In December 2011, the Institute held the first meeting of its Academic Advisory Council. The Council, comprising some renowned academicians, industrialists, and government representatives, discussed academic issues of priority to IITGN. Envisioned as an annual meeting, the Academic Advisory Council will provide strategic and external inputs on issues of key importance as the Institute grows from being a 500 student Institute to one with 5000! In its first meeting, the Council discussed faculty recruitment strategies, establishing feedback mechanisms for the Institute, development of an academic masterplan, and nurturing young faculty at the Institute to ensure their fullest professional and personal growth.
Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University Clemson University USA
Prof Rajendra Kumar Bordia
Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University
Prof Bordia is currently a Department Chair and Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, USA (since April 2013). He was a faculty member at the University of Washington (1991-2013) and a Research Scientist in DuPont Co. (1986 to 1991). He received his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur (1979), and M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) from Cornell University. 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, environmental and medical applications. He has authored or co-authored over 125 peer-reviewed technical publications, over 120 technical reports and has presented over 250 invited lectures and seminars. In 2002, Prof. Bordia was elected as the Fellow of the American Ceramic Society; in 2010 the Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals; and in 2012 an Academician in the World Academy of Ceramics. Other significant awards include: the Humboldt Research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2007); the Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor award from the University of Washington (2007); and was the sole recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award of the American Ceramic Society (2012). Prof. Bordia is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society (1988-Present); Editor of the Journal of Ceramic Processing Research (1999-Present); and Editor-in-Chief of the Ceramics International Journal (2009 - Present). He has also served as technical advisor to two startup companies in the area of energy.
Department Chair and Professor Washington University St. Louis, USA
Prof Pratim Biswas
Department Chair and Professor
St. Louis, USA
Prof. Biswas is the Chairman of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. His recent awards include the 2015 Lawrence Cecil Award for outstanding contributions by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the 2013 David Sinclair Award given for outstanding contributions by an established scientist by the American Association for Aerosol Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Science, St. Louis in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research in 2009, and Fellow of the International Aerosol Research Assembly in 2014. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Bombay in 2011; and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University in 2012. He has more than 300 refereed journal publications and has graduated 40 PhD students. Prof. Biswas plays a leading role at the National and International arena in the field of Aerosol Science and Technology. Prof. Biswas is the Director of the McDonnell Academy Global Energy & Environment Partnership (MAGEEP). He is playing a leading role in advancing the state of art research in promoting Energy and Environmental areas, with a key role in establishing consortia such as CCCU (Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization) and SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and US). Prof. Biswas obtained his B. Tech from IIT Bombay, M.S from University of California and PhD from California Institute of Technology, USA.
Chairman Board of Management Ahmedabad University Ahmedabad
Prof Pankaj Chandra
Chairman Board of Management
Prof Pankaj Chandra has recently joined Ahmedabad University as the Chairman of its Board of Management and Professor of Operations & Technology Management. He holds a B.Tech. from the Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. A tenured faculty at McGill University, Montreal (1988-1995), Prof. Chandra taught at IIM Ahmedabad (1994-2013) and IIM Bangalore (2007-2015) where he was the Director until 2013. He has also taught at several international institutions like Cornell University, University of Geneva, International University of Japan and Renmin University Beijing. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad. He was part of the founding team at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA and its first Chairperson. Professor Chandra has served as member of the Government of India Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector, on the Committee for Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that relooked at the Indian Higher Education system, as well as the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He has also served as the Member of TRAI. Professor Chandra has been involved in several startups, has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms and serves on the Boards of several firms and institutions. He has published extensively in the areas of manufacturing management, supply chain coordination and technological innovations.
Professor, Director of Center for South Asia, Department of Anthropology University of Wisconsin Madison
Prof J Mark Kenoyer
Professor, Director of Center for South Asia, Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin
Prof J. M. Kenoyer is one of the world's leading authorities on the ancient Indus civilization. A Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, he has been excavating with the Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP) at the ancient Indus city of Harappa for since 1986. He is currently co-director of the project. His most well- known book is Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley (Oxford, 1998). He was also Curator of the Great Cities, Small Treasures: The Ancient World of the Indus Valley exhibit in the US in 1999. His most recent book, co-authored with Kimberly Heuston is The Ancient South Asian World (Oxford 2005) and has been written for children. Prof Kenoyer was born and raised in India. He attended Woodstock School in northern India were he developed a keen interest in the ancient history, archaeology and cultures of South Asia. He did his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D (1983) from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a student of the late George F. Dales with whom he co-authored Excavations at Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan: The Pottery. He speaks several South Asian languages fluently and has been involved in a variety of archaeological and ethnographic projects in Pakistan and India since 1974. His particular interests include the origins of cities, writing and technology.
Prof. Surendra Prasad
Prof. Prasad has held many responsible positions in his illustrious career at IIT Delhi. He has been its Director, Deputy Director, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He was a Visiting Research fellow at the Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, UK from 1976 to 1977 and was a visiting faculty at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Prof. Prasad has received numerous awards and honors during his career viz. the Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1987 and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Engineering Sciences in 1988. He is a Fellow, Indian National Sciences Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, and Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of IIT Gandhinagar.
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor Department of Computer Science, IIT Kanpur. Kanpur
Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor
Department of Computer Science, IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. From 2008 - 2010, he served as the Director, LNM Institute of Information Technology (LNMIIT), a public-private partnership University in Jaipur. He was Dean of Academic Affairs at IIT Kanpur from 2011 to 2014. His administrative experience includes running the Institute Computer Center, managing Graduate Admissions, Student Counseling, managing UG education at IIT Kanpur (as Chairman of Senate Under Graduate Committee), design of CS curriculum. He is passionate about improving higher education and runs a popular blog on the topic. During 2006, he visited about 70 colleges in India to discuss issues related to career planning, including the need to do post-graduate studies. Professor Sanghi has a B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and M. S. and Ph. D. from University of Maryland. His research interests lie in Computer Networks and Network security.
Professor Emeritus Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Prof. Suhas P. Sukhatme
Indian Institute of Technology
Professor Sukhatme has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay since 1965. He was the Director of IIT Bombay during 1995-2000, and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Govt. of India during 2000-2005. Prof Sukhatme's areas of specialization are Heat Transfer and Energy. He is the recipient of many honours and awards and was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 1983. He was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1986, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 1987, a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 1995 and a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences in 1999. He is the recipient of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001 and was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of IIT Bombay. Prof Sukhatme obtained the degree of B.Sc (Engg.) from Banaras Hindu University, S.M (Master of Science) and Sc.D. (Doctor of Science) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of IIT Gandhinagar.
President State University of New York Buffalo, USA
Prof. Satish K. Tripathi
State University of New York
Prof. Satish K. Tripathi serves as President of the University at Buffalo. An internationally recognized computer scientist, Prof. Tripathi joined UB as Provost - the university's chief academic officer - on July 1, 2004, after serving as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He was one of the creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic and research excellence. Prior to joining UC Riverside in 1997, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19 years as a faculty member included being chair from 1988 -1995. He was a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Sud in France and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany while at the University of Maryland. He has published more than 200 papers and supervised more than 30 Doctoral and Postdoctoral student. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Urban League. Prof. Tripathi is the first international-born president in UB's history, a fitting distinction for one of the most international universities in the U.S. In addition to a doctorate in computer science earned from the University of Toronto in 1979, he holds three master's degrees, one in computer science from the University of Toronto (1976) and two in statistics from the University of Alberta (1974) and Banaras Hindu University (1970). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from IIIT Allahabad.