Dr Aravind Srinivasan graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1989, before completing an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1993. Ever since, he has pushed the boundaries of the field with his work in probabilistic methods, algorithms and networks. With its roots in fundamental research, his work has increasingly shifted to the use of computing in the service of society. In the years following his Ph.D., he has held various positions, including with the Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton, USA), National University of Singapore (Singapore) and, more recently, the University of Maryland (Maryland, USA). He also served a brief stint as a Member of Technical Staff in the Mathematics of Networks and Systems Research Department of Bell Laboratories between 1998 and 2001, filing several patents related to innovation in network algorithms.
Dr. Srinivasan has held various positions of responsibility. He has held visiting positions at various institutions including IIT Madras, MIT and Cornell (USA), Max-Planck Institute (Germany), University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Venice (Italy), Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) and Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (Netherlands). His commitment to guidance of research scholars is evident in the multiple awards and accolades received by his doctoral students at various international forums.
As a researcher, Dr. Srinivasan is an academician par excellence. With over 175 papers in various forms including refereed journals and conferences, book chapters and invited articles, his mastery in the ever-evolving field of Computer Science is unquestionable. He has been named an ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and IEEE Fellow in recognition of his contribution to research in the field. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the 'ACM Transactions of Algorithms' (TALG), Managing Editor of 'Theory of Computing', and an Associate Editor of 'Networks'. His algorithm for hypergraph colouring has been hailed as having "...a number of subtle and beautiful steps that took more than thirty-five years to find."
In recognition of Dr. Aravind Srinivasan's sustained and path-breaking research in the field of Computer Science, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Chandra R. Bhat graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985, and proceeded to receive a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. His Ph.D. dissertation won the inaugural Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for best North American transportation dissertation. He is currently the Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He also serves as the Director of the Center for Transportation Research and as Adjunct Professor of Economics at UT-Austin.
As a researcher, Dr. Bhat has to his credit more than 180 refereed journal publications and more than 25 book chapters. He has made fundamental contributions in examining the inter-linkages among human behavioral dynamics and activity-travel choices, transportation systems, and built environments. At the same time, he has also been a pioneer in the formulation of innovative analytic methods that are widely used in many different fields. He is among the most highly cited researchers in the field of transportation and Civil Engineering. Dr. Bhat has won several teaching awards, and was inducted in 2010 into UT-Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teaching. He has mentored numerous students over the course of his academic career, many of whom now hold leading positions in the transportation field.
Dr. Bhat's recent research awards include the 2013 Humboldt Award from Germany and the 2015 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has received both the top engineering research and teaching awards at UT-Austin. Dr. Bhat has also held (and continues to hold) leadership positions in such organizations as the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, the Transportation Research Board of the United States, and the American Road Transportation Builders' Association (ARTBA)'s Research and Education Division
Dr. Bhat is a dedicated educator, mentor, and researcher, who has made a definite and profound impact on transportation education, research, and practice. In recognition of his pioneering contributions to the field of transportation and urban policy, and for his steadfast commitment to producing the next generation of leaders in his profession, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Chandra Bhat.
Dr. Chandramouli Visweswariah graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985 before going on to complete an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University in 1986. Following this, he completed his Ph.D. from the same University in 1989. After the completion of his doctoral thesis, he has gone on to work in the field of Design Automation for high-performance integrated circuits, and today is considered a pioneer in the field of circuit analysis and optimization. His techniques have significantly impacted three generations of processors, gaming and ASIC chips. Currently working as the Director of the Smarter Energy Research Institute (SERI), and as an IBM Fellow in Smarter Energy and Environmental Science, he is one of only 95 active IBM Fellows (out of 400,000 employees) and one of only 267 employees in the history of the company to be awarded the Fellowship.
Perhaps best known for perfecting the technique of statistical timing analysis, Dr. Visweswariah invented a method to reduce pessimism in chip performance prediction, influencing the consumer experience of thousands of end-users of IBM chips. For this, he was recognized as the 'Innovator of the Year' by EDN magazine (2006). Academically, he has held visiting and voluntary posts at various institutions including Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Carnegie Mellon University (USA). His continued innovation and creativity is evident in the 94 patents to his name. Furthermore, he has authored over 100 publications in refereed journals, and as book chapters and invited articles. Apart from the numerous 'Best Paper' awards and accolades, Dr. Visweswariah is also an IEEE Fellow, and has chaired various panels and sessions on a range of subjects in the field.
Dr. Visweswariah is actively involved in social work. Selected for the IBM Executive Service Corps in 2010, he volunteered to provide consulting to the City of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on the needs of urban sustainability. This association with community service reverberates throughout his work in education, healthcare, accessibility for the disabled, environmental efforts and child nutrition.
In recognition of Dr. Visweswariah's dedication to academia, revolutionary work in industry and commitment to social causes, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Shri D. Shivakumar graduated from IIT Madras in 1982 with a B.Tech. degree in Aerospace Engineering before going on to pursue a management degree from IIM Calcutta. Shivakumar has worked in some of India's best-run companies - Hindustan Unilever, Nokia and now PepsiCo. Shivakumar, popularly known as Shiv, was behind Nokia's dramatic rise, making it one of the largest multinationals in the country during its heyday between 2007 and 2010. Shiv was a key member of the telecom revolution in India when the nation went from 60 million subscribers to 900 million subscribers. He is currently the Chairman and CEO at PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Shiv has proven his mettle as a marketer across multiple brands. Having worked with more than 50 brands, he has been integral to their growth. Through his commitment to innovation, new business models and ecosystem partnerships, the brands have grown in terms of sales as well as geographical diversity. Shiv has been instrumental in driving the sachet revolution in shampoos, creating a DVD and Home Theatre market in Electronics, and driving the penetration of mobiles and the mobile ecosystem in India.
Shiv is also a regular columnist for business publications on emerging markets, on branding, as well as on consumers, followership and leadership. He has taught at business schools across the world. His pioneering work in the telecom industry is taught via case studies in leading universities including Harvard University, the Ivey school of Business and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Shiv contributed to the management movement in India and served as the President of the All India Management Association in the year 2012-2013; he continues to serve on its executive Committee. Currently, he is an Independent Director on the Board of Godrej Consumer Products Ltd., and is a member of the Board of Governors at IIM Ahmedabad. He is the current President of the CII committee on Fast-Moving Consumer Goods. His path-breaking work across the industry in the areas of marketing, leadership and transformative growth has resulted in multiple forms of recognition and accolades, including the 'Most Distinguished Alumnus Award' from IIM Calcutta in 2011.
For his exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence in industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Shri D. Shivakumar.
Dr. Kumar Ganapathy graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, receiving the Siemens Gold Medal for his work. He went on to complete an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1989, then a Ph.D. in the area of novel computing architectures for Digital Signal Processing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Ganapathy served as a Rockwell Fellow and Distinguished Engineer at Rockwell Semiconductors, working with technologies such as the 56K bit modem, GSM baseband processors, DSP processors and ADSL modems. By 2013, he had co-founded two successful start-ups (VxTel and Virident), which were both acquired for a combined net worth of over $1.2 billion. Following the acquisition of VxTel by Intel, Dr. Ganapathy served as the Director of Architecture in the Ultrawideband Networking Operation and Edge Access Division, as well as in the Chief Technology Officer at Intel. After the acqusition of Virident by Western Digital, Dr Ganapathy served as Vice-President of Products and Strategy for Flash Platforms Group at HGST (a WD company).
Apart from his career in industry, Dr. Ganapathy also has over fifty patents along with twelve research articles. This rich academic background, coupled with his expertise in subjects such as cloud computing, SaaS, flash memory, enterprise storage and ASICs, is reflected in more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience across start-ups and larger organizations.
Both as a student and as a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Ganapathy has shown an active interest in professional networking, participating in societies associated with fault tolerant computing, digital signal processing, computer architecture and high-performance storage. As a business leader, he is dedicated to the idea of start-ups for disrupting large markets, using the platform of entrepreneurship to create global impact.
For his multifaceted and illustrious career and commitment to technology and innovation as the driver of change, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Kumar Ganapathy.
Dr. Ramarathnam Narasimhan graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1982 before going on to complete an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from California Institute of Technology, USA in 1983 and 1986, respectively. Since the completion of his doctorate, Dr. Narasimhan has been involved with teaching and research, holding positions at his alma mater, California Institute of Technology, as well as at IIT Bombay before joining the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 1991. He has also been visiting faculty at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Institute for High Performance Computing (Singapore) and National University of Singapore.
Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Narasimhan has made pioneering contributions to the fields of theoretical, computational as well as applied mechanics, specifically in Solid Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials. His research interests span the areas of nonlinear fracture mechanics, dynamic fracture initiation and crack growth, mechanics of indentation, and deformation and fracture behaviour of bulk metallic glasses, amongst others.
Dr. Narasimhan's illustrious journey as a researcher is reflected by the more than one hundred journal articles to his credit, along with many publications in conference proceedings. In recognition of his work in Fracture Mechanics, Dr. Narasimhan was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, in 1999. He is a member of the Editorial Board of many leading international journals on subjects of his expertise, including International Journal of Fracture, and Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Through the last few decades, Dr. Narasimhan has also been an inspiring teacher, mentoring more than 25 doctoral and post-graduate students personally. His students have gone on to excel in academia as well as in industry. Dr. Narasimhan has additionally been associated as the Principal Investigator with various research and development projects, successfully managing funds from government as well as corporate sources.
For his commitment to teaching and his continued excellence in research, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Narasimhan.
Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1996. Prior to this, he completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in the field from Guru Nanak College, Chennai in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He secured the second rank at University level during his post-graduate degree. Following his doctoral studies, he pursued an education in Management, graduating from the Management Development Program in IIM Ahmedabad in 2002. Based on his doctoral work, he was awarded the 'Best Project Presentation' on Colloid Science by the University of Bristol, UK in the summer of 1997.
Dr. Dhruva joined BASF soon after the completion of his doctorate, entering as a Research & Development chemist in the Polymer Research Laboratory. In the years that followed, he also received training at the organization's offices at Ludwighafen, Germany and began climbing the corporate ladder. He held positions of Deputy Plant Manager and Product Development Manager in Germany before returning to India as Product Manager, later being named CEO of BASF Coatings. Between 2008 and 2012, he also served as the Regional Vice President (Asia Pacific) for the Automotive and Industrial Coatings business. This gradual ascent in his career trajectory has culminated in his position today as the Senior Vice President at BASF Asia Pacific. In this position, he is responsible for the newly created monomer business of the organization spanning countries such as India, China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of South Asia, employing more than 1200 personnel.
Over the years, Dr. Dhruva has also held various positions of responsibility within the organization, including as member on multiple Boards of Directors, as Global Key Account Manager for numerous leading brands including Tata and Jaguar, and as the representative of the organization at the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce (FICCI) for two years. He was also an invited member of the Bureau of Indian Standards CED 41 Committee, responsible for setting standards for waterproofing materials.
Dr. Dhruva's journey at BASF has been one of tremendous growth, each step bringing with it larger teams, higher sales and increased responsibility. Time and again, he has delivered, growing from strength to strength within the organization, thriving in intercultural teams and business environments. For his pursuit of growth and excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Dr. S. Christopher received a doctoral degree in Antennae and Measurement Techniques from IIT Madras in 1987. Prior to that, he obtained a B.E. (Honours) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Madras, and an M.Tech. in Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
Dr. Christopher began what was to become an illustrious career as a Senior Engineer in M/s Bharat Electronics, before going on to join the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) as Scientist 'D'. It was in this position that he led a team to create the Indigenous Automated Planar Near-Field Measurement Facility at LRDE, a first in the country at the time. Over the years, he headed many projects including the development and design of slotted array technology that was later used in many airborne and missile projects. He was also the Project Director for, amongst several such instances, the development of the Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar, Super Vision 2000, for the Indian Navy. In the years that followed, he served as the Programme Director for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and as Director, Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS).
Apart from his many positions of responsibility in leading national organizations and labs, Dr. Christopher is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers (FNAE), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE). Further, he is a member of SEE, IEEE and has been the recipient of many awards and accolades, including 'DRDO Scientist of the Year' in 1998. In 2014, he was given the DRDO Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance. He has also received several Establishment Republic Day Awards over the years. Dr. Christopher's dedication to research is evident through his tryst with academia as well, reflected in the existence of over seventy papers to his name as well as numerous patents and copyrights.
For Dr. Christopher's monumental contribution to the growth of defence-related research and development in the country, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Sridhar Vembu graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1989, before completing a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1994. Following his doctoral degree, he served as a Systems Design Engineer in Qualcomm till 1996, focusing on CDMA for satellite communications, and working with leaders in the area of wireless communication. In 1996, Dr. Vembu, along with his friends and his brothers, co-founded AdventNet as one of the earliest software product companies from India.
Over the past 2 decades, the company grew and changed its name to Zoho Corp. It is the leading software product company from India, and an emerging leader in the cloud, with over 3000 employees as of 2016.
Dr. Vembu is also committed to the cause of employability and growth, evident in the launch of the in-house initiative, Zoho University. At the University, students from underprivileged backgrounds are trained in programming and provided the opportunity of being absorbed by the company. Today, over 300 students across almost 30 batches have graduated from the program and are employed by the company. Employees who chose to leave Zoho after training have gone on to launch successful start-ups of their own. Firmly believing in the need to look beyond formal credentials, Dr. Vembu has created in Zoho a space to nurture talent and hard work independent of credentials.
Zoho's background of being entirely bootstrapped, coupled with Dr. Vembu's determination to avoid venture capitalists and IPOs as sources of funding, has resulted in the organization's unwavering commitment to ideation, innovation and internal growth.
For his commitment to originality, his willingness to navigate uncharted waters in the entrepreneurial space, and his continued dedication to building an equitable, accessible and socially responsible corporation, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Sridhar Vembu.
Dr. Thomas Kodenkandath received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1990. He has an illustrious career in science and technology and is also an award-winning cartoonist.
Dr. Kodenkandath is a scientist at Hazen Research, USA and is one of the founders of Appli3D, LLC, a start-up dedicated to advance 3D- printing-based manufacturing. He was a Program Manager at ITN Energy and Ascent Solar, Scientist at American Superconductors, Advanced Materials Research Centre, Imperial College and was a Fellow of UNESCO as a "Promising Young Scientist form Developing Countries".
Dr. Kodenkandath has made significant contributions in R&D that resulted in more than 15 patents, 75 publications, many invited lectures and a large number of citations. His career highlight is a paper published in J. American Chemical Society (JACS) in 2009 on the discovery of an unprecedented class of materials, with a new structure, which is considered as pioneering in the field of rational design and synthesis of materials with predicable composition, structure and properties. The proudest moment of his industrial R&D career was when TIME magazine selected the flexible solar cells that he helped develop at Ascent Solar as one of the best inventions of 2011.
It is, however, his excellence in cartooning under the name "Thommy" that sets Dr. Kodenkandath apart. He is the first non-resident Indian recipient of the Kerala State Lalithakala Academy Award for Editorial Cartooning in 2012, and was a winner of the international poster competition conducted by UNESCO to celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. In 2008, he was the only scientist to win the Science Idol cartooning competition conducted by Union of Concerned Scientists (USA). Currently, his cartoons regularly appear in India-West and Malayalam Pathram (USA), Gulf News (UAE) and Mathrubhoomi (Kerala). His credentials as a cartoonist earned him an Honorary Associateship of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC). While at IIT-M, his cartoons appeared regularly in Campus Times and Spectator; he won the Mardi Gras Prize twice as well as the Kalakrithi Award of Anna University for cartooning.
Dr. Kodenkandath represented IIT-M at three inter-IIT meets in Field Hockey. He was the captain of the Cauvery team that won the inter-hostel 4-a-side hockey tournament, making it the first PG hostel to earn that honour.
In recognition of his excellence as a materials scientist and distinction as an editorial cartoonist, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Kodenkandath (aka Thommy).
Dr. Thomas J. Colacot received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1989, following a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Kerala in 1981 and 1983, respectively. After his post-doctoral stint in the US, Dr. Colacot went on to pursue an education in management, acquiring an MBA from Pennsylvania State University in 2005, while working at Johnson Matthey. Before joining Johnson Matthey in 1995, Dr. Colacot had also worked as a Research Associate at Southern Methodist University (TX, USA) on a project funded by Advanced Technology Program, as an Assistant Professor at Florida A&M University, and as a Post-Doctoral/Teaching Fellow at University of Alabama. Having climbed up the ranks from Development Associate, Dr. Colacot is currently promoted to Johnson Matthey Technical Fellow from Global R&D Manager in Homogeneous Catalysis.
As a researcher, Dr. Colacot has focused on many areas of homogenous catalysis, particularly becoming proficient in palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling. He also has extensive experience in organometallic and organic syntheses, and in process chemistry. His work is reflected in several patents to his name, more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications, and numerous invited lectures and seminars spanning India, USA, China, and Europe. His recently edited book: New Trends in Cross Coupling: Theory and Applications by the Royal Society of Chemistry is widely used in academia and industry. Through his work, Dr. Colacot is credited with being a leading influence in developing exceptional catalytic systems for the advancement of metal-catalyzed synthetic organic chemistry for real world applications such as drug development, OLED's/liquid crystals and agriculture. His emphasis in designing catalysts and catalytic processes has been on their applicability in industrial settings, particularly pertaining to agriculture, electronics and medicine.
Dr. Colacot's contributions to the field have resulted in many awards and accolades, amongst them the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry 2012 Applied Catalysis Award and Medal, 2016 CRSI Medal by the Chemical Research Society of India and election to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He is the first Indian to be awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Industrial Chemistry in 2015. He also received the 2015 IPMI Henry Alfred Award (2015) from the International Precious Metal Institute.
For his unparalleled commitment in bridging the gap between academia and industry, and his path-breaking contributions as a chemist, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Thomas Colacot.
Dr. Vaidehi Narayan obtained an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1981 and continued on to get her Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the Institute in 1986. Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter (UK), the University of Southern California (USA), and the California Institute of Technology (USA). She then became the Director of Biomolecular Simulations at the Materials and Process Simulation Centre at California Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Associate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since 2006, she is a Professor of Molecular Immunology at Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope National Medical Center (USA).
Publishing under the name N Vaidehi since her time at IIT Madras, Dr. Narayan has over one hundred peer-reviewed articles and invited reviews to her credit. She has also delivered about sixty invited lectures and seminars in prestigious academic and industry settings. Dr. Narayan has committed herself to developing theoretical methods to make predictions prior to experimentation, in the challenging field of protein structure and dynamics. Her contributions to this field has earned her international recognition including the appreciation of Nobel Laureate Dr. Brian Kobilka, who has acknowledged her work in making successful predictions. Over the years, Dr. Narayan has also dedicated herself as an educator, in particular encouraging and inspiring students from underprivileged backgrounds and women to pursue a career in physical sciences. Towards this cause, she interacts regularly with local high school and college undergraduate students. She has also mentored over fifteen graduate students and twenty postdoctoral Fellows over the years.
Working towards the treatment of cancer and diabetes, she is a pioneer in using protein structure and dynamics for drug design. Her innovative methods for drug design have led to identifying the effectiveness of an anti-malarial drug in treating pancreatic cancer. She is a Member of the American Chemical Society, BioPhysical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In recognition of her innovation and perseverance is using the power of theoretical chemistry to address pressing societal health issues, and of her passion as an educator, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Vaidehi Narayan.
Shri Ajita Rajendra graduated with a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1976, and subsequently obtained his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978. He has since held a wide range of finance, operations, marketing, and executive management positions at numerous leading organizations such as Corning Inc., Kennametal Inc., etc. through the course of his 36-year career in American industry, excelling in each of them. He is currently the Chairman and CEO at A.O. Smith Corporation, a global leader in water heating and treating technologies. Shri Rajendra was elected to the A.O. Smith Board of Directors in December 2011.
Of particular note is his tremendous contribution to improving the quality of life in India by generating employment and investing in a large manufacturing facility in the Bengaluru area. Shri Rajendra has been the driving force behind A.O. Smith's implementation of a large-scale manufacturing facility for water heaters in Harohalli, Bengaluru. The investment of $ 25-30 million was greenfield - adding capacity by purchasing land and building a factory, rather than simply purchasing existing assets. The factory, established in 2010, manufactures residential water heaters specially designed for robust use in the Indian subcontinent, and is now adding capability to manufacture water purification products. The Company is growing its business while generating employment in India, and providing a technologically advanced product to the Indian consumer. A.O. Smith continues to invest its proceeds from this operation back into the Indian business, benefiting the community greatly. The Company exclusively uses national talent in India, and consequently there are no expatriates in Harohalli. Current employment is about 400, of which approximately 50 are professionals.
Shri Rajendra's professional accomplishments are reflected in the various corporate awards he has been a recipient of, such as the Corporate Marketing Award in three different years, and the highly-regarded Individual Outstanding Contributor Award from the Board of Directors of Corning. Further, he was elected as the Chairman of the Air conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), a major industry trade organization. His extensive involvement in community activities makes him a truly respected business leader, as does his serving on various prestigious Boards in a leadership capacity. He is a Director of Donaldson Company, Inc. and The Timken Company. He was a Board Member of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association and of the Tennessee Business Roundtable.
In recognition of Shri Ajita Rajendra's focus on bringing manufacturing excellence to India, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Dr. Manthiram received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1981. After brief stints as a Postdoctoral Fellow at IISc Bangalore, as a lecturer in Madurai Kamaraj University, and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, England, he went on to join the University of Texas at Austin as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 1986, becoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1991. As of 2000, he was appointed as Professor in the same department, earning him a distinguished leadership position in one of the top-ten engineering schools in the United States.
A globally recognized leader in energy materials, Dr. Manthiram directs one of the largest and most productive research groups at the University of Texas at Austin with about 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, focused on clean energy technologies, for which he has developed new, low-cost, efficient materials. He has contributed 600 publications (including 520 journal articles, 8 awarded patents, and 16 pending patent applications) and 280 presentations (including 180 invited talks) to the top-most journals and intellectual associations in the field. Further, he is the Regional (USA) Editor of the journal Solid State Ionics, and is serving as an Editorial Board Member of five other international journals, including Chemistry of Materials. He has organized many symposia and chaired numerous sessions at major professional society meetings, in addition to having served as a Chair of the Battery Division for the Electrochemical Society. He co-founded a startup, ActaCell, in 2007.
