranjan Kaul (BT/CE/77)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
August 2010,Ranjan Kaul published a well-acclaimed novel, "Throught the Forest, Darkly"
http://www.flipkart.com/through-forest-darkly-ranjan-kaul-book-9350090800
 
Professor Jai Narayan (BT/MME/69; DAA 1997) Wins Top International Materials Research Award
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Dr. Jagdish Narayan, the John C.C. Fan Family Distinguished Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has won the 2011 Acta Materialia Gold Medal and Prize – an international award given to one person annually for exceptional research contributions and leadership in materials science worldwide. The Materials Research Society will hold an International Symposium on Frontiers of Thin Film Epitaxy and Nanostructured Materials to honor Narayan at the 2011 MRS Meeting in San Francisco April 25-29. In addition, ASM International, TMS and American Ceramic Society will hold jointly an International Conference on Advances in Nanostructured Materials and Applications to honor Narayan at the 2011 materials science and technology (MS&T) conference in Columbus, Ohio, October 16-20.

Narayan is internationally recognized for his fundamental contributions in defects, diffusion, ion implantation and laser-solid interactions, which have led to major materials breakthroughs, including: the formation of p-n junctions and solar cells by laser-beam processing; defect-free annealing of semiconductors ; and a laser method for forming supersaturated semiconductor alloys, low-resistance Ohmic contacts, and hydrogen-free diamond and diamondlike films. H

is laser annealing research transitioned to pulsed laser deposition which led to new materials (high-Tc superconductors, novel ZnMgO and CdMgO alloys, and integrated thin film heterostructures and highly cited theoretical model.

Narayan invented domain matching epitaxy (DME), which is based upon matching of integral multiples of lattice planes across the film-substrate interface, to address epitaxial growth across the misfit scale on polar as well as nonpolar substrates. The proposed DME paradigm and strain relaxation mechanisms were verified by in-situ X-ray diffraction studies in a synchrotron. He also invented the quantum confinement of carriers by thickness variation to fabricate NanoPocket LEDs. “All high-efficiency LEDs will be manufactured by using Narayan’s inventions of NanoPocket LEDs and DME concepts,” according to Dr. John Fan, CEO of Kopin Corporation. Narayan also invented integrated smart sensors and 3-D self-assembled nanostructures with oriented magnetic nanodots for information storage which NSF hailed as one of the breakthroughs of the year 2004. More recently, his work has focused on nanocrystalline metals, WC and TiN with theoretical modeling and twinning deformation to explain grain size dependence on mechanical properties.

Professor Narayan, who is also a visiting distinguished scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has extraordinary research and academic records. After graduating with Distinction and First Rank from India’s IIT Kanpur in 1969, he entered the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained his MS (1970) and PhD (1971) in only two years. To date Narayan has published over 500 journal papers and an equal number of conference proceedings, and received 35 patents. He has over 11,000 citations with an h-index of over 50. His other honors include 2008 Inaugural MRS Fellow; 2011 Lee Hsun Lecture Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1999 TMS Fellow; National Academy of Sciences (India) Fellow, 1999 ASM Gold Medal, 2004 ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Lecture and Prize, US-DOE Outstanding Research Award, Three IR-100 Awards, Fellow APS, Fellow AAAS, Fellow ASM, Honorary Member MRS-I, 2005 TMS Symposium in Narayan’s honor at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco and 2006 May 2006 Issue of Journal of Electronic Materials, ORNL Dist. Scientist (2007--). NC State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering is part of the university’s College of Engineering.

 
Professor Jai Narayan (BT/MME/69; DAA 1997) recognized with Lee Hsun Lecture Award
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR CAS) and its Shenyang National Lab for Materials Science has awarded Dr. Jagdish “Jay” Narayan, the John C.C. Fan Family Distinguished Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, the Lee Hsun Lecture Award.

Narayan is being recognized for his contributions to materials science and technology. The award is given to well-known material scientists around the world and is a component of the Lee Hsun Lecture Series, which was established in 2001 to strengthen cooperation of materials science research and academic exchange.

A leader in the field of materials science and engineering, Narayan’s research has proven pivotal to the understanding of basic phenomena in metals, ceramics and electronic materials and processing. His work includes seminal contributions in laser processing, semiconductor alloys and many other areas.

Narayan’s many honors include being named one of the Materials Research Society’s 34 inaugural Fellows, and he is a life member and Fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, an honor limited to 100 living members. Narayan is also a life member and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences in India, an honor limited to 100 foreign membe

rs. He holds more than 35 patents and has received an Acta Materialia Gold Medal and Prize as well as a Gold Medal from ASM International, the world’s largest materials science and engineering society.

The lecture series was named in honor of the late Dr. Lee Hsun, a member of the CAS and founding director of the IMR in Shenyang, China. Hsun investigated the role of hydrogen in steels and the influence of cold processing on the microstructure and properties of steels. His discovery of hydrogen embrittlement in steels was a great contribution to the development of the iron and steel technology in the world.

Narayan received his master's degree in 1970 and his doctoral degree in 1971 from the University of California, Berkeley, and his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1969, Kanpur, India, all in materials science and engineering. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1983.

 
Brij Kothari (M.Sc.2/PHY) brings literacy to millions
Thursday, February 10, 2011
This Davos story starts about fifteen years ago when Brij Kothari was doing a PhD in Education at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Brij's passion was to use media to make the world a better place. His research took him to Ecuador, and so, like any good PhD student, he needed to learn the language. His project was to document indigenous people's knowledge of medicinal plants. The people he studied were illiterate, and he was illiterate in Spanish.
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Book by Dr. S. K. Sinha (BT/MT/PHD/ME/83/87/93)
Monday, February 07, 2011
Dr S.K. has published (in June 2010) a specialized book on advanced features of CNC machines, through McGraw-Hill, as an international edition, priced at US$60. The details are available at Details About Book
Review Of Book
 
Book by Amber Habib (Msc 5/Math/90)
Monday, February 07, 2011
Universities Press, Hyderabad, has just published a slim volume by Amber Habib (1985-1990/Msc Math) on mathematical finance, aimed at undergraduates (esp. undergraduates majoring in maths and wondering if all the torture has any purpose). more
 
Accenture Appoints Avinash Vashistha (BT/EE/82) Country Managing Director, Co-Chairman for India
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Accenture today appointed Avinash Vashistha country managing director for India. Mr. Vashistha has also been appointed co-chairman of India, along with Harsh Manglik.

Mr. Vashistha, 49, joins Accenture from Tholons, a global strategic advisory firm for outsourcing, research, investment and education, where he served as founder, chairman and CEO. Earlier in his career he founded neoIT, an offshore advisory firm, and prior to that, he led Nortel’s pioneering outsourcing efforts in India.

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Books by David Barun Kumar Thomas (BT/ME/77)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Rear Entrance Written by David Barun Kumar Thomas and released in November 2010, "Rear Entrance" is a novel about four Indians from different strata of society, traveling in Europe and trying to obtain a British visa for different reasons.
Seetha, a Systems Analyst wanting to migrate as a writer; Harish wanting to fulfill his dream of watching a cricket match at Lords; Ratneesh seeking asylum away from the caste system in India and Amit are looking for visas to the UK. Their fate is in the hands of the British visa officer, who himself does not know what is going to happen. The story has a twist in its tail.

David Barun Kumar Thomas completed his BTech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1977 and then studied Masters in History at JNU. He started working in the IT industry in 1980 and spent his last ten corporate years with IBM in India and Belgium. In 2003, he moved to Kodaikanal and started an NGO - India Nirman Sangh -which works towards women's development in the villages in the Palani Hills. He lives in Kodaikanal and this is his first novel.
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Prof A K Singh (PhD/CHM/78) of IIT Bombay has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad Central University.
Friday, January 21, 2011
His name has received the presidential assent, said a source in the Human Resource and Development Ministry. A committee headed by former Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research R A Mashelkar has appointed Prof A K Singh in this position. President Pratibha Patil is the chancellor of the central university He has been working as a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, I.I.T, Bombay and served as the Head, Chemistry Department, I.I.T, Bombay. He has also been the Director, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Jorhat and Dean, Academic Programs at I.I.T, Bombay. Currently he has been serving as the Vice Chancellor of Bundelkhand University since 2007 .
 
Professor Ashutosh Sharma (BT/EE/82) , Department of Chemical Engineering, received the R. C. Mehrotra Memorial Life Time Achievement Award
Monday, January 10, 2011
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Department of Chemical Engineering, received the R. C. Mehrotra Memorial Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Science Congress Association for the period 2010-2011 on January 2, 2011 in Chennai given by the honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
 
Professor Ashutosh Sharma (BT/CHE/82) , Department of Chemical Engineering, received the first Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science
Monday, January 10, 2011
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Department of Chemical Engineering, received the first Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science on January 6, 2011 in Mumbai given by the honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. The award cited Prof. Sharma's work on "Fundamental contributions to mechanics, materials and manufacturing on small scales including self-organization and instabilities, nano-patterning and functional multiscale interfaces." more
 
Mr. Sanjiv Bhatla (BT/ EE/ 1975) has recently published a book titled, b>A Sinner Says. b>
Thursday, January 06, 2011
It is a long poem in three parts: FLESH, MIND, and I, and is prompted by the Buddhist scripture, The Dhammapada.

Launched in September 2010, this lucid, little book (71 pages) is already receiving favorable notices in literary circles. It two reviews so far can be seen on: www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101010/spectrum.book8.htm
And, www.indianbookreviews.com
(Here it appears under the title, GODS’ PUPPETS).

A Sinner Says is a reasoning-based book, with a quirky take on the genesis of God and Religion, and the Human Nature itself. Our analytical-minded friends will find it an interesting read. (See attachments of front and back covers, and a few inside pages.)

Sanjiv’s resume itself makes an interesting read (see attachment). He worked barely for ten years in the engineering line, and then took off tangentially from his technical moorings into the less-treaded world of freelance creative writing. The experience has been “engrossing for sure; difficult and colorful in equal measures”, he says.

A Sinner Says is Sanjiv’s third book. His earlier two were published by reputed publishers, Orient Longman (now Orient Blackswan), and R

upa & Co, and were reviewed well in the national papers like, The Times of India, and Indian Express, among others.

Sanjiv’s novel, Injustice was longlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize 2007.

Frustrated at not finding a publisher for Injustice and his other manuscripts, Sanjiv has launched an independent publishing venture called CRABWISE PRESS. Its motto, he says, is Zarra Hutt ke (like a crab walks). Other writer-alumni too can start dusting off their manuscripts which they had tucked away somewhere in the attic.

Interested alumni can ask for a copy of A Sinner Says by sending a DD for Rs.150/- or U.S. $ 6 (inclusive of airmail postage) drawn in favor of CRABWISE PRESS, to: Sanjiv Bhatla, F/6 Shaw Blossom, S.T.Road, Nalasopara (West), Thane 401 203, Maharashtra.

Profile of Mr. Sanjiv Bhatla

 
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik confers 2009 Samanta Chandrasekhar Award to Prof. Dr Devi Prasad Mishra of IIT Kanpur.
Monday, January 03, 2011
The award ceremony of Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award of Orissa Bigyan Academy for the years 2008 and 2009 was organized at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar on 23rd December 2010. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Orissa, Sri. Naveen Patnaik graced the occasion as Chief Guest and conferred the Awards. Hon'ble Minister of Science & Technology, Orissa, Sri. Ramesh Chandra Majhi was the Guest of Honour. The awards carrying cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, citation and momento each were handed over to the scientists at a function here by chief minister Naveen Patnaik. Dr. Mishra is working as an Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Dr. D.P. Mishra is born and brought up in Cuttack city of Orissa during which he got schooling in P M Academy and subsequently studied in Ravenshaw college at Cuttack. Dr. Mishra has obtained his B.E. (Mechanical) from University College of Engineering, Burla, Orissa in 1987 and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in the field of combustion with specialization in premixed flame from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1994. He is recipient of the Young Scientist Award in 1991 from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. He has been conferred the INSA-JSPS Fellowship in 2002. In rec
ognition of his research work, Dr. Mishra received Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee Memorial and Aerospace Engineering Division Prize from The Institution of Engineers (India), Kolkata, India. Dr. Mishra has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. He has served as Visiting Professor in 2002 at the Tokyo-Denki University, Japan. Presently, he is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Kanpur, India where he was instrumental in establishing a combustion laboratory. His areas of research interest include combustion, computational fluid dynamics, atomization, nanomaterial synthesis etc. He is an Associate Editor, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Elsevier, USA and Assistant Editor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, USA. Currently he is serving as Editor, Asia Pacific Conference on Combustion, 2010. Dr. Mishra has four Indian patents and more than 154 publications in referred Journals and in conference proceedings to his credit. Dr. Mishra is an executive member of various professional bodies namely, the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems-Asia (2006-09), the Combustion Institute (Indian Section) (2003-05, 2007-09) and the Institution of Engineers (India), Kanpur local center (2005-10).
 
Sourav Pal (MSc5/CHM/77) takes over as the Director of National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sourav Pal (MSc5/CHM/77) Director & J. C. Bose National Fellow, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune & Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune Dr. Sourav Pal obtained his Master of Science from Indian Institute of Technology in 1977. PhD in 1985 from IACS (Calcutta), under the supervision of Prof. Debashis Mukherjee and Post-Doc Research Work in Quantum Chemistry from April ‘86 to Oct. ’87 from University of Floriday, Gainesville, FL, USA with Prof. R.J.Bartlett. Dr. Sourav Pal has taken over as the Director, of National Chemical Laboratory, Pune on December 1, 2010. Dr. Sourav Pal has made contributions to the diverse areas of theoretical chemical physics and span the intellectually demanding and challenging aspects of methodological and conceptual developments with an eye to applications to chemical problems. Following are the specific areas and details of the work carried out: • Frontier Theoretical Development on Molecular Electric Properties • Theoretical Investigation of Hard-Soft Acid-Base Relation • Study of Electron - Molecule Scattering • Computational Material Science: • Density functional response approach for molecular properties: • Magnetic properties: • Application to problems of chemical physics Dr. Pal has
delivered several (more than 100) invited lectures at several International and Indian Conferences. Invited to act as Session Chair/ Discussion Leader in the Conference on ‘Molecular Quantum Mechanics: Analytic Gradients and Beyond’ at Budapest, 30 May-3 June, 2007 and Invited as Chair in a workshop on coupled-cluster theory, a satellite meeting of the 9th International Congress on Quantum Chemistry, held at Cedar Key, Florida, USA in June 1997. Chaired several other sessions at International Conferences He has Co-authored a book “Mathematics in Chemistry” with Dr. K V. Raman, Vikas Publishing House Pvt Ltd., New Delhi, 2004 Dr. Pal has about 150 published papers in reputed international journals. (Several are in Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Physical Review, Chemical Physics Letters etc.) Many of these are highly cited works. Dr. Sourav Pal has been teaching basic quantum chemistry as well as Advanced Quantum Chemistry for M Sc students in Pune University as Adjunct faculty. More recently, he has been teaching general physical chemistry, scientific computing and structure, bonding and quantum chemistry courses at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune for last four semesters as Adjunct Professor at under-graduate level.
 
Dr. Kirankumar V. Topudurti (M. Tech, CE, 1984) receives the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Dr. Kirankumar V. Topudurti (M. Tech, CE, 1984), Deputy Director of the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois, receives the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest award granted by the United States Secretary of the Army to its civilian personnel.
 
Dr. Jayant Kumar Singh (BT/CHE/97), Department of Chemical Engineering, has been recommended for the Amar Dey-Chem Award 2010.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Dr. Jayant Kumar Singh, Engineering, has been recommended for the Amar Dey-Chem Award 2010.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
 
Pradeep Jotwani (BT/ME/75) is Kodak's new CMO and head of Consumer Digital Imaging
Friday, October 01, 2010
Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., named a former top HP Co. executive, Pradeep Jotwani, to lead its consumer digital businesses and corporate marketing efforts, effective immediately. As president of Kodak’s Consumer Digital Imaging Group, Jotwani will report to Kodak President and Chief Operating Officer Philip J. Faraci. The company also named Jotwani to serve as Kodak’s Chief Marketing Officer, and in that capacity he will report to chairman and CEO Antonio M. Perez. The company’s Board of Directors has elected him a senior vice president of the company. (Both Faraci and Perez are former HP executives, as well.)

Jotwani, 56, left HP in 2007 as senior vice president, Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group. Prior to that assignment, Jotwani was president of HP’s Consumer Business Organization, which he formed. This organization represented HP’s first formal sales and marketing organization focused specifically on the consumer market. He also served as HP’s executive sponsor for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and founded hpshopping.com, the company’s e-commerce store.

As president of the Consumer Digital Imaging Group, he will be responsible for Kodak’s digital cameras, picture frames, pocket video cameras, kiosks, imaging sensors, consumer inkjet

printers and the Kodak Gallery, the company’s online photo service. As Kodak’s CMO, Jotwani will be responsible for customer relationship management, brand management, business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing, communications and public affairs, online commerce, and the company’s website.

“Pradeep Jotwani knows how to grow businesses, and that’s why I am excited to welcome him to Kodak,” Perez said. “He not only grows businesses, he also grows them profitably through operational excellence and the smart use of technology. He understands the power of brands and how to use them to achieve growth. I look forward to watching Pradeep apply his leadership skills in the service of Kodak.”

Jotwani is a native of India. In 1975, he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and two years later, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1982. After 25 years at HP, and prior to joining Kodak, Jotwani served as an operating executive at a private equity firm, participated on several corporate boards, was a Leadership Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and lent his time to a series of civic and non-profit organizations. He continues to serve on the board of RealNetworks Inc.

Jotwani, who resides in Palo Alto, Calif.,, will be based in Silicon Valley, allowing him to travel more often and more directly to the emerging markets of Asia, including China and India, where the company plans to increase investment to take advantage of the region’s economic growth. California also is home to Kodak’s consumer inkjet business and the Kodak Gallery.

 
Professor Sandeep verma (BT/CHE/88) has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Professor Sandeep Verma, Department of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur, has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2010 in Chemical Science, for his significant contribution towards mimicking enzymes through metal-mediated systems and studying ordered peptide assemblies as artificial models of neurodegenerative protein aggregation.

The major achievement of Professor Verma, 44, includes developing of artificial chemicals to model biological proteins. The artificial chemicals help identify the root cause of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons’. “This award is a major achievement of my life, and it will vastly boost my efforts,” he said.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology is awarded annually by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for outstanding contribution in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, geology, mathematics and medicines. CSIR Director General Samir Brahmachari said for the first time, three among the nine recipients will be women.

 
Dr. Ashok Singhal(BT/EE/83) is the co-founder of 3PAR Storage company which got acquired by Dell in August, 2010 for $1.12 Billion
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Dr. Ashok Singhal is the co-founder of 3PAR Storage company which got acquired by Dell in August, 2010 for $1.12 Billion. He was also at Sun where he was known for one of the largest number of patents. His designs resulted in Sun expanding into Server business in 90s..

Ashok Singhal brings over twenty years of strong technical experience to his position at 3PAR. Prior to helping found 3PAR in 1999, he was Chief Architect at Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for the system architecture for Sun's next-generation, extremely successful Enterprise 3000 to 6000 server family. As a Sun Distinguished Engineer, he designed and specified the system interface and cache coherence protocol for the UltraSPARC III processor. He was awarded the President's Award in 1996 for his contributions to Sun servers. Earlier, he served as a field engineer for Schlumberger Wireline Services in the People's Republic of China (oilfield services) for two years.

Ashok holds a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where he received the Ratan Swarup Gold Medal for best all-around student. He holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Press Release about Acquisition Dell Agrees To Acq

uire 3PAR For Virtualization-Optimized Storage

ROUND ROCK, Texas and FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 16, 2010 Dell Agrees To Acquire 3PAR For Virtualization-Optimized Storage
• 3PAR extends Dell’s storage capabilities, enabling Dell to help customers capitalize on the ‘Virtual Era,’ with a goal of reducing overall data management costs by 50 percent
• 3PAR provides a leading, virtualized, utility storage platform addressing limitations of monolithic and modular arrays; reducing storage administration costs by up to 90 percent and infrastructure costs by up to 75 percent
• 3PAR’s multi-tenant, clustered architecture enables IT organizations to deliver software and hardware as a service, offering an agile, efficient storage infrastructure platform optimized for highly-virtualized data centers and cloud computing
• 3PAR accelerates Dell’s momentum in delivering open, capable and affordable storage options, adding to its industry-leading portfolio of PowerVault, EqualLogic and Dell/EMC
Dell has signed an agreement to acquire 3PAR, a leading global provider of highly-virtualized storage solutions with advanced data management features, including dynamic tiering and thin provisioning, for multi-tenant cloud-computing environments. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.15 billion, net of 3PAR’s cash. Terms of the acquisition were approved by the board of directors of each company.
In the ‘Virtual Era,’ Dell is driving an open and integrated approach to data management. Dell is delivering increased efficiency with a goal of radically reducing data management costs and significantly streamlining operations. These savings enable Dell customers to make room in their budgets for other strategic investments. 3PAR’s product portfolio complements Dell’s goal to make IT simpler and more affordable.
As a pioneer of thin provisioning and other storage virtualization technologies, 3PAR has designed its products to minimize upfront and ongoing capacity purchases, and to reduce power consumption and energy costs. 3PAR’s multi-tenant, clustered storage architecture is the underlying technology platform for IT organizations to build agile and efficient virtualized IT infrastructures for flexible workload consolidation. 3PAR provides rapid provisioning and predictable performance for customers facing ever-increasing storage capacity requirements.
3PAR’s storage arrays are designed to overcome the limitations of traditional modular and monolithic arrays. 3PAR addresses the problem of costly, complex, and rigid IT environments and enables organizations to treat storage as a utility— allowing them to use and pay for only the capacity and performance they need, and only when they use it.
Dell plans to make 3PAR an integral part of its industry-leading storage portfolio, including PowerVault, EqualLogic and Dell/EMC. With 3PAR, Dell will offer innovative systems and customer choice at every storage tier, from direct-attach to highly-virtualized, clustered SANS.
3PAR was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Fremont. After closing, Dell plans to maintain and invest in additional engineering and sales capability. There are no plans to move the current operations.
Tender Offer, Closing and Initial Integration Under the terms of the agreement, Dell will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of 3PAR for $18 per share in cash. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.

 
Gaurav Gupta (BT/EE/87)
Friday, August 13, 2010
(Source : India Today Issue, August 2010; http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/105649/Cover%20Story/gaurav-gupta.html)

Some of you would perhaps have already seen this article. This is to share with you all exemplary achievement of one of our alumni. Gaurva Gupta (BT/EE/87) What He Did: Pushed the state bus service to become the best in the country.

He is in the driver's seat of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). With 33,800 workers and 7,000 buses carrying 2.5 million passengers daily, KSRTC is one of the most profitable state transport undertakings in India. The idea, says Gaurav Gupta, is "to leverage technology and go for high deliverables", words that could as easily come from a N.R. Narayana Murthy or Nandan Nilekani.

KSRTC has been the first to switch to electronic ticketing machines. It has also pioneered a cellphone-friendly, web-based reservation system. The ticketing system is what got its managing director Gupta a national award for e-Governance 2009-2010.

The 42-year-old grew up in Lucknow, going to Colvin Taluqdars' College before qualifying for electrical engineering at IIT-Kanpur. He followed that with a

n M.Tech in power systems from IIT-Delhi but then became a civil servant in 1990. He also holds a certificate in public finance management from Harvard. As vice-president of the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), a nationwide association of 53 STUs, Gupta also serves on a number of Central panels. Making the KSRTC a good place to work is high on Gupta's agenda. Salary payments are prompt and labour relations healthy. Officers and supervisors are selected by a Common Admission Test conducted by IIM-Bangalore. KSRTC has also revamped its terminals. The state-of-the art satellite bus station at Mysore road in Bangalore, unveiled in 2003, was once compared to the new international airport.

