Prof Sudhir Jain is currently serving his third term as director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, which he joined as founder director in June 2009.
Dr. Jain is an internationally reputed scholar of earthquake engineering and a visionary academic administrator. He was conferred the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honour, by the President of India for distinguished service in the fields of science and engineering in 2020. He was elected as international member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2021 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee for Academic or Research Excellence in 2018.
He served as President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering from 2014-18. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and conferred Life Membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013.
Dr Jain has made significant contributions to earthquake engineering practice and education in India. He was instrumental in the development of several important seismic codes in India, and has trained thousands of professional engineers and college teachers in earthquake engineering through his continuing education programmes. He established the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IIT Kanpur and developed the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE), supported by the Government of India. He has served as consultant for several major projects, such as bridges, petrochemical pipelines and concrete dams and has published more than 150 scholarly papers. His research interests include the study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes.
Under Dr. Jain's leadership, IITGN has introduced several innovations in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and institutional management to inculcate and promote excellence by faculty and students. He led the development of IITGN's new campus, which has won several national awards and is the first campus in India to receive the 5-star GRIHA-LD rating.
Dr Jain served on the faculty of IIT Kanpur for 35 years from 1984-2019. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
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