As a testament to his prowess and acumen in the field, Dr. Arumugam Manthiram is currently the Director of the Texas Materials Institute, the Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program, and the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering. As the Director of the Texas Materials Institute, he provides the vision for and manages the materials education and state-of-the-art materials characterization facilities at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Manthiram has received numerous awards, among which are: the Engineering Foundation Faculty Excellence Award (1994), the Mechanical Engineering Department Faculty Leadership Award (1996), the Charlotte Maer Patton Centennial Fellowship in Engineering (1998), the Ashley H. Priddy Centennial Professorship in Engineering (2002), the BF Goodrich Endowed Professorship in Materials Engineering (2006), the Joe C. Walter Chair in Engineering (2009), the Mechanical Engineering Department Outstanding Teaching Award (2011), and the University of Texas Outstanding Graduate Teaching award (2012). Most recently, in 2014, he received the Battery Division Research Award of the Electrochemical Society. Dr. Manthiram is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Association for Advancement of Science.
In recognition of Dr. Arumugam Manthiram's excellence in materials and energy research and education, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Dr. Krishna Chivukula graduated with a M. Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1970, following a B. Tech. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1968. He received an MBA from Harvard University in 1980, and was awarded a Doctor of Letters (D. Lit.) degree from Tumkur University in 2012.
Dr. Krishna Chivukula rapidly rose though the engineering ranks of Hoffman Industries in USA to become Chief Engineer in 1976. In 1984, after his Harvard MBA, he returned to Hoffman Industries as Group President and CEO, but left in 1990 to start his first company, Shiva Technologies Inc., in Syracuse, New York. Under his leadership, Shiva Technologies grew to # 1 position in the world in the area of trace element analysis using advanced mass spectroscopic techniques. In 1997, Shiva Analyticals Pvt. Ltd. was established in Bangalore.
Also in 1997, Dr. Krishna Chivukula brought state-of-the-art engineering manufacturing technology - metal injection molding (MIM) - to India, while it was still an emerging technology in USA, by starting a second company-- INDO US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd. -- in Bangalore. Presently, INDO US MIM Tec occupies the number one position in the world in MIM technology in terms of capacity and sales, employing over 2000 highly-qualified personnel, including two Vice-Presidents who are IIT Madras alumni. The firm is the only large scale MIM industry in India, and has a projected turnover of nearly Rs. 1000 Crores. The clients are drawn from around the world, and span a range of industries including industrial, consumer and medical sectors. INDO US MIM Tec has received many international awards in recognition of excellence achieved in various categories. A third company, Gowri Ventures, was started in 2009 in Renigunta with specialization in high - precision investment castings.
Dr. Krishna Chivukula has also engaged in significant philanthropic activities. He is sponsoring a well-coordinated mid-day meal program for 2,200 primary and secondary school children in Bangalore. These children are also provided with healthcare through the Bangalore Baptist Hospital, which receives funding every month so that they can provide free or subsidized health care for poor patients. The Asha Foundation, which provides counselling and healthcare for patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS, is also supported financially. His donation of one million dollars in 2006-07 to Bangalore Baptist Hospital has funded a state-of-the-art operation theater and laboratory facilities. In 2014, he has also adopted a school at Chamarajanagar near Mysore, taking care of the entire expenses of running the school of 300 children from economically weaker backgrounds, including orphaned & destitute children.
In recognition of Dr. Krishna Chivukula's professional excellence and contributions to the community, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Dr. Krishna Bharat graduated in 1991 from IIT Madras with a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science. In 1996, having obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, he joined the staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, California. He joined Google in 1999, where he holds the position of a Distinguished Scientist. At present he is a venture capitalist, and invests and advises startups and non-profits in the technology and journalism areas. He also played a pivotal role in setting up Google's R&D operations in India in 2004, and served as its first Director until 2006.
Dr. Bharat is a technical visionary whose innovations are transforming the consumption of news worldwide. His research interests lie in the area of interactive systems for information access and content creation based on content analysis and predictive intelligence. He is unique in his grasp of both sides of the news equation-technology and media. He has earned the distinction of being one of finest minds in the field of computer science with his innovations such as Google News and Google Finance. Google News, the brainchild of Dr. Bharat, has revolutionized the manner in which news and information is shared and understood by content creators and consumers in this digital age. It sends about 10 billion clicks each month to news publishers' websites. At the core of the system are algorithms and analyses built by Dr. Bharat. He is also credited with being one of the co-inventors of the "Captcha" which is extensively used to determine whether a putative user is a real human. This idea is invoked billions of times every day.
Dr. Bharat's efforts to make professional journalism more widely accessible, and his continuing research in the field of digital dissemination of news and information, has made him the only technologist appointed to the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University School of Journalism; he also serves on the Board of Visitors at Stanford University's John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship program. Other honors that have come his way include: the 2003 World Technology Award for Media and Journalism; the 2003 Webby Award in the News category; and a 2012 GQ India listing among the World's Most Powerful Digital Indians.
In recognition of Dr. Krishna Bharat's research contributions and renowned innovations in the field of interactive systems for information access, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Shri Lalit Mahajan graduated with a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1968, and is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of J Mitra & Co. Pvt. Ltd. He is credited with the phenomenal growth of the company. He is recognized as both an inventor and an entrepreneur, motivated by his strong vision to see India become self-sufficient in medical diagnostics through indigenous products. He has rendered his philosophy of preserving the life of the critically unwell into a practical realization through the innovative products created and successfully marketed by J Mitra & Co.
Shri Mahajan has demonstrated how a technology company can be built in a globally competitive space through integrated efforts of R&D, innovation and entrepreneurship. His strong focus on innovating for the country is illustrated by the success of products such as diagnostic kits for infectious, and even life-threatening, diseases. While a sustained focus on R&D has allowed Shri Mahajan to develop these novel products, indigenous production, with innovative procurement and marketing strategies, has enabled him to make these products affordable to the Indian healthcare system and patients. The products developed under the leadership of Shri Mahajan are among the rare successes of indigenous diagnostic kits in the country, making India self-reliant in these areas and reducing the need for imports. His focus on delivering quality products is underlined by the credit given by the World Health Organization for quality and sensitivity of the test kits for HIV, Dengue NS1 and Hepatitis. With 23 patents granted in the five years from 2007-2011, Shri Mahajan was recognized by the Indian Intellectual Property Office as India's leading individual inventor on World IP Day in 2011. He currently holds 26 patents to his name.
Shri Mahajan is also the Chairman of two running Hydro-Power projects located in Kulu, Himachal Pradesh. The electricity generated is being distributed to the town of Manali, HP. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Biotech Consortium India Ltd., Government of India, and is a Member of the Taskforce formed by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, for framing guidelines for WHO-GMP norms for Medical Diagnostic Kits and Devices.
In recognition of Shri Lalit Mahajan's innovative contributions to the field of indigenous medical diagnostics, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1985, and earlier completed his B.S. in Chemistry from Government Arts College, Namakkal in 1975, and M.S. in General Chemistry at the Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai in 1977. He is currently Professor of Radiology and Associate Director at the EPR Center for the Study of Viable Systems in the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College. Prior to this, he was Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Ohio State University, Columbus. He also served as Director of the Center for Biomedical EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging at Ohio State University from 2002-13.
Post-doctorate, Dr. Kuppusamy was Fogarty Fellow (1986-87) at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, Baltimore, MD, and also served as Research Fellow (1987-90) at John Hopkins University, School of medicine, Baltimore, MD. During this period, he worked with two renowned biophysicists - Dr. J.M. Rifkind and Dr. J.L. Zweier - thereby beginning the journey from chemistry to physics to biology. Dr. Kuppusamy was a pioneer in connecting the technologies of imaging and EPR (Electron Paramagnetic Resonance) Spectroscopy, giving rise to the EPR Imaging field, which still has only a few expert practitioners worldwide. His positions of responsibility in fields as diverse as heart and lung care, cardiovascular medicine, and spectroscopy reflect the interdisciplinary nature of his work.
Dr. Kuppusamy considers it his mission to create new knowledge, and to disseminate it to a large number of intelligent young men and women. The large number of students he has mentored bear testimony to this. His 300+ plus publications over 30 years in high-impact factor journals, and the 7 patents are indicative of the quality of his technical vitality. Dr. Kuppusamy has, more than anything else, created Centers of Excellence to produce quality manpower and research. Noteworthy among his many awards are: Doctor of Medicine, honoris causa, conferred by the University of Pecs, Hungary; Silver Medal for Biology/Medicine awarded by the International EPR Society; and the Lumley Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research, awarded by the Ohio State University College of Engineering in 2011. To highlight another facet of Dr. Kuppusamy's contributions, his development and production of multilingual (Tamil/English/French/Malay) multimedia software for learning Tamil language and literature has enabled the Tamil diaspora to stay connected to their roots. His contribution to the digital Tamil revolution has been recognized by a Doctor of Letters award conferred in June 2012 by the International Tamil University.
In recognition of Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy's pioneering contributions to the field of EPR Imaging and his commitment to mentoring of young minds, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Prakash Keshaviah graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1967. He went on to complete an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1970. His interests switched to the medical field soon thereafter, and he became a part of the "Artificial Heart Program" at the University of Minnesota. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the same University in 1974. He joined the Regional Kidney Disease Program (RKDP), Minneapolis in 1973 and his dialysis research at RKDP earned him an M.S. degree in Physiology in 1980. With joint appointments at RKDP and at the University of Minnesota, he attained international recognition as a dialysis researcher with numerous peer-reviewed publications and speaking engagements all over the world. He held the positions of Director of Dialysis Research, Education and Training at RKDP and that of Adjunct Professor, Departments of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering and Member of the Graduate Faculty, Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Minnesota.
After an illustrious academic career spanning 15 years in dialysis research, Dr. Keshaviah decided to delve into the corporate world, He excelled in the corporate world as well, working his way up to Vice President, Research and Advanced Development, at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. At Baxter, he worked on several advanced dialysis products and received several patents and technical awards.
After 30 years in the United States, Dr. Keshaviah returned to India to devote himself to a life of service and spirituality. Dr. Keshaviah was appointed as Professor of Physiology in the medical college of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT) in Dehradun. The non-availability of dialysis facilities in the region prompted him to set up a dialysis program at HIHT in 1999 and a kidney transplant program in 2005. The dialysis unit at HIHT now performs over 15,000 dialysis procedures per year. Dr. Keshaviah has also been involved in the water and sanitation programs of the Rural Development Institute of HIHT and has helped in setting up a vocational training program for rural youth. He is a member of the Governing Body of HIHT, is on the Board of Governors of Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) and is Advisor, Finance to the Vice Chancellor of SRHU.
As a disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, Dr. Keshaviah continues to pursue his spiritual development and is actively involved in spreading the teachings of Swami Rama through books, audio CDs and videos. He has co-authored the book, 'At the Feet of a Himalayan Master: Remembering Swami Rama, Volume 1' and has served as the editor of all 5 volumes of the series.
In recognition of Dr. Prakash Keshaviah's academic excellence and research contributions in the field of Biomedical engineering, and his selfless service for humanity at the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Dr Ramakrishnan, former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is one of the key architects of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) program. He is noted for his decisive role in enhancing the performance of PSLV through systematic upgrading and evolving robust operational protocol to ensure sustained vehicle reliability and mission success. His major work has been in the areas of Propulsion Systems Development, Launch Vehicle Engineering and Project management. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, he received 'Padma Shri' in the field of Science & Engineering in 2003 from the Government of India. After 42 years of dedicated service, he recently retired from the post of the Director, VSSC in June 2014. Subsequently, he is conferred with Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professorship at the Department of Space.
Dr Ramakrishnan joined ISRO in August 1972 as a member of the SLV-3 Project team responsible for developing the first Indian Satellite Launch Vehicle. When this was successfully accomplished, he was inducted into the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Programme (PSLV) in 1983 where he played a major role in the development of liquid propulsion stages, vehicle engineering and system integration tasks for PSLV developmental flights. He was designated as Project Director in 1996 to lead the PSLV Continuation Program. In this capacity, he functioned as Mission Director for PSLV C1, C2, C3 and C4 missions and successfully accomplished the first multi-satellite deployment, as well as the first GTO mission using PSLV. After serving about two decades in PSLV programme, in 2002 he was entrusted with the development of the next generation launcher GSLV Mk-III (LVM3) and as the first Project Director, he steered the programme through the most crucial phases of design, engineering and realization of first-off hardware.
His proven abilities and leadership qualities saw him being elevated as Director (Projects) at VSSC in 2007, where Dr Ramakrishnan played a vital role in the much acclaimed PSLV-C11/Chandrayan-I mission, which was recognized by a Team Achievement Award from the International Academy of Astronautics. From June 2010 to December 2012, he functioned as Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), and led the LPSC team in carrying out failure analysis on the first flight test of the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) in GSLV-D3 mission. He chaired the Design Review Team for cryo propulsion system, and played a lead role in the realization of the cryogenic engine and stage for the subsequent GSLV-D5 mission which successfully validated the Indian CUS in January 2014.
In January 2013, Dr Ramakrishnan was appointed as the Director of VSSC, the lead Centre for Launch Vehicle Development at ISRO. He was actively involved in the planning and execution of the recent PSLV-C25/MOM mission to Mars by ISRO, and functioned as an expert reviewer for the spacecraft propulsion system design and operations.
In recognition of Dr Ramakrishnan's intensive and extensive role and contributions leading to significant accomplishments of India's space program, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Shri Sekhar Vasan graduated with a B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1975, and went on to found a world-class manufacturing company, Sansera Engineering in 1986. In the interim, he worked with Rambhal Industries and pursued an MBA from IIM Bangalore, both of which helped to prepare him for his entrepreneurial venture. Creating a world-class manufacturing company from scratch is a commendable achievement given the capital requirements of the sector (automobile components), as well as the legal and bureaucratic challenges involved in launching such an enterprise in India.
Started in 1986 from a small workshop, Sansera Engineering has become a Rs 700 crore company today, with 9 plants located all across the country and more than 3,000 employees. Meeting the stringent requirements of demanding clients, who include Maruti Suzuki, General Motors, Yamaha, Honda Motors, and Ducati, is no easy task, but Shri Vasan has proved time and again to be up to the challenge. When the firm just started out, it received an order to supply 5,000 pieces per month against a capacity to produce only 1,000 pieces; this was accomplished by a quick and efficient ramp-up, an early indicator of similar achievements in future. Shri Vasan has led from the front and from the floor, often machining in the workshop himself to ensure that production needs are met. During the last 6 years, turnover has grown at a 20% compounded rate every year, from Rs. 210 crores in 2008-09 to Rs.700 crores in 2013-14.
All of Sansera's forgings are produced in-house in one of the best facilities for high-precision small forgings in the country. Another commendable feature of Sansera is the in-house design and production of most of the 450+ machines installed and in operation in the various units. Sansera has won many awards from its customers both in India and abroad, including a Best Practices Recognition from General Motors and a Quality Award from Yamaha Motors in 2012. Acknowledging the dedication and the commitment of the founder, Citi Ventures has recently invested Rs 300 crores into the firm.
The Sansera Foundation has undertaken many socially-responsible initiatives around the residential area of its workforce, including provision of scholarships to rural students, sponsorship of a Government School building, employment for the physically-challenged and volunteer work in waste segregation and recycling.
The struggle to achieve excellence, and to gain acceptance of the most demanding automobile customers in the world is a Himalayan task. In recognition of Shri Sekhar Vasan's ability to build and sustain such a large and successful manufacturing organization in India, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Prof. Srikant graduated with a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985. He later obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He was a member of the Technical Staff at AT & T Bell Laboratories from 1991-95. He is currently the Frederick G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at UIUC.
Prof. Srikant has made fundamental contributions in at least four major areas in networking: scheduling of wireless networks, analysis of cellular systems, wireline congestion control, and design and analysis of peer-to-peer systems. In each case, his work is characterized by seeking of rigorous quantitative answers to problems of topical interest. Indeed, one could claim that all areas in networking have been influenced by him and bear his imprint.
Prof. Srikant's work on optimization, control and heavy traffic analysis has provided theoretical clarity to central problems in communication networks such as congestion control in wireline networks, and the MaxWeight scheduling algorithms in wireless networks. Prof. Srikant's research has also spawned several real world applications. His design of the TCP-Illinois protocol, in the field of congestion control, is now a part of Linux releases. Further, his work on peer-to-peer systems using both stochastic and deterministic models has provided significant insights on the file sharing protocol on BitTorrent. Even within networking, these are just a sampling of Prof. Srikant's contributions, and he has contributed greatly in other areas outside networking as well.
The above contributions clearly show the great adaptability, creativity and depth of research that has been sustained by Prof. Srikant over a long period of time. As topics in networking have evolved, he has continued to contribute imaginatively and rigorously to the emerging challenges in topical problems. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2006, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions in Networking.
In recognition of Prof. Srikant's fundamental and sustained contributions to a broad swathe of topical problems in networking, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer upon him this award.
Professor Anant Agarwal obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1982, and went on to do his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, USA, obtaining his doctorate in 1987.
Prof. Agarwal has been a faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since January 1988. He is currently the President of edX, a worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University. This transformative online learning platform is designed to offer courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories and student-paced learning. Anant is a visionary, and a strong proponent of the blended learning model and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) which can help revolutionize education.
Prof. Agarwal has taken other innovative technologies out of academia and into start-ups. He is the founder of Tilera Corporation, which created the "Tile" multicore processor. In his research, he led the "Carbon Project", which developed new scalable multicore architectures, a new operating system for multicore and clouds called "fos", and a distributed, parallel simulator for multicore and clouds called "Graphite".
Prof. Agarwal has won numerous honors for his teaching, research and entrepreneurial successes. His work on Organic Computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 "World-Changing Ideas" in 2011. He has been named as Forbes list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. He has won many teaching honors at MIT, including the Smullin and Jamieson awards.
In recognition of Prof. Anant Agarwal's outstanding career in multiple roles as a superb teacher, visionary in education, researcher and path-breaking technologist, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Shri. Anil Ananthaswamy obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985, and went on to complete his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1987.
Shri. Ananthaswamy is a journalist, writer and author. His foray into writing began during his initial stint in the software industry, when he wrote a book on data communications and object-oriented programming. He found his passion and boldly ventured into a career in "Science Journalism". He obtained a Science Writing Graduate Certificate in 2000 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2005, he came up with the radical idea of combining science journalism and travel writing. This led him to different corners of the world, specifically to remote and inhospitable locations. In this grand adventure, he covered six continents, exploring a variety of exotic locations, ranging from the Atacama deserts in the Chilean Andes to the frozen recesses of Siberia. His experiences over a period of 3.5 years in extreme conditions resulted in a book called "The Edge of Physics" which combined the two genres of popular science and travel-writing and was published in 2010. "The Edge of Physics" was widely reviewed to critical acclaim by newspapers and magazines around the world, and has been variously described as "brilliant", "the ultimate physics-adventure travelogue", and "a wonder-steeped page-turner".
Shri. Ananthaswamy won the inaugural Physics Journalism Prize instituted by the UK's Institute of Physics for his feature for New Scientist on the "Square Kilometer Array" (the world's biggest radio telescope) in 2012. In 2013, he won the best investigative journalism award for his long-form feature for MATTER magazine on "Body Integrity Identity Disorder", a neurological condition in which people feel that their limbs do not belong to them and go to great lengths to self-amputate.
Anil continues to write for New Scientist magazine and other outlets. He has specialized in writing about physics, neuroscience and climate change. Currently, he is working on his next book titled "Maladies of the Self", which explores the neuroscience of the sense of the self.
In recognition of Shri. Ananthaswamy's vast expertise, varied experiences, and his success in the less-trodden path of Science Journalism, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Shri. Kannan Lakshminarayan obtained his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1988. Kannan is a serial entrepreneur and innovator. He has founded a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He started the Sunbeam Group of Schools in Vellore in 1989. In 2001, he founded Vortex Engineering (P) Ltd. Vortex is a sustainable business that builds and delivers technology solutions targeted at financial inclusion, pioneering the concept of rural ATM machines. Through Vortex, he developed a range of ATMs -- Gramateller-Indi, Gramateller-Duo and EcoTeller -- all of them optionally solar-powered. Vortex has successfully deployed ATMs with leading banks across most states in India, especially in small towns and villages. The products and solutions are specially designed to suit conditions unique to the rural segment where power supply is erratic, literacy levels of end users are low, and the terrain is rough.
Kannan has developed a spinning machine to operate on a small-to-medium scale, which was thought to be impossible. These are now in use at many centers throughout India, and gave rise to a designer fabric called "Malkha". He founded Microspin Machine Works (P) Ltd. in 2011 to deliver this as a market-driven solution for cotton growers and small producers in the cotton value-chain. He also founded Skillveri Training Solutions (P) Ltd. in 2013 to develop affordable training simulators for different industrial skills, to address the skill-gap.
Kannan is an inventor holding six pending patents on ATM technologies and two patent-pending inventions on micro-spinning. He has also mentored several innovations under the aegis of Fractal Foundation, two of which are patent-pending. He has delivered a number of acclaimed one-off original solutions in the domains of energy, food processing and healthcare.
In recognition of Shri. Kannan's innovations and pioneering work in sustainable solutions for the rural environment, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Professor Krishnan Raghavachari has an internationally-recognized research program in theoretical and computational chemistry. He obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1975. He joined Carnegie?Mellon University to work with Professor of Theoretical Chemistry and Nobel Laureate, Sir John Pople, and earned his Ph.D. in 1981. During his career, Prof. Raghavachari has developed a range of new theoretical methods and algorithms that have been instrumental in the widespread use of computational chemistry by non?experts. He has made many key contributions to the famous and widely-used "Gaussian" program, recognized by the Nobel Committee in its award to Prof. Pople.
Prof. Raghavachari joined Bell Laboratories in 1981, and received their Distinguished Researcher Award in 1987. He joined Indiana University as a Professor of Chemistry in 2002, and was selected as a Distinguished Professor in 2014. Research in his group focuses on new developments in electronic structure theory along with challenging applications in structures, chemistry, mechanisms and properties of molecules and materials. The work is collaborative and multidisciplinary in scope, covering the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Biochemistry. He has made seminal contributions to the development and application of electron correlation techniques in computational quantum chemistry. In particular, his analysis of the nature of "three electron correlation" effects led to the accurate and highly-successful method, labeled CCSD (T), that has been termed as the "gold standard of quantum chemistry". He has authored over 325 scientific papers in many areas of chemistry. His papers have been cited more than 50,000 times, making him one of the highest-cited scientists of Indian origin.
Prof. Raghavachari has received many honors and awards. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001, and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008. He served as the Chair of the Theoretical Chemistry subdivision of the American Chemical Society in 2006. He received the Davisson?Germer Prize in Surface Physics in 2009. In 2010, he was elected as a member of the "International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science", the highest honor in his field.
In recognition of Prof. Krishnan Raghavachari's distinguished academic career and research contributions in the field of computational quantum chemistry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Dr. Lalgudi V. Ramanathan obtained his B.Tech. in Metallurgy from IIT Madras in 1969. Later, he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Corrosion Science and Engineering from John Cass College of Science and Engineering, London.