Gupta's vision is green: more than a thousand of his buses run on ethanol-blended diesel, and hybrids could be next. KSRTC units feature rainwater harvesting and water recycling. For all his dynamism, Gupta is modest. "A lot of credit goes to my predecessors who conceived and initiated these changes as well as the support of the Government and my excellent officers," he says.

Gupta is now inducting high-end Mercedes and Volvo buses. The first STU to induct Volvos, KSRTC is now the country's largest single fleet operator of such vehicles as well as the first to completely implement the economic stimulus package under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM); the low-floor buses fabricated by KSRTC are being circulated among JNNURM cities as a model.

 
Jai Rawat (BT/ CSE/91) and Samir Palnitkar (BT/ EE/90) recently launched a new company ShopSocially
Thursday, August 05, 2010
IITK alumni Jai Rawat (BT/CSE/91) and Samir Palnitkar (BT/EE/90) recently launched a new company ShopSocially (http://ShopSocial.ly). ShopSocially is a fun and easy way to tap into your friends network for shopping advice. Jai Rawat (CEO) noted that our shopping decisions should be more influenced by friend recommendations whom we know and trust rather than ads. The company has already attracted a large user base and is growing rapidly. Incidentally, Jai and Samir are both successful serial entrepreneurs and this is their third startup together. This is a great example of a long lasting bond created at IIT Kanpur.
 
Harsh Manglik (BT/ME/70) appointed as Chairman, NASSCOM
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Information Technology industry body, the National Association of Software and Services Companies, NASSCOM has announced Harsh Manglik as the new Chairman of its Executive Council for the year 2010-2011. Manglik who succeeds Pramod Bhasin, Chairman for the year 2009-10, will take on his new role with effect from April 20, 2010. As Chairman of the Executive Council, Manglik will lead and assist NASSCOM in catalysing the growth of the Indian software industry and enabling the fulfilment of its future goals and aspirations. Previously Manglik has been a member of NASSCOM's Executive Council and is currently the Chairman and Geography Managing Director for Accenture in India. "I am extremely honoured to be elected the Chairman of NASSCOM at a time when the industry is designing a new trajectory for its next level of growth over the next 10-years," said Manglik, Chairman, NASSCOM and Chairman & Geography Managing Director, Accenture India. He further added, "To set the stage for this growth, NASSCOM will continue to drive greater engagement with the government and its members to address the industry issues of inclusion, education, infrastructure security and corporate governance." Harsh brings with him over 30-years of global business and consulting experience, gained in se
veral leading global organizations, spanning many domains including aerospace, automotive, electronics, telecom and IT services. His experience in global business will be a valuable asset to NASSCOM," said Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM.
 
Zubin Irani (BT/MME/96)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has named Zubin Irani as the senior managing director of it's commercial companies in India, which include Carrier, Otis, and UTC Fire & Security. Additionally, UTC will open its first India headquarters office in Delhi, in June of this year. "Zubin's appointment reflects United Technologies' ongoing strategic investment in people, resources and infrastructure to evolve our commercial businesses and better serve our customers in India," said Ari Bousbib, worldwide president, UTC Commercial Companies. In his new role, Zubin Irani will be responsible for developing and leading strategies to accelerate growth of United Technologies' commercial companies in India, driving operational effectiveness and the development of local leadership. "Zubin's strong strategic leadership skills, coupled with a substantial knowledge of the Indian market will significantly accelerate the growth of UTC's commercial companies in India," said Jothi Purushotaman, president, UTC India. Zubin Irani joined UTC in 2005 as Carrier's director, marketing & strategy - Asia Pacific. In 2006 he expanded his role into general management as MD, Carrier India, providing a deep focus on this unique market. He was named VP and MD, Carrier India, in 2008. Prior to U
nited Technologies, Zubin Irani worked for seven years with McKinsey & Company. He has a master's degree in materials science and engineering from MIT and a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from IIT Kanpur.
 
Prasiddha Nath Dwivedi(BT/AE/04)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Prasiddha Nath Dwivedi has been awarded by the "Young Scientist Award".
 
Prabhat Singh (BT/CE/80)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Prabhat Singh has taken over as Director (Marketing) of GAIL (India). Singh is a Civil Engineer having graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and has around 29 years of experience of working in the Hydrocarbon Industry both in MNC and Public Sector Navratna PSUs at prominent positions. Prior to joining GAIL (Q,N,C,F)* as Director (Marketing), Singh headed the Upstream Business Development and the Strategy Divisions in British Gas since April 2006. During his earlier stint in GAIL, he headed GAIL`s Exploration and Production Department as General Manager. He made a major contribution in the execution of world`s longest exclusive LPG pipeline project from Jamnagar to Loni. The project was recognized by the Asian Development Bank as the `Best Managed Project` of the year. He was also instrumental in ushering in of the `Open Access Common Carrier Principle` in India which brought in a paradigm shift and contributed manifold in transitioning the pipeline transportation industry of the country into the matured industry that it is today. Prabhat Singh also led `Project Parivartan`in GAIL - a highly human oriented change management initiative which put `people at the heart of corporate purpose` to address the changing business environment. Befo
re joining GAIL (India) and serving the company for almost 20 years, Shri Singh had also served EIL and NTPC. Shares of the company declined Rs 4.85, or 1.19%, to trade at Rs 402.00. The total volume of shares traded was 18,438 at the BSE (11.03 a.m., Thursday).
 
Vijay Saluja got CID Gallantry Award, in the category of Social Bravery
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mr Vijay K. Saluja ,Ex Chief Engineer[civil]New Delhi Municipal Council & presently a Senior Fellow[urban studies] at Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi www.issin.org , resident of Nav Sansad Vihar, Sector 22, Dwarka was conferred CID Gallantry Award in Mumbai on 19.1.2010. under the category of Social Bravery by SONY TV . The awards were instituted from this year. Mr Vijay Saluja did his civil engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi & also studied Management of Urban Renewal at University of Birmingham-UK. He has been conferred this Award in recognition of his honesty, integrity & for his sustained efforts for taking on unethical & unfair system, thus `demonstrating an exemplary act of BRAVERY`.The CID Gallantry Award certificate, which is signed by four jury members further states `that we hope that this achievement serves as an example for others to follow` Mr Vijay K Saluja was honoured with Red & White Bravery Award in 2002,Giraffe Heroes Award in 2004 ,for sticking his neck out for the common good by Giraffe Heroes Project, a US based organization www.giraffe.org & Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award,in Feb 2009 by IIT Kanpur & IIT Kanpur Alumni Association, besides many other recognitions, for fighting corruption. & for professional integrityAs an IIT D
elhi graduate, Vijay Saluja joined the New Delhi Municipal Council in the hope of improving the overall living conditions for the people of New Delhi. Unfortunately this dream changed course when he was surrounded by the rampant corruption around him. Instead of going with the flow, Saluja decided to swim against the corruption in the system, which resulted in a hostile work environment, financial instability, mental and physical stress and even death threats. Saluja filed a civil petition in Delhi High Court citing his superiors' abuses of power, including massive squandering of public funds, and the damages to Saluja's career. The findings led to the restoration of Saluja’s 20 years of lost seniority, made him Chief Engineer of the department, and earned his adversaries contempt notices for dragging their feet. Vijay Saluja has been sustained through the years by his devotion to the common good. "Callous waste of public funds, when abject poverty abounds, literally appalls me" says the Chief Engineer.
 
Ashok Saxena(BT/ME/70)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Dr. Ashok Saxena, distinguished professor and dean of engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., has received the Committee E08 Fracture Mechanics Medal from ASTM International. The award is presented to individuals who have exerted a profound, positive effect on the development of the scientific discipline of fracture mechanics. A member of ASTM International since 1982, Saxena is active on Committee E08 and its subcommittees. He has been honored for his service to the committee with other awards over the years, including the ASTM Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow, the George R. Irwin Medal for his pioneering contributions for analyzing creep in engineering metals and two Awards of Appreciation for his work on developing ASTM test methods. Before joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 2003, Saxena was a Regents' Professor and chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga., and did engineering and research work at the Research and Development Center at Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, Pa., and at the National Steel Corp. in Weirton, W.Va. His career has focused mainly on education and research in the materials science and engineering field with a concen
tration on fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue behavior of structural materials. Saxena is a member of ASME International, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the American Society for Engineering Education, and he is a fellow of ASM International. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, where he received a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, Saxena earned an M.S. and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.
 
Sameer Khandekar (MT/ME/00)
Friday, January 15, 2010
Dr. Sameer Khandekar Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the Prof. K. N. Seetharamu Medal for Young Researcher by the Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer
 
Anil Rajvanshi(BT/ME/72) featured at NDTV
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Executive Appointments @ MakeMyTrip
Thursday, January 14, 2010
MakeMyTrip has appointed Mukesh Singh has assumed the role of Senior Vice President (Technology Development). As the Senior Vice President of Technology Development, Mukesh Singh will oversee the technological evolution of MakeMyTrip - one of the strongest IT based travel companies in the world. Mukesh has over 11 years of relevant experience, having worked with Zoesis, eGain Communications, Sumtotal System, Timeline Studios and Amazon. He holds a B. Tech degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He also pursued a graduate level course on Interactive Virtual Environments, Synthetic Characters, Image Representation for Vision and Advanced Computer Graphics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts. Mukesh was responsible for search, sponsored links and payments products at Amazon India. With specialization and extensive experience in various aspects of e-commerce, both the new hires are expected to contribute significantly towards MakeMyTrip’s continuous endeavours to create competitive differentiators. Commenting on these appointments, Deep Kalra, CEO & Founder, MakeMyTrip.com said, “Despite the slump in the industry over the better part of 2008-09, we have demonstrated profitability and emerged stronger. As we c
onsolidate our strengths, we will continue to maintain our competitive edge by investing in resources - this includes technology, infrastructure and as importantly, best-in-industry talent. As I welcome Mukesh to MakeMyTrip, I am certain their diverse experience and skill-set will help us scale newer peaks in customer and IT innovation.”
 
Prof SC Agarwal
Monday, December 14, 2009
Prof SC Agarwal, Director of School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Shobhit University Meerut gets DISTINGUISHED SERVICES AWARD 2009 of Vijnana Parishad of India. Prof. S. C. Agrawal, Director of School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Shobhit University Meerut has been awarded Distinguished Services Award by the Vijnana Parishad of India for his outstanding contribution to mathematics, National Development and Service rendered to the Parishad at the occasion of Inaugural Function of 13th Annual Conference of Vijnana Parishad of India on December 4, 2009 held at Jaypee Institute of Technology and Engineering, Raghogarh (Guna), M.P., India. Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, December 12, 2009 /India PRwire/ -- Prof. S. C. Agrawal, Director of School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Shobhit University Meerut has been awarded Distinguished Services Award by the Vijnana Parishad of India for his outstanding contribution to mathematics, National Development and Service rendered to the Parishad at the occasion of Inaugural Function of 13th Annual Conference of Vijnana Parishad of India on December 4, 2009 held at Jaypee Institute of Technology and Engineering, Raghogarh (Guna), M.P., India. Before joining Shobhit University, Prof. Agrawal, a Ph.D. for IIT Kanpur, served Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut as Dean, Faculty of Science; Dean, Faculty of Engineering; Professor & Head of Mathematics Department and Member of Academic Council. Prof. Agrawal's overseas assignments include the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship for one Academic year as Guest Member of Staff in the University of New-Castle-Upon Tyne, U.K. in 1972-73 and his visit to the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria from August 1981 to September 1984. Prof. Agrawal has attended a number of International Conferences in India and Abroad, has supervised 32 Ph.D. students and more than 75 M.Phil. students. His current Research Areas are Fluid Dynamics, Atmospheric Instability, Porous Media and the History of Mathematics. He is the Hon. Member, Board of Directors, Kundakunda Jnanapitha, Indore (Affl. To Devi Ahilya University, Indore), Ganini Gyanmati Shodh-Peetha (A Research Centre of Shobhit University on Jainology), Jamboo Dweep, Hastinapur, Meerut. Vijnana Parishad of India is an international society dedicated to the applications of Mathematics in all fields of Science and Technology and as such it has a crucial role to play. It is the only society in India which is explicitly devoted to this goal. Vijnana Parishad of India" has a Reciprocity Agreement with American Mathematical Society. It is one of the five Indian Societies and one of thirteen Asian Societies, which have "Mutual Receprocity Agreement" with "American Mathematical Society". "Jnanabha" with the blessings of Prof. J. N. Kapur as its Chief Advisor. The Mathematical content of the journal "Jnanabha" is indexed in the American Biweekly Current Mathematical Publications and is reviewed among others by Mathematical Reviews (U.S.A.), Zentralblatt fur Mathematik (Germany) and Applied Mechanics Reviews (U.S.A.).
 
Mr. Ranodeb Roy
Monday, November 30, 2009
Mr. Ranodeb Roy is a Managing Director, Head of Interest Rate Currency Credit Asia Pacific in Morgan Stanley. He is member of the firm’s Asia Executive Committee and Interest Rate Currency Credit Operating Committee. Mr. Roy has been just selected in the "Finance Asia" (A popular Asian Finance magazine inaugural list of 50 most Influential People in Asian Finance. Mr. Roy currently is based in Hong Kong. He joined Morgan Stanley Asia Ltd in March 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Roy worked in Merrill Lynch Hong Kong as Managing Director, Co-Head of Fixed Income Currency and Commodities (FICC) group in 2007; worked in Merrill Lynch New York as Managing Director, Head of Credit Trading & Sales Americas and Global Head of Exotics business in 2006-2007, worked in Merrill Lynch Tokyo as Managing Director, Head of Credit Trading Pac Rim from 1999 – 2005. The previous experience of Mr. Roy includes Director in Barclays Credit and Interest Rate Trading from 1998-1999; Assistant Director in Peregrine Fixed Income Ltd from 1996 – 1998; Assistant Vice President in Bank of America from 1992 – 1996. Mr. Roy received his MBA from Indian Institute of Management at Ahmadabad, India in 1992; received his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institu
te of Technology at Kanpur in 1990. To view more details please click here
 
Prof. Padmanabhan, former IITK Director
Friday, November 20, 2009
On November 14, 2009 the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) conferred its highest honour of Honorary Membership on Prof K A Padmanabhan. The Honorary Membership of the Indian Institute of Metals was honoured upon by this year's President, Dr. Sanak Mishra, CEO, Greenfield Projects, Arcelor-Mittal- India. The other Honorary Members elected this year are: The outgoing President of the IIM, Mr Pugazhenthy, Director/ CEO, Indian Lead Zinc Development Centre (the Indian unit of the world body of lead and zinc manufacturers, head quartered in London); Dr Robert Shull, Immediate Past President of The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS), USA and Dr B B Rath, Associate Director, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC (the last one could not be present). The Indian Institute of Metals has about 10,000 members and this year's events were co-sponsored by the TMS and the ASM, both of the USA. Prof. K A Padmanabhan is presently the Mercator Visiting Professor, University of Muenster, Institute of Materials Physics, Wilhelm-Klemm-Strasse, Muenster, Germany and Professor of Eminence, Anna University, Chennai, India. Prior to this, from september 2004 to 2006, he was the Jawaharlal Nehru Chair Professor, School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, India. In J
uly 2002, he joined the Sylvan International Universities, Baltimore, USA - one of the largest providers of post-secondary education in the private sector as a Rector and was nominated to head their new university project which was coming up in Hyderabad, India, as its Founder - Vice Chancellor/Rector. He held that position till May 2004. Earlier, he was the Director, IIT Kanpur, from the afternoon of 30th September, 1997 till September 14, 2001. Prior to that, he was holding the appointment of Dean, Academic Research at IIT Madras while being a Professor and Head, Metal Forming Laboratory, in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the same Institute since 1980. Prof. Padmanabhan obtained his B.Sc. (Met. Eng.) (Hons.) degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, U.K. in 1972. Apart from teaching and research, he has wide academic administrative experience serving in various capacities such as Head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Founder Organising Chairman of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and Chairman of Centre for Continuing Education, all at IIT Madras. He has won many academic distinctions, honours and recognitions. In July 1998 he was conferred the Sc.D. degree by the University of Cambridge, U.K., for his research contributions being the sixth Indian and the FIRST Indian Engineer to obtain this distinction from that University. Eight technologies developed by him and his colleagues are used in Indian industries. Further, Prof. Padmanabhan was the FIRST Indian to receive in 1994 the 'Forschungspreis' (a career research award) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is an Honorary Academician, Bashkirian Academy of Sciences, Russia, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, India and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Consulting Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation. Prof Padmanabhan is a Member of the Materials Research Society, USA, Materials Research Society of India and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials. He was selected in 1983 as 'National Metallurgist' by the Ministry of Steel and Mines, Government of India and the Indian Institute of Metals and also won the Kamani and the G D Birla Gold Medals of the Indian Institute of Metals. He is a Life Fellow of the said Institute as well. In 1998 he was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IT, BHU. Prof. Padmanabhan has supervised 25 Ph.D., 16 M.S., 38 M.Tech and 2 M.Phil. theses and many B. Tech. projects. He has more than 200 research publications in refereed international / national journals. He has edited seven books. He has the distinction of being the author of the first-ever produced comprehensive rexpert level book in English on "Superplasticity" (Springer Verlag, Germany, 1980), which is a citation classic. He published in March 2001 another expert-level book "Superplastic Flow: Phenomenology and Mechanics", through Springer Verlag, Germany. In October 2001 he became the first recipient of a new award established in Germany called �'uest Scientist Programme for Outstanding Scientists from Abroad' which is open to non-Germans of all nationalities working in any branch of science.
 
K. VijayRaghavan (BT/CHE/75)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor K. VijayRaghavan (BT/CHE/75), PhD, to its Board of Directors. Aeras is a non-profit product development partnership working to develop and distribute new tuberculosis vaccines that will prevent TB infection in all age groups and will be affordable, available and adopted worldwide. "We are fortunate to have Professor VijayRaghavan join us," said Jerald C. Sadoff, MD, the President and CEO of the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation. "Not only will he contribute his expertise in genetics and biology, he brings an invaluable perspective as a senior researcher based in a country with a high rate of tuberculosis where TB vaccines are planned to undergo clinical testing and ultimately be manufactured." Prof. VijayRaghavan is Senior Professor and Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore, India. NCBS, which he helped found, is one of the leading laboratories for biology research in India. An expert in molecular biology and genetics, Prof. VijayRaghavan's research centers on the neurobiology of animal movement. His current interests lie in understanding the mechanisms underlying animal development, in partic
ular the formation of muscles in the common fruit fly (Drosophila Melanogaster). "I look forward to becoming involved in TB vaccine research at the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation," said Prof. VijayRaghavan. "TB is a major health problem in India, and I am thrilled to join the effort to develop a safer and more effective TB vaccine." Prof. VijayRaghavan is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy. He has been a member of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India since 2004. He is a current associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and was awarded with the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Biology in 1998. Prof. VijayRaghavan has authored many technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial board of several publications, including the Journal of Genetics, Seminars in Developmental Biology and Bioconcepts. He is also the recipient of a Biotechnology Career Development Award of the Rockefeller Foundation. Prof. VijayRaghavan's pre-doctoral studies were at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, from which he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He conducted doctoral work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India and post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, USA. About Aeras The Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation (www.aeras.org ) is a non-profit organization working as a Product Development Partnership to develop new tuberculosis vaccines and ensure that they are distributed to all who need them around the world. Aeras is funded primarily by private foundations and government aid agencies. Aeras is based in Rockville, Maryland, where it operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing and laboratory facility.
 
Tajinder Singh (BT/EE/88)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Mr. Tajinder Singh has been appointed as the Deputy Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) General Secretariat. He will take up his appointment early in 2010. Mr. Singh is currently Head of International Affairs & Human Resource Development and Executive Assistant to the Chairman in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Mr. Singh comes from the Indian Administrative Service and has held various positions in the Ministry of Finance in the Government of India, as well as handling a number of assignments for the government in the financial and other sectors. He has over 18 years of experience at senior leadership positions in different organizations dealing with strategic issues in regulation, finance and administration, and significant domestic and international experience dealing with Government and regulators. Mr. Singh is currently Vice-Chairman of the Implementation Task Force of IOSCO, and played a key role in organizing the IOSCO Annual Conference in Mumbai in 2007. Mr. Singh holds a Masters Degree in Systems Science and Automation from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. The Deputy Secretary General’s duties include providing strategic advice; implementing aspects of IOSCO’s Strategic Direction; managing relations with IOSCO’s membership and being responsible for the administrative functioning of the Secretariat.
 
Manindra Agrawal (PHD/CSE/92)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The 2009 G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research is being conferred upon 43-year-old IIT professor Manindra Agrawal. Agrawal, who is N. Rama Rao chair professor at IIT Kanpur's department of computer science and engineering, is credited with pioneering research work in theories of computation and algorithm. The G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, instituted in 1991, honours high-calibre scientific accomplishments of Indian scientists, preferably below the age of 50. It carries a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh. Agrawal told EE Times India that his deterministic polynomial time algorithm detects prime numbers. "It is faster than other existing solutions and is foolproof." With this he solves a nearly 200-year old problem which has been vexing the mathematics community. "It is a great honour for me to have received the 2009 G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research and I am very happy with it," he added. This award is the latest feather in this professor's cap, who has many achievements to his name. The selection criteria for this award involve scrutiny and evaluation of a nominee's work by a board headed by the chief of the Indian National Science Academy. The board comprises eminent Indian scientists, including Prof. M.M. Sharma, former director of the Institute of Chemical
Technology, Prof. Asis Dutta of the National Centre for Plant Genome Research Centre and Anupam Varma national professor at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, among others.
 
Rohit Kumar Gupta(BT/MME/01)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Rohit Kumar Gupta (BT/MME/01) has received ISRO YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD-2007 from Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on 25th August 2009 in a function held at his residence.
 
Kirankumar V. Topudurti (MT/CE/84)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dr. Kirankumar V. Topudurti Wins the 2009 LTG John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award Dr. Kirankumar V. Topudurti, an IITK alumnus (M. Tech., CE, 1982-1984), won the highest and the most prestigious honor from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); he was awarded the 2009 LTG John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award among 36,000 eligible USACE employees. This award is presented to only civilian who has achieved the highest overall standards of excellence as a Corps of Engineers employee during a single calendar year period. Dr. Topudurti was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the development and execution of the Army Environmental Quality and Installations research and development program; for enhancing the prestige and reputation of the Corps of Engineers and the Army; for his professional eminence and leadership; and for his commitment and dedication to build a strong professional workforce here and abroad. The USACE Chief of Engineers, LTG Robert Van Antwerp, presented Dr. Topudurti with the Silver Medallion in honor of LTG John W. Morris. Earlier this year, Dr. Topudurti won the 2009 Federal Engineer of the Year Award among 91,000 eligible Federal engineers in the entire U.S. In this honor, the National Society of Professional Engineers presented Dr. Topudurti with the Founder's Gold Medal at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
 
CH2M HILL's Udai P. Singh Takes Office as President of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE on Oct. 1
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
CH2M HILL's Udai P. Singh Takes Office as President of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE on Oct. 1 CH2M HILL, a global full-service, engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm, is pleased to announce that Udai P. Singh, Vice President of the firm's Environmental Services Business Group, will become the President of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, effective Oct. 1. Two years ago he was elected to lead this professional society for a four-year term on its governing board. Dr. Singh has now completed one year each as Vice President and President-Elect as a part of his term. EWRI is a specialty organization of more than 25,000 environmental and water resources engineers and scientists within the ASCE and is the organization's largest institute. As President of EWRI, Dr. Singh will work with EWRI and ASCE staff in the organization's Reston, Va., headquarters. He also will work with hundreds of active EWRI committee and council members in the areas of water supply, sanitation, management; climate change, solid waste, hazardous waste, standards development, air quality, hydrology, low-impact development, and environmental sustainability. EWRI is a recogn
ized source for environmental and water resources information and knowledge exchange. 'During my term as President, I will strive to bring more recognition to EWRI of ASCE as a leader for professionals who plan, design, construct, and operate environmentally sound and sustainable solutions impacting air, land, and water resources,' says Dr. Singh. A career employee with CH2M HILL, Dr. Singh joined the firm as a water resources engineer in the Gainesville, Fla., office in 1974. Ten years later he transferred to the firm's San Francisco Bay Area office at the request of US Environmental Protection Agency to manage its highest priority Superfund site in EPA Region 9. For the past two decades Dr. Singh has served as senior program manager for some of EPA's largest Superfund contracts. He now is based in CH2M HILL's Oakland, Calif., office. The programs and projects he oversees have received high performance evaluation ratings from EPA as well as commendations and national awards.
 
Deepak Sogani (BT/CE/83) CEO of N.M. Roof Designers features in Guinness World Records
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Deepak Sogani (BT/CE/83) CEO of N.M. Roof Designers features in Guinness World Records. The world record is for creating the widest 'structural' wonder - a 119 feet wide Satsang Hall, 15,800 square feet in area, with no pillars in between! Jaipur-based structural engineering firm - N. M. Roof Designers (NMRD) Ltd -- has figured in the Guinness World Records for designing and constructing a Satsang Hall within the Govind Devji's Temple in Jaipur, which has a reinforced concrete cement (RCC) flat roof with a single span of 119 feet. "If Dubai has Burj Al Hotel - the world's tallest tower - India now has Govind Devji's Satsang Hall in Jaipur, the world's widest concrete building," says Deepak Sogani, CEO, NMRD Ltd, the structural consultants and contractors for this project. The total cost of building this structure was only Rs 3 crore. The Hall is adjacent to the Govind Devji Temple, the personal temple of the royal family of Jaipur. The hall is situated in the City Palace complex (the residence of the Maharaja) in the old Walled City. The architectural 'magic' moment The Govind Devji Temple Trust desired a Satsang Hall that could seat 5,000 devotees at any given time. The primary requirement of the trust was that the hall should not
have any pillars in between. Given the large width of the hall and the requirement of constructing a flat, usable roof, the only structure that could work was a grid slab. A grid or waffle slab is an RCC roof constructed employing a criss-cross square grid of deep ribs. The entire grid roof of 36 metre x 38 metre is resting on four peripheral beams, which are 1420 x 2718 deep. The outer beams, in turn, rest on eight columns on the outer periphery, four at the corners and four in the middle of each side. By increasing the thickness of a very insignificant member (the slab) from 115 mm to 200 mm, the deflection was brought within permissible limits. What makes this Hall unique? n The Satsang Hall's roof area is about 16,000 square feet -- or equivalent to the area of 10 three-bedroom flats. n A total of 20 lakh litres of concrete was used to build this hall; an equivalent amount is used to construct 100 residential flats. n The hall has been constructed using 3 lakh kilogram of steel; this quantity of steel could have built 60 residential flats. n The cost of this structural wonder was only around Rs 2,000 a square feet. Today, most builders charge a rate of Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 a square feet for a high-end residential bungalow. n The foundation of this hall is 12 metres deep. Such a deep foundation is used to support a 20-storey building. About N.M. Roof Designers NMRD is a 20-year old privately-held structural designing consultancy that has carved a niche for itself by working on unique and interesting structures across India. Some of its landmarks include the 120-feet dome of The Sirsa School; the building of Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur (which a seven-metre large projecting cantilevers) that has won accolades for its architecture. NMRD has also engineered and constructed several institutional and industrial complexes in India, besides some projects in countries like the US, the UK, Switzerland and Mauritius. It is run by Deepak Sogani, an IIT Kanpur graduate of the 1983 batch.
 
Shubhendu Shekhar Mukherjee (BT/CSE/91)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Dr. Shubu Mukherjee of Intel Corp has been awarded the 2009 Maurice Wilkes Award of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH), for his contributions to the reliability of microprocessors and other silicon chips which are often affected by radioactive contaminants that result in a condition known as "soft errors." His techniques and methodologies laid the foundation for cost-effective solutions that can balance a processor's soft error rate (SER) with performance, power, and area. The award, which carries a prize of $2,500, was presented on June 23, at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) in Austin, TX. Dr. Mukherjee, who directs Intel's SPEARS Group (Simulations and Pathfinding for Efficient and Reliable Systems), developed terms and definitions that have provided a common language between industry partners and competitors including Intel, AMD, Hitachi, Fujitsu, NCR, CISCO, and others. Hailed as a "powerhouse" of research in architecture design by many in the microprocessor field, Dr. Mukherjee introduced a systematic method of computing SER using a concept called Architectural Vulnerability Factor (AVF), which expresses the fraction of faults resulting from radioactive particle strikes that can cause a user
-visible error. This technique identified prime candidates for error protection and made it practical for chipmakers to determine efficiently which structures needed protection to ensure reliability. A principal engineer at Intel and the author of a highly acclaimed book titled Architecture Design for Soft Errors published in 2008, Mukherjee has co-authored 50 technical papers, including the IEEE Micro Top Picks paper awards in 2003 and 2004. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and he holds 21 patents and has 27 additional patent applications pending. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur with a B.Tech, and was awarded an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Maurice Wilkes Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to computer architecture made by an individual in a computer-related profession for 20 years or less. It is named in honor of Maurice Wilkes, a recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award in 1967 who is best known as the builder and designer of the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC), the first computer with an internally stored program. About ACM ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking. About SIGARCH The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture www.sigarch.org serves a unique community of computer professionals working on the forefront of computer design in both industry and academia. It is ACM's primary forum for interchange of ideas about tomorrow's hardware and its interactions with compilers and operating systems.
 
Five IIT-K professors to be honoured on Teachers' day
Saturday, September 05, 2009
On the occasion of Teachers' Day, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, will honour its five faculty members who have completed 25 years at the institute. Registrar of IIT Kanpur Prof Sanjeev Kashalkar said that the institute is organising a programme to honour its teachers tomorrow to mark the Teachers' Day. The five teachers include Prof Sudhir Jain of the Civil Engineering department, Prof Brahma Dev of the Material and Metallurgical department, Prof Vijay Kumar Jain and Prof Prakash Mahadev Dikshit of the department of Mechanical Engineering and the Maths department's Prof P Shunmugraj. Prof Kashalkar said that the director of the institute Sanjay Govind Dhande will felicitate the five teachers and present them mementos and shawls.
 
Online filing of RTI Applications
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
India’s first system for online filing of RTI Applications At the stroke of the midnight hour when the world slept, India yet again awoke to Life and Freedom. This 15th August marked the launch of www.rtination.com – a portal which enables filing of Right to Information Act (RTI) Applications for the first time in India. The system has been developed by graduates from IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi. It is dedicated to the people of India. rtination.com, a social entrepreneurship venture, will act as an online platform where people can file their applications while sipping their cup of tea. The site makes filing of an RTI Applications easy, fast and more accessible. The website was developed over a span of six months and hopes to encourage transparency by enabling more people to ask for information under the RTI Act, 2005. Since the launch, the site has received applications from places as far flung as Azamgarh and Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh. www.rtination.com has received full endorsement from the Chief Information Commissioner of India, Shri Wajahat Habibullah. The Inspiration The time and effort taken to file an RTI Application acted as a deterrent in filing of applications. When some of us tried filing for an application ourselves, we had almost given up after spending about 3 hours in a government department. A PwC report dated June 2009 said that over 25% of the applicants had to pay more than 3 visits to the Government office in order to file his application. Where does a common man in India who works 5-6 days a week from morning to evening have time to either go to the post office or a government department to ask for information? So all he can do is tread the same broken road and read the same old stories in newspapers day after day. However, we believe that if change has to happen in the country, this common man has to be a part of it. That’s when we embarked on an ambitious project that could make asking questions like why the road is broken or where his money is being spent etc., by comman man a much easier process. That’s what inspired us to make a system to enable online filing of RTI Applications. Since not all government departments are connected through an online network the proposal for online filing of RTI Applications seemed a far fetched idea initially. The team at rtination.com was committed to find a way around the constraints and decided to act as a service provider to deliver applications filed online to the respective government departments. It is commonplace to see many in India complaining about the system, while reading a newspaper over a cup of tea every morning. rtination.com now gives them an option, to stop complaining and start asking. The time taken to file an application on the site is less than the time you will take to finish your cup of tea. Features The site offers various resources for one to understand the RTI Act and the art of writing an effective RTI Application. When an application is submitted on the website, a team reviews it, and suggests changes to make it more effective. People can put forward their doubts on the site and also network with others who are passionate about bringing a change in India. Most importantly rtination.com will serve as a platform where people can share the replies they have received with a large number of people and galvanize public opinion. In the coming few days rtination.com will be launching missions on a bi-monthly basis. These missions will focus on one issue of larger public importance. People can be a part of the mission and file RTI Applications to promote transparency in the chosen area. The fee for filing an application on the site is Rs. 125, which is primarily to meet the costs behind providing the service. The project is a setup in the sphere of social entrepreneurship where the major motivation is the spirit of the ‘adventure of nation building’ About RTI If the government runs on the taxpayer’s money, the taxpayer has every right to check if his money is being utilised in a proper manner. This is just like in a company, where the boss who pays the employees has every right to question and check them. The employees are answerable to their boss. Right to Information Act (RTI), passed in 2005 provides to every citizen of India right to ask information held by a Public Authority. One can ask for information on a variety of issues. Be it the amount spent by an MP in your area or the cause for delay in your passport applications. The information can be asked through Public Information Officers (PIO) that have been appointed in every government department in India. What makes the RTI Act more effective is that if you don't receive information you have requested for in 30 days the PIO is penalised through a deduction in his salary. Fact: Some people think that an online system of filing of applications already exists on the CIC website. The fact however is that one can only file a complaint with the CIC if their application is not heard by a Public Information Officer. Image: The team: Rahul Gupta – IIT Kanpur (2008) Prateek Kumar – IIT Kanpur (2008) Vineesh Kumar – IIT Delhi (2008) Vinay Kumar – IIT Delhi (2006) Rasaal Dwivedi – IIM Khozikode (2008) What kept the team moving was the sheer thought that the project could make the common man in India actually stop complaining and start working towards a greater nation. Videos you can use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhMUe_y9OJk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsx0q2AumA0
 
Amrita Verma Chowdhury
Monday, September 07, 2009
'I am a bad painter but I love art’ Asha Prakash First Published : 06 Sep 2009 10:52:00 AM IST Last Updated : 04 Sep 2009 03:01:02 PM IST NRI stands for ‘Newly Returned Indian’ in Amrita Verma Chowdhury’s novel — Faking It. The throes of reverse migration, the contemporary art scenario in India and a wife who is forced to leave her sparkling career to join her husband, all find a place in the book. Amrita is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, the University of Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon but says her similarity to Chetan Bhagat ends there. She is currently associate director of the India Research Centre division of Harvard Business School. Is this your first book? My first full-fledged novel, yes. A few short stories were published in magazines and I have written a few poems which I have not given for publishing. Why the title? I know it sounds naughty. The book revolves around art forgery. On another level, it is about faking in other ways, when you doubt your sense of belonging. How would you classify the novel? It crosses genres and can’t be defined easily. But I’d like to say it is a good intelligent book, and readers have told me they couldn’t put it down. So you wouldn’t classify it as chicklit? Well, it is breezy, and definitely not highbrow. I
t is commercial fiction, but it has a strong female protagonist. It touches upon reverse migration, not something you see often see in Indian English fiction. In a way, I have tried to chronicle India’s economic growth in the past decade. If you write an informative piece on it, people might not read it. But when it is presented as a fun book, they might. Also, India is all about poverty to many in the West. I have tried to present the counterpoint — there is progress as well. The book has a lot of information on art, Indian art in particular, of the past 100 years — galleries, artists, dealers, auctions everything. The fact that you are academically inclined seems to be reflected in the attention to details. Yes, it is very factual in that respect. I believe that you have to get the facts right first. I am a bad painter but I love art. While in IIT, I had chosen History of Art as my humanities option. But later I did active research solely for the book. Amrita Shergill has a strong presence. Yes, she is my favourite artist. Also, she has always been something of a mystery, her early death being one of the factors. She is a rich character. Who is your target audience? I want men as well as women to read the book. Maybe it has to do with the pink cover but more women than men have been responding. How did a hard core science person like you turn to writing? Well, I have always loved art and literature. My mother is a psychologist, she writes as well. But growing up in India, you have to go for engineering. While in Berkeley I did an internship in journalism and the National Geographic. Favourite authors? Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahri and many more. But I feel that there is a need for something different in Indian English fiction. How did you get the time to read, and write? (Amrita’s work as an engineer in Silicon Valley earned her seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication) When you love to read, you manage. Whenever I get a moment, I read, while waiting in traffic, for example. I can’t sleep without reading. I took a break of two years from my career to write Faking It. It takes courage to break away from a structured atmosphere. But I have no regrets and am glad I had the courage to do it. Writing has given me a lot of confidence.
 
Rupak Majumdar (BT/CSE/98)
Friday, August 28, 2009
Computer scientist Rupak Majumdar joins the Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) as Scientific Director in June, 2010. Majumdar is the first Indian to be appointed scientific director at a Max Planck Institute. The MPI-SWS, located in Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern, western Germany, conducts high-risk, high-impact research related to the design, analysis, modelling, implementation and evaluation of complex software systems. It is one of eighty institutes run by the Max Planck Society (MPS), which is world-renowned for its basic research in medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology and the humanities. Both in Germany and abroad, Max Planck Institutes are considered particularly attractive research establishments that offer ideal working conditions for performing cutting-edge research. The Max Planck Society maintains its high standards by appointing internationally renowned scientists and researchers as Scientific Members, who then assume the responsibility for running the well-equipped research institutes. The Senate of the Max Planck Society appoints the Members and Directors in a rigorous selection procedure involving leading experts from the MPS and other organisations. Explaining his shift from the University of California, Los Ang
eles to MPI-SWS, Dr. Majumdar told the German Information Centre, “The Max Planck Institute funding model lets you work on longer-term and more ambitious projects. This was the primary motivation. The excellent group of people at the MPI for software systems helped a lot.” The MPS currently has 266 Members and Directors at its 80 scientific institutes. Out of this, 82 are foreigners from 24 countries, including 17 from the USA, 11 from the UK, six from Austria, seven from Switzerland and now one from India. The MPS builds on its excellent reputation by attracting the brightest scientific brains from around the world, including India. In 2008 MPS had 557 Indians as international visiting researchers. The Max Planck Institute for Computer Science (MPII) is also setting up the Indo-Max Planck Centre for Computer Science (IMPECS) – a joint research centre with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Rupak joins MPI-SWS from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was on the faculty of the computer science department. Prior to that, Rupak received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. His research deals with the spectrum of formal verification techniques, ranging from theoretical foundations of logic and automata theory to practical software engineering tools that systematically analyse thousands of lines of code for programmer errors. Along with Ranjit Jhala, Majumdar wrote the the model checker Blast, which is able to analyse over 100,000 lines of code for complex temporal properties. This achievement was a major milestone and proof of feasibility in the field of software verification, and led to a flurry of academic and industrial activity in the area. Talking about the opportunities for young Indian researchers in India, Majumdar said, “From an MPI perspective, we would like very much that bright young researchers come to Germany and the MPI for their doctoral or postdoctoral studies, as well as consider Germany when looking for academic careers. I think the language barrier has prevented Indian students to look at European universities. However, many places in Europe have switched to English, have built up excellent international graduate programmes, and I believe are very well poised to attract good students from India, China, and so on.”
 
Dr. Anupam Khanna (BT/EE/74)
Monday, August 10, 2009
Dr. Anupam Khanna (BT/EE/74) is presently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Global Development Network (GDN - now an independent international organization headquartered in New Delhi, supported by multilateral and bilateral agencies as well as private foundations to promote excellence in research and policy analysis in developing countries). He is in charge of launching two new flagship Global Research Projects (Climate Change; Urbanization in Developing Countries) and coordinating an effort to stimulate policy research and its usefulness for shaping debates in Africa and South Asia relating to trade and agriculture. Prior to coming to GDN in November 2008, Dr. Khanna spent five years as Senior Manager, Policy Support in the Corporate Secretariat of the World Bank in Washington D.C. He oversaw analytic and policy work for the standing committees (Audit, Budget, Development Effectiveness and Personnel) of the 24-member Board of Executive Directors and advised senior management and the Board on strategy, policy, fiduciary and compliance issues. From September 2000 through March 2003 Dr. Khanna was the Chief Economist for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group based in London, United Kingdom. He advised top management on global economic trends, business environment and country risks;
supported corporate strategy and planning functions; and was a core member of the Shell Scenarios Team that developed Global Scenarios to 2020. He then spent April-July 2003 at Oxford University as a visiting fellow associated with the Department of Economics and University College where he undertook research on global economic governance and international regulation. Previously, during 1997-2000 Anupam was Senior Advisor, then de facto Chief of Staff to the World Bank's Senior Vice President & Chief Economist (first Joe Stiglitz, then Nick Stern). He was also a member of Infrastructure/Urban and Environment Sector Boards governing the World Bank Group's activities in these sectors. He also served as the Special Assistant to World Bank Presidents Conable and Preston during 1989-91. As member of the pioneering team that established the World Bank's Resident Mission in China, Anupam lived in Beijing during 1986-89 with responsibility for industry, electric power and state enterprise reform. Later during 1992-97 he was the division chief managing infrastructure operations (road transport, ports, railways, water supply, urban development, village infrastructure) in Indonesia, Papa New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Dr. Khanna, an Indian national, joined the World Bank through the Young Professionals Program in December 1980. After completing assignments in East Africa (transport) and East Asia (housing finance) regions, he worked as an economist on manufacturing industry (textiles & fibres, machinery, electronics) in Latin America, Asia and Southern/Central Europe as well as on telecommunications in Africa and India. His work focused heavily on industrial strategy and regulatory policy, especially for supporting technological innovation. Anupam graduated at the top of the 1974 batch from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Subsequent studies at Stanford University spanned systems engineering, exploration geophysics, management science and economics, earning him three graduate degrees including a Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled "An Approach to Modeling Systems of Political Economy: Towards Introducing the Notion of Power in Economic Analyses".
 
Prof Barun Banerjee
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Prof Barun Banerjee, Professor of Department of Mechanical Engineering has taken voluntary retirement from IIT Kanpur on July 31, 2009. He can be reached at bnb@iitk.ac.in
 
Prof. Kripa Shankar (MT/ME/72)
Friday, July 24, 2009
With immense pride we are happy to share that Prof. Kripa Shanker (MT/ME/72) Secretary, Alumni Association and R Tewari Chair Professor, Industrial and Management Engineering, has been appointed as the Vice- Chancellor of the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU). The jurisdiction of UPTU spans the entire state of U.P. in affiliating B.Tech., M.B.A., M.C.A., B.Arch., B. Pharma., B.H.M.C.T., M.Tech. and Ph.D. programmes in around 400 colleges/institutions imparting graduate, postgraduate and doctoral level training in all government and private institutions located all over U.P. in engineering, technology, architecture, pharmacy, hotel management and catering technology as well as M.B.A. and M.C.A. programmes. Prof. Kripa Shanker obtained his B.Sc.Engg. (Mechanical) from Banaras Hindu University, M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur; and M.S and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell. His main areas of teaching and research include production/operations management, supply chain management, quantitative and statistical decision models, computer-integrated/flexible manufacturing systems, cellular manufacturing, simulation and supply chain management. He joined IIT Kanpur as faculty member in the Industr
ial and Management Engineering Department in 1978 where he has been serving as a Professor since 1987. He had been a visiting Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology from 1882-84, and again from 1998-2000. He has also taught at Cornell. He has supervised over 100 Masters and 7 Doctoral theses. He has published seventy papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He has been associated with more than a dozen sponsored projects in the field of CAM, CIMS and FMS from various sponsoring agencies. He has organized several continuing education courses for engineering college teachers, and engineers and managers from industry on the topics of inventory control, quality and reliability, DSS, CIMS, FMS and IMS. He has received several scholastic awards and prizes for his studentship and also for his professional accomplishments. He is a recipient of Gold Medal for standing first in Mechanical Engineering at BHU. He has also been recipient of National Merit Scholarship and Government of India Scholarship for Studies Abroad. He has been awarded ISTE National Award for Outstanding Academic, 2001, and Distinguished Alumunus Award from BHU in 2007. He is affiliated with many professional bodies which include Operations Research Society of America, Operations Research Society of India, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) (Sr. Member), Fellow of Indian National Academy Engineering, Institution of Engineers, India Fellow (Life Member), Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, Indian Society for Technical Education (Life Member). He is reviewer of several international journals in the areas of FMS, CIMS, production and operations management. During the last 24 years at IIT/K as a faculty, he has held various positions like founder and Head for several years of Data Processing Cell (now Office Automation), Warden, Head of Department, Dean of Students Affairs. At the national level, his participation include as Member, CII National Committee on Technical Education and Training, Chairman, Institution of Engineers (India) Kanpur Local Centre, Member, AICTE National Broad of Accreditation of Management Institutions. His major professional/administrative achievements with national impact include his initiating at IIT Kanpur, teaching and research in the field of computer-integrated/flexible manufacturing systems (CIM and FMS), Data-Processing Centre (now Office Automation), and 2-year MBA programme. He has been the Deputy Director of IIT Kanpur for the two consecutive terms (2002-08). We are confident that UPTU will reach greater heights under his able guidance and leadership
 
Anil K Jain(BT/EE/69)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Anil K. Jain is a University Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Computer Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. He received a B.Tech. from IIT, Kanpur (1969) and Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1973). Professor Jain's accomplishments include groundbreaking research in pattern recognition theory, applying the theory to a number of important applications, particularly in biometric recognition and outstanding service to the international pattern recognition community and professional societies. Anil Jain has been working in the area of pattern recognition for the past thirty-five years. He is considered a leading international authority in pattern recognition theory and practice. In particular, he has significantly advanced the state-of-the-art in data clustering, fingerprint matching and face recognition. His book on data clustering (Prentice Hall, 1988) is listed as "Top-100 all-time most cited publication in computer science (according to CiteSeer). Almost every paper published these days in fingerprint matching and biometric recognition cites his seminal papers and books in these areas. He has been granted six U.S. patents in the area of fingerprints that have been licensed. After completing his
Ph.D. thesis on the "curse of dimensionality" in pattern classification in 1973, he continued his work on unsupervised learning (cluster analysis), dimensionality reduction, Markov random field models, and object recognition with applications in document understanding, medical image analysis and biometric recognition. He has published 10 books, over 175 journal articles and over 200 conference papers on these topics; many of these are frequently cited and have been reprinted in edited books. He was identified as a "Highly Cited Researcher" by ISI and "Most Cited Top 10" by Elsevier Science, 1995-97. His review papers on data clustering (ACM Computing Surveys, 1999), biometrics (Comm. ACM, 2000), pattern recognition (IEEE Trans. PAMI, 2000), neural networks (IEEE Computer, 1996), texture analysis (Handbook of Pattern Recognition, 1989) and Markov random fields (J. Applied Statistics, 1989) provide excellent surveys of these topics and have become standard reading material. Anil Jain continues his service in educating the broader communit through his books (on clustering, fingerprint matching, face recognition among others), short courses, invited talks, media interviews, and industrial consulting and collaboration. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the most prestigious journal in his field, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence (1991-94). Prof. Jain has advised 30 doctoral students and has been invited to give plenary talks at several major pattern recognition conferences. He has organized NSF supported Workshops in emerging areas of pattern recognition and computer vision: (i) Research Agenda in Biometrics, 2003, (ii) Challenges in Computer Vision, 1991, (iii) Markov Random Fields, 1989, and (iv) Range Image Understanding, 1988. His short courses on pattern recognition, neural networks and biometrics receiveexcellent reviews. He has received a number of awards and for details one may look at his home page: http://www.cse.msu.edu/~jain/
 
Subodh Chandra Agrawal (MSc2/Phy/73)
Friday, June 26, 2009
Subodh Chandra Agrawal (MSc2/Phy/73) has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Punjab from June 26, 2009. Earlier he was the state's Principal Secretary (Finance). Mr. Agarwal, did his Masters in Physics from IIT Kanpur in the year 1973 and joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1975 from the Punjab Cadre.
 