Dr. Ramanathan's interests took him to Brazil where he was invited to be a part of their then-nascent nuclear program as a young scientist in the Energy and Nuclear Research Institute. Over the next three decades, he established himself as an outstanding researcher, academician, consultant and technical manager, and is now considered a global authority in the field of corrosion engineering especially for nuclear materials. Though not a native, he rose through the managerial hierarchy to head the Materials Science and Technology Center at the Energy and Nuclear Research Institute from 2005 till 2013.
Dr. Ramanathan's research involved pioneering work in the areas of rare-earth oxide coatings to mitigate high-temperature degradation of metallic materials, coatings to protect spent fuel from research reactors during long term wet storage, and nano-structured coatings to resist high-temperature erosion-oxidation. Since 1979, he has been a voluntary and accredited postgraduate Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, and has taught a course on "Corrosion/Oxidation of Nuclear Materials and its Prevention".
Dr. Ramanathan has won many awards and medals, including the Distinguished Service Medal from the Energy and Nuclear Research Institute in 1998 and the Brazilian Science Research Council (CNPq) Scholarship (continuously from 1989) for scientific output. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Materials, UK; elected Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion, UK; and Chartered Engineer, The Engineering Council, UK.
In recognition of Dr. Ramanathan's impressive all-round contributions to technology, research and academics in the field of corrosion engineering in nuclear applications, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Shri. Raju Venkatraman, popularly known as Raju, obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from IIT Madras and completed an executive MBA, including a 3-tier training program, at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He also has a Diploma in Quality Education Systems from the General Motors Institute, USA.
Raju has always led from the front, right from starting his career with Cadbury-Schweppes. At Electronic Data Systems (EDS), he pioneered the innovation and application of Digital Imaging Technology. He led the team in integration of Raster Image Scanning and Tagged Image File Formats with files, compression techniques, optical disk storage, and early adoption of Ethernet communication. He was the founder of Vetri Systems, and a pioneer in Business Process Outsourcing in bringing work to India rather than getting the work done in USA. In this sector, his contributions include adoption of satellite technology for data transmission. He also initiated the movement of BPO to tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India, which opened up many job opportunities in those areas.
Currently as the MD and CEO of Medall Healthcare Private Limited, Raju is taking Healthcare Diagnostics, Wellness & Preventive Care to several small towns across the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. Medall is partnering with several organizations, and also with IIT Madras in providing 24X7 counseling services for students at IIT Madras.
Raju has been honored with the AIIM Excellence Award. He has been recognized as one of the top 50 entrepreneurs in Michigan for the years 1994 and 1995, and was the recipient of the "American Dreamers" award from Crain's Business Magazine for the year 1999. For close to two decades, Raju has been associated with Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). He is the Chairman for TiECON 2013 Chennai Chapter, and also Senior Vice President, MMA (Madras Management Association). He passionately believes in mentoring young entrepreneurs, and plays basketball with equal passion.
In recognition of Raju Venkatraman's contributions as an entrepreneur, leader and manager, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Prof. Ramesh Govindan obtained his B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, and later completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining his doctorate in 1992.
Prof. Govindan has made seminal contributions to several sub-fields in computer networking, including internet routing and networked sensing. He was one of the earliest researchers to study the internet packet routing system, and was also among the first researchers to map the Internet. His "Mercator" network-mapper produced extensive views of the internet backbone at the time. He also devised novel methods to improve the accuracy of these maps.
Prof. Govindan's most recent contributions have been in the area of wireless networked sensing. Two of his early papers in the field of "Directed Diffusion and Geographic Hash-Tables" proved seminal and illustrated both the challenges posed by wireless networks of sensors, and the opportunities for novel designs. Subsequently, his Group made fundamental contributions to geographic routing in wireless and sensor networks, exploring a novel network architecture called "Tenet" for wireless sensing that factors in network functionality in a manner that promotes code reuse and simplifies application development.
Prof. Govindan is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the winner of many Best Paper awards. Until recently, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
In recognition of Prof. Ramesh Govindan's academic excellence and research contributions in the field of Computer Networking and Network Sensing, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Dr. Sridhar Ramaswamy obtained his B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Madras in 1989, and later went on to complete his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Brown University, USA, obtaining his doctorate in 1994.
Dr. Ramaswamy's early research focused on database theory and systems, and resulted in a number of patents and publications on database systems and database theory in highly-regarded journals. He began his career at Bell Communications Research and later became a Scientist at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, where his innovations included the AQUA database that pioneered the new direction of giving very fast approximate answers to queries. Prior to joining Google, he held several roles at E.piphany, including Director of Engineering for E.piphany's Analytic Platform
Dr. Ramaswamy joined Google in 2003 as a software engineer in the ads infrastructure team. He rose rapidly through the ranks of the Search Advertising team to become Senior Vice President of Engineering in 2011. He is currently responsible for all of Google's Advertising and Commerce products, which generated over USD 40 billion in revenue in 2013. This success is largely realized through the power of algorithms and systems. Innovating in search and display advertising demands a blend of state-of-the-art computer science and microeconomic theory to deliver an experience that is effective for advertisers and relevant for users - a demand that Dr. Ramaswamy has satisfied in full measure.
In recognition of Dr. Sridhar Ramaswamy's prowess in blending technology and microeconomic theory, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Dr. T S Sudarshan obtained his B.Tech. in Metallurgy from IIT Madras in 1976, and later completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science at Virginia Tech, USA. He worked at Ashok Leyland as a Senior Metallurgist and established a modern metallurgical laboratory and managed various research programs.
Dr. Sudarshan is currently the President and CEO of Materials Modification Inc., which is at the forefront of research, development and commercialization of advanced materials utilizing novel processing techniques. He has demonstrated technological leadership for over three decades, and has worked extensively throughout his career in the areas of nanotechnology and surface-engineering for which he is very well known throughout the world. He has patented and developed a self-lubricating automotive product that is used internationally, and Nanogen and Plasma Pressure Compaction for which he holds several patents. He has also developed products to control and stop bleeding - "GroKlot" for the US Army, "Silvamat" for mitigating burns and "Garad" suits for protection from gamma radiation. Through his leadership, he has raised over 60 million USD in funding for very high-risk, high-payoff advanced technology-related programs in several non-traditional areas.
Dr. Sudarshan is a Fellow of ASM International, USA; Fellow of International Federation on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, UK; and Fellow of Institute of Mining, Metals and Materials, UK. He was the winner of the R&D 100 Award for Nanogen in 1998, the Design News Award, and R&D 100 Award for Plasma Pressure Compaction in 1999. He was recognized as "Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer" by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1990. Dr Sudarshan has published over 170 papers, edited 29 books, is the editor of two international journals - Surface Engineering, and Materials and Manufacturing Processes - for more than 2 decades, and holds numerous patents.
In recognition of Dr. T S Sudarshan's professional accomplishments and entrepreneurial excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Dr. Venkatraman Sadanand obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1978. He then completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics at the California Institute of Technology, obtaining his doctorate in 1983. He was an accomplished Professor of Economics for more than a decade, with a keen involvement in research and education. He received a number of awards for teaching, and published extensively in the area of Game Theory and Economic Competition in leading Economics journals including the Journal of Economic Theory.
Driven by his deep-seated desire to serve others in a direct capacity, Dr. Sadanand threw himself fully into medical studies and completed the M.D. program at the University of Toronto, chose the field of Neurosurgery, and then went on to subspecialize in the discipline of Pediatric Neurosurgery and epilepsy. He continues to teach and perform surgeries at hospitals in Canada, India and USA, while grooming the next generation of neurosurgeons. Currently, his research focus is in the areas of Brain-Computer Interface, Biology of Brain Tumors, Brain Plasticity, Signal Processing to develop a 3-D map of the brain, and Health Economics. He has also been an innovator in the development of new surgical techniques, especially in the surgical and post-surgical treatment of epilepsy. As an entrepreneur, Professor Sadanand is also the Founding Chairman of the Board and CEO of HouseCallsNow Inc.
Besides his clinical, teaching and research work, Dr. Sadanand devotes time and energy to humanitarian services rendered through several organizations, providing free healthcare in many parts of the world by conducting free medical camps and free surgeries. He advocates free healthcare through his blog www.idealhealthcare.net.
In recognition of Dr. Sadanand's remarkable success in the engineering and medical professions, and his contributions in the service of his fellow humans, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.
Dr. Anand Rajaraman obtained his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1993 and went on to do his M.S and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA.
Anand is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and an academic. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures, a venture capital firm. His investments include Facebook, Aster Data Systems, Neoteris, India Infoline, YouSendIT, and several others. Anand was the co-founder and CTO of Junglee Corp., and played a key role in developing Junglee’s award- winning Virtual Database technology. Later, when Junglee was acquired by Amazon.com, Anand helped in the transformation of Amazon.com from a retailer into a retail platform.
As an academic, Anand’s research has focused at the intersection of database systems, the World-Wide-Web, and Social Media. His research publications have won several awards at prestigious academic conferences, including two retrospective 10-year Best Paper Awards at ACM SIGMOD and VLDB. Anand co-teaches a popular course on Data Mining at Stanford University. His textbook “Mining of Massive Datasets”, co-authored with Jeff Ullman, was published in 2011 and has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
Anand Rajaraman has been named in the list of 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2012. He was the finalist at the Computer World Smithsonian Award for Innovative Technology in Business in 1998. He was also the President of India Gold Medal winner at IIT Madras as Bachelor’s graduate with the best academic record.
In recognition of Dr. Anand Rajaraman’s innovative contributions as an entrepreneur and as an academic, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Hari Balakrishnan obtained his B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1993, and went on to do his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis on reliable data transport over wireless networks won the ACM doctoral dissertation award for best thesis in Computer Science in 1998.
Dr. Balakrishnan joined the EECS faculty at MIT in 1998, received tenure in 2003, and was promoted to a full professorship in 2006. He has been a leading researcher and educator in Computer Science for more than a decade now, and has made important contributions to communication networks and networked computer systems. His research has pioneered new areas of study in the field, and has led to commercial products and standards. He is a gifted teacher who has won three of MIT’s competitive teaching awards, viz. the Jamieson Award in 2012, Junior Bose Award in 2002, and the Spira Award in 2001. He has also been awarded MIT’s prestigious Harold Edgerton prize. He has been Fujitsu Chair Professor since 2011. Dr. Balakrishnan was elected a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2008, and a Fellow of the Sloan Foundation in 2002.
Dr. Balakrishnan developed the Snoop protocol, the first system to provide high TCP throughput over error-prone wireless links. He also developed new methods for TCP over asymmetric and low bandwidth networks. The RON overlay network, the Chord distributed Hash table, the Cricket indoor location system, the Infranet anti-censorship system, various improvements to Internet routing, the Congestion Manager, and binomial congestion control, and a large number of cross-layer wireless protocols are some of his other noteworthy contributions. He is one of the most-cited authors in all of Computer Science. Dr. Balakrishnan has also co-founded and/or provided consultation for many MIT Spin-off’s such as Stream Base Systems, Merali Networks (acquired by Cisco), Sandburst (acquired by Broadcom), and Cambridge Mobile Telematics.
In recognition of Dr. Hari Balakrishnan’s academic excellence and research contributions in reliable communication Systems, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Kumar Sivarajan obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, and went on to do his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA.
Dr. Kumar Sivarajan is one of the pioneers in the field of optical networking. He has made fundamental research contributions to the architecture of optical networks in a series of papers published in IEEE Transactions from 1990 onwards. Optical networking was just emerging at that time, and Kumar’s work comprehensively covered all aspects of optical network design including topology design, routing and wavelength assignment. His seminal paper on routing and wavelength assignment in all-optical networks also won the IEEE Communication Society Bennett Prize and IEEE WRG Baker Prize.
A Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a winner of numerous prestigious awards for his research and academic work, Dr. Sivarajan is also the co-author of “Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective”, the most widely used textbook in the field. As the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Tejas Networks, Dr. Sivarajan guides the development of the next-generation of optical transmission products at Tejas. Tejas is India’s first optical networking start- up, and one of the very few telecom product companies in India. Prior to co-founding Tejas, Kumar served as a faculty member with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York.
In 2004, he was conferred the “Global Indus Technovator” award in InfoTech by The Indian Business club at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Fellowship and Swarnajayanthi Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. In 2010, Kumar received the Techno-Visionary Award from the Indian Semiconductor Association.
In recognition of Dr. Kumar Sivarajan’s pioneering contributions and innovations in the field of optical networking, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Ramanathan Guha obtained his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1986 and went on to do his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford.
Dr. Guha has made seminal contributions that have revolutionized the use of the web, and created structures that have enabled us to organize the vastly different data formats that exist on the web. Working together with the W3C, Dr. Guha was responsible for creation of the RDF family of standards that form the basis for metadata on the web. He is the inventor of RDF feeds, which enable frequently updated pieces of information, encompassing everything from weather to news, to be pushed to users. Dr. Guha is also the (co)author of over 40 research papers and a book on Artificial Intelligence.
He has been instrumental in assisting the Indian Government’s NPTEL (National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning) program by working with IIT Madras in setting up the NPTEL channel on YouTube.
Dr. Guha spearheaded the creation of Schema. Org, a cross-industry initiative that includes the major search engines as members. Schme.org develops schemas for marking up web pages so that search engines and other applications can extract the structured data that underlie the web pages. He has created many products that are in use by millions of people every day. The most widely used of these is Google,s Custom Search Engine, Which enables anyone to create their own search platform. He is the co-founder of two companies: Epinions, a consumer reviews website, and Alpiri, a company that pioneered the use of knowledge bases in search. He is currently a Google Fellow-the highest honour awarded by Google Inc. to its technical staff.
In recognition of Dr. Ramanathan Guha’s technical innovations in web usage and search algorithms, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. S. Gopalakrishnan obtained his B.E in Civil Engineering from Visveswariah College of Engineering, University of Bangalore in First class with Distinction. At IIT Madras, he obtained an M.Tech in Applied Mechanics and was a Gold Medalist. He went on to complete his Ph.D in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.
Dr. Gopalakrishnan is an acknowledged expert in Spectral Finite Element Methods (SFEM), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Wave Propagation in Structures. He has helped SFEM grow both nationally and internationally, and has won many honors. He has authored the only book in the area of SFEM. He is invited by many universities to develop collaborative research in SHM, and is the Chairman of the Aerospace and SHM-related Project Assessment and Review Committee under the National Program on Micro and Smart Systems (NPMASS), Government of India, whose mandate is to develop micro devices and SHM products for Aerospace and defense laboratories, and for national programmes. He is currently managing about Rs. 60 crores worth of projects. He also serves on many national and international councils and committees related to Aeronautical and Aerospace engineering and research.
He has been associated with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IISc, Bangalore for the last fifteen years. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and has also received Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He was awarded the Satish Dhawan Young Scientist Award in Aerospace Sciences by the Government of Karnataka in 2004. In 2005, he received the Biren Roy Trust Award from the Aeronautical Society of India for outstanding contribution in the field of Smart Structures and Structural Health Monitoring.
In recognition of Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s academic excellence and research contributions in SFEM, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Sailesh Krishna Rao obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, his M.S. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, CA, USA.
For the first twenty years after education, Sailesh was primarily involved in the creation of new communications technologies in support of the Internet revolution. During this phase, he worked at AT&T Bell laboratories, and was the founder and President of Silicon Design Experts, Inc. where he led the specification and development of the world’s first single-chip real time MPEG video encoder. He was also the founder and CTO of Phyten Technologies. Dr. Sailesh’s technical contributions have been path-breaking. During 1996-1999, he developed the Gigabit Ethernet on Copper standard, 1000BASE-T, which is deployed in internet datacenters and computers even today. He has made over 50 standards contributions to the ATM Forum and IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD Working group. He has 10 US patents and 3 Canadian patents and won the Intel Principal Engineer award in 2003. He has won 5 Exceptional Contribution awards from AT&T Bell Labs and also received the AT&T Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff Award in 1990.
In 2005, while watching a presentation by former Vice President, Al Gore, Sailesh became deeply alarmed by the global environmental crisis and has since devoted his time to this cause. He founded Climate Healers, a non-profit organization established with an objective facilitate re-forestation while minimizing fossil fuel use for cooking and lighting systems in low-income neighborhoods throughout the world. His recent book, “Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies”, calls on us to undo the damage done by the human species in its present Caterpillar stage of existence. In 2008, he received the Karamveer Puraskaar Global Indian Award presented by the Indian Confederation of NGOs.
In recognition of Dr. Sailesh Krishna Rao’s technical excellence and contributions towards environmental solutions, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Shankar Ramamurti obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from University of California, Berkeley in 1974.
Dr. Ramamurti is a distinguished Particle-and Condensed Matter Physicist and a Chaired Professor at Yale University. He is also the first Indian after Nobel-Laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar to be awarded the Harvard Junior Fellowship. In 2009, Dr. Ramamurti was awarded the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society for “Innovative applications of field theoretic techniques to quantum condensed matter systems”.
Dr. Ramamurti is dedicated to teaching and has published more than hundred journal publications and three books. He has designed and taught a one semester course in Physics aimed at freshmen and sophomores for more than a decade. The book he wrote based on this course, “Basic Training in Mathematics”,now serves as the textbook on the subject in many institutions worldwide. His courses in Physics have been video-taped and made available online as part of Yale’s Open Courses funded by the Hewlett Foundation. These lectures are used worldwide and serve as core material for some courses.
Dr. Ramamurti was elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2001. His contributions in Statistical Physics, Particle Theory and, more recently the fractional quantum Hall-effect are outstanding.
In recognition of Dr. Shankar Ramamurti’s academic excellence and research contributions in the field of particle and condensed-matter physics, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Venky Harinarayan obtained his B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1988 and went on to do his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford, USA.
Venky is an investor, entrepreneur and leader in search and e-commerce. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix. He also co-founded Junglee Corp., which pioneered Internet comparison shopping. Junglee was acquired by Amazon.com Inc. in 1998. Venky helped to create Amazon.com’s marketplace business, which was a disruptive and controversial idea that had never been done before. Marketplace is currently Amazon.com’s most profitable and fastest-growing business. Venky was also the inventor of the concept underlying Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk. He helped create search advertising startup Efficient Frontier, and is a Board member and founding investor. Efficient Frontier is among the largest search-engine and social-media marketing agencies. It applies advanced portfolio management theory to online advertising.
Venky has authored multiple technical papers, one of which received the ACM SIGMOD’s best award in 1996 and also received the 2006 ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award.
Venky is an active angel investor in India and Silicon Valley. He is one of less than 5 angel investors in facebook. He is also a Board member in TutorVista, based out of Bangalore, which has been acquired by Person LLC in 2001.
In recognition of Dr. Venky Harinarayan’s pioneering contributions and innovations in the field of e-commerce, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Ashok S. Krishna, Vice President of Technology for Global Downstream, Chevron Corp., USA (1974/BT/CH).
Dr. Ashok S. Krishna (aka S. Krishnaswamy) obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1974, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. His work on “Diffusional Influences on Catalyst Deactivation Rates” is now part of undergraduate texts in Chemical Reaction Engineering. He also completed his MBA from University of Pittsburgh in 1983. Dr. Ashok Krishna is in his 35th year of service at Chevron Corporation.
Dr. Krishna was, and continues to be, a leader recognized for application of Chemical Engineering principles and technology to effectively manage a wide variety of energy resources. He is adept at identifying technological concepts that ultimately produce viable business outcomes. During his career, he has led commercialization of technologies associated with reforming, fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking and residuum processing. During the last decade, he has moved up through positions of increasing responsibility in technology management at Chevron, and sits on the Boards of Chevron Lummus Global, a Chevron JV with CBI Lummus for licensing technologies worldwide, and Advanced Refining Technologies, with Grace Davison, a global leader in petroleum catalysts. As MD of Chevron’s Technology Marketing, he brought high-pressure hydro-processing to India, enabling production of clean fuels and premium lubricants. Today, most Indian refineries employ Chevron technology.
Dr. Krishna has represented Chevron at numerous technical forums and provided strong leadership in managing Chevron’s in-house as well as external downstream technology development programs. He was selected to guide the joint venture between Chevron and Weyerhauser, called “CatchLight Energy”, which is focused on developing and commercializing technologies for conversion of cellulosic feedstock into usable forms of energy, while minimizing global greenhouse footprint.
Dr. Krishna has been involved in many public service and charitable activities, including United Way campaigns and individual contributions to various organizations. He is particularly well recognized for his mentoring activities, whether directed towards youth groups or professionals in the technology fields.
In recognition of Dr. Krishna’s academic excellence, innovation and industry leadership, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Balaji Sampath, Founder and CEO, AID INDIA, Chennai (1994/BT/EC).
Dr. Sampath obtained his B.Tech. degree in EC from IIT Madras in 1994. As a Ph.D. student in the U.S., he was involved in inspiring a large number of Indian students and professionals and forming chapters of the Association for India’s Development (AID) in over 25 cities. After he completed his Ph.D., he chose to return to India to work on education and village development.
He is the founder and CEO of AID INDIA, a non-profit working on children’s education. He has built a team of 400 fulltime activists, 3000 village teachers and 2000 volunteers who have impacted the education of 1 million children in 2000 villages and 8000 schools in 12 districts of Tamil Nadu. AID INDIA is a rare organization in the non-profit sector with a strong outcome and measurement focus.
Eureka Child, AID INDIA’s flagship education program, sparks ambition, curiosity and learning excitement in over 100,000 children in 1030 villages in Tamil Nadu and 100 villages in Bihar. Donors and parents together support community youth who are trained and empowered with tools to become high-quality tutors for children. Many schools, NGOs, Government organizations and agencies such as UNICEF use Eureka materials and methods to improve teaching outcomes. He is also the Founder Trustee of Eureka Books, a non-profit education publisher that has published close to 350 titles and has reached out to more than 8 lakh children with high-quality, low-cost books and kits. In parallel, he has created 175 science demonstration experiments which were aired on TV. He has recently started AhaGuru, an Online Physics Education portal that uses interactive videos and quizzes to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills of high-school students.
Dr. Sampath has received many awards, starting with an All India Rank 4 in the IIT JEE 1990. He has received the Ashoka Fellowship and Lemelson Inventor Certificate for innovative work on Science Education, MIT Indus Technovator’s Award 2005 for AID INDIA’s village education programs, Rotary Distinguished Service Award by the Rotary Club of Madras South, and Pratham USA Achievement Award 2006 for improving reading skills in Tamil Nadu. He also received the Times of India Social Impact Award from the Prime Minister for AID’s global contribution to India’s development.
In recognition of Dr. Balaji Sampath’s tireless efforts to improve school children’s education, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Jayant R. Haritsa, Senior Professor, Department of Computer Science & Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1985/BT/EE).
Prof. Haritsa obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985. He subsequently graduated from University of Wisconsin with an M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in Computer Science. He is a Senior Professor at the Supercomputer Education & Research Centre and Department of Computer Science & Automation at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
Over the past two decades, Prof. Haritsa has made high-impact contributions to the theory, algorithms, data structures and architectural design of database engines, which form the core of enterprise information systems. His work has spanned transaction-processing and decision-support environments, the two main streams of database research. He has been the problem-definer in a majority of his work, breaking new ground in a variety of topics, including real-time databases, data-mining, XML databases, multi-lingual databases, biological databases and query optimization.
A particularly noteworthy industrial contribution of Prof. Haritsa is the Picasso software that he has designed and constructed over the past seven years. Picasso is a visualization tool for the systematic investigation, understanding and redesign of database query optimizers. IISc has obtained copyright on the software from the Government of India, and several leading database vendors, as well as elite academic research groups worldwide, have incorporated Picasso in their workbench. The tool has been welcomed as a potent pedagogical resource for database instruction, and recently received the Best Demonstration award at VLDB 2010, a top-ranked international database conference.
Prof. Haritsa is also the recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist honor, and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. He has been elected a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and has been granted faculty awards from blue-chip multinationals in recognition of his stellar research accomplishments.
In recognition of Dr. Jayant Haritsa’s research contributions to design and optimization of database engines, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. P. R. Kumar, Professor and Holder of Chair in Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA (1973/BT/EE).
Prof. Kumar obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1973, and his M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri in 1975 and 1977, respectively. Since 1985 till recently, Prof. Kumar was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, serving as Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently, he is Professor and Holder of Chair in Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University.
Prof. Kumar has done path-breaking and hugely influential work on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queuing networks, manufacturing systems, and scheduling for wafer fabrication plants. His papers are mathematically deep, rigorous and creative, yet strongly motivated by and relevant to the applications he considers. He has repeatedly introduced novel paradigms for the formulation and analysis of problems in important areas. The most recent example, and perhaps the most important and influential one, has been his study of the communication capacity of wireless networks, using completely new ideas. In addition to being a prolific and world-class researcher, Prof. Kumar gives the most lucid lectures– clear, unhurried and inspiring.
Prof. Kumar has received the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the IEEE Field Award in Control Systems, and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded a Guest Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa by Eidgenoissische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich in 2008.
In recognition of Prof. Kumar’s research and teaching contributions in game theory, wireless networks, and related disciplines, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Prabhakar Raghavan, Vice President for Strategic Technologies,Google, USA (1981/BT/EE).
Dr. Prabhakar Raghavan obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, his M.S. (ECE) from University of California – Santa Barbara in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California – Berkeley in 1986. He served as Senior VP and Head of Yahoo! Labs since 2005, and recently took up a position as Vice President for Strategic Technologies, Google.
Dr. Raghavan is one of the rare individuals who have excelled in academic research, technical leadership and corporate management and governance. In academic research, Dr. Raghavan is well known worldwide for his outstanding accomplishments in Computer Science, particularly in the context of randomized algorithms. As a technical leader, Dr. Raghavan led the theory group at IBM Almaden Research Laboratory, a veritable analytical powerhouse, into the 21st century and the internet era, with far-reaching results. He created and led the Clever research project, one of the two pioneering groups working concurrently in the emerging field of link analysis for web search.
Dr. Raghavan and his group achieved a number of widely-reported and cited breakthroughs in web structure and modeling. The Clever project laid the foundation for IBM’s Webfountain project which provided web mining services to many large enterprises. The huge impact of this work continues to be felt to this date in academia as well as industry. After joining Yahoo in 2005, Dr. Raghavan built up a strong center of scientific excellence in Yahoo! Labs. He established several Yahoo! research centers around the world. He has, at the same time, continued a program of research on multiple fronts. Most recently, he has been working on showing how in-depth user studies, such as eye-tracking and interviews, can be combined with large-scale click mining to quantifiably improve user experiences.
Dr. Raghavan has received several honors and awards. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. His other honors include: Honorary doctorate from University of Bologna, Italy; UC Berkeley Distinguished CS Alumnus Award, Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the ACM, and several best paper awards. He deeply cares about the research community, and devotes time to mentoring and encouraging young researchers.
In recognition of Dr. Raghavan’s research and leadership in the field of web mining, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Raj Mutharasan, Frank A. Fletcher Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Drexel University, USA (1969/BT/CH).
Dr. Raj Mutharasan obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1969 with ‘First Rank’. Subsequently, he earned his Ph.D. degree from Drexel University in Chemical Engineering in 1973. He currently serves as Frank A. Fletcher Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University.
Prof. Mutharasan has had a distinguished and remarkable career in both teaching and research. He is professionally active, chairing many research symposia as well as organizing major research conferences held by AIChE, Engineering Foundation, AIME and others. He has served in the academic leadership ranks such as the Interim Dean of College of Engineering (1997-2001) at Drexel University. Three major scientific and engineering societies (AIChE, AIMBE and AAAS) have recognized his contribution to his chosen field by electing him as a Fellow. Another remarkable achievement of Prof. Mutharasan is sustained transfer of technology from his laboratory to the industrial and commercial world. His early work on process control led to the development of the “Gautam-Mutharasan” algorithm, which, in modified form, is incorporated into commercial process control systems. His second major commercialization is related to his recent work on biosensors, which has received 4 patents already with eight more pending.
During his career, Prof. Mutharasan has served as technical consultant to industry, as well as on the Science Advisory Board of several corporations; some of his notable appointments are those on the Board of Apogee, Inc. (founded by one of his PhD students), and on Leversense LLC (which is based on Prof. Mutharasan’s biosensor invention)
As evidenced by the above summary of achievements, Professor Mutharasan’s career over the past 40 plus years has had a profound impact on society in general, in addition to leaving an imprint on academia, scientific research and industrial linkage. The extent of Prof. Mutharasan’s social involvement is evidenced by his civic activities, which include serving as President of various cultural societies in the U.S. He has also served as Advisor to many graduate students coming from India.
In recognition of Dr. Raj Mutharasan’s contributions to research, technology commercialization, and societal outreach, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Ms. Uma Ghurka, Technical Director, Thermopads Pvt. Ltd. & Managing Director, Thermo Cables Ltd., Hyderabad (1975/BT/EE).
Ms. Uma Ghurka graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975, and boldly took the road less travelled, deciding to explore opportunities to develop and manufacture new products. She identified a business opportunity in the area of flexible heating systems. The first prototypes of the thermal heating pads were fabricated in a small workshop in Mumbai. Encouraged by the response from early customers, she set up her own manufacturing facility, Thermopads Pvt. Ltd., in Hyderabad in 1978.
Thermopads has grown from two employees in 1979 to over 1,100 in 2010-11; group turnover has grown from Rs. 1.2 lakhs to a targeted Rs. 350 crores. The company makes a wide range of products that find applications in industry, construction and defence. 95 percent of its turnover today comes from exports to over 40 countries around the world.
Ms. Ghurka’s pioneering achievements have been recognized by numerous awards from India and abroad. She was honored as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the world in 1999 at an Event sponsored by IBM Corporation; on this occasion, Thermopads Pvt. Ltd. also received an award for the Best use of Technology by one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs. As early as 1984, Ms. Ghurka was named one of India’s Women Entrepreneurs of the Year. Ms. Ghurka also serves in advisory capacities in a variety of organizations. For the Year 2010, she was appointed as a member of the National Board of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) of the Government of India. She served as a Non-executive Director of State Bank of Hyderabad between 2003 and 2008, representing small-scale industries. She was the President of the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE), an organization that actively promotes entrepreneurship among women, from 2008-2010.
Ms. Ghurka is actively engaged in social work through her companies. She is the Managing Trustee of the Shri Ram Charitable Trust, set up to focus on education, medical treatment and rural development. The achievements of the Trust range from providing funds to ongoing management support for a 100 – bed charitable hospital in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, to the creation of a charitable school in Ghattuppal, Andhra Pradesh, where over 700 students from nearby villages now receive subsidized education.
In recognition of Ms. Ghurka’s entrepreneurial excellence and devotion to social causes, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on her this award.
Dr. V. Sumantran, Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive Ltd., Chennai (1981/BT/AE).
Dr. Sumantran obtained his B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also has a Master’s Degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic. He is Executive Vice-Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK. He leads the Group’s expansion strategy including sectors such as Light Commercial Vehicles, Construction Equipment, IT, Defence, Aerospace and Technologies.
Dr. Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors in the R&D Centre in Detroit, and subsequently served on deputation in Europe as Director, Advanced Engineering, SAAB Automobile AB. During this period, he also held the position of “Single Voice” for all R&D and Advanced Engineering undertaken by the GM-FIAT alliance in Europe. Back in India, he contributed immensely in developing innovative product ideas and platforms. The Indica range of vehicles, and more recently Nissan Dost, launched in September 2011, are results of such ideation. From 2001 until end of 2005, he was the chief executive of Tata Motors’ car business. During this period, he led the organization through the concept phase of the ‘Nano’ low-cost to ‘Aria’ high-end car projects. Dr. Sumantran has championed several product innovation programs with an unwavering focus on sustainability and clean transport. Under his guidance, the first commercial Electric Vehicle in India was developed and launched under the Ashok Leyland banner.
He is a member of the Board of Ashok Leyland Ltd. and Chairman, Ashok Leyland Nissan Ltd; Chairman, Ashok Leyland John Deere Ltd.; and Chairman, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems Ltd. Dr. Sumantran serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government, and also served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India. He is a member of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Madras. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers International and the Indian National Academy of Engineers.
In recognition of Dr. Sumantran’s excellence as a technocrat, business leader, visionary and creator, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Shri G K Pillai was born in 1949 in Kerala. His father as well as grandfathers from both the maternal and paternal side were civil servants. He completed his schooling from Bishop Cottons, Bangalore. He was also a National Science Talent Scholar and did his Bachelors in Physics and Chemistry from St .Joseph College, Bangalore. He then went on to complete his M. Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1970 before appearing for the Civil Services Examination. Following family tradition, he joined the Civil Services and was selected for the IAS in the year 1972.
His penchant for doing something worthwhile, broad-based and significant was evident early, and he worked his way up the Civil Services hierarchy with keen earnestness. His early assignments included: District Collector, Kollam; Special Officer for Cashew Industries, Industries Secretary and Health Secretary in the State of Kerala, all of which he handled admirably. In 2001, he was appointed Principal Secretary to Shri A. K. Anthony, the then Chief Minister of Kerala.
He has also been on Central deputation to Delhi where initially he worked in the Ministry of Defence handling aircraft acquisitions. Other postings were as Director, Shipping and Joint Secretary (Transport). In 1996, he was posted as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, where he was given the complex and difficult North East Portfolio. His fearless approach, deep study of the complexities and ethnic issues, coupled with his sincere work ethic, ensured significant development benefits to the region, as also the effective handling of various insurgencies. In fact, his approach to resolving the Bodo problem in Assam and negotiations with the Bodo Liberation Tigers was considered unique and beyond compare. He was later posted in the Ministry of Commerce and went on to become the Chief Negotiator for India at the WTO, representing the country at innumerable international conferences.
He later became Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce. He also played a key role in the enactment of the Special Economic Zones Act 2005 and was the Chairman of the Board of Approvals for the Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Under his supervision, over 325 SEZs were notified with a total investment of Rs. 90,000 crores. These SEZs, apart from giving tax incentives to developers and industries, provided much needed employment. The total exports last year from the SEZs were over Rs. 300,000 crores, and Shri Pillai�s supervision led to the SEZs becoming economically important especially when other export industries faced a recession. Shri Pillai became Home Secretary, Government of India on 30 June 2009, a position that he holds till date. His handling of the Maoist problems, the Jammu & Kashmir situation, the North East and the modernization of police forces, as well as other critical matters has been appreciated across all sections of Government. His frankness and commitment have been useful in handling these problems. His style has always been engaging and thought-provoking. Admirably, he has put national interests over his own personal safety. A rare trait indeed!.
In recognition of Shri Pillai�s outstanding leadership qualities and contributions to excellence in administrative service, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Prof. Hota V. S. Ganga Rao has earned a name in academic circles in the field of fiber-reinforced polymer composites. He is a visionary leader whose exceptional research and development contributions in his chosen field make him the world expert in the application of composites to constructed facilities. His research focus is on theory, design, development, production and implementation of fiber-reinforced polymer composites, including recycled polymers, for constructed facilities with emphasis on high strength and stiffness structures, utility poles and underground structures. His contributions in this field have resulted in his being appointed as the Head of the multi-University Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI) sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA. He handles research and other projects worth more than two million dollars per year.
Prof. Hota showed his merit right from the student days. His academic record at IIT Madras, from where he graduated with a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering in 1965, was excellent, and he continued to show his scholastic prowess in his higher studies at North Carolina University, Raleigh, USA, where he received his M.S. and Doctorate in Civil Engineering in the short span of four years (two years each). He is highly knowledgeable and well-respected as a teacher and academician. More than 250 M.S./ Ph.D. students have graduated under his expert guidance. He has published more than 300 technical papers, with several of his papers winning best paper awards.
Prof. Hota has been recognized as an innovative researcher in his chosen field for the past thirty years. He is a scholar of extraordinary insight, whose contributions in his field were recognized on several occasions. To name a few, he received the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award for 1990-91. Cited as one of the Top Five Outstanding Leaders for the year 1988-89 in the College of Engineering, he was awarded Udanis Best Concrete Engineer Prize for the year 1983 on Innovative Design and Construction of Precast Concrete Panels with Passive Solar Devices. He has co-authored a textbook titled FRP Reinforcements for Concrete, and has also contributed chapters in his area of specialization in many reference books and encyclopedias. He holds several patents in the area of application of composites in infrastructure. He is an active member of several professional societies such as ASCE, Advanced Composites Manufacturing Association – Composites Institute, SPI, and SAMPE.
He is a dedicated, community service-oriented person, and organizes the American Indian Students Association at West Virginia University. Prof. Hota has given generously of his time, expertise, and financial resources to make a difference to the lives of the Indian students on campus. He is a Board Member of Sahasra Deepika Foundation, Charleston, WV.
In recognition of Prof. Ganga Rao Hotas outstanding contributions in the application of composites in constructed facilities, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar is an accomplished teacher/ scientist in the area of Biological Sciences, particularly in protein chemistry/ biochemistry. Many of his accomplishments came after he joined the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bangalore. His research at NCBS has earned him many awards and recognitions.
Prof. Udgaonkar is currently a senior professor of NCBS, TIFR, and a pioneer in protein folding, protein stability and protein aggregation. His laboratory uses several small proteins as archetypical model proteins for studying how proteins fold, unfold and misfold. He uses the tools of protein engineering and physical biochemistry, including diverse optical spectroscopic methods, time-resolved fluorescence methods, as well as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry methods. Highlights of his recent work on protein folding and unfolding include the demonstration of competing pathways for the folding of monellin. Highlights of recent work on protein misfolding and aggregation include the demonstration that the transformation of soluble oligomers of barstar into amyloid protofibrils occurs in multiple steps.
Prof. Udgaonkar has 106 publications to his credit in top-notch journals such as Nature and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA. He has received several distinctions at the national and international levels, among them: Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, Biotechnology Career Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation (1991-1995), B.M. Blrla Award for Biology (1996), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences (2000), J.C. Bose National Fellowship (2007), and Honorary Faculty Member, JNCASR, Bangalore (1999). He was awarded a Golden Jubilee Biotechnology Award by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, in August 1997, and the B. M. Birla Science Prize for Young Indian Scientists during 1998. He was awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in July 1998. Since 2003, he has been a Member of the Editorial Board of Protein Engineering, Design and Selection.
In recognition of Prof. Udgaonkar's outstanding contributions to the field of bio-chemical sciences, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
For more than a decade now, Sridharan has worked as Founder and the President of Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF), USA, whose objective is to eradicate curable blindness across India. SEF was set up in 1998 in San Jose, CA, and works with its partner in India, Sankara Eye Care Institutions (SECI). Set up in 1977 under the auspices and blessings of Sankaracharya in Coimbatore initially, SECI now has expanded to numerous locations around the country. SECI has been recognized all over India as a leading philanthropic organization that performs free eye surgeries among other preventive care for eye-related diseases, especially in rural areas of the country. Sridharan has, through his tireless efforts, led a dedicated group of volunteers all over the USA to raise funds for the development of this exemplary organization, its growth and achievement of its objectives.
In India, a single hospital in Coimbatore, Sankara Eye Hospital, performed about 8,000 free eye surgeries in 1998. When SEF joined the mission, a much bigger goal was set – Vision 20/20 by the Year 2020. To replicate the success of the Coimbatore hospital all over India, a unique scalability model was introduced: Every hospital should be self-sustaining in 5 years after starting operations. The self-sufficiency is attained by performing 20 percent of the surgeries on paying patients, and performing the other 80 percent of the surgeries totally free. This model was proved in the first hospital SEF built in India – in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. There are now 8 functioning hospitals, including ones in Bangalore, Shimoga, Anand, Krishnan Koil, Silvassa, and in Rishikesh. SEF is currently raising funds for building the next super-specialty eye-care hospital in Punjab. The number of free eye surgeries has increased from 8,000 in 1998 to over 120,000 in the year 2010. Sridharan is a key member of the core team driving policies, strategy and process for the organization, and is also part of the implementation team. He handles the organization's governance and growth, and is involved in identifying key growth opportunities for the Sankara Eye Foundation – in corporate grants and foundations.
SEF and its sister organization in India (Sankara Eye Care Institutions – SECI) have won many awards for the work they have done so far. SECI recently won the FICCI Health Care Excellence Award 2010 Towards Innovative and Inclusive Health Care. It has won this award 2 years in a row. In addition, SECI won the 2008 Asian Hospital Management Award and NGO of the year Award in India. SEF has won the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 3 years in a row, for its efficient management of the organization.
Sridharan's day job at Intel Corporation as Director of Strategy and Marketing of Software Pathfinding & Innovation is no less demanding and does take up well over the usual 40 hours of work a week, but he nevertheless finds enough time, energy and conviction to spend an equal amount of time and energy to work towards furthering the goals of Sankara Eye Foundation. Sridharan obtained his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1980, two M.S. degrees from Southern Illinois University in 82 and 84, and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University in 2004.
In recognition of Shri Sridharan's philanthropy and outstanding contributions to eye-care among the rural poor in India, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
In recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and his significant and sustained contributions to the Nuclear Engineering Group of IGCAR, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Shri M. G. Venkatesh Mannar, President, Micronutrient Initiative (MI), Ottawa, Canada graduated from IIT Madras in 1970 with a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, and later completed a Master's degree from Northwestern University. In 1972, he returned to India to join his father and establish a large solar salt operation near Mamallapuram. While running the salt works, he became actively involved in developing technology for fortification of salt with essential nutrients such as calcium, iron and iodine. He was invited by various UN agencies to assist with a global program to correct dietary deficiencies through fortification of salt and other staple foods. During this period, he conducted situation assessments and advised governments to plan micronutrient fortification programs in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Finding his work in micronutrients more challenging and life enriching, Venkatesh decided to devote his time entirely to this area. In 1990, he sold his salt company and relocated to Canada. He then worked as a consultant to UNICEF in planning their salt iodization programs, and led the global thrust to address Iodine Deficiency Disorders through mandatory iodization of salt. Nearly 4 billion people now have access to iodized salt. He extended his work to include fortification of a wide range of staple foods and condiments with vitamins and minerals, and targeted provision of vitamins and minerals to severely-malnourished children and women.
Venkatesh is now recognized as a leader in global health with 35 years of experience in pioneering effective nutrition and development initiatives focusing on the world's most vulnerable citizens. He has been the Head of MI, an international non-profit nutrition organization since its inception in 1994 – working to enable access to essential micronutrients for the common man through the regular diet, and ensuring the impact of these interventions in more than 75 countries. MI, starting with 4 employees, has now become the global leader in nutrition development programs with more than 100 full-time staff, 120 full-time consultants, 2 regional offices, 11 country offices and a budget of USD 38 million per year. In his role as President of MI, Venkatesh regularly interacts with and advises national leaders and policy makers to develop policies, strategies and plans for their countries. His efforts through the MI to provide essential vitamin and mineral supplements to children and women, iodize salt and fortify staple foods are saving children's lives and improving livelihoods of over 500 million people in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
He has been invited to join the Boards of several global organizations, including the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders and Flour Fortification Initiative. In addition, he serves as a member on the scientific advisory boards of some of the largest food companies in the world, such as Nestle and Pepsico. In 2010, Venkatesh was awarded the Tech Award in Health by Nokia for the contributions he has made to develop technology for the double-fortification of salt with iron and iodine. Earlier, he was recognized as the third most influential citizen in Ottawa by Ottawa Life Magazine in the year 2009.
In recognition of Shri Venkatesh Mannar's outstanding contributions to the global effort to stem micronutrient deficiency, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
S. Sowmya, the renowned Carnatic vocalist, is an alumna of IIT Madras, having done her M.Sc. in Chemistry during 1990 – 1992. She was awarded the meritorious IITM Blue in 1992 for excellence in Academics and Cultural Activities. She then joined the Ph.D program under the guidance of Prof. K. K. Balasubramanian. Within a short duration, she managed to publish a research paper under his guidance
Apart from being an excellent scholar during her days at IIT Madras, Sowmya was also deeply involved in Carnatic music, doing her utmost to balance her time between academics and music. The Carnatic music scene at that time was very competitive with many youngsters trying to carve a niche for themselves. In spite of her commitment to research in Chemistry, she did well in the music circles and finally decided to devote herself full-time to music. She then successfully completed B.A. and M.A. in Indian Music from the Department of Music, University of Madras during 1996 and 1998, respectively. She has since been pursuing her passion in Carnatic music to great public and critical acclaim, and is currently performing doctoral research in Indian music, focusing on pitch variations in percussion instruments.
Sowmya’s has been a life soaked in melody from the very beginning. Growing up in a traditional South Indian family, her initial tutelage in music was from her father Dr. Srinivasan, a Chemical Engineer with a Ph.D from IISc Bangalore, and a disciple of the renowned flautist Dindigul S. P. Natarajan. Later, Sowmya was taken under the wings of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan. She received further training from Smt. T. Muktha, of the legendary Brinda-Muktha duo.
Sowmya is endowed with a melodious voice, as well as sound knowledge of the theory of Carnatic and other Indian music systems. Besides performing in concerts, Sowmya has also presented several lecture-demonstrations on Carnatic music and has been consistently ranked among the top female Carnatic vocalists in India. She has won several honors, awards and titles from prestigious organizations over the years, the most recent being Sangeetha Choodamani from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. Her desire to propagate the traditions of South Indian music worldwide led her to establish Carnatica, an institution dedicated to music & dance instruction, archival, talent search and other related activities. Its web portal, carnatica.com, is now a popular online destination for music-related information and discussions.