Ram Sevak Sharma (MSc2/MTH/77)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
IAS officer Ram Sevak Sharma (MsC2/MTH/77) has been handpicked as the director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to assist its first chairman Nandan Nilekani. According to sources, the Prime Minister's Office has given the clearance to the appointment of Sharma, the Jharkhand-cadre officer shifted unceremoniously from the IT department by the Shibu Soren government last year. UIDAI will be responsible for providing a unique identification number to every citizen of the country. The pet project of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been allotted Rs 120 crore in this year's budget. The project is the Indian equivalent of the US social security number scheme. Each Indian citizen will get a unique identification number that will help identify him/her. It will also do away with the need to submit different documents in case a citizen wants to avail of any service (either government or private). Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys, was appointed the head of the project with the status of a cabinet minister. Sharma, at present the secretary in the state science and technology, and drinking water and sanitation departments, said: "The first ID card/number should be out in one-and-a-half years' time. The real picture will emerge only after consultatio
n with various stakeholders." "It will be a unique ID card /number for delivery of various social and health services among others. The Election Commission has already issued ID cards to some 60 crore voters. Our challenge will be to integrate the existing database with the new form of ID card/number," said Sharma, visibly elated over the news. "Moreover, it is also challenging to see as how technology stops multiplicity, swapping or theft of the ID card/number," Sharma said. Sharma, who holds masters degree in mathematics from IIT, Kanpur, and a degree in computer science from California University, has held posts in six state departments in the past seven years. These included IT, human resource development, panchayati raj, personnel and drinking water and sanitation. He was also principal secretary to the governor from January 1, 2003, to June 11, 2003.
 
Rakesh Gupta (BT/CHE/75)
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Rakesh Gupta (BT/CHE/75), a faculty member in the West Virginia University Department of Chemical Engineering since 1991, became chair of that department on July 1. Gupta, an expert in polymer theology, polymer processing and polymer composites, will continue as the George and Carolyn Berry Chair in Chemical Engineering at WVU. Gene Cilento, Glen Hiner Dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, said "I am confident that Dr. Gupta will build upon the excellence and strong tradition that his predecessor has upheld over the past decade, while advancing the life science mission for chemical engineering over the next decade." Gupta earned his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, India, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He also has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and worked for Monsanto and DuPont. His research is supported by Bayer MaterialScience, Kraft Foods, the U.S. Department of Energy and the WVU Research Corporation. He is the author of Polymer and Composite Rheology, the coauthor of Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering and the coeditor of the forthcoming Handbook of Polymer Nanocomposites.
 
Mr. J.N. Gupta (BT/EE/1977) takes over as Executive Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Mr. J.N. Gupta (BT/EE/1977) has taken over as the Executive Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in Mumbai on July 9, 2009. Prior to this assignment, he was the Group CFO of Kazstroy Service Group. The appointment is initially for a period of two years. He received his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in the year 1977, and possesses CAIIB and Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) qualifications. Mr. J. N. Gupta has held senior positions in the State Bank of India, Grasim Industries Limited, Indo Gulf Fertilisers and Kazstroy Service Group. Mr. Gupta worked in SEBI as well between July 1994 to July 1996. Widely travelled, Mr. J N Gupta was based in London/ Kazakhstan for the last seven years. Mr. Gupta has been actively involved with the alumni and the Institute affairs. He had established the "Late Shri Jagdeo Narain Gupta and Smt. Murti Devi Gupta Chair" at IIT Kanpur. His son Mr. Arjun Gupta (BT/CHE/2008) is also an alumnus if this place.
 
Santosh K Misra(BT/EE/93)
Monday, June 22, 2009
An officer and a gentleman News article on NDTV at http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/an_officer_and_a_gentleman.php For decades, the Irula tribes survived on pavements. But now tents and huts form their new homes. Their children, who've been picking rags will soon start holding books in a Government school. The men who had been cutting wood and catching snakes have been trained as drivers. The women have been given ration cards with 35 kilos of subsidized food grains every month. This is a transformation that's taken place after a young IAS Officer was haunted by a disturbing image on his way to work. "I noticed two five-year-olds sitting on a heap of garbage, drinking something from a glass and with flies all over their faces. It was a pathetic sight," recalls Santosh K Misra, Collector, Kancheepuram. So for almost a whole year, this Collector of Kancheepuram district had made it his mission to improve the lives of the Irula community. "Earlier, we wouldn't get work often and would have to starve on those days," says a woman. In his previous posting in Ooty, the young bureaucrat provided electricity to a remote tribal
village -something that the Kurumbas and Todas here had been deprived of for 50 years. With power, came TVs. So the hands that clutched bows and arrows began to hold remotes! Now, she's charmed the snake charmers of Kancheepuram!
 
Anil Rajvanshi (BT/ME/72) Globe Award 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Globe Award 2009: Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, NARI, wins the Globe Sustainability Research Award STOCKHOLM, JUNE 3, 2009 - In tough competition with five prominent nominees the Indian research institute NARI, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, won the Globe Sustainability Research Award 2009. The award was presented to NARI's representative Director Anil Rajvanshi, by H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, at a ceremony in the Winter Garden of Grand Hotel in Stockholm, June 3rd. The goal of the Globe Sustainability Research Award, this year presented for the third time, is to discover and encourage researchers and research institutes prominent in sustainability research. The jury for the Sustainability Research Award was chaired by Mohan Munasinghe, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2007 and Vice Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Jury members are Dr. Mona Makram-Ebeld, former member of the Egyptian Parliament and Professor of Political Science at the American University, Cairo, Egypt; Fred Dubee, UN Global Compact, Senior Advisor working extensively in China and throughout Asia, and Tommy Borglund, Head of CSR services at Hallvarsson & Halvarsson Sweden. "The Globe Sustainability Research Award was judged on several criteria, in
cluding originality, practicality, and contributions to humanity through economic gains, social development and environmental protection. The Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) project on development of a low grade ethanol filled cylinder, which provides energy to produce high quality light output in a lantern, as well as clean fuel for cooking systems, was the outstanding example of sustainability research, based on these criteria", says Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman of the Globe Sustainability Research Award jury. "We are delighted to receive this prestigious International Award at the hands of HRH Crown Princess Victoria. This award recognises and confirms NARI's philosophy that high tech solutions based on local resources can be developed by a rural organization and are appropriate to solving the basic problems of rural areas of the world", says Anil Rajvanshi, Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). Globe Award's mission is to highlight and reward good cases and initiatives within sustainability research. A total of four jury groups, each with highly experienced and internationally recognized experts, has ensured that the most innovative and visionary innovators, scientists, cities and companies are highlighted. The Globe Award jury is chaired by Lars-Olle Larsson, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden. For more information please contact: Lars-Olle Larsson, Chairman of the Globe Award jury, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden. Mobile: +46-709 29 39 83, e-mail: lars-olle.larsson@se.pwc.com Martina Nee, Manager Globe Award, Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden, Mobile: +46-73 317 53 55, e-mail: martina.nee@globeforum.comAbout NARI The Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) has developed a light source which runs on locally produced fuel, is environmentally friendly and produces bright light equivalent to that from a 100 W electric bulb. This lantern also doubles up as a cooking stove thereby solving the twin problem of cooking and lighting for rural households. NARI is the first anywhere to propose and develop a dual purpose lantern running on 55-60% ethanol-water mixture. NARI is based in Maharashtra, India. http://www.nariphaltan.org/ About Globe Award Globe Award was founded in 2007 in Sweden by the international business network and marketplace Globe Forum with the aim to support and encourage successful and innovative CSR work. Globe Award 2009 is acknowledging prominent researchers, innovators, cities and companies - from all parts of the world - within four categories Sustainability Research Award, Sustainability Innovation Award, Sustainable City Award and the Sustainability Reporting Award http://www.globeaward.org/, http://www.globeforum.com/.
 
Sudhir K Jain(PhD/CIT/83)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Prof Sudhir K Jain has been appointed as the Director of IIT Gandhinagar
 
Prem Kumar Kalra (MT/EE/82)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Prof P K Kalra has been appointed as the Director, IIT Rajasthan
 
Vineet Buch (BT/CS/93)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
You will be pleased to know that on May 17, IITK Alumnus Vineet Buch (IITK/BTCS/93) became the first Indian American ever to compete at the 2009 Molokai Challenge surfski race. The 37-year-old venture capitalist, and Founder of Bay Area Companies, Ria (now Like.com) and Karient, completed the Molokai Challenge in Hawaii, a 32-mile race between Molokai and Oahu, in some of the world’s roughest waters teeming with tiger sharks looking for a quick snack. As Vineet puts it, "the Molokai is like a solo climb on Mount Everest. The combination of balance, agility, endurance, intelligent wave reading and mental toughness necessary to finish a race like this is unique to this race." For the India West article on Vineet Buch and the Molokai race, please see: http://www.indiawest.com/readmore.aspx?id=842&Sid=1 You can also see a youtube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL7z3ivrzK8
 
Rakesh K. Jain (BT/CHE/73)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D., of Wellesley, Massachusetts, has recently been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Jain is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Edwin L. Steele Laboratory and the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Radiation Oncology. Jain is among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries to be recognized by the academy for their distinguished and continuing achievement in research. With this new honor, Jain becomes only the ninth individual and the first Harvard Medical School faculty member elected to all three U.S academies at the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the NAS. Established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation by President Abraham Lincoln, the NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to furthering science and its use for the general welfare. The academy acts as an official advisor to the federal government in matters related to science and technology. Dr. Jain received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D., in 1974 and 1976 from the University of Delaware all in chemical engineering. Dr. Jain is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of tumor biology, drug delivery, in vivo imag
ing and bioengineering. His work has fundamentally changed the thinking of scientists and clinicians about how molecularly targeted therapeutics actually work in animal models and cancer patients and how to combine them optimally to improve survival rates in cancer patients. Further details about Dr. Jain's research can be found at www.steele.mgh.harvard.edu.
 
E Govindrajan (PHD/EE/90)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Prof. Dr. E. G. Rajan is the Founder President of the Pentagram Research Centre (P) Ltd., Hyderabad, India. He is an Electronics Engineer and a Professor of Signal Processing having about 30 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. He has a number of publications to his credit. He is a professional member of ACM and he is an editor of the journal of AMSE, Barcelona, Spain. He received his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering, (Signal and Image Processing), from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, U.P., M.E. degree in Applied Electronics, from Madras University, the then famous DMIT in Electronics Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Madras and B.Sc degree in Physics from Madras University. His contribution to the state-of-the-art of Electronic Warfare has been well recognized in the Government and industrial sectors. He was a noted teacher in the department of Electrical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He received Distinguished Scientist and Man of the Millennium Award from Who is Who Bibliographical Records, Cambridge, 2000. He authored many books like, Symbolic Computing – Signal and Image Processing, Electronic Order of Battle Records of Military Radars, Computers and Information Technology
and Foundations of Information Technology. He is the father of a novel paradigm Symbolic Computing In the Framework of Markov’s Constructive Mathematical Logic. Two of his fifteen Ph.D scholars are involved in the design of digital circuits using organic molecules and some of them are working in the novel area of Genomic Signal Processing. He has brought out more than 25 original concepts. One such concept is Codon Space, which advocates the theory of Life Forms as Subspaces of the Information Space called Codon Space. Another concept is a Mathematical Transform, which goes by his name as Rajan Transform. This transform is ideally used for Pattern Recognition and Analysis purposes. He leads the company in his own professorial style and the company is technically strong and steady. Pentagram Research Centre Private Limited was incorporated in February 1997 in Hyderabad, India. Pentagram Research is dedicated to providing institutions, industries and research laboratories with comprehensive range of open-ended solutions in most of the areas related to Information Technology. The Scientists and Scholars of Pentagram Research are constantly involved in various major activities related to research, development, training and publications. Major areas of research of the company are: Computer Vision, Digital Morphology, Cellular Logic, Image Algebra, Virtual Reality, Pattern Recognition, Remote Sensing & GIS, Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Bio-Informatics, Space Applications, DNA Computing, Symbolic Computing, Molecular Electronics, Subsurface Imaging, Modeling and Simulation, Vedic Science & Philosophy, Robotics and Automation, VLSI & Embedded Systems, Defense Applications. Speed and precision are the two major factors of immediate concern to any one interested in developing algorithms for mission critical applications. Traditional theories and paradigms have indeed been used for meeting such requirements. However, the desired speed and precision were not achieved till now due to the fact that the traditional algorithms are essentially numerical in nature. Efforts were made to develop non-numeric algorithms for various applications which would ensure speed and precision. The essence of the results due to such effects is the formulation of a theory called "Cellular Logic Array Processing". This paradigm has been evolved using the fundamental notions of von Neumann's Cellular Spaces and Markov's Normal Algorithms. Research continues in various tenets of this paradigm. A number of fast algorithms have been developed to carry out desired operations on Signals and Images. Many products have been developed using such algorithms, among which the following three are of very high scientific and commercial values: LIPS (Logical Image Processing System), LPGS (Logical Pattern Generating System), MEDIMAGE (Medical Imaging System), and LCCS (Logical Currency Checking System). Subsequently, the following companies have been incorporated: Pentagram Research Publications, Pentagram Research Foundation, Pentagram Mining Technologies Private Limited, Dr. E G Rajan Research Foundation, Hyagreeva Research Foundation, Pentagram Energy Solutions Private Limited, Centre for Advanced Studies in Vedic Sciences, LEJ Brouwer School of Intuitionistic Logic. www.pentagramresearch.com
 
Shikha Singh(MSc/Phd/Mth/99/06)
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Dr. Shikha Singh (MSc/Phd/Mth/99/06) has been selected as the awardee of the ISCA Young Scientist Award Programme for the year 2008-09 in the section of "Mathematical Sciences including Statistics" for paper entitled "Modelling the effects of ecological factors on the spread of Malaria". This award carries a certificate and a cash award of Rs. Twenty five thousand, to be given, on January 05, 2009, during the 96th session of the Indian Science Congress to be held at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong from January 3 to 7, 2009 Presently she is Head of Department of Mathematics P.P.N. College, C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur.
 
Sanjay Mittal (BT/AE/88)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Professor Sanjay Mittal (BT/AE/88), Department of Aerospace Engineering, as the Dean of Academic Affairs, for a period of three years with effect from the date of assuming the charge.
 
Ashutosh Sharma (BT/ChE/82 & DAA/07)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Ashutosh Sharma (BT/ChE/82 & DAA/07), Institute Chair Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur has been awarded the TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences for the year 2008 by TWAS—The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (http://www.twas.org/). The Prize, consisting of US $15000 and a personalized plaque, recognizes his "fundamental and significant contributions to meso-mechanics, instabilities and self-organization in soft thin films; meso-patterning; wetting; adhesion; and interfacial interactions." It is the first time TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences has come to India. TWAS-The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World has some 90 member countries primarily in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, etc....), Africa, much of Asia and Pacific regions including for example, Egypt, China, Koreas, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, etc.
 
Duvvuri Subbarao (MSc2/PHY/73) new governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
government on Monday appointed Finance Secretary Duvvuri Subbarao as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will succeed Dr Y V Reddy, whose term ends on September 5. "The government has decided to appoint D Subbarao as the next governor of RBI," finance minister P Chidambaram told reporters. Mr Subbarao would be appointed for a three-year period. He may, however, be considered for reappointment for another two years, as the RBI Act provides for appointment of a governor for a period of up to five years. Duvvuri Subbarao also takes over as the 22nd RBI governor at a critical time when there are a lot of headwinds ahead. The macro-economic situation is challenging with the slowing down of growth and inflation worries. He will have to get into action straightaway with the next policy review in October. Mr Subbarao, in contrast, is reckoned to be less hesitant on some key structural changes proposed for the central bank, making monetary policy its sole focus, divesting other functions such as public debt management and supervision of the banking system. Mr Subbarao studied physics at IIT and was one of the first IIT products to join the civil services. Subsequent to joining the IAS, he did his MS in economics from the Ohio State Universi
ty (1978) and was a Humphrey Fellow at MIT during 1982-83. He also has a PhD in economics.
 
Rajendra K. Bordia (BT/ME/79),
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Rajendra K. Bordia (BT/ME/79), University of Washington Professor of Materials science and engineering, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This international honor, and one of the most prestigious awards given by Germany, recognizes Bordia’s career accomplishments in Materials Science and Engineering and will fund Bordia’s research. on composite particles and multilayered systems of semi-conducting oxides. Bordia also received the Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award from the University of Washington. He did his graduate studies at the Cornell University and spent more than five years as a research scientist at DuPont before arriving at the UW in 1991.
 
Anand Kumar, (MT/ME/71)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Anand Kumar, (MT/ME/71) retired on 31 July 2007 as Scientist G from CSIR, Centre for Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation (C-MMACS) Bangalore. He joined NAL as Scientist B in 1971.
 
Jeet Bindra [Jagjeet Singh] (BT/CHE/69),
Monday, August 11, 2008
Jeet Bindra [Jagjeet Singh] (BT/CHE/69), President of Chevron Global Manufacturing, was honored for his career achievements by being named a 2008 recipient of the University of Washington (UW) College of Engineering's prestigious Diamond Award. Bindra, who earned his master's degree in Chemical Engineering from UW, was recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Industry, alongside other esteemed alumni, at a ceremony on May 30 in Seattle.
 
Dr. Udai P. Singh Chairs World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Udai P. Singh was the General Congress Chair of World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2008 held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu from 12 through 16 May, 2008. This Congress is the premier annual conference held in North America for environmental and water resources professionals from all over the world. Aproximately 1,150 delegates from 32 countries from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America continents participated in this year's Congress.
More than 800 technical papers were presented in 16 concurrent tracks (more than 200 sessions). Ten short courses were offered, and six technical tours were conducted on the island of Oahu. Some example sessions were: Global Climate Change, Aquifer Protection and Sustainability, Watershed Management and Restoration, Sustainability Approaches through Water, Wastewater, and Stormawater, etc.. The theme of this year's Congress was "Ahupua'a: Sustainability from the Mountains to the Sea" Environmental and Water Resources Technology for a Sustainable Future. Ancient Hawaiian life was based around the ahupua'a system of sustainable land management. An Ahupua'a was a watershed-based political land division extending from the surrounding mountain ridges to the coastal ocean extending out to and including the coral reef. The ahupua'a system evolved to protect the upland water resources that were a life sustaining gift from the gods to be used wisely and conserved by al Hawaiians. For more informartion on the Congress, please see http://content.asce.org/conferences/ewri2008/.
Udai is a 1972 graduate (B.Tech., Civil Engineering) of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, with graduate degrees in water resources and environmental engineering from Clemson University and University of Florida. He has authored more than 50 technical papers in national and international publications and written and/or edited seven books in environmental engineering. Udai is a Vice President of Environmental Services and Senior Program Manager with CH2M HILL, one of the largest global firms providing engineering, construction, operations, and related technical services to public and private clients. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, communications, construction, and industrial facilities. Currently Udai is in CH2M HILL's Oakland, California, USA office and manages, under contract, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) program on the characterization and remediation of the most toxic hazardous waste (Superfund) sites in the western United States.
The Congress was organized and sponsored by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE is USA's oldest professional engineering society, with more than 140,000 members. EWRI is ASCE's largest technical institute with about 25,000 members. Udai is currently the Vice President of EWRI, and was elected recently to take over as President of EWRI in October 2009, the first person of Indian origin to do so. For more information on EWRI, please see http://content.ewrinstitute.org/.
 
Deval Ganguly (BT/ME/80)
Friday, April 04, 2008
MR. D GANGULY ,B.Tech. (Mechanical) from IIT, Kanpur, graduating in 1980 is with the Indian Manufacturing Industry for last 28 years. Currently, he is with the leading Tyre Manufacturer, JK Tyre, looking after its manufacturing operations in city of Mysore as Vice President (Works). He has worked with renowned Companies like ACC Cement, Dunlop (I) Ltd. & Philips (India) Ltd., in various capacities before joining JK Tyres. He has spear headed various initiatives in Company’s journey towards excellence like Business Process Re-Engineering (from Functional Based Organization to a Process Based Organization), Japanese concept of TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), Customer first concepts, Lean Manufacturing, Modular Manufacturing concepts, Value optimization, etc. Mysore Plants have gown from Rs. 300 Cr. to Rs. 1200 Cr. turn over in last 10 years under his able leadership. He is a renowned name in Tyre Industry and has traveled extensively to keep himself abreast with the latest in Tyre Technology & Tyre Manufacturing & other latest manufacturing concepts. He is a voracious reader and his personal library is worth a look. He is actively involved in many social organization for social upliftment of the under privileged. He is happily married with one son. Wife is
a Principal of a CBSE syllabus large private School and son is doing B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, South Carolina, U.S.A.
 
R K Misra (BT/CE/89)
Friday, February 15, 2008
R K Misra journeys from village to Lead India

It was a journey that began 42 years ago in Sonari, a small, impoverished village in UP's Sitapur district. The stage shifted to IIT Kanpur, then Tokyo University. A series of start-ups followed, with a stint in the US thrown in. But on Saturday night, life came full circle for R K Misra. As he outlined a plan to set up a cooperative dairy farm to transform life in the village where he was born, the jury and audience was visibly moved.

After 10 rounds of challenging tasks and the scrutiny of hawk-eyed judges, it proved to be the decisive moment, helping Misra emerge winner of the Lead India contest. The man who never hesitates to speak his mind has often said that he believes he could be prime minister of India within 18 years. He has now taken a huge stride forward towards his ambitious goal.

On Saturday, Misra showed just why he been a successful entrepreneur. Asked how he would utilize the prize money of Rs 50 lakh if he won, he rattled off a well thought-out plan with time-bound targets and actionable goals. Wasn't he thinking small by focusing on just a dairy farm, asked permanent jury member Kiran Bedi. "I believe in leading by example. This farm will not only provide sustainable employment but also s
erve as a role model for other villages. The biggest problem in India is ineffective implementation. There is a lot of talk, but little action. That is why my motto is 'work more, talk less'," said Misra to a round of thunderous applause.

Questions from the other judges followed. As a person born in UP, who is now settled in Bangalore, what did he feel about protests against migrants, asked India's solicitor-general Goolam E Vahanvati. "I don't think most citizens support such protests. They are carried out by a handful of people with vested interests. Treat them as a law and order problem, crack down on them, and the problem will vanish," responded Misra.

When former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh asked him how he would ensure an efficient service delivery mechanism to rural areas, Misra mentioned his efforts to improve Bangalore's roads through public-private partnership. He suggested making panchayats aware of the Right to Information Act. He also paid tribute to another special judge, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, saying, "I am a huge fan of his".
 
N R Narayana Murthy (MT/EE/69)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Padma Vibhushan for N R Narayana Murthy

Born into a Kannada Madhva Brahmin family in Mysore, India on August 20, 1946, Murthy graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore in 1967 after attending government school, and received his master's degree from IIT Kanpur in 1969.

His first position was at IIM Ahmedabad as chief systems programmer [2] where he worked on a time-sharing system and designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for ECIL (Electronics Corporation of India Limited).

After IIM Ahmedabad, he then joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune. Before moving to Mumbai, Murthy met his wife Sudha Murthy in Pune who at the time was an engineer working at Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co. Ltd. (Telco, now known as Tata Motors) in Pune. In 1981, he founded Infosys with six other software professionals. He served as president of the National Association of Software and Service Companies, India from 1992 to 1994.