Sowmya is producer and co-author of the world's first interactive, encyclopedic CD-ROM on Carnatic Music titled Nadanubhava The Horizons of Carnatic Music. She has also created the world's first tutoring VCD on Carnatic Music titled Nadopasana My Own Carnatic Tutor,a self-help module with Karaoke features.
Prof. V. S. Sunder is a well-known mathematician currently working at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Taramani, Chennai. He received an M. Sc. in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1973. Subsequently, he went to the U.S.A. for higher education, and obtained his Ph.D in Mathematics from Indiana University in 1977. His thesis supervisor was the world-famous mathematician Paul Halmos, the author of several widely-followed textbooks, popular articles and research papers.
Prof. Sunder has also served as a faculty member in the Indian Statistical Institutes at Bangalore and New Delhi, University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, and in the Research Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto, Japan. He works in the broad area of Functional Analysis, with specific involvement in Operator Algebras and Von Neumann Algebras. These algebras were originally introduced (in the 1930s) by the famous mathematician, Von Neumann. More recently, there was some seminal work on these algebras, done in the 1980s, by another famous mathematician, V. Jones. These algebras have important connections with topology, statistical mechanics, quantum and conformal field theory. Prof. Sunder's contributions in this area are well-known and well-recognized, among them: the formulation of a path-model to study towers of algebras, the construction of several series of new irreducible subfactors, and the axiomatization of certain structures called integral hypergroups
Prof. Sunder has authored/ co-authored six textbooks and research monographs, about sixty research papers, guided six Ph.D students, written several popular articles and also given talks at several conferences and workshops at both elementary and advanced levels. He has also conducted a large number of workshops and short courses for research scholars and college teachers. His book on sub-factors (with Professor V. Jones), on topological quantum field theories (with Professor V. Kodiyalam), and his other books are widely used. He is a fellow of all the three science academies in India, namely Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore; and National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad. He was awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Mathematical Sciences in 1996. He has been awarded the J.C. Bose Fellowship for 2008-14
Despite such achievements and plaudits, Prof. Sunder remains extremely modest and easily approachable to his students. In spite of a busy schedule involving research and teaching, he has been a Member of many Scientific Committees in India and has contributed in no small measure to mathematics education in India, having delivered lectures at various Universities in most states of India, as well as at the premier research institutes (TIFR, ISIs, IITs, IISc, etc.) in the country. This involvement is exemplified by his contributions to the Mathematics Training and Talent Search Program that is conducted annually by the National Board for Higher Mathematics.
In recognition of Prof. Sunder's outstanding contributions to the field of mathematical sciences, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Vijay Kumar received his B.Tech. Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975, and his M.S. degree in Industrial Management in 1978, both from IIT Madras. After a brief career in management consulting in India, he joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and received his Ed.D. degree in 1986. His dissertation topic was: Introducing Technological Innovations for Education in Developing Countries – Implications for Planning. The following 24 years speaks for Vijay's distinguished career and accomplishments in this endeavor.
He is currently Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His work at MIT is helping to redefine the relationship between universities and society. In 1996, Vijay was appointed as the Principal Investigator of MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative, an MIT-led collaborative project to develop an open architecture for enterprise educational applications. He is a key member of the Advisory Committee of MIT OpenCourseware, the pioneering initiative that has put every classroom lecture in every subject taught at MIT on the worldwide web. OpenCourseware aggregates the knowledge of one of the world's great universities and makes it available to students anywhere on our planet.
Before joining MIT, Vijay worked as Director of Academic Computing and Assistant Professor of Computer Applications (1987-1991) at the University of Maine at Machias, and as Director of Academic Computing at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts (1991-1996). The focus of Vijay's entire career has been the intersection of education and technology, and specifically, initiatives that use technological innovations to positively transform the educational experience, making it easier and cheaper to share knowledge among institutions and across national borders.
His expertise in this area is globally acknowledged. Among many notable contributions, he has been an Advisor to the National Knowledge Commission, India, since 2006. He has advised numerous leading educational institutions and governments in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was appointed as an Advisor for IT to the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2010.
Vijay has never been a distant ivory-tower academic. For forty years, he has remained good-humored and ever accessible. He is generous with his time and expertise, and wears his numerous accomplishments lightly. Of him, it can be truly said: Vidya dadaati vinayam Learning bestows humility’.
In recognition of Dr. Vijay Kumar's excellence in technology innovation for education, academics and managerial practices, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Lalit Chordia received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1980. In 1985, he earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from CarnegieMellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).
For the last 25 years, Dr. Chordia has pioneered R & D in, and commercial applications of, supercritical fluid technology, a green materials-processing technology. In 1982, Dr. Chordia co-founded his first company, Suprex Corp. and then served as Vice President of Engineering and R & D. The vision of Suprex was to commercialize the nascent technology of supercritical fluids, and it focused on small scale analytical supercritical fluid systems. With eight years of process and equipment R & D experience, coupled with greater maturity in the market for supercritical fluid technology, Dr. Chordia left Suprex in 1990 to form Thar Technologies. Dr. Chordia’s move enabled him to exploit a growing market for larger-scale supercritical fluid systems and process development services.
Through his technological and commercial leadership, Dr. Chordia has taken Thar from one-employee to a global leader in its field with four technology groups in Pittsburgh and two international subsidiaries (including one in Chennai). Today, Thar offers a complete line of laboratory-through-process scale systems, research and development services, toll processing and technology licensing. Examples of Thar’s involvement in process and equipment development include: drug design and purification, spice and nutraceutical extraction, solvent removal, environmental recovery, electronics cooling and cleaning, smart components, self-sealing systems, high efficiency processing and automated handling. Dr. Chordia is the holder of 12 patents and has over 20 pending patents.
Recognizing his accomplishments, the United States Small Business Administration Office named Dr. Chordia the 2002 U.S Small Business Exporter of the year, an award he won in a competition against companies with up to 500 employees. In the same year, Thar, with Dr. Chordia as the primary investigator, also won a prestigious National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program Award to develop novel electronics cooling technology.
Dr. Chordia is a co-founder of the US-India forum, which promotes business and political cooperation between the USA and India, and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University. He has been featured in several international publications, including Fortune. He is deeply involved in numerous civic and educational organizations in Pittsburgh.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of large-scale supercritical fluid technology, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Dr. P. Anandan obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which presented him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.
Presently, Dr. Anandan is the Managing Director of Microsoft Research India. Microsoft Research India, which began operating in January 2005, conducts basic research in computing and engineering sciences relevant to Microsoft Corp.’s business and the global IT community, with a special focus on technology for emerging markets and underserved communities.
Dr. Anandan has done pioneering work in the area of video motion analysis and is recognized for his research on the computation of optical flow. From a computer scientist, Dr. Anandan transformed into a Manager and Leader par excellence in setting up Microsoft Research India and espousing the cause of research and innovation in India.
Since June 1997, Dr. Anandan was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where he built one of the world’s strongest research teams in computer vision and video processing. During that time, he also served as an ambassador for the Microsoft Research University Relations program in India. Through repeat visits to India’s leading institutions of higher learning, Dr. Anandan helped develop strong relationships between Indian Universities and Microsoft Research. He has also represented Microsoft in meetings with the Government of India to emphasize the company’s commitment to research and development.
Before joining Microsoft, Dr. Anandan was an Asst. Professor of Computer Science for four years at Yale University, where he founded the computer vision group. Following this, he was a Research Manager at Sarnoff Corp. His group developed state-of-the-art video stabilization technology and systems for ground and airborne video surveillance. Over two decades, his research work has resulted in numerous patents, academic papers and recognition in the form of several awards in computer vision.
In recognition of his professional accomplishments and his outstanding contributions to the field of video motion analysis, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Dr. Chellapandi obtained an M.Tech. in 1983, and a Ph.D. in 1995 in Applied Mechanics from IIT Madras.
Dr. Chellapandi is currently Director, Safety Group and Associate Director, Nuclear Engineering Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research (IGCAR); these Groups are responsible for designing Fast Breeder Reactor components and ensuring safety of the structures, components and plant.
Dr. Chellapandi started his career in IGCAR in 1979. Having specialized in design, analysis and qualification of Nuclear Reactor Components, he provided design support to the 40 MW Fast Breeder Test Reactor, conceptual design of 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), detailed analysis of various structural mechanics failure modes and design validation. He was instrumental in developing a unique Structural Mechanics Laboratory at IGCAR. He is the convener of the Task force responsible for manufacture and erection of reactor assembly components of PFBR, under construction at Kalpakkam. Recently, the main and safety vessels were successfully erected at the site, which is an international benchmark for such structures.
Dr. Chellapandi has executed several projects in collaboration with R & D establishments such as SERC – Chennai, CBRI – Roorkee, and TBRL – Chandigarh. He played a key role in initiating the IITM-IGCAR Cell in addition to IISc-IGCAR cell, and the IITK – IGCAR R & D cell. He is an active member of all the Joint Policy Committees.
Dr. Chellapandi is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Professor at the Homi Bhabha Institute, Adjunct Professor at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, and at Satyabama University, Chennai. He is a member of the Technical Working Group on Fast Reactor in International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. He has to his credit 47 journal papers and has published 162 papers in International Conferences, 122 in National Conferences and Symposia. He has also authored five book chapters and 9 IGC Newsletter Articles. Dr. Chellapandi has won many awards, notable among them being the National Design Award in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from Institution of Engineers (India). Other awards include: Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award for 1997; Indian Nuclear Science Award in 2005; DAE Group Achievement Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for Design of PFBR Main Vessel and Seismic Design & Qualification of PFBR Components, and Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance from DRDO.
In recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and his significant and sustained contributions to the Nuclear Engineering Group of IGCAR, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Prof. Subbarayan Pasupathy received his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Madras (now Anna University) in 1963. After graduating with first rank in the first batch of M.Tech students of IIT Madras in 1966, Prof. Pasupathy obtained M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Communication from Yale University, in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Prof. Pasupathy is at present a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada.
An abiding interest in teaching, developed at IIT Madras while he was a Research Student and Part-time Lecturer (1965-67), led Prof. Pasupathy to choose an academic career spanning more than 35 years in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research at the University of Toronto (1972-2007). Starting with his first publication in 1966, based on his M.Tech thesis at IIT Madras, Prof. Pasupathy also developed a great passion for research, and one his great accomplishments is the large number of graduate students and postdoctoral students he has trained over the course of 35 years.
Prof. Pasupathy is an international authority on the application of statistical communication theory and techniques to the design of digital communication systems. He was the first Canadian Professor in the area of communications to be listed in the prestigious “highly cited researchers” list of ISI Web of Knowledge (ISIHighlyCited.com), attesting to the widespread influence his research has had on both theory and practice. He has contributed high-quality, scholarly work to leading journals and conferences — in fact, more than 275 articles and contributions to 3 books. His contributions have been cited in more than 100 patent applications. Prof. Pasupathy’s specific influential-contributions lie in the area of bandwidth-efficient digital communication systems and application of statistical communication theory to a wide spectrum of areas such as array processing, computer algorithms for signal processing, DNA sequencing, advanced transceiver structures, mobile cellular networks, and coding algorithms and architectures.
He is a Fellow of IEEE Engineering Institute of Canada, and Canadian Academy of Engineering, and received the 2003 Award in Telecommunication from the Canadian Institute of Information Theory. For over fourteen years, he wrote the humour column “Light Traffic”, a feature of the IEEE Communications Magazine. Prof. Pasupathy is a student, by choice, of Tamil literature, and poetry. His poems and articles have appeared in several reputed magazines such as “Kalaimagal”, “Amudhasurabhi” and “Gopura Darsanam, and in Internet magazines such as “Thinnai” and “Hub”. He is a moderator and an active participant in many Yahoo and Google groups promoting Tamil literature.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of digital communications, Science and Engineering, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Mr. R. Sri Kumar after his schooling in New Delhi received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering (Power) from IIT Madras in 1970. He later received a Master’s degree in Business Laws in 2003 from National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Mr. Sri Kumar retired as the Head of the Police force in Karnataka in the rank of DG & IGP in January, 2009. Post retirement, he is assisting the Confederation of Indian Industries in the Southern Region as Head of its Task Force on Internal Security. He is also the Chairperson of the Karnataka Chapter of Cyber Society of India. A public charitabletrust called ‘Indian Centre for Social Transformation’, set up by him, offers e-governance initiatives through use of appropriate and affordable technologies. 20, 000 publicly financed projects in Bangalore City being executed by the Municipal Corporation are under real–time stakeholder scrutiny through a portal established by ICST. This visibility and transparency has helped completion of many projects with minimum cost or time overrun using the principles of professional project management. He is also a member of the Government of India’s committee on Bank Frauds and Capacity Building of IPS Officers in the country.
A motivated and committed Police Officer, Mr. Sri Kumar worked by the rule book in the system for thirty six years, amidst attempts at making the police pliant. A technocrat who joined the Indian Police Service in 1973 by choice and had the singular opportunity of serving for about a decade each in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, and in the Central Bureau of investigation, he is known as a person with a penchant for continuous learning and continual improvement. An ace investigator who dealt with terrorism, organized crimes, economic crimes as well as several politically-sensitive cases, Mr. Sri Kumar has proved time and again to be a perceptive inquirer who goes to the root of the matter and has been responsible for many perpetrators of crime being punished in courts of law.
Some of Mr. Sri Kumar’s significant accomplishments include: setting up the country’s first Cyber Crime police station in Bangalore, obtaining ISO quality, environmental and Green Building certification for the Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation, playing a vital role in the successful investigation of several important cases such as Rajiv Gandhi assassination, Harshad Mehta Bank Scam, Telgi Stamp Paper Scam, St Kitts case, etc.
In recognition of his outstanding leadership qualities and contributions to excellence in public service, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Prof. Suresh Garimella received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, his M.S. from Ohio State University in 1986, and his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1985. He holds the prestigious R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professorship of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he is also Director of the National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center. Prior to his appointment at Purdue University, he held the Cray Research Named-Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1990 to 1999.
His research interests include thermal microsystems, energy efficiency in computing and electronics, micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, high-performance compact cooling technologies, solar thermal energy storage, waste heat recovery, and materials processing. Prof. Garimella has supervised or is currently supervising 35 PhD and 32 MS students, and has worked with 27 visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers.
Prof. Garimella is a Fellow of the ASME. His efforts in research and engineering education have been recognized with the inaugural 2009 ASME Allan Kraus Thermal Management Medal for outstanding achievements in thermal management of electronic systems and commitment to the field of thermal sciences; 2009 Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence, for outstanding work in the field of thermal analysis of electronic equipment; 2004 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievements in Mechanical Engineering within 10 to 20 years following graduation; 2006 K16 Clock Award in the ASME Heat Transfer Division; Ruth and Joel Spira Award, 2009 for outstanding contributions to Mechanical Engineering, and for inspiring students and fostering excellence in commercial or defence product realization; Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award in recognition of outstanding research and creative activity, 1995; Purdue University Distance Teaching Award, for excellence as a distance instructor, awarded by Engineering Professional Education, 2009; UWM Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of demonstrated dedication to excellence in undergraduate instruction, 1997; and Society of Automotive Engineers’ Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 1992.
Prof. Garimella is also a Fellow of the Center of Smart Interfaces at the Technical University of Darmstadt, an Honorary Guest Professor at Xi’an JiaoTong University in China, and was Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales in 1995. He also serves as a Member of the Scientific Council, International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT).
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of thermal sciences and micro-systems,
IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Prof. Ramamurthy received his M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1968, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1974 from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
Prof. V. Ramamurthy is an internationally acclaimed pioneer and leader in organic photochemistry. His contributions have provided new theoretical and experimental paradigms for the fields of supramolecular photochemistry, modern mechanistic organic photochemistry and organic photochemical reactions in constrained media. This is evidenced by his very large number of research publications (about 310 as of now), most of them in the highest-rated journals, and 34 students who have received their Ph.D degrees under his direction. His significant achievements in, and substantial contributions to, chemistry include: pioneering developments in the fields of controlling chemistry in crystals, mechanistic organic photochemistry, photochemistry of thio compounds, general theory of organic photochemistry, asymmetric photoreactions, zeolite photochemistry, direct spectroscopic detection and characterization of reactive intermediates within confined environments, organic photochemistry in micelles, and control of reactivity through supramolecular effects.
Prof. Ramamurthy has made an immense impact on the education of recent generations of physical organic chemists and photochemists (nationally and internationally). His book ‘Photochemistry in Constrained Media’ is a standard text in the field for the last sixteen years. He is one of the co-authors of the text book ‘Modern Molecular Photochemistry of Organic Molecules’, a recently (2009) revised version of Turro’s “Modern Molecular Photochemistry” considered as the bible in thefield of photochemistry since its publication in 1978. The “Molecular and Supramolecular Photochemistry” series, consisting of 14 volumes co-edited by Prof. Ramamurthy, are considered essential reference sources in photochemistry.
Prof. Ramamurthy is a Senior Editor for Langmuir, the American Chemical Society journal devoted to Chemistry at Interfaces. In addition, he also serves on the editorial board of some of the leading journals in chemistry. He has received the Grammatikakis?Neumann Prize of the European PhotochemicalSociety, the LAS Faculty Research Award and Cooper Fellowship from the University of Miami. He was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1986. He was on the faculty at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from 1978-87, and was ICOS Visiting Professor and Fulbright fellow at the same Institution during 2002-2003.
In recognition of his sustained excellence in, and outstanding contributions to, the field of Organic Photochemistry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award on him.
Mr. D. Chandrasekhar (DC to friends and well-wishers) obtained his B. Tech. (Metallurgy) from IIT Madras in 1970, and spent 18 months in training in the aluminum aerospace industry in Germany.
He is known as an entrepreneur with the Midas touch. He began as a first-generation entrepreneur with zero capital in the small-scale sector way back in 1974 and made a success of many companies in different areas of engineering: machine-building, aluminum foundry, electro-less nickel coating, light chemicals. He holds an enviable record in industrial harmony — 34 years as entrepreneur and zero hours lost!
His products have found useful applications far and wide. UNICEF uses his salt-testing kits for checking iodine content in iodized salt in more than 120 countries he is the single global supplier. He exported and commissioned over 150 salt iodization plants in 12 countries. His low-cost application for gold-plating on metallic and non-metallic surfaces led to more glittering Gopura Kalasams, in great temples such as Kapaleeswarar temple. It also has many domestic and retail sector applications.
Mr. Chandrasekhar has been associated with coffee he was part of the team Qwikys that set up India’s first coffee caf� chain. He has twice won the Regional Export Award of the Government of India’s Engineering Export Promotion Council.
Mr. Chandrasekhar has played Good Samaritan in the social sector, particularly in the areas of education and health services. To illustrate: he was in the managing committee of the Ramakrishna Ashrama for over 25 years. Founder member of the Madras Dyslexia Association, he has been its President for the past six years. He is founder-trustee of the Rotary Central TTK-VHS Blood Bank; founder-member of the VHS Institute of Cardio Vascular Sciences; secretary (1995) of the IIT Madras Alumni Association; secretary of the IIT Madras Alumni Charitable Trust and IIT Madras Research Foundation; Chairman – Finance Committee of the PanIIT 2008 Alumni Global Conference.
In recognition of his entrepreneurial excellence and outstanding contributions to society, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Jagadeesh S. Moodera received his Ph.D in Physics from IIT Madras in 1978. He obtained his M. Sc (Physics) degree from Mysore University.
Dr. Jagadeesh S. Moodera is presently a scientist and leads the Thin Film Magnetism, Tunneling and Nanospintronics group at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Prior to joining MIT, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at West Virginia University, Morgantown.
Dr. Moodera’s contribution to academics revolves around both fundamental and applied aspects of Physics. He pioneered research on spin polarized tunneling, transport and thin film magnetic structures. Among other research accomplishments, his (patented) work on room temperature tunnel magneto-resistance is considered to be a path-breaking discovery that has already revolutionized high-density magnetic data storage and nonvolatile magnetic random access memory devices are being developed for future technology. In the field of spin transport, Dr. Moodera is considered a world leader, and several groups around the world are collaborating with him.
Dr. Moodera is passionate about motivating young minds to engage in cutting edge research. Dr. Moodera is recognized as an extremely effective and inspiring team leader. His recent publications, which include 5 in Physical Review Letters in 2008 alone, are a reflection of his sustained zeal towards research. He has contributed over 150 papers in peer reviewed journals, and delivered over 170 invited talks, colloquia at national and international conferences, universities and companies in more than 12 countries. He has more than 5000 scientific citations and has been serving as a member of advisory boards in several research bodies including NSF, USA.
Dr. Moodera has been the recipient of several honors and awards including the prestigious American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship by National Science Foundation, and the Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics of American Physical Society in 2009.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fundamental and applied Physics, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. K. Ravi Kumar received his M. Tech (Electrical Engineering) degree, from IIT Madras in 1972, and also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Mr. Ravi Kumar is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, a USD 5 billion company that ranks among the leading companies of the world engaged in the field of Power Plant Equipment. As CMD, he is responsible for maximizing market-share and establishing BHEL as a total solution provider in Power Sector. He has handled variety of assignments during his long career spanning 36 years. His fields of expertise are Design & Engineering, Construction & Project Management of Thermal, Hydro, Nuclear, Gas based Power Plants and Marketing of Power Projects.
Mr. Ravi Kumar has the unique distinction of having booked USD 25 billion orders for BHEL. His vision is to transform BHEL into a world class engineering enterprise. Towards this, he has been pursuing a growth strategy based on the twin planks of building both capacity and capability, and this has resulted in an increase in BHEL’s manufacturing capacity from 10,000 MW to 20,000 MW per annum. He also introduced new technologies in the field of coal and gas based power plants for the first time in the country, such as Supercritical thermal sets of 660 MW and above rating, Advance class Gas Turbines, Large size CFBC Boilers and Large size Nuclear sets. BHEL has the distinction of having installed over 1,00,000 MW of Power Plant Equipment worldwide.
Mr. Ravi Kumar has also forged number of strategic tie-ups for BHEL with leading Indian utilities and others like NTPC, TNEB, NPCIL, MMTC, HEC to leverage equipment sales and develop alternate sources for equipment needed for the country. He has been guiding BHEL’s technology strategy to maintain the technology edge in the marketplace with a judicious mix of internal development of technologies with selective external co-operation. He has focused on meeting customer expectations and has strengthened the BHEL’s image as a total solution provider.
Mr. Ravi Kumar has presented a number of papers in the fields of Electronics and Energy in National and International Seminars.