Murthy served as the founder CEO of Infosys for twenty years, and was succeeded by co-founder Nandan Nilekani in March 2002. He is the chairman of the governing body of the International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore, and was the Chairman of the Gov
erning Body of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of INSEAD, Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Cornell University Board of Trustees, Business Advisory Council of Great Lakes Institute of Management - Chennai,Singapore Management University Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business. Mr. Murthy also sits on the Board of Governors of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), a graduate school of business located in the Philippines and is also the Chairman of the Board of Members of School of Management[3], Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) located in Bangkok, Thailand.

He is also a member of the Advisory Boards and Councils of various well-known universities – such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Corporate Governance initiative at the Harvard Business School, Yale University and the University of Tokyo’s President's Council.

Murthy serves as an independent director on the board of the DBS Bank of Singapore. This is the largest government-owned bank in Singapore. He also serves as a director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India, as the co-chairman of the Indo-British Partnership, as a member of the Prime Minister's council on trade and industry, as a member of the Asia Advisory Board of British Telecommunications plc. and as a member of the Board of NDTV, India. He also serves as an independent director on the board of the European FMCG giantUnilever. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.

He retired from his executive position at Infosys on 20th August, 2006. However, he continues as the Non-Executive Chairman of the board.

Murthy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, a second highest civilian award by India and Légion d'honneur highest civilan award by France. In 2000, he was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award by the Government of India. He was the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal (in the year 2003), awarded by the Indo-French Forum, in recognition of his role in promoting Indo-French ties. He was voted the World Entrepreneur of the Year - 2003 by Ernst & Young. He was one of the two people named as Asia's Businessmen of the Year for 2003 by Fortune magazine. In 2001, he was named by TIME / CNN as one of the twenty-five, most influential global executives, a group selected for their lasting influence in creating new industries and reshaping markets. He was awarded the Max Schmidheiny Liberty 2001 prize ( Switzerland), in recognition of his promotion of individual responsibility and liberty. In 1999, BusinessWeek named him one of the nine entrepreneurs of the year and he was also featured in the BusinessWeek's 'The Stars of Asia' (for three successive years - 1998, 1999 and 2000). In 1998, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, one of the premier institutes of higher learning in India, conferred on him the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 1996-97, he was awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award.

In December 2005, Narayana Murthy was voted as the 7th most admired CEO/Chairman in the world in a global study conducted by Burson-Marsteller with the Economist Intelligence Unit [4]. The list included 14 others with distinguished names such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett. In May 2006, Narayana Murthy has, for the fifth year running, emerged the most admired business leader of India in a study conducted by Brand-comm, a leading Brand Consulting, Advertising and PR firm.

The Economist ranked him 8th among the top 15 most admired global leaders (2005). He was ranked 28th among the world's most-respected business leaders by the Financial Times (2005). He topped the Economic Times Corporate Dossier list of India's most powerful CEOs for two consecutive years – 2004 and 2005.

TIME magazine’s “Global Tech Influentials” list (August 2004) named Mr. Murthy as one of the ten leaders who are helping shape the future of technology. In November 2006, TIME magazine again voted him as one of the Asian heroes who have brought about revolutionary changes in Asia in the last 60 years. The list featured people who have had a significant impact on Asian history over the past 60 years and it included others such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, etc.

He was the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal (2003), awarded by the Indo-French Forum in recognition of his role in promoting Indo-French ties. He was voted the World Entrepreneur of the Year – 2003 by Ernst and Young. He was one of two people named as Asia's Businessmen of the Year for 2003 by Fortune magazine. In 2001, he was named by TIME/CNN as one of the 25 most influential global executives, selected for their lasting influence in creating new industries and reshaping markets. He was awarded the Max Schmidheiny Liberty 2001 prize (Switzerland), in recognition of his promotion of individual responsibility and liberty. In 1999, BusinessWeek named him one of their nine Entrepreneurs of the Year, and he was featured in BusinessWeek's 'The Stars of Asia' for three successive years – 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was recently awarded the Commander of the British Order (CBE) by the British government.

He is known to lead an unpretentious lifestyle in his modest residence in Bangalore along with wife Sudha Murthy and has a reputation for being a calm, self-effacing, soft-spoken person and caring father like figure for the employees of Infosys, shunning pricey suits, and avoiding a high-flying lifestyle (he is known to fly economy class). By his ‘simple living high thinking’ phenomenon, he has become the most admired business leader among the business schools in India.
 
SHARDUL AGRAWALA (BT/MME/91)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Shardul Agrawala is one of the drafting authors of the reports of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which was awarded the Nobel Prize last week. Shardul is currently with the Environment Directorate of OECD, based out of Paris. He's also an alumnus of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.

With an interest in both economics and environmental issues, Shardul Agrawala enrolled in the School's Field IV program along with the newly created Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). He noted that the programs were a natural fit for him, having his roots in engineering as well as an interest in the economics of environmental issues.

Says Shardul, “STEP subsequently became a core cluster for the WWS doctoral program, and I was the first person from this cluster to receive a Ph.D. The STEP coursework I took as part of my M.P.A. degree really played a critical role in helping me converge on the issues I have worked on since.

“STEP courses have had a direct bearing on my career. Among the STEP faculty, I owe a special debt of gratitude to Frank von Hippel, who served as mentor during my second year in the M.P.A. program, and subsequently became my Ph.D. advisor. I really learned a lot from his emphasis on rigor in analysis, h
is modesty, and his lifelong commitment to science in the public interest.

“WWS has been my most memorable educational experience—I found it as intellectually rich as it is diverse, within a generous, flexible system, and with more than a few truly exceptional individuals.”
 
Vishwanath Prasad (MT/ME/78)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Vishwanath "Vish" Prasad, executive dean and distinguished professor in the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University in Miami, has joined University of North Texas as Vice President for Research.

A recognized scholar and researcher who is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Prasad brings a demonstrated ability to lead a vibrant research program to UNT, a student-centered public research university and Texas' fourth largest with more than 34,000 students.

"We have a bold vision for our future research agenda," says President Gretchen M. Bataille. "Dr. Prasad's experience in securing funding for research programs and developing partnerships with industry, and his commitment to attracting a diverse student population into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, make him an excellent fit for UNT. Our faculty members are engaged in research and creative activities that make a difference for our communities. With strong leadership, that foundation will grow and we will be able to make a bigger impact on our state, nation and globe."

As chief research officer, Prasad will promote UNT's mission in research, original scholarship and artistic creativity by developing and implementing a ca
mpus-wide strategic and operational plan to support these efforts.

He also will provide the executive and administrative leadership for further development of the Research Park, home to UNT's College of Engineering, the newly created interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Research and Technology, and other research centers and institutes.
 
Rajaram Gokul (BT/CSE/95)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Gokul Rajaram, the god father of Google AdSense and a high-rank Product Manager has left Google to start his own company. He is the master brain behind the Google’s most profitable business, Google AdSense, which accounts more than 1/3 of its Google revenues. Rajaram joined Google in January 2003 when the company was working on draft plans of online advertising to sell space on publishers websites to show relevant ads. Rajaram along with other four engineers started the AdSense project and demonstrated the first version of product to top heads of Google in less than six months time. Before quitting Google, he was the key person behind most of the advanced and highly performing AdSense and other online advertising products of Google. Rajaram earned his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur, and he was also awarded the President of India’s Gold Medal for being class valedictorian. Also he earned M.B.A from MIT Sloan School of Management and his M.S. in Computer Science from Texas at Austin.

Gokul Rajaram excelled as a bright student and also a great Project Manager at Google. Many people at Google are very much interested to observer his future steps and the revolutions which he is going bring as an Entrepreneur.
 
Ravindra K. Tulsyan, (MT/ME/82)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A book authored by Mr. Ravindra K. Tulsyan, DBF, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP was released during the inaugural session of the 2007 BPC World Conference and Exhibition. The title of the book is: "How to Eat the Elephant? The CEO's Guide to an Enterprise System Implementation". The scanned covers are attached with this mail. The forward is written by none other than Mr. Tom Wallace, the world famous writer and educator. Eight Indian CEOs have also shared their experience of implementing enterprise systems in their organizations.

This book is a must read for all, top management, users and even enterprise system consultants.
 
Sanjay Mittal (BT/AE/88)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sanjay Mittal was honoured with the second annual “Scopus Young Scientist Awards”, for his studies on computational fluid dynamics. He being one to receive out of the nine brilliant technical minds of the country from across various scientific disciplines. The awardees comprised research scientists from several fields including life sciences, oceanic sciences, aerospace, chemistry, materials engineering, mathematics, and solid-state physics. A brainchild of Elsevier, one of the leading publishers of science and health information worldwide, the awards strive to provide a platform for original and authentic scientific research. The award consists of the Rs. 50,000 cash prize and a crystal plaque citation.
 
Jagdish (Jay) Narayan (BT/MME/1969)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A 'magic additive' which when added to engine oil, increases the fuel efficiency of your car by 35 to 50 per cent and cuts down on carbon emission by 90 per cent has already been successfully tested by Jay Narayan, a professor at the Department of Material Science and Engineering and director of the NSF Centre for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures at USA’s North Carolina University.

Calling the additive a perfect solution for the rising pollution in metros, Narayan said the formulation, based on nanotechnology, is waiting for a patent at the moment and will be launched in the American, Indian and Chinese markets within a year. The native of a village near Kanpur, Narayan completed his engineering degree from IIT-K in 1969, followed by a Masters and doctorate from the University of Berkeley.

Narayan said nanotechnology could provide solutions for energy and pollution-related problems throughout the world. “The reason for poor mileage and harmful emissions is friction and this additive reduces the friction and repairs the internal surface of the engine, thus increasing efficiency and cutting down on carbon exhaust,” he said. He, however, refused to give information about the components of the additive due to patenting reasons. Narayan said that adding just 10 cc
of the additive to engine oil would increase the life of the engine and cut down on the frequency of changing the engine oil. “Once the additive is mixed with the oil, it would last for five to six years. It could be used in all sorts of automotive engines,” he said.

He said the formulation was successfully tested in the US and an exclusive license for its marketing would be given to a US-based agency within the next six months. A separate establishment for marketing the additive would be set up in India and China within a year.
 
Tarun Souradeep (BT/ME/1988)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Tarun Souradeep [Tarun Souradeep Ghosh] has received Swarnjayanti Fellowship in Physics (2006) from DST, SCOPUS Young Scientist Award in Physics (2006) from Elsevier and BUTI Foundation award in Physics (2006) by the Indian Physics Association. Presently Souradeep is Associate Professor in Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (I.U.C.A.A.), Pune. He has done M.Sc. in Physics from Poona University and Ph. D. in Physics (Cosmology) from I.U.C.A.A.
 
Dev Ghoshal (BT/ME/1986)
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Dev Ghoshal(Debashis Ghoshal) has been appointed as Vice President of Business Development and Global Client Services by Agiliance, Inc. Ghoshal is responsible for Agiliance’s overall partner strategy and leads Professional Services and Customer Support for Agiliance. Prior to Agiliance, Dev led Sun’s Global Software Practice, where he was responsible for the software P & L for Sun's middleware portfolio. Earlier in his career, Dev spent five years with McKinsey & Company; he then joined i2 Technologies where he held several leadership roles including Vice President, EMEA and Senior Vice President of Global Solution Delivery and Business Development. Dev holds a Master of Science from Texas A & M University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
 
Bijon K. Dutta (MT/ME/1983)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Bijon K. Dutta has recently been elected as Vice President of International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (IASMiRT). Presently, in the grade of Outstanding Scientist, he is also Head, Computational Mechanics Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and a senior professor in Homi Bhabha National Institute. His research interest include constraint dependent fracture mechanics, micro-mechanical modelling, probabilistic fracture mechanics, multi-scale material modelling, on-line creep-fatigue monitoring system, high-performance computing, nuclear fuel pin modelling at high-burnup and modelling of irradiated materials using molecular & dislocation dynamics. He is the recipient of technical excellence award and Homi Bhabha award for science and technology of Department of Atomic Energy (India). He is a fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has done his Ph.D from IIT Bombay.
 
Atul Srivastava (PhD/ME/2006)
Monday, October 01, 2007
Atul Srivastava has been given the best Ph.D. thesis award of INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering) for his thesis titled “Optical imaging and control of convection around a KDP crystal growing from its aqueous solution”. Presently Srivastave is working as Scientific Officer at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore.
 
A. M. Pradeep (PhD/AE/2005)
Friday, September 14, 2007
A. M. Pradeep’s (PhD/AE/2005) Ph.D thesis has been adjudged as the second best PhD thesis amongst Aerospace Ph.D. theses from India in the period 2001-2006 by SAFRAN (a group of French aerospace companies).The decision was taken by a panel of experts from India and France. Presently Pradeep has joined as a faculty member in Aerospace Engineering Department of IIT Bombay.
 
Udai P Singh (BT/CE/1972)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) has declared Dr. Udai P. Singh as the winner of its presidential election this year, after a lengthy nomination and election process. Singh will serve a four-year term on EWRI's Governing Board, beginning October 1, 2007, and will hold the positions of vice president, president elect, president, and past president of EWRI for one year each in that order. He will be the first person of Indian origin to lead EWRI.

Singh is a 1972 graduate (B.Tech., Civil Engineering) of IIT Kanpur, with graduate degrees in water resources and environmental engineering from Clemson University and University of Florida. He has authored more than 50 technical papers in national and international publications and written and/or edited seven books in environmental engineering. He is a Vice President of Environmental Services and Senior Program Manager with CH2M HILL. Currently in CH2M HILL's Oakland, California office, Singh manages, under contract, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) program on the characterization and remediation of the most toxic hazardous waste (Superfund) sites in the western United States.

Singh has won prestigious awards from many of the professional societies he is associated with in the civil and envi
ronmental engineering area.Some of the recent ones are:

* Water Environment Federation: Hazardous Waste Management Award
* American Society of Civil Engineers: Outstanding Engineering Manager Award
* Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California: Golden State Award (Engineering Excellence)
* American Council of Engineering Companies: Grand Award (Engineering Excellence)
* American Academy of Environmental Engineers: Board Certification by Eminence
* Environmental and Water Resources Institute: Outstanding Achievement Award

He has been recognized by EPA for his contribution to hazardous waste management and cleanup of the most polluted and hazardous waste sites in USA. In 2004, he received an IIT Kanpur Alumni Leadership Award for a successful track record of engineering and project management.

Singh has been active in EWRI since he served as a founding member in 1999. He has served as the chair of American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental Engineering Division, a member of EWRI's Governing Board, chair for the Institute Operations Executive Committee and chair for EWRI's first international conference "An International Perspective on Environmental and Water Resources" held in India in December 2006. He will serve as the General Conference Chair for the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
 
Atul Bhargava (BT/ME/82)
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Atul Bhargava has been appointed as the MD of Intel Malaysia and Site GM. Atul joined Intel in 1984 as a package development engineer and has held various senior management positions at Intel spanning across manufacturing, product R&D, business unit operations and factory operations. Prior to this appointment, Atul was the General Manager for the latest state of the art Assembly and Test Microprocessor factory in Intel Kulim. Through his leadership, the factory has successfully ramped latest generation microprocessors and communication products. Prior to moving to Malaysia, Atul was the Director of Operations for one of the business units focused on communication products. Atul has a track record for developing and driving high performance teams and one of his team was awarded the Intel Achievement Award, the highest Intel award amongst other awards. This is the second time Atul has taken on an assignment in Penang, the first one to setup and startup of the Test Engineering function of the PG8 factory in Penang in 1998.

Atul has been active in leading various community outreach activities for Intel the latest being the active support of the Corporate Social Responsibility CEO roundtable forum in Penang while also participating in several Intel Volunteer events. Atul holds
Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (1977-1982), and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and an Executive MBA from Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona. In his spare time, Atul likes to play tennis and enjoys traveling with his wife and two daughters.
 
Rajinder Singh (BT/ME/1983)
Friday, August 31, 2007
Rajinder Sing) has been appointed by Genpact as senior Vice President and head of Global Analytics Services. Singh will spearhead the delivery of Genpact’s Analytics and Decision Management solutions and will be responsible for helping clients compete and grow profitably using analytics.

Prior to Genpact, Singh was working with GE Money. Before that he was the head of risk/reward management at US Bancorp, Minneapolis. He held various consulting and leadership positions in Germany and India.

Singh also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from Rutgers University, NJ, and an MBA from Simon Business School, University of Rochester, New York.
 
Sushant Kumar Routray (MT/IME/1991)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sushant Kumar Routray has been appointed as Head of Human Resources and Productivity Services of Tata Motors, Jamshedpur. His designation is Deputy General Manager (HR & PSD).
 
Deepam Mishra (BT/EE/1992)
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Deepam Mishra has recently been awarded IEEE's "Most Influential Paper of the Decade Award" in Machine Vision for the paper entitled “A System for Non-Intrusive Human Iris Acquisition and Identification”.

Mishra is serial entrepreneur and a subject-matter expert in machine vision.He has contributed to significant technical and business innovations in computer vision and imaging. As an independent entrepreneur and a senior executive at Sarnoff Corporation, he has founded and successfully managed 5 technology startups in industries as varied as security (Pyramid Vision now part of L3 and Sensar now part of L1 Inc.), automotive and medical devices. He is currently advising an innovative video surveillance startup and is a board member of a medical device company. Mishra has done MS from Texas A&M University. He has also done MBA from the Wharton School.
 
Ashok Dhawan(BT/EE/1968)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Ashok Dhawan has been appointed as the new CEO of Mobius Microsystems.
Dhawan will lead Mobius introduction of new products based on the company’s patented CMOS Harmonic Oscillator (CHOTM) technology, as well as focus on revenue growth and customer base expansion.
Dhawan has over 25 years experience in the industry in a wide range of leadership responsibilities, and a track record of successfully growing businesses in short periods of time. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Inphi Corporation.
Before that, he was President of the Broadband Division of Ascend Communications, an Internet access company.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Engineering at Raycom Inc/Retix Corp. Before that, he was Vice President of the Communications Business Unit at Emulex Corp where he grew annual sales from zero to $50 million, and Vice President of LAN Products at Micom Systems taking sales from zero to $120 million within three years, before Nortel acquired it.
After graduation Dhawan did M.S.E.E. from Washington State University.
 
Vinay P Aneja (BT/CHE/1971)
Friday, August 03, 2007
Dr Vinay P Aneja has been chosen as the winner of 2007 North Carolina Award in Science. The North Carolina Award is the highest award a civilian can receive from the Governor of North Carolina and is also referred as the “Noble Prize” of North Carolina.

Presently Aneja is professor of Air Quality and Environmental Technology, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. After his graduation Aneja has done both his M.S. and Ph.D from North Carolina State University. He has also done MBA from Union College, Schenectady, NY.
 
Himanshu Jain (MT/MSP/1974)
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Himanshu Jain, scientist, who first compared the movements of atoms in glass to the wiggling of jellyfish in water, has received the Otto Schott Research Award at the International Congress on Glass in Strasbourg, France for his outstanding work in the field of glass science.

At present Jain is the Director of NSF's International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass Department of Materials Science and Engineering Lehigh University, Penisylvania and the T.L. Diamond Chair Professor.
 
Sivaram Arepalli (PhD/PHY/1978)
Friday, July 20, 2007
Dr Arepalli and his group have received the Rotary National Space Achievement Award,2007 for their nanotechnology based work in furthering the understanding of nanomaterials and their application to fuel cells, lightweight composites, and carbon dioxide removal systems. Arepalli have been working at NASA for the last twenty years. At present he is the Chief Scientist, Applied Nano Technology Group at NASA.
 
Ashok Gadgil (Msc2/PHY/1973)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Ashok Gadgil has developed a better kitchen stove using simple, life-saving technology. Gadgil worked with laboratory colleagues and students at UC Berkeley to modify an existing Indian stove for Darfurians' needs. While the Indian stove excelled at producing low-intensity heat for cooking rice, for instance, Darfurians needed a high-powered flame for sautéing onions, garlic and okra, ingredients in their staple dish, mulah. And since most families cook outside, the stove also needed to cope with the region's strong winds.

The result of their efforts is the Berkeley-Darfur stove (darfurstoves.org), a hollow drum that looks like a cross between a lunar landing craft and a stop sign. Designed with a smooth airflow to fuel the fire and an upper rim that fits snugly with different-size pots, the stove requires 75 percent less wood than an open fire and a wind collar makes for a steady flame. That means fewer risky trips outside the camp for the Darfurian women. And those who now pay for firewood, Gadgil estimates, could save as much as $200 a year, which could be used instead for luxuries like new clothing and fresh meat. The next step for Gadgil is mass production and distribution of the stoves.
 
R. Mukund (MSC5/CHM/1979)
Monday, June 25, 2007
Mr Mukund has been awarded the Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) Legal Award for his outstanding achievements and dedicated efforts within the legal function and with APAF as well. Mukund invented and has led development of GE Power Suite® over the past 9 years from its origination in Power Systems to its launch as a corporate web-based EHS management system in 2000.
 
Vijay Vaishnavi (MT/PhD/EE/1971/1974)
Monday, June 25, 2007
Dr Vijay Vaishnavi has recently been awarded the Information System Design Science Lifetime Achievement Award by the 2nd International Conference on Design Science Research in Information systems and Technology, The Westin, Pasadena, California, USA. The award recognizes Vaishnavi "for making significant fundamental contributions in design science research through research, leadership and mentorship."

Vaishnavi, is a faculty member of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State since 1981. Vaishnavi's current research interests include information integration and web mining, software development, data structures and algorithms and design research methods.
 
Udai P. Singh (BT/CE/72)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Dr. Udai P. Singh received the 2007 EWRI Outstanding Achievement Award at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2007, presented by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

This award was given to Singh for two achievements: (1) for having started the Student and New Professional Activities Council (SNPC), having supported all SNPC activities and growth, and having mentored many members for SNPC; and (2) for chairing the successful 2006 EWRI India Conference, which marked the first time EWRI had a lead role in holding a conference outside of the USA.

Currently Singh is in CH2M HILL's Oakland, California office and manages U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) program on the characterization and remediation of the most toxic hazardous waste (Superfund) sites in the western United States.
 
Umesh Chandra Ray (MT/IME/80)
Friday, May 18, 2007
Umesh Chandra Ray, Professor of the Department of Production Engineering and Management at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur has recently been appointed as the Director of NIT, Patna.
 
Vivek Sarkar (BT/EE/81)
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Vivek Sarkar has joined as professor in the Computer Science Department at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. From 1st July, he will become the E. D. Butcher Professor of Computer Science at Rice. Before joining Rice he was Senior Manager of Programming Technologies at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York.
 
H.R. Rao (BT/CHE/79)
Friday, May 11, 2007
Dr. Rao is the recipient of 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence. Rao is currently Professor of Management Science and Systems in School of Management, SUNY Buffalo,USA. He is an expert on management information systems, decision support systems, expert systems and information assurance. He is a Fulbright fellow and recipient of the prestigious University Lilly Teaching Fellowship. His research has garnered support from the NSF, Department of Defense and Canadian Embassy.

Rao is the author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers. After his graduation he got his MBA degree from the University of Delhi, Delhi, and a PhD from Purdue University, USA.
 
Sunil K. Agrawal (BT/ME/84)
Friday, May 04, 2007
Sunil K. Agrawal (BT/ME/84), Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, has received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.Also, Agrawal was a recipient of a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from the White House in 1994.
 
Duvvuri Subbarao (MSc2/PHY/1973)
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Dr. Duvvuri Subbarao (MSc2/PHY/1973) has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. He belongs to the 1972 batch of the IAS (AP cadre) and topped the Civil Services Exam 1972. Prior to this assignment, he was working as Secretary to the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council. He has worked as Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs during 1988-1993 when economic reforms were initiated. He also served as Finance Secretary of Government of Andhra Pradesh 1993-98 and was actively involved in initiating fiscal reforms at the state level.