In recognition of his professional accomplishments, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to Indian Industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Prof. L. Mahadevan received his B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras in 1986, Masters (Engineering Mechanics) degree from University of Texas at Austin in 1987, Masters (Mathematics) degree and PhD from Stanford University in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
Prof. Mahadevan is presently England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, and is also affiliated with the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Harvard University, he was the inaugural holder of the Schlumberger Chair in Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University and Professorial Fellow at Trinity College. He started his academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and is currently Schlumberger Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
Prof. Mahadevan uses quantitative approaches to understand the non-linear and non-equilibrium mechanical behavior of living and nonliving matter. Much of the inspiration for his work arises from simple curiosity about what might be deemed familiar phenomena but are nevertheless broadly relevant to questions in a variety of fields. His approach is a very practical one - using whatever it takes to understand a problem: experiment and theory, analysis and computation, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, biology... His research on how a Venus flytrap works is a typical example of this, as are his studies on problems such as the dynamics of occlusion and rescue in sickle cell disease, the crumpling of paper, the drying of mud, the patterns in flowing liquids, the mechanics of DNA, etc.
Prof. Mahadevan has more than a hundred publications to his credit and has received many awards and given many named lectures. These include the Society of Engineering Science's Young Investigator Medal (2000), MIT's Edgerton award (2000), the G I Taylor Lectureship at the Cambridge Philosophical Society (2001), a Chaire Condorcet at Ecole Normale Superieure-Paris (2001), the Alan Tayler Lectureship at Oxford University (2003), Harvard's Ledlie prize (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), a Miller Visiting Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley (2007), an Ig-Nobel prize (2007), the Penner Lectureship at the University of California, Sa Diego (2008), and most recently, a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), for work exhibiting outstanding creativity and promise.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Applied Mathematics, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. M G Parameswaran (popularly known as “Ambi”) received his B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras in 1977 and PGDBM (MBA) from IIM Calcutta in 1979.
Mr. Ambi Parameswaran is presently the CEO and Executive Director of DraftFCB Ulka Advertising Private Ltd, Mumbai, India?s fourth largest marketing communication firm. In his marketing and sales career, he has worked with companies like Rediffusion DY&R, Boots Company India and UDI Yellow Pages. During his twenty year stint with Ulka Advertising, he has played a key role in the turnaround of the agency and has set up and built several new divisions such as Nebula Films, Direct/Digital, HealthCare and Cogito Brand Consulting. Mr. Ambi Parameswaran helped build major Indian Brand in diverse categories such as automotive, healthcare, entertainment, consumer goods, IT services etc.
Mr. Ambi Parameswaran has been consistently ranked among the 20 most influential advertising professionals and as one of the 50 most influential people in Indian marketing and media. He has also been a core faculty in Strategic Brand Management at IIMC during the last six years for PGP and PGP Executive MBA students, and a guest lecturer at several management schools. He has also conducted training programs and branding workshops for leading companies in India and the region; he is a regular speaker at industry seminars organized by Indian Society of Advertisers, CII, FICCI, ASCI and Bombay/ Madras Management Associations.
Mr. Parameswaran has written more than 100 articles, three books, including one award winner, on branding, advertising and consumer research, and is a recipient of honor from Indira Group of Institutions for his Lifetime Contributions to the Advertising Industry. He was named to the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 2007. He is an active member of the PanIIT Alumni organization for over six years.
In recognition of his professional accomplishments and outstanding leadership qualities and contributions to the advertising industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. P. Venugopalan received his B. Tech (Mechanical Engineering) degree in 1971 and Masters Degree (Mechanical Engineering) in 1979 from IIT, Madras.
Mr. Venugopalan is currently Outstanding Scientist and Director, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad. As Director, he is responsible for the development of a number of guided missile systems, viz., Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGDMP), Astra Air to Air Missile, Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) and BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile.
He joined DRDL in 1972 and has served DRDO in various capacities. His areas of work include development of propulsion systems, missile system design and system engineering. He has been a leading scientist In development of liquid propulsion systems for DRDO's missile programmes and is one of the few in the country with great deal of experience in missile systems development. He was the chief designer of liquid propulsion systems for Prithvi and Agni missiles. Subsequently, as Director of Advanced Technology, he conceptualised the propulsion systems for Hyperplane, a single stage to orbit launch vehicle. He Initiated the development of scramjet propulsion systems in DRDL, a key technology for hypersonic ?ight vehicles.
With his expertise in propulsion systems and missile system engineering, he was made Project Director of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile System project, a joint development programme with Russia. I-le successfully completed the project and the system has been inducted into Indian Navy and Indian Army. Currently, he is steering the joint development programme of LRSAM by India and Israel.
Mr. Venugopalan has received a number of awards, including DRDO Scientist of the Year Award In 2002, National Aeronautical Prize from Aeronautical Society of India in 2002 and DRDO Best Performance Award in 2005. He is a member of professional engineering societies such as Combustion Institute (India), Aeronautical Society of India, High Energy Materials Society of India and Society for Aerospace Quality & Reliability.
In recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to Indigenous guided missile programmes for India's defence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. Shrikumar Suryanarayan received his B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras in 1982 and M. Tech (Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology) degree from IIT Delhi in 1984.
Mr. Shrikumar is presently the Director General of the Association of Biotechnology-Led Enterprises of India (ABLE), Bangalore, Advisor to the Department of Biotechnology and to the DBT UICT Center for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Biocon Limited.
His professional career with Biocon Limited started in 1984 with the establishment of the R & D division and rose to the level of President, R & D. During this period, Mr. Shrikumar was responsible for development of many processes for industrial enzymes, the design and construction of a novel bioreactor for Solid State Fermentation, that was described as an outstanding innovation in the field of fermentation technology by Prof. Charles Cooney of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The invention also received the 2001 Biotechnology Process Development award from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
He was also responsible for development of several processes for the development of pharmaceutical small molecules by fermentation and synthetic chemistry, and a Bio-therapeutics program which included injected and oral insulin, several recombinant therapeutics and monoclonal antibodies. He was instrumental in seeing Biocon grow from a small company manufacturing industrial enzymes to a specialized biopharmaceutical company with market capitalization in excess of a billion dollars, currently ranked seventh largest employer globally among biotechnology companies.
Mr. Shrikumar has made significant contributions to the development of biotechnology education in India and abroad. He has been visiting faculty at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden and is currently an adjunct faculty with the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras. He is also member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Department of Biotechnology and is a Board Member of IIT Madras Research Park.
Mr. Shrikumar has recently established two post doctoral fellowships at Biotechnology Department IIT Madras, and has funded student participation in MIT’s International Genetically Engineered Machines 2008 competition.
In recognition of his professional accomplishment and his outstanding contributions to the field of Biotechnology, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Prof. Atul Chokshi is currently Professor of Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prior to joining IISc in 1994, he was on the faculty of University of California, San Diego for five years. He has held visiting faculty positions in more than six Universities in USA, Europe and Japan. He received his B.Tech degree in Metallurgy from IIT Madras in 1980 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California, USA.
Dr. Chokshi is one of the pioneers of the new branch of materials science, viz., mechanical behaviour of nanomaterials. He has made significant contributions in the area of superplasticity and has contributed significantly to the understanding of deformation mechanisms that bring about this phenomenon. He has made in-depth studies on the effect of temperature, grain size and microstructure on the superplastic deformation, creep, and diffusion in ceramics, ceramic composites and magnesium alloys.
Dr. Chokshi has published over 130 papers in highly cited international journals. He is ranked among the top 100 most cited materials scientists in the world.
Dr. Chokshi has received many honours and awards. He is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Sciences, India. He is the recipient of J D Birla Award (2006) and Metallurgist of the Year Award (2001) from the Indian Institute of Metals, S. S. BhatnagarAward (2003), MRSI Medal (2000) and Swarnajayanthi Presidential Young Scientist Award (1998).
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of materials engineering, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. Bhaskar Bhat is currently the Managing Director of Titan Industries Limited. He received his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1976 and PGDBM from IIM Ahmedabad in 1978.
Mr. Bhat started his career as a management trainee at Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. (P) Ltd. in 1978. After spending five years at Godrej, he joined the Tata Watch Project initiated by Tata Press Limited. Since 1983 he has been associated with the Tata Watch project which later became Titan Watches Limited and is now Titan Industries Limited. At Titan, he has handled Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, International Business and general managerial assignments.
Mr. Bhat has played a key role in transforming the watch and jewellery industry in India. He has built two successful “most admired” Indian brands – Titan in watches and Tanishq in jewellery. He pioneered the concept of franchising and retailing in this Industry and achieved a turnaround performance of the Company during 2003-04. Titan Industries Limited has grown to become the largest watch manufacturer in India and the sixth largest in the world. Under his leadership, the Company has enlarged its portfolio. The Company now has four main business units: watches, jewellery, eyewear and precision engineered components.
Ever since his days as a student at IIT Madras, Mr. Bhat has been a people’s person and good communicator of ideas. He received the Trade Post Man of the Year in 2003 from Trade Post, a Watch Industry Journal.
In recognition of Mr. Bhaskar Bhat’s outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to the Indian industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Mr. Girish Reddy is a founder and Managing Partner of Prisma Capital Partners, a US$ 4 billion asset management company providing fund of hedge fund services to institutional investors. Driven by superior performance, the firm has grown rapidly and is already ranked 37th among hedge fund of funds globally by assets.
Mr. Reddy obtained his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1977 and Masters in Engineering and MBA from Cornell University in 1980.
Prior to starting up Prisma Capital Partners, Mr. Reddy joined Goldman Sachs in Europe in 1990 and worked with the firm for 12 years, becoming a Partner and co-head of Equity Derivatives. Starting with a single-product business, he successfully built six business units within equity derivatives, making it one of the most profitable products within the company. In recognition of this success, the firm made him a Partner – regarded by many as the most coveted position on Wall Street. He played an important role in the development of the derivatives market in Europe, serving on various committees advising the exchanges on the design and launch of electronically traded contracts.
Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Reddy was instrumental in developing and promoting commercial applications of cutting-edge derivatives strategies as Chief Investment Officer for LOR Associates and as Senior Vice-President for Travelers Investment Management Company for a period of 10 years. Mr. Reddy has published various research papers and is a frequent speaker at industry forums on the use of derivatives in traditional asset management.
Outside the world of finance, Mr. Reddy has actively promoted education and academic excellence through his foundation. He was an early sponsor and currently executive board member of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. In addition he serves on the boards of Cornell University Council and IIT Madras Research Park. He is actively involved in sponsoring a secondary school for underprivileged children and supports various women’s educational institutions.
In recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to the field of finance, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Prof. Krishnaiyan Thulasiraman currently holds the endowed Hitachi Chair in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma, USA. He has had a distinguished academic career for more than four decades having served on the faculty at IIT Madras (1965-81), Technical University of Nova Scotia,Canada (1981-82), Concordia University, Canada (1982-94) and the University of Oklahoma (1994-present). He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Madras University in 1963 and 1965, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from IIT Madras in 1968.
Dr. Thulasiraman is an acknowledged leader recognized worldwide for his outstanding scholarly contributions to graph theoretic applications in various facets of electrical and computer science & engineering. He has shown an unusual ability to adapt this research to fast evolving technological trends. He enjoys wide visibility and reputation in different communities viz., circuits and systems, computers, communications, computer science and mathematics as a result of his vast span of research.
Dr. Thulasiraman has published extensively in a number of prestigious journals. He has authored two monumental advanced level books: “Graphs, Networks and Algorithms” (1981) and “Graphs: Theory and Algorithms” (1992). He has received several awards and honors including the Fellow of the IEEE,and Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). He received the highly coveted IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Achievement Award (2006) which honours one individual each year for lifetime contributions to Circuits and Systems. In 2005, he was holder of the Gopalakrishnan Chair Professorship in Computer Science at IIT Madras.
Besides his outstanding scholarly activities, Dr.Thulasiraman has made significant contributions to the electrical engineering education and profession through his various activities in the IEEE and other technical societies.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. J. Narayana Das is currently the Director of Naval Materials Research Laboratory, Ambarnath (DRDO). He received his B.Tech (1971), M.S. (1987) and Ph.D (1993) degrees in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras.
During his nearly 36 years of R&D career in DRDO, in various capacities, Dr. Narayana Das has made outstanding contributions in Materials Science and Technology, adding great value to strategic self reliance and industrial progress. At the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, in the early 1980s, he initiated R & D in the specialized area of passive acoustic materials and studied acoustic wave propagation through fiber composites. He has been instrumental in development of patented special rubber compounds for application in SONAR sensor technologies. In recognition of his significant contributions, DRDO conferred on him the “Scientist of the Year” Award in 1998. His work in the field of Magneto-rheological fluids and Magneto-resistive fluids have earned two US patents.
As Director, NMRL, he has been playing the lead role in conceptualization, development and productionisation of materials of crucial importance to Naval technology. Example of the many self reliance initiatives he has led are Welding technology for Ship Building Steels and Industrialisation of “Fuel Cell” technology in the Country. NMRL is poised to launch 33 KW Fuel Cell based Power Plant in 2008. DRDO has promoted him to the select grade of “Outstanding Scientist” in 2007. Under his stewardship, the NMRL has won the Titanium Trophy of DRDO in 2005.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Materials Science & Technology and his search for self reliance in strategic defence technologies, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Venkatachalam Anantharam is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also presently an Adjunct Professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in 1994, he was on the faculty of Cornell University for eight years. He has been a visiting faculty member / researcher at a number of universities and research institutions in USA, Europe, and India.
Dr. Anantharam is a highly regarded scholar in the areas of communications, communication networks, stochastic control, distributed control, queueing networks, information theory, game theory, and applied probability. He has published extensively in the premier journals in his areas. He has served as an Associate Editor and Guest co-editor for a number of prestigious journals. Some of his work has found early applications too, as is evident by the consultancy he offers to premier technology development agencies.
Dr. Anantharam has received numerous awards in recognition of this work. Two of his papers won him Best Paper awards – one in the IEEE Communications Society publications, and other in the IEEE Information Theory Society. He has been a distinguished invited speaker at a number of prestigious conferences. He was elected fellow of the IEEE in 1998. He was awarded the President of India Gold Medal for best academic record at IIT Madras in 1980.
Dr. Anantharam received his B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras in 1980, and M.S. (Electrical Engg.), M.A. (Mathematics), C.Phil (Mathematics) and PhD (Electrical Engg.) degrees from University of California, Berkeley.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. Vijay Kumar Magapu is presently whole-time Director & Member of the Board of Larsen & Toubro Limited since 2004. He is also the Chief Executive of Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited, in addition to leading the Engineering Services Business and heading the function of the CIO of L&T. He received his B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras in 1966 and MSc (Mechanical Sciences) degree from University of Calgary, Canada in 1972.
Mr. Magapu joined L&T as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in 1966 and moved on to assume various positions of responsibility. In 1985, he set up Hazira Works and oversaw the development and expansion of this heavy engineering complex, which today is considered as the jewel in the crown of Larsen & Toubro Limited. He was later designated the Executive Vice President responsible for the Company’s Power Project Business before being appointed Chief Executive of the IT subsidiary of the L&T in 2000.
Under Mr. Magapu’s leadership, L&T Infotech adopted an aggressive business development drive that resulted in key strategic alliances and establishment of multiple Offshore Development Centers for global clients. The Engineering Services Business that he leads has introduced various pioneering services to global manufacturing industry for remote product design, production facilities design and plant sustenance services, and other unique technical BPO services.
In his capacity as L&T’s Chief Information Officer since 2000, Mr. Magapu oversees implementation of IT strategies across the Company for continuously improving business results through alignment of IT to business.
In recognition of Mr. Magapu’s outstanding professional accomplishments and leadership roles played in Indian manufacturing and IT industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. G. K. Surya Prakash is currently Professor and holder of the George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also the Scientific Co-Director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at USC.
Dr. Surya Prakash received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1974. He joined the Noble Laureate Professor George Olah’s group at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio to pursue doctoral work. He moved with Professor Olah to the University of Southern California in 1977 to help establish the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and obtained his Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry at USC in 1978.
Dr. Surya Prakash’s research interests are in the area of Synthetic Organic, Mechanistic and Hydrocarbon Chemistry. He has made many fundamental contributions in these areas. His pioneering work developing new ways to add fluorine to organic compounds has been critical to the boom in fluorinated molecules over the last few decades. He is a co-inventor of the proton exchange membrane based direct oxidation methanol fuel cell.
He has over 550 publications and 21 patents to his credit. He is one of the top 10 cited Chemists of Indian origin with over 7800 citations. He has also co-authored or edited 8 books. His latest book co-authored with G. A. Olah and A. Goeppert titled “Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy” has been widely recognized. He has served as a member of the editorial board of a number of Chemistry journals. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He the recipient of a number of awards including the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship (2000), two American Chemical Society National Awards (2004 and 2006), and Tolman Medal (2006) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Chemistry.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Chemistry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. K. Ramalingam, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, is a highly qualified and vastly experienced technocrat who has started his career with the Civil Aviation Department, Government of India in June 1972. He holds an M.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (lIT) Madras in 1971; and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Information Technology. Recently, he has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics and Communication Engineering by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. Earlier, recognizing his outstanding contribution in Civil Aviation, Anna University awarded the Honorary Doctorate.
Dr. Ramalingam has 35 years of valuable experience in development and management of Airport Infrastructure and Air Navigation Infrastructure in senior level positions in AAI. Prior to becoming Chairman, he was whole-time Member (Planning) and held additional charge of Member (Operations) in the Board of AAI. He is also a Board Member of the Airports Council International (ACI)-Asia Pacific Region and Governing Board Member of ACI World.
An acknowledged expert in the field of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS), Dr. Ramalingam is on the Navigation System Panel (NSP) of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for preparation of standards and recommended practices. He is also a Member of Project Management Council for implementation of Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) in India named GAGAN as a joint venture project of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and AAI. He was Technical Advisor with the Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL), first private sector airport in India.
Dr. Ramalingam played an important role as a Member of the Steering Committee for selection of Joint Venture Partners for Development of New International Airports at Devanhalli, Bangalore and Shamshabad near Hyderabad. He has also represented AAI in various committees set up by the Government of India to examine the need and location for Infrastructure Development of New Airports.
In recognition of his professional accomplishments and the dynamic leadership in the field of airport and air navigation infrastructure, IIT Madras and its alumni take pride in conferring on him this award.
Dr. Raghu Ramakrishnan is currently Vice-President and Research Fellow at Yahoo! Research, heading the Community Systems group. He has been on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987, and is currently Professor of Computer Science (on leave). He was also the Founder, CTO and Chairman of QUIQ, Inc. during the period 1999-2002. He received his B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras and his PhD from University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Ramakrishnan’s research is in the area of database systems, in particular data storage and retrieval, query optimization, and data mining. His paper on the Birch Clustering Algorithm is one of the most widely cited database publications over the past decade, and received the 10-year Test of Time Award in 2006 from ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD). His work on the Magic Sets optimization and extension of relational queries over ordered relations have advanced commercial database systems and influenced the ANSI/ISO SQL:1999 standard. He received the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award for his significant contributions to the field of database systems, and was elected Fellow of ACM in 2001.
He has written the standard text “Database Management Systems”, which is used world-wide, including at leading Indian and US universities. He was elected Chair of ACM SIGMOD in 2006. He is on the Board of Directors of ACM SIGKDD (Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Databases) and VLDB (Very Large Databases) Endowment.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of database systems and Computer Science in general, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Srinivas T. R. Rao is currently Vice President, Corporate Technology at Flextronics responsible for the new initiative on Advanced Materials. Prior to joining Flextronics hewas CEO and CTO of Molecular Nanosystems Inc., a stealth nanotechnology company in Palo Alto, California. Earlier, he was Vice President of technology at Solectron Corporation. He served as a Senior Scientist at Raychem Corporation. At Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories and RCA Laboratories he held key positions in technology management and research.
Dr. Rao earned his B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (1973) and master’s and doctorate degrees in metallurgy and materials science from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA.
Dr. Rao is known for his expertise in materials science, microelectronics and fabrication, electronic packaging, second level and system level assembly and nanotechnology. He has contributed in bringing new technologies into commercialization in the areas of videodisc technology, semiconductor lasers, erasable optical recording and environmentally conscious manufacturing and assembly. He holds numerous patents and is the author of several technical papers. He is Fellow of the Institute of Metal Finishing (UK), Chair of the Editorial Committee of Surface Mount Technology, and chair of Technical Committee – 22, “Electronic Manufacturing Services’ of IEEE’s CPMT.
Dr. Rao was conferred the Electronic Packaging and Production’s “Engineer of the Year” award in 2000. He was the recipient of the RCA’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the STAR Award (2004) for his services rendered to the Asian American community in Santa Clara County in California. He was a member of the Distinguished Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology (2005) for the state of California. In 2005, he was also recognized by International Electronics Initiative (INEMI) for his technical leadership.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of materials science and electronics manufacturing, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award
Mr. Gopala Rao was until recently the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore. In a career spanning over three decades at BEL, he has made outstanding technical and business contributions to the company. Prior to joining BEL, he served as a faculty member at IIT Madras and Madras Institute of Technology. He received his B.Tech in 1967 and M.Tech in 1970 (Electrical Engineering) from IIT Madras.
Very early in his career, Mr. Gopala Rao was responsible for developing the first solid-state black and white television receiver, using solely indigenous components. At the helm of the component activities at BEL, he was responsible for the indigenous development and manufacture of several semiconductor devices for the communication and consumer electronics markets. In recognition of his contributions to the component industry, the Electronics Industries Association of India (ELCINA) awarded him the Electronics Man of the Year Award for 2003-04. As the Executive Director of the Bangalore Unit of BEL, he was responsible for introducing several new product lines, resulting in the growth of business from Rs. 569 crores in 1998-99 to Rs. 990 crores in 2000-01.
As Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Gopala Rao has transformed BEL into a customer-focused, competitive company for the supply of world-class products and turnkey solutions indefense and other chosen fields. The turnover of the company doubled over a period of four years, with a thrust on exports. Mr. Rao’s leadership at BEL helped the company garner many prestigious awards. BEL won the MoU Award in 2004 for being among the top ten public sector units for two consecutive years and the Raksha Mantri’s Award of Excellence in 2005. It also won the STAR PSU award for the year 2005. Based on operating performance, strategy, financial health and R&D, BEL has been ranked first among medium-sized aerospace / defense companies worldwide, for 2003-04 and 2004-05 by Aviation Week & Space Technology.
In recognition of Mr. Gopala Rao’s technical contributions and managerial excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni take pride in conferring on him this award.
Dr. Sundararajan is currently Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad. He earlier served as a scientist in the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderbad. He is a well know scientist in the field of Metallurgy and Material Science.
Dr. Sundararajan received B.Tech degree in Metallurgy from IIT Madras in 1976 and followed it up with a M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. His research contributions have been in the areas of tribiological behaviour of metallic materials, composites, ceramics and coatings; diffusion and thermal spray coatings; carbon coatings; laser cutting and welding. He has over 135 journals publications to his credit.
He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Indian Institute of Metals, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Natural Science Academy. He has received a number of awards including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Engineering Sciences in 1994 and Best Metallurgist Award from Indian Institute of Metals in 1995.
He is a member of several expert committees. His research work has contributed to technology transfer to various companies.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Metallurgy and Material Science, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. Jai Menon is an IBM Fellow, and is currently Vice President, Technical Strategy and Vice-Chair, Board of Governors of IBM Academy of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1977. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science from Ohio State University in 1978 and 1981, respectively.
Dr. Menon joined IBM Research in 1982 and has held various technical leadership and management positions in IBM such as CTO and VP of Architecture and Strategy for Software and Storage Systems, Chair of Architecture Board of IBM Systems Group, Senior Manager of Storage Systems research team, Co-Director of Storage Systems Institute, World wide Strategist for IBM Research in File Systems and Storage Systems, and Member of Corporate Technical Strategy Team.
Dr. Menon has made several contributions to the industry in RAID, cluster file systems, storage virtualization etc. He was instrumental in establishing IBM Research as a world-class center of competence in storage research. He started and was the technical visionary behind the SAN file System and SAN Volume Controller projects. He is well-known as a pioneer in RAID Research and is one of the key early contributors to the technology behind what is now a $20B industry.
Dr. Menon is recipient of many awards and honors notable among them being IBM Fellow (2001), IBM Master Inventor, Fellow of IEEE, IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Storage Systems Award. He holds over 50 US Patents, is author of 31 refereed papers and contributing author of three books on database and storage systems.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Storage Systems and Computer Science in general, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Krithivasan Ramamritham is the Vijay and Sita Vashee Chair Professor of Computer Science at IIT Bombay and Head of the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology, IIT Bombay. Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Krithi Ramamritham received B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1976 and M.Tech degree in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1978. He followed it up with a Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Utah in 1981.
Dr. Krithi Ramamritham’s areas of research include database systems, real time systems and internet computing. He has over 65 journal papers and about 150 conference papers to his credit. He has authored and edited five books and has contributed chapters in over 25 others. He is on the editorial board of several journals.
Dr. Krithi Ramamritham is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Microsoft Research India, Tata Research and Development Centre, Very Large Databases Foundation and IIIT Hyderabad.
Dr. Krithi Ramamritham has played an active role in the distance education program at IIT Bombay. He is a founding member of aAQUA, a multilingual online question and answer forum to cater to the needs of farmers. This forum has been awarded the Manthan Award for India’s best e-content practices.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Computer Science, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Murali Sastry is currently Chief Scientist, Tata Chemicals Ltd., Mumbai. He had earlier served as a Senior Scientist at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.
Dr. Murali Sastry received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from IIT Madras in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (1988-89) and at Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy (1989-91). He was a Visiting Faculty at University of Maryland (1998-99) and Visiting Scientist at CNRS, Orsay, France (2001-03).
Dr. Murali Sastry is the author of over 300 peer reviewed international publications and eight chapters in books. He is the Editor (Nanomaterials) of Materials Research Bulletin and is the member of editorial board of a number of journals. He has been granted five patents and has filed for another 13 patents.
Dr. Murali Sastry is the recipient of a number of awards including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences (2002), Materials Research Society of India Medal (2003), Chemical Research Society of India medal (2001), and CSIR Young Scientist award in Physical Sciences (1993). He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Maharastra Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Murali Sastry is an internationally recognized nanotechnologist with a rich background in different aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. His work on interfacing nanomaterials with biologicals, development of new strategies for nanomaterials synthesis and assembly as well as fresh approach to bio-mineralization have won international acclaim.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mr. Sunil Kumar is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of International Specialty Products Inc. (ISP), a manufacturer of speciality chemicals. Prior to coming to ISP, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of GAF Materials Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of roofing products for buildings. Earlier he was Executive Vice-President and a Member of the Board of Bridgestone/Firestone.
Mr. Sunil Kumar received B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1971 and followed it up with a MBA from University of Louisiana.
Under the leadership of Mr. Sunil Kumar, ISP achieved sales of US $1.2 Billion in 2004 and highest profit margins in the industry. He was selected to be the 2005 Specialty Chemicals CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, a distinguished international industry and market research firm.
Mr. Sunil Kumar is a Board Member of American Chemistry Council, an Executive Member of the Society of Chemical Industry and a Board Member of Societe de Chimie Industrielle. He is a Member of the Foreign Direct Investment Task Force formed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
In recognition of Mr. Sunil Kumar’s professional accomplishments and managerial excellence, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. T. V. RajanBabu is currently a Professor of Chemistry at The Ohio State University. Earlier he was a member of the Research Staff and a Research Fellow at DuPont Central Research and Development Laboratory.
Dr. RajanBabu received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1971. Subsequently he received his Ph.D degree from The Ohio State University and then spent two years at Harvard University as post-doctoral Fellow with the Nobel Laureate Professor R. B. Woodward.
During his years at Dupont, Dr. RajanBabu was involved with a variety of projects dealing with applications of free-radical chemistry and of main-group and organometallic reagents in organic synthesis. Here, he co-discovered Group Transfer Polymerization, a technique that is used in the multimillion dollar desk-jet printer ink manufacturing industry. This concept also has found its way into textbooks on polymer science as one of the fundamental methodologies of polymerization. The work has received over 1000 citations, truly reflecting its high impact in this field of research.
For the past ten years, Dr. RajanBabu’s major research interests have been in area of asymmetric catalysis. Some of his seminal contributions in the area of C-C and C-H bond-forming reactions using simple feed-stocks like HCN, CO and/or simple olefins, have set the standard for catalytic synthesis of fine chemicals. Dr. RajanBabu has also developed a series of carbohydrate-based ligands for use in asymmetric catalysis, a simple but hitherto largely unrecognized possibility to exploit readily available sugar-coated metals for catalysis in organic and aqueous media. His other major interest is in the discovery of new protocols for the synthesis of densely functionalized carbocyclic and heterocyclic compounds from simple precursors.
He has over 80 original peer reviewed publications and 13 patents to his credit. He is a member of the editorial board of the Organic Reactions. He has delivered over 100 plenary and invited lectures.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Chemistry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Mrs. Meena Mutyala started her career with the Westinghouse Electric Company, USA, and is now the Vice-President of the Nuclear Fuel Engineering Division. She leads an organization of 450 employees in four locations in USA and Europe.
In an illustrious career spanning over 27 years, she has held various technical and managerial positions in diverse functional areas of the company. Her meteoric rise in the world of business and technology, and her professional achievements have few parallels, and she is one of the very few women technologists from India to have reached these heights in a traditionally male dominated business.
Meena Mutyala earned her Bachelor’s degree from Nagpur University in 1974, and followed it up with a Master’s in Physics from IIT Madras. She received another Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences from the Northwestern University in 1977. She received the MBA degree in 1990 from the University of Pittsburgh.
She has struck a fine balance, and a not so easy one, between home and work. She is the proud mother of two brilliant children who are in college. Her concern for all who have interacted with her at home and at work, has made her a role model for many.
In recognition of her outstanding professional accomplishments and managerial excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on her this Award.
Dr. A. Parasuraman is a Professor and Holder of the James W. McLamore Chair in Marketing at the University of Miami. He obtained his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1970, MBA degree from IIM Ahmedabad in 1972 and Doctor of Business Administration degree from Indiana University in 1975.
Dr. Parasuraman teaches and does research in the areas of service marketing, service quality measurement and improvement, and the role of technology in marketing to and serving customers. In 1988 he was selected as one of the “Ten Most Influential Figures in Quality” by the editorial board of The Quality Review. He received many distinguished teaching and research awards, including the Best Professor Award given by the Executive MBA Classes in 1996, 1998 and 2000, and the Provost’s Award for Scholarly Research in 1998. He also received the American Marketing Association’s “Career Contributions to the Services Discipline Award” in 1998 and the Academy of Marketing Science’s “Outstanding Marketing Educator Award” in 2001.
Dr. Parasuraman has written numerous articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, and Sloan Management Review. He has served as editor of Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (1997-2000) and is the editor for Journal of Service Research (2005-2008). He also serves on the editorial review boards of ten journals. He is the author of four books. He is an active consultant and has conducted dozens of executive seminars on service quality, customer satisfaction and the role of technology in service delivery in many countries.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Management, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Dr. Jayakrishnan is the Head of Polymer Chemistry Division at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. He is an internationally renowned scientist in the area of polymeric bio-materials.
Dr. Jayakrishnan received the Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Calicut in 1975, and followed it up with a Ph.D. from IIT Madras in 1980. He has been Visiting Scientist/Fellow at the University of Paris-Sud, Toyo University, Japan, University of Florida and the University of Liverpool in England. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the recipient of a number of awards, including the Materials Society of India Medal in 1997.
Dr. Jayakrishnan is on the Editorial Board of the reputed international journal, ‘Biomaterials’. He has over 75 publications in international journals and nine patents to his credit. His postdoctoral work at the University of Florida led to the development of Ultraviolet Light Absorbing Intraocular Lenses which has been commercialized world-wide and millions of patients have been recipients of this implant. His pioneering work relating to the migration of plasticizer from flexible PVC based devices has been reported in the prestigious international journal ‘Nature’.
Dr. Jayakrishan’s current research is focused on anti-bacterial polymer surfaces, surgical adhesives and in situ forming wound dressing materials, areas that have immediate relevance in health care.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fundamental and applied bio-medical research, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. Kris Venkat is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sundari Enterprises Inc., USA. He is the Chairman of the Board of several companies in USA, Germany and India, and a member of the Board of many others. He is an experienced entrepreneur, manager and teacher.
Dr. Kris Venkat graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1968 and followed it up with a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, USA. He has more than one hundred scientific publications and several patents to his credit. He has served on the editorial boards of many technical journals. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose award.
In his illustrious career, Dr. Kris Venkat has held various senior management positions with multinational corporations including Merck & Co. and H.J. Heinz Company, USA, as well as start-up entrepreneurial organizations. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phyton, Inc., (USA) and it’s subsidiary Phyton GmbH (Germany), he was instrumental in building up a successful bio-technology company, whose formulations include the leading anti-cancer drug Taxol.
Dr. Kris Venkat is a Visiting Professor of Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University and has also held visiting faculty positions at Yale University, Dartmouth College, University College, Galway, Ireland, IIT Delhi and Anna University. He has served as an advisor on Biotechnology to the Government of India as well as a number of other Governmental institutions. He also serves as the Senior Investment Advisor to Techno Venture Management, Munich, one of Europe’s largest biotechnology venture capital funds.
In recognition of his managerial excellence and significant contributions to the fields of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Mr. Krishna “Kittu” Kolluri is a General Partner focusing on information technology investments at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), USA. NEA is a leading venture capital firm that is focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build major new technology based enterprises. He also serves on the boards of Ring Three Technologies, Port Authority Technologies, SnapTell, and Determina.
Mr. Kolluri has a distinguished career of more than 18 years at the leading edge of the technology industry, in various technical and managerial positions. He started his career taking on engineering and management roles in the early days of Silicon Graphics. He then co-founded Healtheon to introduce healthcare online. Healtheon merged with WebMD in November 1999, in a deal valued at around USD 5.5 billion. He was the Senior Vice-President and General Manager in-charge of Provider Services at Healtheon/WebMD. He then took over as President and CEO of Neoteris in 2001, where he directed the creation of the Instant Virtual Extranet Technology market category, raised venture funding and built a stellar executive team. Neoteris was acquired by Netscreen and subsequently by Juniper Networks, USA. He served as the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Security Products Group at Juniper Networks.
Mr. Kolluri graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1986. He received an MS degree in Operational Research from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988.
In recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and entrepreneurial excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. Parimal R Desai is the Vice President, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Development at Wyeth Research, New York, USA. In an illustrious career, he has been the prime mover of several drug discovery and development initiatives in his company. He has provided technical and strategic leadership in successful development, registration and launch of several new pharmaceutical products, including well known anti-cancer drugs and therapies.
He received the M.Sc. (Chemistry) degree from IIT Madras in 1983 and PhD in Biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1987.
In recognition of his technical and strategic leadership in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry he has been bestowed several prestigious awards, including the “Heroes of Chemistry” award of the American Chemical Society in 2004 and the “Exceptional Achievement Award” of Wyeth in 1999.
Dr. Desai has championed the cause of mutlicultural teams and workforce through the organization of a company wide diversity forum. He is a member of the Research and Development Diversity Council, implementing diversity strategies with other R&D executives.
In recognition of his significant contributions to the field of biochemistry and pharmaceuticals, and his technical and strategic leadership, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Mr. Ashok Khanna is the Managing Director and Director (Technical) of the Controls & Switchgear group of companies, which he co-founded while still a student at IIT Madras. His great vision, pure determination and dedication, helped fulfill his dream of promoting in India international quality in the field of power distribution, generation, automation and control. His group is a world class electrical engineering project management and component manufacturing group in the country. It has India’s only mail order service, featuring a 2000-page catalogue for industrial components. Today, the group has 2000 employees including 350 qualified and trained engineers, and 10 manufacturing plants in and around Delhi equipped with the latest technology. Some of the world’s most renowned electrical engineering companies have sought to collaborate with his company and have joint ventures.
He served as a member of the Indian Standards Institution’s Committee for formation of standard specifications on traffic signs. He is a founder member of the Small Industries Electrical Industry Association and has served on the Boards of national chambers of commerce, industry associations and clubs.
In recognition of the outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership and professional accomplishments of Mr. Ashok Khanna, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. B. N. Suresh is the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Trivandrum. He was among the key staff in the SLV-3, ASLV, PSLV and GSLV projects in India.
He has made significant R & D contributions in engineering sciences, particularly in the area of Aerospace engineering, focusing on complex technologies (both hardware and software) used in Launch Vehicles like the Space Navigation Guidance and Control System, Aerospace Control Actuation Systems, and Integrated Simulation for Aerospace System.
He has to his credit over 75 research papers and 500 technical reports in rocket control and guidance systems, and space navigation. He has been associated with national and international professional bodies and organized many Symposia, Conferences and Workshops.
He has earned many awards including the Dr. Biren Rai Space Science Design Award in 1993, the ‘AGNI’ award from the Ministry of Defence in 1999 for excellence in Self Reliance, and the ‘ASI Award 1996′ from the Astronautical Society of India in 2000. In 2001, he received the ‘Padmasree’ from the President of India, in recognition of meritorious services in the area of Science and Technology.
In recognition of the research efforts, achievements and contributions to national technological excellence of Dr. B. N. Suresh, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. B. Ramachandra Pai was the Director of the National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. He started his career as a research engineer at the English Electric Company, U. K., and later moved to the International Flame Research Foundation, Holland, as a Senior Research Investigator before joining NAL in 1975.
He has been an outstanding researcher in combustion, heat transfer, air breathing propulsion systems and components, and computational fluid dynamics. He has to his credit 6 Patents, over 75 publications in reputed journals, and over 35 technical reports. His major achievements include R & D support to the Kaveri engine project for the LCA programme, and development of a power pack based on aero engines. He has also worked on developing low cost industrial gas turbines.
He has developed innovative devices of general utility such as fluidized bed grain disinfestor and drier, fluorescent tube based water purification equipment for domestic use, and solar collector using ferrocement blocks.
He is a member of many professional and technical Societies. He is also a keen flying enthusiast with a liking for powered hang gliders.
In recognition of his efforts, achievements and contributions to R & D, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to present him this award.
Mr. B Santhanam is the Managing Director of Saint Gobain Glass India. With his exceptional technical, human and conceptual skills he is an admired leader in the Indian Business environment.
He started his career in Grindwell Norton in 1980, and soon became the youngest member of the Management Board. When in 1996, Saint-Gobain decided to acquire the ownership of Grindwell Norton, Santhanam was chosen to develop a strategic blue print for the venture. He became the Founder Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Glass India. In a short span of six years, he led the transformation of a green field site into a world class integrated glass manufacturing complex, surpassing many records in quality, cost, efficiency and profitability. His company has been rated by Hewitt Associates amongst the “Best in India” in terms of HR practices, Leadership, and Value to Society.
He is now the Vice Chairman of CII, Tamil Nadu State Council, a Member of the Management Council, Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), and a Member of the CII Governing Council for Industry-Institute Interface.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements, and managerial excellence of Mr. B. Santhanam in the Indian industry, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. Marti Subrahmanyam is the Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance and Economics in the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has held visiting Professorships at leading academic institutions in England, France, Germany and India, including INSEAD, France and Cambridge University.
He has published numerous papers in reputed journals and books in Corporate Finance, Capital Markets and International Finance. He has served as Editor / Associate Editor of many international journals in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Management.
He has won several awards for excellence in teaching. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Teaching Medal from New York University.
Dr. Subrahmanyam has served as a consultant to several corporations, industrial groups and financial institutions in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is also on the boards of leading companies in India and abroad including the Murugappa Corporate Group, ICICI Bank Ltd., and Infosys Technologies Ltd. He has served as Advisor to international and government organizations.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements, and outstanding academic and professional contributions of Dr. Marti G. Subrahmanyam, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. Thomas Thundat is presently a Distinguished Scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. He simultaneously holds Professorships in the University of Tennessee, USA, and the University of Bourgundy, France.
Dr. Thundat has invented, developed and patented many new technologies including the new molecular comb technology, a MEMS-based micro cantilever, pioneered the development of a novel class of physical, chemical and biological sensors, and contributed significantly to areas such as biological imaging and nanolithography. He has seventeen operative patents to his credit, and seven more pending.
He has authored over 150 publications, and 20 book chapters. He has received over 25 prestigious awards during his career. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and a Member of several professional Societies. He has also served as a consultant to many world-class organizations.
In January this year, TIME Magazine described Dr. Thundat as a leading innovator. He has also been featured with special citations in BBC Television and written about in reputed international magazines such as Discover, New Scientist, and Washington Times.
In recognition of the inventions, research efforts, innovations and achievements of Dr. Thomas G. Thundat, IIT Madras and its Alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. C. Mohan has been an IBM researcher for 34 years in the database area, impacting numerous IBM and non-IBM products, the research and academic communities, and standards, especially with his invention of the ARIES family of database locking and recovery algorithms, and the Presumed Abort commit protocol. This IBM (1997), and ACM/IEEE (2002) Fellow has also served as the IBM India Chief Scientist for 3 years (2006-2009). In addition to receiving the ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award (1996), the VLDB 10 Year Best Paper Award (1999) and numerous IBM awards, Mohan was elected to the US and Indian National Academies of Engineering (2009), and was named an IBM Master Inventor (1997). This Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras (1977) received his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin (1981). He is an inventor of 47 patents. Recently (2016), he was named a Distinguished Visiting Professor of China's prestigious Tsinghua University. He has served on the advisory board of IEEE Spectrum, and on numerous conference and journal boards. Mohan is a frequent speaker in North America, Europe and India, and has given talks in 40 countries. He is very active on social media and has a huge following. More information could be found in his Wikipedia page at http://bit.ly/CMwIkP
He has made seminal contributions in database recovery leading to the success of commercial database systems. He has played a key role in establishing the foundations of database systems, which are at the core of modern information infrastructure, that support modern society. His work is among the lessons taught to students of database systems across the world. He has won numerous awards and holds key patents. It is rare for the work of one person to have had such a significant research, commercial and societal impact.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements and academic excellence of C. Mohan in the world of information technology, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. Dipankar Banerjee is presently an Outstanding Scientist and Chief Controller Research & Development (Aero & Material Science), Defence Research and Development Organization of India. His research work on phase equilibria and phase transformations has attracted a great deal of international attention. His contributions to Physical Metallurgy, more particularly in the study of material properties at the atomic, nano, and submicron scales, and development of new generation intermetallic alloys, are of immense significance to research and industrial practice. During his career he also developed innovative methods of laboratory analysis. As the Director of his laboratory, he has successfully led very large S&T mission projects that have resulted in a broad range of advanced materials and processes for application in our country’s defence. His research work has appeared in reputed national and international journals, and he has won prestigious awards and honours including the National Metallurgist Award, the Scientist of the Year Award, and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. His research work and also that of every team he leads are leading to new paradigms of R&D in the discipline of Metallurgical and Materials engineering.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements and excellence of Dipankar Banerjee in R&D in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Prof. George C Verghese, is presently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He became one of the youngest tenure Professors at MIT. He is among the leading researchers in modeling, analysis and control of dynamical systems and stochastic networks. He has also significantly contributed to research and teaching in the areas of estimation theory and algorithms, and applications to power systems, power electronics and biomedicine. He has taught at leading universities in Europe and Asia besides North America, and everywhere he has received the highest acclaim from his students and peers. He has earned a number of prestigious awards including Chairs and Fellowships. He serves on the Editorial Committees of internationally reputed journals, and has organized and chaired several seminars and conferences. He is regarded as an excellent role model for young and aspiring scholars in his field.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements and academic excellence of George Verghese in the world of technology education and research, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Padmasri M Natarajan is presently a Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller Research & Development (Combat Vehicles & Engineering) in the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers. In a distinguished career spanning over three decades he has directed a wide variety of projects in technology design and development for our country. He was one of the key members of the prestigious main battle tank, ‘Arjun’, project. He has also significantly contributed to the indigenization and commercialization of several technologies. He has played a very important role in building lasting relationships among our defence, industrial and academic organizations. He is one of the most respected leaders in the field of defence engineering and technology in our country.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements and professional excellence of M. Natarajan in engineering and technological innovation, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Dr. R Mahadevan is presently a Director in India Pistons Limited, Chennai. He is widely recognized for his professional contributions to Technology Management, Quality Management, Project Management, and Marketing and Export of engineering products. He has won many prizes, awards and medals throughout his academic and professional career. He holds three patents in automotive technology. He is an active member of national and international professional bodies in the areas of Automotive Technology, Quality, and Energy. He also holds executive positions in some of them. He works closely with leading academic institutions in the design and teaching of engineering courses. A versatile and creative citizen, he plays an active role in socially relevant projects meant for physically challenged children, and the natural environment. He also has an abiding interest in Indian spiritual literature, which has led him to translate important works from Sanskrit.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements, and managerial and organizational excellence of R. Mahadevan in Indian engineering industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him this award.
Shri B. S. Sudhir Chandra received his B.Tech. degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1964.
Shri Sudhir Chandra joined the Railways in November 1965 after successful completion of the Combined Engineering Services Examination of 1964. From 1967 onwards, Shri Sudhir Chandra has worked in various capacities in Central Railway, North East Frontier Railway, South Eastern Railway and Southern Railway. From a probationer in 1965, he rose to the position of General Manager of Central Railway in 2001 and finally became a member of the Railway Board in 2002.