He was lead Economist in the World Bank during 1999-2004 and worked on issues of public finance in countries of Africa and East Asia. Later he did his MS in Economics from Ohio State University and was a Humphrey Fellow at MIT during 1982-83. He has a Ph. D in Economics from Andhra University.
 
Lalit Kumar Jalan ( BT/EE/1979 )
Friday, April 20, 2007
Lalit Jalan has been appointed the new Chairman of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and BSES Yamuna Power Limited and also nominated as a Director on the Board of BRPL.

The announcement was made here on Thursday after the Board of Directors of Reliance Energy Limited met to approve the up-gradation of its leadership bandwidth in the management of BSES companies.

Mr. Jalan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BRPL and nominated on the Board of BYPL in 2005.

After graduating from IIT Kanpur in 1979, Mr. Jalan did his Masters in Computer Science and MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT, Kanpur, and was chosen as one of the 15 achievers from the IIT system.
 
Atul Bansal (BT/CHE/84)
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Embedded Linux service provider TimeSys Corp. is forging ahead with the appointment of Atul Bansal(BT/CHE/84) as the company’s new CEO. Bansal is responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction as the company continues to expand its Linux Link service offering that allows developers to build customized, commercial-grade embedded Linux platforms.

Bansal is founder of Laurel Networks, where he served as president and CEO. Previously, Bansal worked for Fore Systems, where he was president of the Network Control Technology division, which was acquired by Marconi in 1999.
 
B V R Mohan Reddy (MT/ME/74)
Monday, October 23, 2006
Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises. Mr. Reddy is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering and has two Masters degrees, one in Management Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and another in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. His basic graduation is in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, India. He has also received a gold medal for standing first in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Reddy has over 30 years of Engineering and Management experience, most of it in the IT industry. He began his career with DCM Group in 1974 as a Senior Management Trainee; then moved to MICO BOSCH for three years as a Senior Systems Officer and later joined Hindustan Computers Ltd. (now HCL) as a Regional Manager. Later, Mr. Reddy worked as the Managing Director of OMC Computers. Hepromoted Infotech Enterprises(1991-92) and is the Chairman & Managing Director.

Infotech Enterprises Ltd. is a global technology services and solution company specializing in geospatial, engineering design and IT solutions. The company helps customers across diverse industries improve their time-to market, reduce cost and optimize resources. Infotech has acquired significant domain expertise
in various verticals providing high quality, dependability in deliverables and value of services. Customer includes some of the most recognized names in aerospace, rail, telecommunication, utilities, mapping industry and the government. Infotech’s office in US and UK, Germany, Australia, Singapore and Netherlands provide local customer interface, project management and delivery support.
 
Tushar Kanti Chakraborty (MSc2/CHM/79)
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Dr Tushar Kanti Chakraborty (MSc2/CHM/79; Dy. Director of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad) has been elected a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and also won the NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award for Application Orientated Innovations in Physical Sciences for the year 2006. He has received earlier several other awards including the S. S. Bhatnagar award for Chemical Sciences, Andhra Pradesh Scientist award, the Young Scientist Awards of CSIR and AP Akademi of Sciences and medal from the Chemical Research Society of India. He has made significant contributions in the field of design and syntheses of unnatural amino acids, peptides and biologically active natural products.
 
Atish Dabholkar (MSc5/PHY/85)
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Atish Dabholkar, MSc5/PHY/85 Professor in the Dept. of Theoretical Physics, TIFR, has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2006. He has a number of papers published to his credit.
 
Nidhi Gupta (MT/EE/05)
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Nidhi Gupta is working in DAE (Dept of Atomic Energy)was awarded the "Dr. Homi Bhabha Prize" which consists of Gold Medal and a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-. After completeing her Masters' she got the DAE fellowship through DGFS scheme. More than 10 students were selected from IITK and a total of 30 students from all IITs including IITK.

After completion of M.Tech. the studetns are absorbed in DAE as Scientific Officers with 4 months training at BARC Training School. This is a multidisplinary course covering almost all engineering fields in the prospective of Nuclear Reactors. She got first rank among all IITians there and hence got the above award. Dr. Madhavan Nair, ISRO chairman presented the award on 31st August, 2006 at BARC.
We are further pleased to tell that *first three rankers* were from IITK.
 
Harsh Manglik (BT/ME/70)
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Accenture, the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has appointed Harsh Manglik chairman and managing director for its operations in India with immediate effect.

Having over 25 years' experience as a global business and consulting leader, Manglik will be Accenture's senior leader in India, responsible for the growth and development of its business across all of the company's Indian operations.

Manglik was previously the worldwide vice president, services solutions engineering, where he was responsible for the development of the company's new service offerings. He also worked with IBM Global Services for almost 10 years in the US, Asia-Pacific and global leadership roles.

Speaking of his appointment, Manglik remarked on the company's culture of combining innovation, teamwork and global scale to deliver high performance to its clients.

Manglik graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He also holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
 
Suryanarayana Murthy Mantha (BT/CSE/85)
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Television 18 has named Surya Mantha the CEO of Web 18, its internet arm. He is currently the head of interactive service business of Sify India. Mantha will assume charge by the end of September.

Surya Mantha, a BTech in computer science and engineering from IIT Kanpur, also did a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

He started his career with the corporate research Group of Xerox Corporation. Before joining Sify, he spent several years at RealNetworks in Seattle WA, US, in several marketing and management roles, including GM of Broadband Solutions and head of evangelism and GM solutions and business operations for the Real Broadcast Network (RBN), Real’s Content Delivery Network.
 
Chandra Kintala (MT/EE/74)
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Motorola Inc today announced the appointment of Chandra Kintala, as director, India Research Lab(IRL). Based in Bangalore, Kintala will oversee the work of all Motorola Lab centres of excellence in India.

Kintala will also be responsible for maintaining and increasing Motorola’s engagement with external customers and research partners in India, as well as engaging the Motorola businesses and co-ordinating with the Bangalore based Global Software Group (GSG) – the software arm of Motorola India.

Dr. Kintala has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State University, and a M. Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. He comes to Motorola with over 20 years of applied research management experience at Avaya, Lucent, and Bell Labs (at former AT&T). Most recently, he was a Distinguished Industry Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Before joining Avaya, Dr. Kintala worked with Bell Labs at Lucent as the Director of the Distributed Software Research Department, where he directed business research on a network Layer 7 switch for web content distribution that led to the creation of a new business unit.

Kintala has 45 papers and 5 patents to his credit and routinely participates as keyn
ote or guest speaker at industry and university events. Most recently he was General Chair of the IEEE Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, held in Philadelphia, PA in June 2006.
 
Ramana Manu Athreya (MSC5/PHY/89)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
After graduating from IIT-Kanpur he did a PhD in astronomy from NCRA, which is the radio astronomy group of TIFR. After that he was a post-doctoral fellow between 1998 and 2003 at l'Institut d'Astrophisique de Paris (France) and the European Southern Observatory (Chile), before returning to a faculty position in astronomy at NCRA. The principal remit at NCRA, apart from carrying out research in astronomy, is to operate the world's largest low frequency radio telescope (Giant Metrewave RadioTelescope - GMRT) which is located 90 km north-east of Pune.

He has spent his spare time working on documenting and conserving the faunal wealth of Arunachal Pradesh, focusing on the Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary. He initiated the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project in 2003 to understand the factors affecting the long-term conservation of the area and to put in place an effective strategy to achieve the same in partnership with the Bugun (tribe) community who live in the vicinity of Eaglenest. The latter necessarily involves understanding the socio-economic needs of the community and reducing their dependence on non-sustainable forest resources for satisfying those needs. It was during this project that he discovered a bird species new to science. The bird, Bugun Liocichla, has been named afte
r the community he is working with. This is a tremendous discovery in Arunachal Pradesh and What is striking about his discovery is that this is the first new bird species discovered on the Indian-subcontinent in the last 50 years. Worldwide -- maybe one new species is discovered each year and for Ramana to make such a discovery is very much a sensation and has caused a tremendous stir in the scientific world.
 
Amod Kumar (BT/CE/91)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Mr. Amod Kumar (BT/CE/91) conceptualised & implemented: Lokvani - a public private partnership E-Governance program in Sitapur as its District Magistrate(DM) . Government used this successful concept as a pilot concept & mandated that all district have to adopt this culture.This initiative got good media coverage and appreciation among the mass. IIM Lucknow & Ahmadabad has published a case study in this initiative. In Uttar Pradesh It is becoming culture rather than initiative.

This village level e-governance model developed by an IITian won 'Goldon Icon Award' from Government of India in 2006. It was one of the finalist project in 'Public Administration' Category of 'The Stockholm Challenge 2006 ' award show casing world's best Information Communication technology project.

For Practical experience & Information: Please visit http://sitapur.nic.in/lokvani/default.htm and *use login Id/password: guest/guest

What is Lokvani
Lokvani is a public private partnership E-Governance program started with combined efforts of District Administration and National Informatics Centre (Technical care taker) in District Sitapur. The goal of this program is to provide accountable and transparent governance to district Sitapur, which has 88% rural population with 38.86% literacy rate. First physical interface to this system is 42 kiosk centres spread uniformly in district and continuously increasing in numbers. License for Kiosk centre, user name and password is given to existing Cyber cafes/ computer training institute in district by signing agreement between Lokvani and owner of cyber café. This decision was taken to ensure the financial viability and the long-term sustainability of the kiosks and to generate employment for educated youth. People can access information regarding medical facility, Land Records, Arms license application status, GPF accounts of basic education teachers and can file complaint to District Magistrate by paying nominal fixed charges to Kiosk or by using short message service and Integrated Voice Response System. DM forward these complaints to concern officer with guideline and deadline for action should be taken. These complaints travel through OFC in district head quarter and through mail or manually to officer which are working in remote area. Uneducated complainant can check the progress of work through kiosk centre. Success story of this system is not only supported by national news paper and magazine but also by facts. More then 47,700 complaint registered in short duration of 14 months and more then 90% complaints had been disposed successfully. Complaint pending for last 33 years has been solved through Lokvani. In spite of 12.74% literate women, 10% complainants are women from rural who are unable to travel District head quarter. This system has generated awareness among uneducated rural peoples regarding various government schemes, government prescribed forms, details of developmental work in the district, lists of old age pensioners, lists of scholarship beneficiaries, Funds allotted in various govt schemes, allotment of food grains to Fare price shop, allotments of funds to village, free medical services etc. Mid Day Meal, Food for Work and BPL (Below poverty line) are name of few schemes whose monitoring is done through Lokvani.
 
Suresh N (MT/ME/87)
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Geometric Software Solutions has appointed Dr Suresh Nagesh as the head of its virtual product design practice. Dr Nagesh, a scientist with master's in mechanical engineering from IIT-Kanpur and Ph.D. in computational mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, has worked with ISRO and companies like Ford, GM, Daimler Chrysler and GE-Welch.

To his credit, Dr Nagesh has seven US patents in automotive- and aerospace-related computer-aided engineering and research.

About the company - Geometric Software Solutions, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) services and technologies, has formed a new group for virtual product design to offer its customers a range of services covering all aspects of the product development process.

The VPD group will allow Geometric to offer services in the area of advanced CAE and CFD for automobile, aerospace and the general engineering domains.
 
Sanjay Mittal (BT/AE/88)
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Prof Sanjay Mittal has been selected for the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for the year 2006 in the Engineering Sciences category.

The award is given by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) annually to scientists below the age of 45 for their significant contribution in selected science disciplines, made primarily in India during the last five years preceding the year of the prize.

The award comprises a citation, and a cash prize of Rs.200,000. It is named after the founder director of CSIR, the late Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.
 
Remala Venkateswara Rao (MT/CSE/75)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Former Microsoft Corporation director and angel investor Rao V Remala has joined the board of S7 Software Solutions, a provider of cross-platform migration, porting products and services. Remala will also be on the company's advisory panel.

Remala, who has taken an undisclosed stake in the company, said, "Besides investing in the company, I will be very keen on working on strategies to take S7 Solutions to the next stage."

Interestingly Remala was the 29th person — and the first Indian — to write code and give shape to the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows programme. In a 21-year period with Microsoft Corporation, he directly reported to MIcrosoft founder Bill Gates and worked on a slew of the software giant's best known products - Basic, Cobol Compiler, Windows 1.0, Windows 2.0, OLE 1.0, OLE 2.0, Office 95, Office 97.

A Master's degree-holder in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology- Kanpur, after completing his bachelor's from the Regional Engineering College at Warangal, Remala held a range of positions from individual contributor, to group manager, product unit manager and finally director. He was an integral part of the team that virtually defined the personal computing industry. Before Microsoft, Remala worked at DCM, Computer R&D centre and then at Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL).
 
Sujit Singh (BT/CE/96)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Supply Chain Consultants (http://www.supplychain.com), designer and supplier of the Zemeter Suite of Supply Chain Management (SCM) software products and services, announced today the appointment of Sujit Singh as the company's new chief operating officer and Jane Lee as vice president of supply chain solutions.

Singh, formerly vice president of supply chain solutions, is now responsible for the company's day-to-day operations, including the delivery and implementation of software, research and development, consulting services and sales. Singh began his career with SCC in 1998 as a software consultant. During his time with SCC he has brought supply chain solutions to a wide variety of industries, including semiconductor, chemicals and consumer packaged goods.

As vice president of supply chain solutions, Jane Lee is responsible for furthering the development of SCC's expertise in all aspects of supply chain planning, independent of software. She was previously the company's director of supply chain solutions. Lee, who joined SCC in 2001, brings more than 20 years of supply chain experience to her new position. Formerly at DuPont, she developed and managed a world-class S&OP process for a billion dollar business unit.

Lee will also manage the continuing development of what SCC considers "best practices," based not only on academic methodologies but, more importantly, upon what SCC has seen work within the company's direct experience as supply chain practitioners and within its many client companies. In addition, Lee manages SCC's training and assessment activities.

"Both Sujit Singh and Jane Lee have made substantial contributions to the overall success of Supply Chain Consultants," said Dr. Harpal Singh, chief executive officer of SCC. "We are fortunate to have people with their experience and knowledge to assume leadership roles in the organization."

Singh received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Master of Science degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Lee has a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia and taught for seven years before joining DuPont. She is also trained in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques.
 
Gunjan Bagla (BT/ME/78)
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Caltech IRC for Executive Education announces a new, two-day course called "Doing Business with India: Key Success Factors." The course is designed to provide American executives with new insights and perspectives necessary to confidently evaluate both the opportunities and risks of working in and with Indian companies. The next "Doing Business in India" course will be held on July 13 and 14, and November 28 and 29, 2006, at the Caltech Industrial Relations Center (Caltech IRC) for Executive Education in Pasadena, California ( www.irc.caltech.edu).

According to Nick Nichols, Director at the Caltech IRC, "U.S. companies invest significantly in overseas outsourcing, and India is becoming an increasingly promising market for U.S. products. This course helps executives understand the factors that are critical to being successful from a business and cultural standpoint."

The instructors for Caltech's Doing Business with India: Key Success Factors course are Gunjan Bagla and David Everhart. Gunjan Bagla is a principal of Amritt Ventures, an advisory service facilitating trade between the United States and India. Mr. Bagla has managed teams sourcing products from China, India, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. He began his career as an engineer for Larsen & Toubro, a prominent Indian industrial firm, and later worked as director of program management for Tandon Computer. Mr. Bagla earned his MBA with honors from Southern Illinois University and his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur.

David W. Everhart is the senior client partner for Korn/Ferry International and general manager for the firm's Leadership Development Solutions business for Asia. He travels extensively throughout Asia, India, and around the globe and has over 20 years experience working with both Western and Asian managers to develop and implement effective business strategies and communication across cultures.

During the two-day course at the Caltech IRC, attendees have ample opportunities for sharing experiences about Indian business ventures, including a networking dinner at The Athenaeum, Caltech's faculty club on the campus of the California Institute of Technology.

Founded in 1940, the Caltech Industrial Relations Center (IRC) for Executive Education offers high-impact learning opportunities focused on business issues critical to today's executives in technology-based companies. Current topics include Technology Management, Marketing Technology Products, Global Business, Alliances/Mergers and Acquisitions, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Operations and Cost Management, Product Development, Project Management, and Performance Measurement. New courses introduced in the last year include Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development, Acquiring External Technology to Drive Innovation, Successful Global Business Operations, and Doing Business with India: Key Success Factors. Certificate programs are offered in Technology Management, Technology Product Marketing, and Engineering Management. The Caltech IRC will provide its courses in-house at company sites upon request. The Caltech IRC is located at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.
 
Narasimhan Padmanabhan (MT/ME/89)
Monday, July 31, 2006
Management Dynamics, a leading provider of global trade management solutions, today announced that it has appointed Narasimhan "Paddy" Padmanabhan to the role of Chief Executive Officer of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Management Dynamics India, Ltd., based in Bangalore. In this newly created position, Padmanabhan will be responsible for growing the engineering team in Bangalore as well as leading development for select product lines and programs. Padmanabhan will also drive the company's Global Knowledge(R) trade content management operations in India.

A seasoned executive and software industry veteran, Padmanabhan brings over fifteen years' software development and management experience to the new role at Management Dynamics. Previously, he was vice president of technology for PSI Data Systems in Bangalore, where he led technology development, sales, and pre-sales for the company's strategic IT services. Prior to PSI, Padmanabhan has held numerous senior management positions at companies including CoreObjects, Atrenta, OneTouch Systems, and Cinebase Software. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, and a master's degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, India.
 
Jeet Bindra (BT/CHE/1969)
Monday, July 24, 2006
Global Refining President Jeet Bindra Elected to Reliance Petroleum Ltd.'s Board of Directors

Chevron Corporation announced that Reliance Petroleum Ltd. (RPL) has elected Jeet Bindra, president of Chevron Global Refining, to its board of directors effective July 21, 2006. David C. Reeves, president of Chevron Global Supply and Trading, has been named an alternate representative to the RPL board.

In April 2006, Chevron announced that it was acquiring a 5 percent stake in RPL, a company formed by Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) to own and operate a new 580,000-barrel-per-day export refinery being constructed in Jamnagar, India. The refinery is due to be completed by the end of 2008 and when combined with RIL's existing 650,000-barrel-per-day refinery, stands to become the largest refining complex in the world based on current capacities. With the five percent investment came the right for Chevron to nominate a director to the RPL board and the future right to purchase additional RPL shares to increase its equity ownership to 29 percent.

"We extend a warm welcome to Jeet Bindra as a director on the board of Reliance Petroleum Ltd. and to David Reeves as an alternate to Mr. Bindra. The company will benefit from their distinguished experience and expertise,"
said Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of RIL.

Bindra, 58, has served as the president of Chevron's Global Refining operation since Jan. 1, 2004. Prior to that, he held a variety of other key management positions since joining the company in 1977, including serving as managing director and CEO of Caltex Australia Ltd., a publicly traded company in which Chevron Corporation holds 50 percent interest.

A native of India, Bindra earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur in 1969 and, a year later, earned his master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his a master's degree in business administration with honors from Saint Mary's College of Moraga, California in 1979.

"We are very pleased to have forged a relationship with Reliance, one of India's leading companies, as we continue to expand our operations in Asia -- a region of strategic importance to Chevron," said Dave O'Reilly, Chevron chairman and CEO.

Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading energy companies. With more than 53,000 employees, Chevron subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on Chevron is available at http://www.chevron.com/.
 
Prabhat Kumar (PHD/EE/81)
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Dr. Prabhat Kumar has taken over the charge of Chairman, Electrical Engineering Department, ZHCET, AMU, Aligarh. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from AMU, Aligarh in 1967 with Honours and 3rd position. Later, he obtained M.E. (Electrical Engg.) with Honours and 1st position from University of Roorkee, Roorkee, and Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur in 1981. He is presently working as Professor & Chairman Department of Electrical Engineering at AMU, Aligarh with over 381/2 years teaching experience at UG and PG levels. Dr. Prabhat Kumar is recipient of Gold Medal and Khosla Award from UOR, Roorkeeand Best Paper Award, High Quality Presentation Award from Systems Society of India. He has been awarded Union Ministry of Energy-Department of Power Gold Medal from Institution of Engineers (India). He has published about 66 papers in International/National journals and conferences till date. He has guided Ph. D. thesis in the area of "Optimal Control Strategies in Interconnected Power Systems with Parallel AC/DC Links" and guiding a Ph. D. as external supervisor in the area of "Suboptimal AGC Control Strategies". He is actively engaged in research spanning areas like series/shunt compensation of EHV AC Systems, HVDC transmission, Automatic Generation Control Strategies, Voltage Stability Stu
dies, Optimal Control and Soft Computing Techniques: application to Power System and Machines Problems, Model Order reduction Techniques and Sensitivity Analysis of Physical Systems. He is Co-editor of the book "Glimpses of System Theory and Novel Application" (Published PAU Ludhiana, 2005) and is Adaptation Author of Book "Basic Electrical Engineering -Schaum Series", TMH (second special Indian edition, 2006).

Dr. Kumar is Life Member and President, Systems Society of India, Aligarh Centre and member of National Executive of SSI, member of Board of Studies of various Universities and Selection Committees, Expert AICTE, associated with PSC & UPSC examinations. He is reviewer of technical papers, Institution of Engineers (India) and has been member of technical committee & Advisor, chaired and co-chaired technical sessions at various conferences. He has visited USA in 1975 on a Study Exchange Tour.
 
Praveen Prakash (BT/EE/92)
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Praveen Prakash (BT/EE/92) has been posted as Chairman & Managing Director of Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited, Visakhapatnam. The Company looks after Power Supply to Five Districts of Andhra Pradesh namely Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari & West Godavari Districts. The Company has around 32 Lakhs Consumers and 350 Sub Stations. He takes this opportunity to pay his sincere respect to all the Professors who thought him in IIT particularly Prof.S.C.Srivastava who was not only his professor but also a mentor.
 
Dr Udai P Singh (BT/CE/72)
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
In January 2006, the Iron Mountain Mine Slickrock Creek Reservoir Project (a RAC IX Superfund project) won the Golden State Award, the highest award for engineering excellence in the State of California. In May 2006 it won the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Grand Award, the second highest national award for engineering excellence for the year 2006.

Receiving the award was RAC IX Program Manager Dr. Udai P. Singh, Vice President of CH2M HILL, a global Engineering firm with more than $4 billion in annual revenues and more than 18,000 employees in more than 200 offices.

Udai works in CH2M HILL's Oakland, California office. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1972 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India and graduate degrees in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Clemson University and University of Florida.

The ACEC Awards are the "Oscars" equivalent for engineering and are awarded at the annual convention of the ACEC. This year's convention was at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC and President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker. A total of 163 engineering projects, all winners from each state and some international projects, such as Taipei 101, the world's tallest building,
were entered into the ACEC Engineering Excellence Competition this year. The Iron Mountain Mine Hazardous Waste Management Project won a Grand Award, the second highest award (the highest award, the Grand Conceptor Award was given to the new United States Couthouse Building in Seattle).

The Iron Mountain Mine project also recently received National Recognition by inclusion of its photos at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. This project is one of US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) major successes in remediating its most toxic sites in USA. CH2M HILL, under the RAC IX program, is the engineering company responsible for investigation, feasibility study, remedial design, and remedial action (construction) at the site, under contract to EPA.
 
J. P. Gupta (BT/CHE/66)
Monday, May 22, 2006
Dr. J. P. Gupta (B.Tech/ChE/1966),Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IITK, has taken over as the Director General, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), Gandhinagar.

GERMI's mandate is to develop manpower in the area of oil and gas in particular, energy in general. It will start courses in Petroleum Technology and Management with emphasis on Exploration and Production.

Help, guidance and comments from alumni are very welcome.

Prof. J P Gupta, Director General, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute, 2nd Floor, GSPC Bhavan, Behind Udyog Bhavan, Sector 11, Gandhinagar- 382011, Gujarat, India
Phone: +91 - (079) - 5570 1205, Fax: +91- (079) - 23233574 Cell : +91 - (0) 99250 84984
www.germi.org, Email : jpg@iitk.ac.in
 
Shantanu Srivastava (BT/ME/77)
Friday, May 19, 2006
Taking a road less travelled Shantanu Srivastava made sense out of nonsense, and success followed

Srivastava is a businessman thriving on joint ventures between companies of two different nations (India and Vietnam). A self made man, Srivastava chose to try his luck in a small country trying to stand up after a spine-breaking war.

The promoter of Ishan Internation Pvt Ltd, a trading company committed to promote and facilitate trade between India and other countries, Srivastava has Vietnam as his top most priority. Ishan's areas of specialization include machinery, turnkey projects, raw materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Srivastava has been living and working in Viemam since 1982 where he went first as the second secretary of the Indian embassy at Hanoi.

Eager to apply his knowledge and confident of making a difference to the world of trade, he made significant contributions to trade relations between India and Viemam. He was the founder chairman of the Indian Business Chamber from 1998 to 2000. He was awarded the Friendship Medal by the President of Vietnam, the only Indian to receive this honour.

Today, with his network spread across Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Africa, USA and South Am
erica currently, travelling has become a way of life.

"The acumen of hiring a dedicated workforce and remote-controlling the network come of help here," says Srivastava. He will soon launch his office in US, besides a trade chamber to build IndoVietnamese relations further.

Srivastava enjoys travelling to the utmost. "In fact, this is one of the loves I have stuck to till date. Vacationing every year with family is a must," he says. Other passions are tennis, watching comic serials on television, meditating and reading, all of which he manages to imbibe in his routine day.

When on a business meeting abroad, Srivastava prefers meeting people. "This is very important for my profile. When one is dealing with a range of companies from different nations, it becomes important to strike a chord with all those involved."
 
Arvind Gupta (BT/EE/75)
Monday, April 10, 2006
An Indian educational expert is making science learning fun in Pakistani schools by using his simple, inexpensive models made from everyday items that explain the fundamentals of science.

Arvind Gupta from Pune has held training sessions for hundreds of teachers and students in several cities across Pakistan.

Over the last 20 years, Gupta has developed a technique to make simple toys presenting fundamental scientific laws from junk.

"This is a cheaper way of learning with no cost of laboratories, by using junk like matchboxes, thread etc," Daily Times quoted Gupta as saying. "You don't need sophisticated equipment to learn many of the fundamentals of science."

Gupta, an electrical engineer from IIT, Kanpur, said his technique was about making learning fun. "This process goes beyond words. It helps students learn in an innovative manner."

He urged the introduction of India-Pakistan exchange programmes for teachers and for increased people-to-people contacts in all sectors.

"Such links and the people-to-people contact needs to go further... it's time for both countries to share and learn together," he said.

On his visit, he said he had been looking forward to it for several years and had enjoyed it thoroughly.

Gupta held works
hops in Karachi, Hyderabad, Islamabad and Lahore. Describing the feedback as "fabulous", he said a number of schools in Sindh had asked him to start an exchange programme.

Gupta said he "stumbled" onto children's education on account of his interest in the field. He later started developing toys to train teachers and teach students.

Gupta has worked as an adviser to Unesco and is currently associated with Pune University's Children Science Theatre. He has authored 12 books in the field of educational techniques.

His teaching techniques are already popular in several Indian states and over 600 different types of toys are being used to educate students in more than 1,000 different schools across India.

His training module, which he started developing in 1972, has now been translated into several languages. He has travelled all over the world to impart training.
 
Suresh Chandra
Friday, March 31, 2006
Business Intelligence software provider Cognos has announced the appointment of B N Suresh Chandra as its country manager for India operations.

Chandra, who will be based in Mumbai, is responsible for all sales, marketing, consulting and administration in the region.

“Cognos is experiencing strong growth in India.” said David Runacres, vice president, Asia Operations, Cognos. “ Chandra's experience in operating & growing a software business will be a significant advantage to Cognos' expansion in India.“

Before Cognos, Chandra held senior positions at Rational, TCS and HCL. He is also an alumni of IIT Kanpur.
 
Vishnu Varshney (BT/EE/69)
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Winner of the Asia Pacific Venture Capital Association 2006 Inaugural Award Vishnu Varshney defines himself as “hard working and god fearing” and gives the credit for the award to his “family and colleagues”. An electrical engineer from IIT Kanpur, Varshney is one of the earliest venture capitalists in the country and is currently the managing director and CEO of Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd (GVFL).

After completing his MBA from Louisiana University, USA, Varshney returned to India, planning to start his own business. But under compelling domestic circumstances, he ended up joining a stream where he channelled the business of new investors. "I came back to India in 1975 after I lost my father. Not being able to start my own business was a little humiliating initially but things fell in place later. And today I have no regrets about coming back to my country," says Varshney. He terms his journey as a “great learning experience”. He adds, “I keep advising all young professionals studying abroad to utilise their talent in the Indian market.”

With almost 30 years of experience in equity investments, project planning, implementation and turnarounds, he was selected by the World Bank and the Gujarat Industrial Investment Corporation (GIIC) in 1990 to start GVFL as an independent, autonomous organisation in Ahmedabad. Over the past 15 years he has built GVFL into a specialist in funding small and medium scale technology-based innovative companies.

"Venture capital has enormous scope in India and though we have crossed the learning stage, it hasn't yet got its due. The model is lopsided and much stress is laid on private equity as it involves less risk," he explains.

Pointing at its success in the international market, he elaborates, "If you see the economic model of one of the most successful economies, US, you will find that venture capital has taken it to its present stature. Even in countries like Israel it is being encouraged on a large scale and the result is a number of successful firms."

Varshney is on the advisory board of incubators at IIT Kanpur, IIM Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, Nirma University and MICA. A guest faculty with leading management institutes, he has come up with a revolutionary course.

“Spread over a span of two months, this course encourages students to start their own business within the campus,” he informs.

A firm follower of Shirdi Sai Baba, meditation and classical music help him bust his stress. “I just have to visit his temple and my tensions vanish in no time,” he confides. A voracious reader, Varshney holds that playing tennis is also a potential stress buster. “I was never an avid sportsperson myself but I make it a point to encourage the kids in my family to be one,” he quips.

Varshney is now concentrating all his efforts to set up a “Rs 50 crore fund to boost biotech in Gujarat and a national fund of Rs 100 crore to encourage” small and medium commercial units".
 
Rajesh Gopakumar (MSC5/PHY/92)
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Rajesh Gopakumar (PhD Princeton), currently at Harish-Chandra Research Institute, has been awarded the B.M. Birla Science Prize in Physics for 2004. He is among six scientists to win the B.M. Birla Science prize in various subjects for the year 2004.

He is sharing this prize with Abhishek Dhar from the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore.
 
Amit D Agarwal (BT/CSE/95)
Monday, February 27, 2006
Amit Agarwal always preferred the road less travelled. He launched his career with a consulting firm but even after a one-and-a half-year stint, he did not get ‘professional satisfaction’. So, he moved to a Seattle-based three-year old company, Amazon. That was in 1999 and Agarwal has never looked back since.

“I was an IIT (Kanpur) graduate with a post graduate degree from University of Texas. So, I was expected to earn a lot of money from companies that were big names in the field of technology, at least while I was beginning my career,” he says.

So, what really got him to Amazon? The answer: “The consumer industry was beginning to bloom on internet, the innovation levels were high and the system was in the process taking a concrete shape.” He wanted to be a part of it.

It sounds simple, but things did not simply fall into place. “There were days when I thought it was not working, but it did, eventually,” he recalls. In September 2004, he was sent to India to handle the fledgling yet emerging business opportunities in India.

“Realising the potential of Indian sub continent and developing a platform for Amazon in india was probably the toughest assignment I could have asked for,” tables the managing director (Web Services), Amazon Development Centre, I
ndia.

Ask him about his biggest contribution to Amazon India and pat comes the reply, “Third-party selling platform.” Agarwal pioneered the concept of vendors selling their wares/services through Amazon’s platform, which added the ‘just right’ momentum to the online marketing sphere.

Get him talking on the business of internet, and Agarwal has his speech ready. “The idea of innovation is changing,” he reasons, “Making money, even if you are at the bottom of the pyramid is possible if your customers are kept happy.” When he is not brainstorming about what clicks on the internet, Agarwal likes to unwind with Kishore Kumar songs and a book on any business/management related topic. His favourite? “Fortune At The Bottom Of The Pyramid was a great read,” he answers.
 
Sumit D. Chowdhury, (BT/EE/92)
Friday, February 10, 2006
Sumit D. Chowdhury, (BT/EE/92) is joining Reliance Infocom as Chief Information Officer (CIO) where he will be responsible for IT system integration. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of consultancy and IT systems integrator BearingPoint Australia.
During his tenure in BearingPoint, Mr. Chowdhury led the system integration practice for several major companies, including Vodafone, British Telecom, Verizon, Singtel, Australia Post, BHP, Coles Myer, National Australia Bank, Cadbury Schweppes and GE Capital.
 
Utpal Bhattacharya (BT/ME/80)
Friday, February 10, 2006
A paper from Utpal Bhattacharya (BT/ME/80), Associate Professor of Finance, Indiana University, and one of his graduate students, Neal Galpin, featured in 1 January 2006 edition of New York Times. This paper titled, "Is Stock Picking Declining around the World?" has been circulating in academic circles as a working paper since late last year. The details of the paper are at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=849627
 
D. D. Sarma (MSc5/PHY/77)
Friday, February 10, 2006
D. D. Sarma (MSc5/PHY/77) FNA, FASc., FNASc., Professor, Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit and Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has been awarded the Sir C. V. Raman Award: Physical Sciences, for his contributions in the field of condensed matter physics related to electronic and magnetic properties of strongly correlated electron systems.
 
C. N. R. Rao
Friday, February 10, 2006
C. N. R. Rao, Chairman, BOG, IITK, received the India Science Award, from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at the inaugural function of the 93rd Science Congress at Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, for his path-breaking work in solid state and materials chemistry. This award carries Rs. 25 lakh in cash, a gold medal, and a citation, and is the highest honor in the field of science in India. Prof. Rao is the first recipient of this award.
 
Sunil Paliwal (BT/CSE/90)
Monday, December 26, 2005
When the great Asian tsunami slammed into the Tamil Nadu coast on December 26, 2004, the devastation that India's southernmost district Kanyakumari witnessed was indescribable.

Twelve days later, as survivors were still picking up the threads of their lives, Sunil Paliwal took over the Kanyakumari collector.

A software engineer, Paliwal brought a rare human face to the high position he occupied.

In the ensuing days, Paliwal made it a point to meet every person who came to him for help, paying attention to their woes, while at the same time explaining to them the limitations within which the problems had be solved. For those who know him, it was no surprise that the people of Kanyakumari were the first among the tsunami-hit to move out of temporary shelters into permanent houses.

Paliwal agrees that the rehabilitation process should be time-bound and must be completed as soon as possible. And Kanyakumari knows he will leave no stone unturned till that's done.
 
Kedar Prasad Gupta (BT/MME/68)
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
At the 23rd Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner which was held on November 17th and for only the second time an Asian American was honored. Dr. Kedar Gupta, (M.S.71, Ph.D. 73), founder of GT Equipment Technologies (GTi) http://www.gtequipment.com/, was chosen for the Distinguished Benefactor Award for all that he has given back to Stony Brook!

Having just graduated from IIT Kanpur, on the trip from India Kedar met Chandra Khattak, another grad student on his way to Stony Brook. Although strangers on the plane, from that meeting they would be roommates in Roth, in the same department, have the same advisor, and become lifelong friends. Chandra was at the dinner to celebrate too. Kedar said Chandra was a meaningful part of his success that Chandras work and ideas were incorporated into GTis products.

Kedar's idea of simple living is an achievement few attain but it is the classic immigrant success story that defines America and as the SUNY center closest to the give me your? premiere city of immigrants - defines the Asian American student and faculty community at Stony Brook as well. But Kedar took it a step further. He joined in the great American tradition of philanthropy. Currently working with Yacov Shamash, CEAS Dean, he has given huge monetary donations (h
undreds of thousands), created a scholarship, gives internships to undergrads, and hires alumni!
 
Navpreet Singh (BT/MT/90/97/EE)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, had a wired Local Area Network (LAN) of 6,500 nodes in the academic and hostel areas.

Navpreet Singh, Network Manager, Computer Centre, IIT Kanpur explains, "The importance of information-sharing, convenience of information processing and need for mobility meant users could not be tied-down to their desktops. We have a lot of visitors and students who own Wi-Fi enabled notebooks."

The IIT conducts numerous conferences and has several conference rooms and auditoriums. Its conferences are visited by delegates toting Wi-Fi enabled notebooks. Singh points out, "Earlier users could only connect their notebooks to the Internet through wires. This restricted the number of users who could access the Internet at any given period of time."

Wireless connectivity is available to anybody having a notebook with a wireless card or a PCMCIA card. IIT Kanpur has a constant flow of visitors the year round. Today it is in a position to provide flexible Wi-Fi connectivity to them free of cost. No strict security parameters have been kept for the Wi-Fi network as it is likely to hamper the flexibility of connection for the users. Singh says, "The Wi-Fi zone is a public domain and all the APs are open ones barring the few critical
areas such as the computer centre. Since there are so many visiting delegates it would add to their discomfort if there is an authentication exercise at each and every area of the campus."
 
Praveen Tripathi (BT/EE/77)
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Praveen Tripathi has joined the RK Swamy/BBDO Group. He will head the agency's initiative in the consulting space and handle special projects.

Confirming this, Shekar Swamy, president, RK Swamy/BBDO says, "We have been looking for a senior professional to take charge of various special projects. Even the clients have been asking for it for some time now.

He adds, "One major area is in the space of market mapping, which flows out of the RK Swamy/BBDO guide to the urban markets. We are already working with clients to help determine optimal allocation of resources across various markets and we needed a dedicated senior team for this. Tripathi's expertise and previous experience will be quite valuable for us.

Other aspects of consultancy services, which are being explored, include development of marketing and media strategies, primarily at the strategic level in a media-neutral way.

Talking about his new assignment, Tripathi says, "The consultancy services of RK Swamy/BBDO in market mapping and development of marketing/media strategies will be unique. I am looking forward to my new assignment and look forward to build a stronger team to deliver this service.

Just two months back, Tripathi had quit Mediaedge: CIA where he was the managing director. In September 2003, he had joined Zenith Media as its president, South Asia, and regional director, strategy planning, Asia. With the re-branding of Zenith Media to Mediaedge: CIA in May 2004, Tripathi was redesignated as the managing director of the operations.

In Sepetmber 2002, Tripathi had moved to Starcom China as strategic planning director for the agency's P&G business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In his two-decade-plus experience in the industry, Tripathi has successfully juggled media, advertising and research with the finesse of an expert, and at times, even rewriting history. An IIT Kanpur and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, he joined Lowe as a management trainee in 1979, becoming its first media recruit in the process.

At Lowe, Tripathi was responsible for conceptualising and developing the first-ever computerised media package, LIN-COMPACK, and at the same time, honing his client servicing skills with Lever brands - Liril, Rexona and Sunlight. He was eventually appointed account supervisor for all Lipton brands at the agency's Kolkata office in 1983, before opting out in 1986.

His next definitive stint was at Marg (now ORG Marg), where he spent 10 years from 1986 to 1996, accumulating a number of firsts to his credit. These included leading both the NRS 1990 and 1995 studies, establishing the first peoplemeter-based TV audience measurement service in India called C&STAM (now only TAM) in December 1995 as well as pioneering efforts such as the decision-makers media survey in 1987, children's media survey in 1989 and upmarket media survey in 1992.

In 1996, he joined Leo Burnett as associate regional director, media and stratgeic planning. And when the agency launched its media division, Starcom, in 1999, he became the managing director of the company.
 
Dipankar Das Sarma (MSC5/PHY/77)
Friday, November 25, 2005
Chemical scientist Dipankar Das Sarma of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has been chosen for the prestigious G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for this year.

Sarma, who works with the Solid State and Structural Unit of the IISc, was selected for the honour in recognition of his high calibre scientific research in the fields of strongly correlated electron systems, semiconducting nanocrystals and conducing polymers.

The award, given to scientists below the age of 50, carries a purse of Rs 1.5 lakhs and would be presented to Sarma on December 8 here, a statement from the K K Birla Foundation, which has instituted the award, said.

Sarma is an alumini of IIT, Kanpur and has a doctorate from the IISc. He is also an elected Fellow of all the three science Academies -- Allahabad, Bangalore and Delhi.

He has extensively contributed to the understanding of various aspects of electronic and magnetic structures of strongly corelated systems.

Sarma is also the recipient of the the prestigious biennial UNESCO Javed Hussian Prize in 1989.
 
Sandip P. Trivedi (MSC5/PHY/85)
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Sandip P. Trivedi, IITK alumnus has received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar in Physical Sciences for the year 2004 and 05.
Sandip P. Trivedi is Professor at Department of Theoretical Physics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
 
Kapil Paranjape (MSC5/MTH/84)
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Kapil Paranjape, IITK alumnus has received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for his achievements in science and technology for the year 2004 and 05.
Kapil Hari Paranjape is the member of the mathematics faculty at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
 
Rahul Singhvi (BT/CHE/87)
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Dr. Singhvi has been appointed President and CEO of Novavax in August, 2005. He had joined the Company in April, 2004 as Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Operations. Novavax, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of products utilizing its proprietary drug delivery and biological technologies for large and growing markets. Prior to joining Novavax, Dr. Singhvi had about 10 years experience in Merck & Co, where his last assignment was as Director within the Merck Manufacturing division. Dr. Singhvi holds both a Master and Doctorate of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT, Kanpur. He holds several patents in the area of cell culturing systems and has co-authored numerous publications and abstracts on biochemical engineering and cell physiology.
 
Vishnu Varshney (BT/EE/69)
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Chalk up another first for Vishnu Varshney. For the last two months, the managing director and CEO of Ahmedabad-based Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd (GVFL) has been teaching a fresh course at Nirma University’s management school that is close to his heart: New Venture Creations.
Having nurtured no fewer than 50 start-ups as an angel investor over the past 15 years, Varshney sure knows what he’s talking about.
Varshney was working with Gujarat Industrial Investment Corporation (GIIC) when he was selected by the World Bank and GIIC to start GVFL as an autonomous body in Ahmedabad in 1990.
An electrical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur and an MS and MBA from Louisiana State University in the United States, Varshney is proud of the companies GVFL has helped midwife and nurture.
They include companies like Icenet Ltd, today Gujarat’s biggest ISP, and software ventures Net4Nuts and EcCube Solutions Ltd. “I don’t believe in fads and never invested in any dotcom venture even during the year 2000 boom.”
Varshney’s current concern: raising the corpus of his Gujarat IT Fund from Rs 26 crore to Rs 36 crore.
The fund earlier raised Rs 10 crore from Sidbi and Rs 16 crore from state-owned Gujarat Informatics Ltd. “The latter has agreed to
pay us another Rs 10 crore,” says Varshney. Some of the money will be used to fund new start-ups, probably in the mobile-commerce space. “We haven’t signed anybody on yet, but there are a plethora of proposals in this space,” he adds.
When he’s not evaluating start-ups, Varshney is on the advisory board at IIT-Kanpur, IIM-Ahmedabad, the National Institute of Design, Nirma University, as well as the Mudra Institute of Communication & Arts. He also reads books on management and history in his spare time.
Clearly, this is not an angel with gossamer wings.
 
Arun Kanchan (BT/EE/79)
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Reliance Energy-controlled BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, which has been facing public ire over the power crisis in the national capital, has named Arun Kanchan as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Kanchan replaces Rakesh Aggarwal, who was removed recently following complaints regarding the functioning of the private distribution company.
An IIT-Kanpur alumus, Kanchan was the CEO of Surat Electricity Company prior to joining BSES. As CEO of BSES Yamuna Power, Kanchan would be the overall incharge of the 14 divisions of the company and would be stationed at BYPL headquarters at Karkardooma, the company said in a release.
BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani, the two Reliance Energy group companies in Delhi, have been facing a lot of criticism with complaints regarding faulty billing, metering and an ineffective consumer redressal grievance system.
Following the removal of Aggarwal, who was the CEO of both BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani, the Delhi operations were being monitored by a three-member Executive Committee which included REL Director J P Chalasani and Lalit Jalan.
"Kanchan's experience in the electricity distribution business would help BYPL customers as his top priority is redressal of consumer grievances," Jalan said.
The move is also in line with the directions of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission who had given the company till October 7 to separate the offices and staff of the two companies.
 
Pradeep Sindhu (BT/EE/74)
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Pradeep Sindhu Establishes A Chair Professorship at IIT Kanpur
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur proudly announces that Dr. Pradeep Sindhu (BT/EE/1974), a distinguished alumnus of the Institute, has donated a substantial amount to establish a chair professorship. The wish of the donor is to honour and reward an outstanding faculty member of the Institute on a continual basis. Recently, the Institute had established another similar chair "Professor S. Sampath Chair", in honour of the ex-Director of the Institute. The Sampath Chair was established from donations of the friends and admirers of Professor Sampath and well wishers of the Institute.
Dr. Pradeep Sindhu is the Founder, Vice Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer of Juniper Networks, and is a winner of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2001) from IIT Kanpur. In the words of legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Sindhu is "tech's biggest unsung hero". After completing BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1974, Dr Sindhu obtained his MS from University of Hawaii and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. Before Juniper happened, he was a principal scientist at Xerox PARC where he designed tools for VLSI and high-speed interconnects for shared memory microprocessors. He
has come a long way from his days at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC.
In 1996, Sindhu left Xerox after he had the idea for a high-end router company. He was later joined by Scott Kriens, who became Juniper's CEO, and the rest is history. Juniper was up and running in a couple of years and staged one of the most successful technology IPOs in history in 1999. In spite of a strong competition from well-established companies in the field of networking and in spite of strong apprehension about the success of a new company, Juniper grabbed 30% of the high-end router market and is today a leading internet infrastructure company with market capitalization of about thirteen billion US dollars (about Rs 55,000 crores). Down the years, Juniper has built itself around the web. Dr Sindhu's contribution is huge in this field. His contribution to router technology for the Internet will remain a legacy for the next several decades.
 
Ajit Gill (BT/EE/1969)
Monday, August 08, 2005
Ajit Gill (BT/EE/1969), an alumnus of IIT Kanpur (B.Tech, Electrical Engineering, 1969) has set up the Joy and Manmohan Gill Endowment Fund (named after his parents) to support a number of activities in the Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Department at IIT Kanpur. The Fund will cover several scholarships, internships and prize money for the students of BSBE, besides a Chair Professorship:

1- Joy Gill Chair Professorship in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering
2- Baljit and Nirmal Dhindsa UG Scholarships
3- Mona and Paramjit Singh UG Scholarships
4- Summer internship by UG Students in Industry (after 2nd year and 3rd year)
5- Summer Research by UG students at IITK
6- Cash Prizes for UG Manmohan Gill Business Plan Competition

About the Donor
Ajit S. Gill (BT/EE/1969) is the President & CEO, Nektar Therapeutics, Santa Carlos, California. He joined Inhale Therapeutic Systems in 1992 as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Before assuming his current role as President and CEO, Mr. Gill served as co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer and directed the company's technical operations organization, including research and development.

Mr. Gill has worked in a variety of disciplines at both small, growing companies and large, multi
national firms. Before joining Inhale, Mr. Gill was vice president and general manager of Kodak's Interactive Systems Products Division; vice president, finance and CFO of TRW-Fujitsu; and director of business development at VisiCorp. He holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska; and an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
 
Anand Agarwal(BT/MME/90)
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Dr. Anand Agarwal, Director and Chief Executive, Sterlite Optical Technologies Ltd is a B. Tech (Metallurgical Engineering) - IIT Kanpur. He also holds a MS & PhD (Materials Engineering) from UC, Berkeley (USA) -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA). In 1995, he was hired by Siemens Ltd as Assistant Manager (Quality Assurance), while pursuing PhD in the US. Later the same year he joined Sterlite optical Technologies in Aurangabad in 1995, when their optical fiber project was starting. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Optical Fiber Operations in 1999 and moved to Atlanta, USA in late 2001 to setup and manage international operations for an optical fiber cable facility, setup of an R&D facility for the fiber business and manage international business of the company. In July 2003, he was appointed as CEO of the company and moved back to India in 2004. His personal hobbies include tinkering around with music systems and has designed his own audio systems from school days and continue to do so.

Sterlite Optical Technologies is the only company to be awarded the ‘Top Telecom Cables Company’ in India, thrice in the past four years, as per the annual V&D 100 Survey. Sterlite Optical Technologies is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Stock Exchanges at Mumbai an
d Kolkata. The company has a world class Optical Fiber manufacturing plant located at Aurangabad, India and Telecom Cable plants at Silvassa, India.
 
Alok Kumar (BT/CE/94)
Sunday, July 10, 2005
After more than a month’s wait, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) received its new Comissioner, Alok Kumar on Saturday. A 1998 batch IAS officer and gold medalist in civil engineering from IIT Kanpur , he has served as district magistrate (DM) in Hathras, Sonbhadra and Sant Kabirnagar. He was also posted as chief development officer (CDO) in Sultanpur and Etawah. After taking charge as the Municipal Commissioner, he went on a round to inspect various parts of the city.
Talking to Newsline, Alok Kumar said LMC will continue with its anti-encroachment drive and mentioned, ‘‘I have visited the places prone to water-logging and encroached upon. We will take steps to demolish illegal constructions and encroachments on government land.’’
Earlier in the day, the Comissioner visited Nishatganj area to see the progress of encroachment drive. ‘‘I spoke to the people of the area and they were quite satisfied by the drive. I have ordered the employees to clean the Nullahs choking with the debris of the demolished buildings.’’
Through the day, he payed visits to Indira Nagar, Old city, Chowk, Rajajipuram and few other places and gave directions to the officials of LMC to take appropriate action to solve people’s problems. He also voiced his concern on street lights and civic amenities.
He also told NewsLine that due to lack of manpower, work will not immediately start at every place in the city, but in a couple of days even the problem of manpower will be tackled.
‘‘I’ll be meeting Divisional Comissioner R K Mittal on July 11 and will discuss the condition of the city. I will then take steps to solve problems of public ammenities,’’he informed.
He further stated, ‘‘we are working to address people’s problems and I have communicated to the people that I have just come to the city and it will take me a few days to understand and tackle their problems.’’
When asked about encroachment on the Sarkata Nullah, he said, ‘‘we will definitely chalk out a programme soon to demolish constructions on that nullah. Right now, there is a lack of manpower in LMC. As soon as work is over in other parts of the city, we will demolish illegal constructions there too.’’
 
Manoj Bahadur Shrestha(BT/CE/78)
Friday, July 08, 2005
KATHMANDU, June 30: The visit of His Majesty the King to Qatar and United Arab Emirates to participate in the South Summit of the G-77 countries was highly successful.
One of the outcomes of the visit was that the investors of the Gulf countries showed interests in investing in Nepal, said Chairman of the Himalayan Bank Limited Manoj Bahadur Shrestha, who was a member of the Royal entourage to the G-77 meeting in Doha, Qatar.
They were interested in investing in the service sector, real estate and particularly in the development of townships. He also said that during his meetings with the investors there he asked them to invest on areas like hospital and education infrastructure and they said they would think about it.
The chairman of Nepal’s probably the most successful joint venture bank told The Rising Nepal that all these achievements were only because of the visit of His Majesty the King. “I found that the people in those countries have sentimental attachment to the monarchy in Nepal.”
Shrestha, who is also the Managing Director of New Everest Construction Pvt. Ltd., said that the investment scenario has become much better because of the improvement in the security situation after February 1. “I feel much secure now and even when visiting other parts of the country,” Shrestha said.
Talking about the announcement of agitation by the political parties, Shrestha bluntly asked who is there to follow the political parties? “If the parties are wise enough, they should first put before the people their agenda on the reason for organising the street agitation,” Shrestha said. There is little possibility of the people supporting them because of what they did in the past, he said and added people have little or no sympathy on them.
Shrestha, who is trained as civil engineer from IIT Kanpur, India, censured the political party for their announcement that they were allying with the Maoists. “This shows that their claim of working for the people is nothing but sham and all they want is position and power.”
He also showed total dissatisfaction over the political leaders bee lining outside to seek support. “But their judgment has backfired.” “If they have even a little bit of sense, they should have sought the advice and support of the people here,” Shrestha said.
Without any reservation, Shrestha said that if the situation of before February 1 were allowed to continue this country would have been ruined altogether. “People were totally frustrated with the political parties and now people have hope and belief that with the King taking the step, the country will take the right track.” For Shrestha, who is also director of other business entities like Sagarmatha Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd and N Trading Limited said there were two main prerequisites —restoration of peace and fight against corruption. He said democracy was necessary but given the present situation of the country, it is of secondary importance. However, Shrestha clearly said that he could not understand the attitude of countries like the United States, United Kingdom and India. “Sometimes they prop up the political parties and sometimes the Maoists. I don’t understand why they are doing this.” He said that he was even perplexed at the US and the UK saying that they would toe the line taken by India.
He said that he had clearly told a Western diplomat that we, Nepalese, don’t understand diplomacy and they should say clearly what they want from us. They should look at our situation practically – we have to fight terrorism and we have to fight with corruption. “It is clear that democracy had failed to work properly.”
But the banker also hit out at the handling of the public limited companies by the governments in the past. Many people who had invested their small savings on shares of the public limited companies lost all their investments, he said.
He accused that the shares of public limited companies were distributed at inflated values on the basis of false documents and fictitious balance sheets. They deliberately squeezed the common people but the governments that time failed to take any action. “How such shares were distributed and how the people were ‘cheated’ must be investigated.”
Shrestha emphasized that unless the middle class is promoted and raised there will be no development.
He suggested that one aspect budget should seriously look into is how to bring in more remittances and make them more productive. One of his suggestions was to make the commissions given to the employers or to the manpower agencies more transparent. That could be done if those payments are done through banking. “This will also help in monitoring and to prevent the cheating of the employment seekers,” he said.
Another of this suggestion was to introduce passbook system to the remitters. This will also help in providing incentives such as duty draw back to remitters after they send a certain amount into the country. But these have to be done at the government-to-government level so that sending of Nepalese abroad and the remittances sent into the country could be monitored and managed to give maximum benefit to the individuals as well as to the country.
 
Pawan Goenka
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Mr Pawan Goenka will take over as the president of the automotive sector of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) and member of the management board from September 26, 2005.

He would succeed Mr Alan Durante who retires in September 2005 after a career spread over more than four decades in the company, M&M said in a release here on Wednesday.

Mr Goenka had been working as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the automobile sector besides playing a key role in the formation of both the Renault and International Truck joint ventures, it added. - PTI
 
Avnish Bajaj (BT/CSE/92)
Friday, July 01, 2005
Harvard-educated Baazee.com chief executive officer Avnish Bajaj is an old hand in the world of information technology. Prior to co-founding Baazee.com -- India's largest online marketplace -- Bajaj was with Goldman Sachs in the high technology practice team, that focused on Internet IPOs and mergers & acquisitions (M&A).
In this capacity, Bajaj had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Yahoo!, ebay, Priceline and Disney’s Internet operations, amongst others.
In 2000, Bajaj teamed up and co-founded Baazee.com with fellow Harvard Business School graduate Suvir Sujan in 2000, just when the Internet space in India had started hotting up.
Braving the shake-out that followed after the collapse of the dot.com's during the better part of 2000 and the year after, Bajaj and Sujan managed to establish Baazee.com as the premier portal in the world of Indian online auctions, acquiring Bidorbuyindia.com, its strongest competitor in an all-stock deal during the process.
Over the past four years, Baazee.com became the only online auction website with a sound business model in India, and was bought over by eBay, the world's largest online auctioneer earlier this year for about $50 million.
Bajaj holds a B.Tech in Compuer Science from IIT, Kanpur and went on to do a MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
 
Naresh Chand Gupta (BT/CSE/88)
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Naresh Chand Gupta was recently promoted as senior vice-president of the US-based Abode Systems. “It feels great,” he says. “I have lived there before when I did my masters. I go to US several times a year on work. But from now on, I will be stationed there permanently. So in that respect, it will be a bit different,” he adds.
In his new position, Gupta will join the company’s executive team and will be responsible for identifying emerging technology and business opportunities for Adobe. “I look at my career as a global one. It can take me anywhere. The world is flat and people are mobile,” says Gupta, probably taking a leaf out of Thomas Friedman’s latest book.
Gupta is expected to relocate to the company’s headquarters in San Jose, Cali- fornia from India where he was the managing director of Adobe Systems India. Talking about the success of entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley, Gupta says an ecosystem has evolved in the Valley, which encourages free flow of ideas. “That culture encourages entrepreneurship and risk taking. And this is not a new phenomenon. Hewlett-Packard was started out of a garage in Palo Alto way back in 1939. People are willing to go out and start something new,” he says.
Gupta is happy that India is also experiencing a similar entre
preneurial wave. “Many IT entrepreneurs in Bangalore have started operations from their houses. The government has to play a key role to encourage entrepreneurship,” says Gupta.
Adobe’s India division is extensively focussed on product development for its worldwide operations and over 450 engineers are engaged in software development in India. PageMaker 7.0, which was released in 2001, was rolled out of the Indian campus. The company has filed for more than 20 worldwide patents in the last four years. Adobe India professionals have also engineered other Adobe products like Frame Maker, PageMaker, Postscript, Acrobat Readers on alternative devices and the Photoshop Album Starter Edition.
But piracy is a major problem for the company. “More than 90% of Adobe’s products used in India are pirated,” says Gupta. Adobe India is on a major awareness generation drive in this respect and the company is also offering its suite of products at reasonable prices to institutional and individual users.
Gupta is a gold medallist from IIT Kanpur. He joined Adobe in 1996 as a computer scientist of the corporate research group where his work resulted in six patents to his credit. In 1998, he relocated to India to start work on the research and development centre in India.
Reading is a favourite pastime for Gupta. “I have bought seven books for this weekend,” he says. He recently finished reading Freakonomics. “The book puts a lot of things into perspective,” he says. He plans to read Tipping Point, What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know and Three Billion New Capitalists.
He is an avid trekker and has gone on trails in Uttaranchal. He is also a sports junkie. “I play badminton, cricket, tennis and volleyball,” he says matter of factly
 
Prof CNR Rao
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Professor CNR Rao, Chairman,Board of Governors of IIT Kanpur, has been awarded the highest civilian award of France: Professor Rao has been conferred the title 'Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur' (Knight of the Legion of Honour).

Also, we just came to know that Professor Rao has been named the 'Chemistry Pioneer of 2005' by the American Institute of Chemists.
 
Vishnu Varshney
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Vishnu Varshney is considered one of the pioneers of the Venture Capital industry in India. An electrical engineer from IIT, Kanpur, Varshney has been instrumental in setting up the Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd.

He has about 27 years experience in Equity Investments, Project Planning and Implementation and Turnaround. He was selected in 1990 by The World Bank and Gujarat Industrial Investment Corporation to start GVFL, which he has built into one of the most dynamic venture capital companies in India.

Considered to be the most effective spokesman and lobbyist for the venture capital industry, he is one of the co-founders of India Venture Capital Association [IVCA] and has served as Secretary as well as Chairman.
 
Dr. Shriram Bagrodia
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Engineering/Technology (Fred O. Conley Award)Sponsored by Dow Chemical Company 2005 Award Winner Dr. Shriram Bagrodia.
Dr. Shriram Bagrodia, Research Associate, Eastman Chemical Company, has more than 20 years of industrial experience in the plastics industry. His broad research interests are focused on structure-property relationships in polymeric materials. He is a prolific inventor and has 51 U.S. patents issued to date. Dr. Bagrodia has a keen sense of creativity and innovative skills. Coupled with his strong fundamental scientific knowledge base and an inquisitive mind-set, he has proved repeatedly the innovation of new technologies in the plastics/polymer industry.
Dr. Bagrodia invented synthetic fibers capable of spontaneously transporting aqueous fluids along the axial direction. The theoretical framework for this invention was based on considerations of thermodynamic principles of free energy. This novel discovery resulted in several patents and has potential for major industrial applications in disposable hygiene products.
Another area of active research for Dr. Bagrodia has been in the field of high barrier packaging solutions. Research in the process-structure-property relationships of polyamide-based nanocomposites resulted in enhanced oxygen barrier materials suitable for packaging oxygen sensitive food products. This technology impacts the packaging of beer, juice and other foods.
Dr. Bagrodia has several patents in the polymer blends area utilizing engineering thermoplastic polymers, which are suitable for engineering applications requiring high temperature stability. He has also published extensively in the field of structure-property relationships in polyisobutylene based telechelic ionomers, demonstrating that extensive strain-induced crystallization could be induced in an otherwise amorphous polyisobutylene matrix.
Dr. Bagrodia received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a Fellow of SPE.
 
Vijay Kumar
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Professor Vijay Kumar and his student engineers, including Rahul Rao and Sachin Chitta, at the University of Pennsylvania, have received a $5 million grant from the Department of Defense to develop large-scale "swarms" of robots that could work together to thoroughly search large areas from the ground and sky.
Penn's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory will receive the five-year grant from the federal government under the Defense Department's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program
Apparently, the ‘Scalable Swarms of Autonomous Robots and Sensors’ or the Swarms Project, as it is known, takes organizational cues from the natural world where tens or even hundreds of small, independent robots work together to accomplish specific tasks, such as finding a bomb in a crowded city. The Swarms project is based upon the success of the GRASP Lab's smaller-scale Multiple Autonomous Robotics (MARS) project, which managed the movement and behavior of about a dozen robots.
"Our objective here is to develop the software framework and tools for a new generation of autonomous robots, ultimately to the point where an operator can supervise an immense swarm of small robots through unfamiliar terrain," said Vijay Kumar,
director of the GRASP Lab at Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science and principal investigator of the Swarms Project. "There is an obvious military application, to be sure, but the same principles apply whether you are looking for an terrorist in an urban environment or localizing the source of a chemical spill in a city."
While MARS demonstrated the feasibility of such a program, the Swarms Project will take the complexity involved to a new level. To get a better grasp of swarming behavior, Kumar and his colleagues are looking to the natural world for inspiration.
The SWARMS project brings together experts in artificial intelligence, control theory, robotics, systems engineering and biology with the goal of understanding swarming behaviors in nature and applications of biologically-inspired models of swarm behaviors to large networked groups of autonomous vehicles.
Our main goal is to develop a framework and methodology for the analysis of swarming behavior in biology and the synthesis of bio-inspired swarming behavior for engineered systems. We will be interested in such questions as: Can large numbers of autonomously functioning vehicles be reliably deployed in the form of a “swarm” to carry out a prescribed mission and to respond as a group to high-level management commands? Can such a group successfully function in a potentially hostile environment, without a designated leader, with limited communications between its members, and/or with different and potentially dynamically changing “roles” for its members? What can we learn about how to organize these teams from biological groupings such as insect swarms, bird flocks, and fish schools? Is there a hierarchy of “compatible” models appropriate to swarming/schooling/flocking which is rich enough to explain these behaviors at various “resolutions” ranging from aggregate characterizations of emergent behavior to detailed descriptions which model individual vehicle dynamics?
"There are a number of interesting behaviors seen in the natural world that we'd like to incorporate, at least analogously," Kumar said. "We might want to see the stalking behavior of a wolf pack, the searching behavior of ants or honeybees or the quorum-sensing behavior of bacteria.
"In fact, much like ants or bees, these robots will be rather dumb individually, but collectively they'll be capable of performing very complicated tasks."
While the GRASP engineers are not attempting to recreate biology, they are striving to understand what general principals in biological behavior that might be useful in getting robots to think as a group. Eventually, Kumar and his colleagues will demonstrate their biologically-inspired algorithms on practical vehicle platforms, such as the robot blimps, unmanned aerial vehicles and the small "clodbuster" four-wheeled robots already in use at GRASP.
"The MARS project was really about getting robots to interact in a physical space, to see their world and react to the obstacles around them," Kumar said. "With the Swarms Project, we are going beyond the orbit of MARS in that we are getting robots to talk amongst themselves about their image of the world around them."
A graduate of IIT Kanpur (1983), Vijay Kumar earned his M.S and Ph.D (1987) from University of Ohio where his dissertation was on Motion Planning for Legged Locomotion Systems on Uneven Terrain.
 
AK Singhal
Thursday, May 19, 2005
KAKINADA: AK Singhal, on Wednesday, assumed charge as the new collector of East Godavari district. He took charge from outgoing collector KS Jawahar Reddy.
A BTech from Kanpur IIT, Singhal is a 1993 batch IAS officer and had earlier worked as sub-collector at Gadwal, ITDA project officer in West Godavari and Adilabad, joint collector at Guntur and collector of Chittoor and Medak districts. He is the 139th collector of East Godavari district.
Speaking to reporters after assuming charge, Singhal said he would accord priority to Indira Prabha and Rajiv Yuvasakthi schemes. Senior officials of the district administration greeted him on assuming charge.
 
Cherian Varkey Mathew
Friday, May 13, 2005
Mr. Cherian Varkey Mathew, a first-year undergraduate student (who will soon move into his second year) of Computer science and Engineering Department, has been chosen for the prestigious Lucent Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding all-round qualities among all the undergraduate students in the country. He shares the honor with Ms. Poonam. The Bell Labs in New Jersey has invited them along with selected students from across the globe for visiting various laboratories and meeting scientists including some Nobel Laureates.
 
DR. Bikramjit Basu
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
DR. Bikramjit Basu, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, has been invited to join the editorial board of 'Trends in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs' of the Society for Biomaterials and artificial Organs (India). This is the only journal published from India in the area of biomaterials.

Recently Dr. Basu was selected for award of the INSA Medal for Young Scientist.
 
K V Jayakumar(MT/PHD/CE/82/93)
Monday, February 07, 2005
Prof K V Jayakumar(MT/PHD/CE/82/93) has been invited as member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Agricultural Engineering Society of SriLanka and has also taken over as Professor-in-Charge of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, NationalInstitute of Technology Warangal.
 
Dr Udai P Singh (BT/CE/72)
Monday, February 07, 2005
Dr Udai P Singh (BT/CE/72) was given the inaugural Outstanding Engineering Manager Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco Section Annual Awards Dinner Meeting for excellence and significant contributions in the field of CE. He is the VP, CH2M HILL and has contributed in the areas of environmental engineering & hazardous waste management & is currently the Program Manager on a US $300 million EPA Region 9 Superfund Contract.
 
Hargovind Sharma (BT/ME/75)
Monday, February 07, 2005
Hargovind Sharma (BT/ME/75) Dy General Manager (Elect), ONGC at Chankheda, Ahemdabad has developed a system by which the stand alone pumps (called SRP, nearly 600 nos. in his region) dig out oil independently at the sites totally unmanned; performance details and defects are coordinated by a PC and cell. His achievement has been recognized by the ONGC Chairman and MD. He was given the Excellence Award and special cash prize of Rs one Lakh on January 26, 05 at Dehradun.
 
Anil K Rajvanshi (BT/MT/ME/72/74)
Monday, February 07, 2005
Anil K Rajvanshi (BT/MT/ME/72/74) Director Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) Pune has been short listed for the Energy Globe Award, called the Oscar of Energy : www.energyglobe.info
 
Manoj Kumar Joshi (BT/CHE/72)
Monday, February 07, 2005
Manoj Kumar Joshi (BT/CHE/72) has been appointed as Director (Technical) on the Board of Engineers India Ltd, an Indian PSU and a Premier Consultancy Organization in Asia.
 
Viney P Aneja (BT/CHE/71)
Monday, February 07, 2005
Viney P Aneja (BT/CHE/71) has been selected to serve as a member of the USDA's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force for a term of two years. This is a very high honor and a challenge in providing advice and council to the Secretary USDA on protecting the country's agricultural air quality and environment; and to help shape future science & research and policy for effective management of US Agriculture.
 
India's tech elite thrive at home and in the U.S.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Jim Landers India's tech elite thrive at home and in the U.S.
09:28 PM CST on Sunday, March 27, 2005
By JIM LANDERS / The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON

India's elite colleges the seven Indian Institutes of Technology are holding their alumni bash in Washington this spring. That sounds like a geography mixup. Texas A & M system grads wouldn't have their big fete in Tokyo unless, perhaps, most of them were working in Japan. It turns out that tens of thousands of the Indian Institutes of Technology grads are working in the United States. They call themselves IITians (eye-eye-tee-ans). And their story is worth pondering in the debate about whether outsourcing technology jobs is good, bad, inevitable or dangerous. The IITians are survivors of what may be the world's toughest entrance exam. About 100,000 high schoolers take it, but just 2,000 are accepted.

Graduates often come to the United States to get advanced degrees and stay to work technology jobs under H-1B visas where employers assert a shortage of skilled Americans. Many then start businesses of their own, hiring thousands of Americans but also using the Internet to send work back to India. They were criticized when they left India for draining brains away from a country that badly needs their skills. They were criticized in the United States for taking jobs from Americans. Today the brains flow back and forth, both literally and, thanks to the Internet, virtually. And the IITians are caught up in the outcry against outsourcing. "These are transnational individuals who have roots in more than one place, who I think are going to lead this global world," said anthropology professor Caroline Brettell of Southern Methodist University, who has studied the Indian community in Dallas. "That's just the nature of the world, and we've got to get with the program." Raj Menon of Plano, who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, runs the 350-member North Texas IIT alumni association. He came here to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin and stayed to work at Dallas Trinity Consultants. Business model He became a U.S. citizen and, with three other IIT alumni, started Intigma. At its peak, the software firm had 10 employees in Dallas and 60 in Pune, a city east of Bombay. The business failed when the Internet bubble broke, but the business model continues. "Not just for software development, but for outsourcing all kinds of business processes engineering, accounting, finance," Mr. Menon said. "It's a purely economic proposition." The IEEE-USA sees that proposition from the perspective of American electrical engineers who have lost jobs. "I don't think the problem is for the American companies. The problem is for the American workers, the American engineers," said Ron Hira, an IEEE-USA vice president. "When American semiconductor companies were losing market share to the Japanese in the 1980s, they went to Washington and lobbied for protection. ... They got $500 million in research and development subsidies. Now these same companies are going overseas to do R & D. "If we outsource our innovation, that was supposed to be our ace in the hole," he said. Mr. Hira says the model represented by the IIT graduates has gone from "brain drain" to "brain circulation," but public policies haven't changed to reflect that. Here and there IITians say they've created jobs and wealth in both the United States and India. They started firms such as Sun Microsystems, Juniper Networks and Cirrus Logic that employ thousands of Americans. Sudhakar Shenoy is co-chair of this year's IIT alumni conference. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of IMC Inc., a Reston, Va., company that employs nearly 500 people in the United States and 100 in Pune. "We hope to get up to eight or nine hundred employees here in the U.S., and maybe two to three hundred in India by the end of the year," Mr. Shenoy said. IMC has done work in India that Mr. Shenoy says he would not have done with his U.S. team. The company spent $500,000 to have Indian programmers design software for genetic research that runs on massive parallel computers in Virginia. The package would have cost $3 million in the United States. It is cutting problem solving from three weeks to five minutes for some clients. "Would I have done it without the Indian facility? Absolutely not," Mr. Shenoy said. "I could not afford a $3 million risk." At the same time, Mr. Shenoy argues the IITians have done great things for America. "These people employ over 170,000 in the U.S., and they're not all Indians. They're local people," he said.

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