In a span of 36 years, Shri Sudhir Chandra has held with Distinction many positions in the Indian Railways: Assistant Engineer, Executive Engineer, Deputy Chief Engineer, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), Chief Track Engineer, Divisional Railway Manager, General Manager and finally Member of the Railway Board. He has also served for five years with the Zambian Railways (on deputation) where he oversaw the construction of a railway line from Malawi to Zambia.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Shri Sudhir Chandra completed the guage conversion of the 311 km Tambaram – Trichy section, in addition to completing guage conversions and construction of double line to an extent of 440 km. He executed the construction of a number of bridges with Pile foundations on the Diva – Bassein Rail Link project using innovative techniques in treacherous soil conditions. For the very first time in Indian Railways, he completed the construction of a bridge using the Diaphram Wall Technique. He was responsible for the construction of a number of tunnels and viaducts on South East and North East Ghats in Central Railway for laying a third track. He started the construction of a Cable Stayed Bridge with a central pylon and unbalanced spans of 45 m and 135 m in Bangalore, again a first for Indian Railways.
Shri Sudhir Chandra’s career combines engineering excellence and administrative ability of a very high order. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is proud to confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Shri B. S. Sudhir Chandra.
Shri K V Rangaswami received his B.Tech. degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1965. He is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
KVR, as he is affectionately known, has worked with the well known Larsen and Toubro Limited since graduation, having joined the Engineering Construction Corporation (ECC), a wholly owned subsidiary of L&T as a Junior Engineer in 1965. Today he is the Executive Vice-President – Buildings and Infrastructure Cluster – ECC Division of Larsen and Toubro Limited.
Since 1965, Shri Rangaswami has held many important positions in the L&T organisation: Head, Pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete structures; Planning Manager and later Business Development Manager, Chennai Regional Office; Regional Manager, Chennai Region during which period he completed the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Puttaparthy Super Speciality Hospital. In 1992 he assumed charge as Joint General Manager (Civil) at ECC headquarters and in 1994 General Manager (Civil). In 1998 he became Vice-President (Building and Infrastructure Projects). Since December 2001 he has been Executive Vice President (Building & Infrastructure Cluster). This cluster contributed approximately Rs.2,200 Crores of business to the ECC Division which had a total turnover of 3600 Crores in 2001-2002.
Shri Rangaswami serves as a Director in a number of L&T associated companies and in other prestigious companies such as Hyderabad International Trade Expositions Limited, Bangalore International Airports Limited and L&T Holdings Limited among others.
Shri Rangaswami was responsible for the success of such projects as the International Technology Park Limited in Bangalore, the Ready Mixed Concrete business of L&T, and the HITEC City at Hyderabad.
Shri K. V. Rangaswami’s career provides an excellent role model for young engineers beginning their careers. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is proud to confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Shri Rangaswami.
Prof. Meera Chandrasekhar (nee Chandrapal) obtained the M.Sc. degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1970. She subsequently obtained another Masters and the Ph.D. degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She spent about two years as a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany before joining the University of Missouri at Columbia as a faculty member of the Physics Department.
Awards and prizes have come at regular intervals to Prof. Chandrasekhar, for excellence in both teaching and research. In 1992, she was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. Prof. Chandrasekhar’s most significant contributions have been in the area of optical properties of semi-conductors and superconductors.
In 1983, Prof. Chandrasekhar established a research laboratory at the University of Missouri for optical studies at high pressures (upto two hundred thousand atmospheres) and low temperatures (down to liquid helium at 4.2 K). At the time there were only five other laboratories in the US with similar capabilities, among them the facilities at IBM, Xerox, Harvard and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Two decades later, her techniques are still considered to be among the best.
The focus of Prof. Chandrasekhar’s work has been in the pressure behaviour of multiple quantum well structures (superlattices). These structures are increasingly important due to their unique properties and device application, including solid state lasers. Using the tools of high pressure coupled with a variety of optical techniques such as absorption, photoluminescence, Raman scattering and photo-modulated reflectivity, Prof. Chandrasekhar’s group has elucidated the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor heterostructures. Her recent interests include the exciting new area of organic semiconductors.
Interested in outreach and mentoring, Prof. Chandrasekhar has developed programs in the physical sciences for schools and teacher training. The program was particularly targeted at female students because of the well known phenomenon of their dropping physical science courses from their curriculum in the later years of high school.
Prof. Chandrasekhar’s achievements in teaching, research and service to the community make her a unique member of the academic fraternity. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is proud to confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Prof. Meera Chandrasekhar.
Sri B. Suresh Kamath can be considered as a path breaker in establishing a new order of socially responsible business.
Currently Chairman and Managing Director of Laser Soft Infosystems Ltd. Chennai, Shri Kamath received his B.Tech. from the National Institute of Engineering Mysore with a Gold Medal in 1980, and completed his M.Tech. in 1982 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. After a brief stint with TCS, he founded Laser Soft Inc. with a capital of Rs. 200/-. The company provided software solutions to Apollo Hospitals and the State Bank of India at a time when software was not familiar to the healthcare and banking industries.
Sri Kamath has positioned Laser Soft as a leading software solutions provider to the banking industry with a market share of 25% of the Indian market. Laser Soft has 23 banking software products and counts amongst its clients ABN Amro Bank, American Express Bank and HSBC for their foreign exchange and trading operations. These banks, along with Corporation and Andhra Bank route more than Rs. 6000 crores worth of transactions per day using software developed by Laser Soft. His vision and dedication as a guiding force within the organisation is reflected in the attrition rate of the company being below 2% as against industry standards of 20%.
Sri Kamath has introduced a revolutionary change in business practices in that 60% of the vacancies in his company are reserved for the challenged sections of society such as physically disabled persons, destitute women and widows. He has established a free programming training institute in West Mambalam to train physically handicapped and poor youngsters. Sri Kamath is a rare individual who has succeeded in a technologically competitive business while continuing to remain steadfast to a high standard of social responsibility and commitment.
IIT-Madras is happy to bestow the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Shri. B. Suresh Kamath.
Shri Pradeep Mallick received his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1965. He then went on to receive his diploma in Business Management in the UK and later became a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in London.
A man whose people skills are legendary, Shri Mallick (aptly known as Shri Right during his IIT days) strongly believes in core values for individuals and for corporations.
His vision, rich experience, dynamic leadership and desire to scale greater heights in everything he does are qualities which have taken him straight to the top, earning him the Chairmanship of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Western Region in the year 2000-01 and the Presidentship of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce Industry (BCCI).
Through the years, Shri Mallick has held various challenging positions giving him a vast experience in dealing with delegates from cultural backgrounds, the world over. He is equally at home with industry leaders, demanding customers and even little children, reinforcing his basic belief that quality leadership always puts the people first.
A firm believer in the innate strengths and capabilities of people, Shri Mallick has been champion in nurturing people-centric policies in Wartsila India Ltd., of which he is currently the Managing Director. Openness, transparency and teamwork are the key elements of the work culture fostered by him. As a true facilitator, Shri Mallick believes in providing space and independence to his colleagues, and is constantly encouraging them to take up new challenges.
Shri Pradeep Mallick’s career is an excellent model showcasing what expert leadership and single-minded dedication to an ideal can accomplish in today’s world.
Sri Prakash Damodaran’s talent lies in combining technology and public policy particularly with respect to the newly emerging fields of IT where inputs in both areas are required.
Sri Damodaran obtained his B.Tech. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1974 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976 for which he received the Institute’s Honor Roll for academic excellence and the Dunlop scholarship.
His first job was at Binny Limited in Chennai. Sri Damodaran later joined the IAS and served in various positions in the Tripura cadre from 1979 to 1988. He then served the Government of India as Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission, during which period he set up commission’s first computerized information system. He then studied at Harvard University in the U.S. where he obtained his Master’s in Public Administration and received the Edward S. Mason and U.N. fellowships.
From 1996 Sri Damodaran has been with the Government of Tamil Nadu as Secretary to the Government and was responsible for the creation of the new Department of Information Technology. He formulated and implemented the State’s first IT Policy and its Optical Fiber cables policy. He has also served as a member of the expert group on Citizen-IT interface of the National Task Force on IT of the Government of India. His work in IT department has placed Tamilnadu and India in the forefront.
IIT-Madras is happy to bestow the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Shri. Prakash Damodaran.
Sri S. Srinivasan is a rare combination of technologist, entrepreneur and academic whose work has enriched contemporary society.
Having obtained his B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1964, Sri Srinivasan subsequently received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1979 and is currently Chairman and Managing Director of SRA Systems Limited in Chennai.
Sri Srinivasan has had a wide-ranging career, both in industry and academia. He worked with IBM in India, U.S. and the U.K. He implemented the Treasury Accounting System and the Crime Information System for the Tamil Nadu Government and was also involved with the installation of the first mainframe IBM computer at IIT Madras.
Sri Srinivasan worked as System Manager of the computing facility at IIT Madras. He was also part of developing the Institute’s Internal Information Systems. He served on the faculty of IIT Madras in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering teaching Database Systems, MIS and Operating Systems.
Establishing the SRA Systems in 1986, Sri Srinivasan played a significant part in the growth of the company into a 500 member, Rs. 100 crore Software Export Unit. He was a also key player in developing and marketing the software product ODYSSEY. He has actively worked to expand the market in frontier technology areas of embedded software, mobile computing and machine-to-machine communication and is responsible for bringing Carnegie Mellon University software courses into India.
IIT-Madras is happy to bestow the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Shri. S. Srinivasan.
Covered in awards and honours for his distinguished work over the last 35 years, Prof. V. Srinivasan has blazed a glorious trail to his present position of Professor in Marketing and Management Science at Stanford University.
On graduating in 1966 from IIT Madras, Prof. Srinivasan gave evidence of achievements to come after receiving a distinction in Mechanical Engineering and being honoured with the President of India Gold Medal. He was subsequently at the top of his class, when he received his M.S. and Ph. D. from the Carnegie Mellon University during which period he was also awarded the GSIA (Graduate School of Industrial Administration) Fellowship.
No stranger to awards, Prof. Srinivasan’s prowess in the classroom was reinforced when he received the Best teacher award twice in 1972 and 1973. In fact six doctoral advisees of his have won best dissertation-based paper awards.
A respected authority in his field, Prof. Srinivasan has published over 85 papers in various technical journals and has received commendations for these articles year after year by his peers in the US, including the American Marketing Association Churchill Award for Lifetime Achievement in Marketing Research in 1998.
It is with great honour that IIT Madras adds its commendation to Prof. Srinivasan’s for his excellent work in his field and his ongoing effort to share his knowledge with future aspirants.
Sri Srinivasan blends that rare combination of technical expertise with administrative ability.
Sri M.S. Srinivasan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering in 1970. He subsequently received his Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University, U.S. in 1987. He underwent training at the National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie from June 1971 to May 1973 and has also been a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for the last thirty years.
In a distinguished public administrative career spanning 27 years, Sri Srinivasan has travelled from his posting as a Sub-collector of Tuticorin Division of Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu. During this period he has served as the General Manager of the Pallavan Transport Corporation, as Managing Director of Kattabomman Transport Corporation, as Project Co-ordinator of the Tamil Nadu Integrated Nutrition Project, as Collector of the Dharmapuri and Ramanathapuram districts, as the Project Director for the Tamil Nadu Health Project, as the Marketing Director in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for the Government of India, as the Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited, as the Managing Director of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited and as the Secretary of the Government of Tamil Nadu Industries Department. Since June 2000 he has been with the Government of India in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. During this wide-ranging career, Sri Srinivasan has influenced the course of uncountable numbers of lives with his steadfast dedication and tireless energy. Among these numerous contributions, Sri Srinivasan led a health care program that focused pregnant and lactating mothers, and children in the age group of 6 to 36 months in 9000 villages, covering over 40% of the population of Tamil Nadu. While Industries Secretary of the Government of Tamil Nadu he played a significant role in the emergence of Tamil Nadu as a software city through his initiative during the development of the TIDEL Park at Chennai.
IIT-Madras is happy to bestow the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Shri. M.S. Srinivasan.
Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami’s dedication to technology innovation and commercialisation sets him apart as a leader in the emerging new global economy.
An expert in Telecommunications Engineering and Architecture, Dr. Ramaswami, received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He subsequently obtained his Master’s degree in 1988 and his Ph.D degree in 1990 from the University of California at Berkeley, in the USA.
From January 1989 to January 1997 Dr. Ramaswami was with the IBM T. J. Watson Research Centre, where he led a group that developed one of the earliest commercially available WDM systems. From 1997 through 1999, Dr. Ramaswami was Director of the Optical Networking Group at Tellabs, where he led the development and marketing of the Tellabs metro optical networking products. The group was seeded by Tellabs acquiring the IBM Research optical networking team.
Dr. Ramaswami is currently Vice President for System Architecture at Xros, a division of Nortel Networks. He leads a group doing product planning and system engineering for Xros’s products and also leads a cross-portfolio of Nortel group developing next generation all-optical networks. Dr.Ramaswami joined Xros in its early days in 1999 as a silicon valley startup, and was instrumental in setting the product direction and architecture for the company. Xros was acquired by Nortel Networks for $ 3.25 Billion in June 2000, setting a record for valuation of an early-stage company with just 70 employees.
Dr.Ramaswami has published extensively on optical networking and has about 25 patents. He has worked on all aspects of optical networks, from early research to product development to network deployment, as an engineer, leader, and entrepreneur. He presently serves on the Advisory Boards of several startup companies and ventures capital funds. Dr.Ramaswami is a Fellow of the IEEE and a recipient of the IEEE W.R.Bennett and W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Awards and an Outstanding Innovation Award from IBM. He is also the co-author of a book “Optical Networks – A Practical Perspective”.
IIT-Madras is happy to bestow the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Dr.Rajiv Ramaswami.
Dr. Sankaran Sundaresan is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. He received his B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1976. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Houston in 1978 and 1980 respectively.
Dr. Sundaresan’s contributions constitute an impressive body of work which spans the spectrum of chemical reaction engineering. He has made fundamental contributions in the areas of Hydrodynamics of Multiphase Reactors, Oxidation Catalysis and Reactor Dynamics. His work is remarkable for its unique combination of formal elegance and practical utility.
Dr. Sundaresan has published over 100 papers in reputed journals and has four patents to his credit. He has won several awards and honors including the Richard H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1999.
Dr. Sundaresan has been an outstanding teacher and is known for an unfailing dedication to illuminating complex subjects for students. Dr. Sundaresan has served as a consultant to several corporations and research institutions in the USA.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award.
Sri Subramonian Shankar belongs to that small class of techno-entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact on contemporary society. Born in Chennai (Madras) Sri Shankar obtained his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1971. After working for three years in the R&D labs of Tata Electric Company, Sri Shankar proceeded to Canada where he obtained his Master’s degree in Electric Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1976.
Between 1976 and 1985, Sri Shankar worked alternately for organizations in the US and India until he founded American Megatrends Inc. in 1985. There can be very few individuals who use Personal Computers who are not aware of this company. In 1989 this organization was cited in Fast Tech 50 (fastest one year growth). In 1990, Sri Shankar was honoured as Georgia’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the year and as Business and Technology Alliance High Tech Entrepreneur of the year.
In 1991 Sri Shankar was honoured by the Who’s Who among Leading American Executives. In the same year, American Megatrends was ranked as the world’s number one BIOS manufacturer. In 1992 American Magatrends founded a subsidiary in Hong Kong and in 1993 in the UK along with Vitel Technologies – a contract manufacturing facility. In 1994 Sri Shankar founded AMI Germany and AMI India which is located in Chennai. AMI Taiwan followed in 1995 and AMI Korea in 1998.
Sri Shankar is married and has two children. Currently he is the President and CEO of American Magatrends Inc. and Vitel Technologies. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is proud to honour Sri Subramonian Shankar with the Distinguished Alumnus award in recognition of his many achievements in technology and business.
Dr. G S Bhuvaneshwar has made outstanding contributions in the development of implantable and disposable Medical Devices. He is currently the acting Head of the Biomedical Technology Wing of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) at Trivandrum. He has played an important role in the growth of Bio-medical Engineering and Medical Industry in India.
Dr. Bhuvaneshwar received his degree of Bachelor of Technology in Electronics from IIT Madras in the year 1972. He also obtained his M.S. (Biomedical Engineering) degree, by Research from IIT Madras in 1976. In 1994 he took his Ph.D. from SCTIMST for his studies in the area of Biomedical Technology.
He has been with SCTIMST for the past 24 years, working on various research projects. Now, as the acting Head of the Wing, he has the overall responsibility for all Research and Development activities, Technology Transfer and IPR activities of the Wing. He is also the Technical Manager, Quality System Implementation for the Biomedical Technology Wing – aimed at international accreditation of the test laboratories by early 2001.
Dr. Bhuvaneshwar has made remarkable contributions in medical device development; covering areas of design, development, fabrication, evaluation, pilot production and technology transfer. His single outstanding contribution was the development of “Tilting disc heart valve prosthesis”. This indigenous development, comparable with imported valve, is in clinical use for nearly a decade, and over 2500 valves have been implanted so far. For this achievement, Dr. Bhuvaneshwar has received the SCTIMST Institute Award in 1991, NRDC Republic Day 1994 Award for Meritorious Invention in 1994, and the FIE Foundation 1994 Award. He has also made major contributions in the development of other medical devices – Hydrocephalus Shunt system, Low cost humidifier, Hollow Fibre Membrane Oxygenator, and a Woven Arterial prosthesis.
He has published over 25 Research Papers and has 4 Indian patents, 2 US patents and 1 European patent.
Dr. Gangan Prathap is the Scientist-in-charge of the CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Bangalore. He has an exceptional academic record including the first rank in JEE 1969, and the President of India prize for the first rank in the B.Tech. degree programme of IIT Madras. In 1990, he was awarded the S S Bhatnagar Prize in Science and Technology. He has also won many other awards and honours in his career.
He has over 90 publications in international journals to his credit with many among them receiving numerous citations. In particular, he has contributed significantly to the areas of non-linear structural mechanics, and finite element modeling. He has also authored books and numerous technical reports.
He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy. He has been a Member in many professional societies and expert committees. He is also on the Editorial Boards of reputed international journals.
In recognition of the efforts, achievements and excellence in research of Dr. Gangan Pratap, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to present him with this award.
Dr. B. Jayant Baliga graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1969 as recipient of the Philips India Medal and the Special Merit Medal (as valedictorian). He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the field from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He is an internationally renowned expert in the field of power semiconductor devices. Currently he is a Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina (NC) State University, where he is also the Director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center. As an academic, Dr. Baliga has authored / edited 19 books and has more than 550 publications as well as 120 U.S. patents to his credit.
Prior to his time with NC State University, Dr. Baliga spent fifteen years at the General Electric (GE) Research and Development Center, leading their power device effort. At GE, he was bestowed the highest scientific rank of Coolidge Fellow. During his time at GE, Dr. Baliga invented, developed and commercialized the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) which is used extensively across multiple industries including consumer, transportation and medical, enabling reduction of gasoline and electrical energy use. Dr. Baliga's contribution not only lowers costs but also minimizes global carbon dioxide emissions. For this work, Dr. Baliga was conferred with Russia's top technology award, the Global Energy Prize (considered energy equivalent of the Nobel Prize) in 2015. Scientific American magazine has called him one of "eight heroes of the semiconductor revolution".
In 2011, he received the "National Medal of Technology and Innovation", the highest form of recognition given to an engineer by the United States Government. Among the honours bestowed upon him by the NC State University are the 1998 O. Max Gardner Award from the Board of Governors, an award given to the one person within the 16 constituent universities who has made 'the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race'; as well as the 2011 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence, the highest honour at the University from the Board of Trustees. Dr. Baliga is also a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Life Fellow of the IEEE, from whom he has received many awards including the highest recognition, the Medal of Honour in 2014.
In recognition of his unparalleled contribution to the field of power semiconductor devices and energy efficiency, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. B. Jayant Baliga.
Mr. Sunil Wadhwani, CEO and Co-founder of iGATE Capital Corporation, obtained the B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1974 and the degree of Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University at Pittsburgh in 1976.
Prior to iGATE, Mr. Wadhwani served as CEO and Co-founder of Mastech Corporation, a global provider of high value information technology services and solutions. Since inception in 1986, the company has managed to meet the challenges of rapid growth and by 1996 had attained $100 million in revenues. During this period, Mastech was named four times in Inc. Magazine’s list of “Fastest-growing Companies in America”. Under his leadership, Mastech grew to $500 million in revenues and over $1 billion in market capitalization.
In 1981 Mr. Wadhwani co-founded and was CEO of UroTec, a company that developed medical devices to significantly reduce the risk of post-operative infection following certain kinds of surgery. As CEO, Mr. Wadhwani oversaw the development and patenting of these devices, obtained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, set up a manufacturing process that conformed to rigorous FDA standards and set up a national sales network. He raised both equity and debt capital to fund this venture. He set up a joint venture with a European firm to extend UroTec’s product line and for distribution of UroTec’s products in Europe.
Mr. Wadhwani has also served as a management consultant and between 1976 and 1981 was associated with the A.F. Ferguson Company, one of the largest management and strategy consulting firms in India.
Over a thirty year period, Mr. Sunil Wadhwani has achieved a long and successful track record as an entrepreneur, culmination in the creation of iGate Capital. He has led the launch of 15 new IT services businesses, all developed around strategies that served emerging technology market needs. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is proud to honor this engineering entrepreneur with the Distinguished Alumnus award.
Mr.V.Prem Watsa has distinguished himself in the field of Insurance and Finance in the competitive environment of Canada. He is among the elite group of IITians who have become the Chief Executive of Multibillion dollar Corporations in North America.
After graduating from the Institute in 1971 with a First Class degree in Chemical Engineering, Mr.Prem Watsa joined the University of Western Ontario and obtained his Master Degree in Business Administration.
Mr.Prem Watsa’s professional career began in 1974 when he joined Confederation Life Insurance Company where he did investment research and managed stock portfolios for pension clients. Having gained insight into the working of this industry, he founded the company Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd. (now owned by Fairfax) with an associate. He now manages $18 billion in pensions, individual and corporate funds through this company. In terms of results of long-term investments of funds of clients, his company ranked in the top 10% across Canada.
In 1985 Mr.Prem Watsa took control of the financial service holding company, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He manages a company with a total asset of $31 billion earning an average annual return of about 20% on shareholders equity. This company is listed in the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr.Prem Watsa is a Chartered Financial Analyst. His membership includes Fairfax Financial Holding Limited and Lindsey Modern Group. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Children and is the Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul’s Anglican Church.
IIT-Madras is happy to bestow the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Mr.Prem Watsa.
Dr Desh Deshpande’s career is an eminent example of a leader’s self-confidence combined with creativity paying rich professional dividends.
Dr Deshpande graduated from IIT-Madras in 1973 with a B Tech in Electrical Engineering ; he obtained his Master’s degree from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and then taught for sometime at the Queens University in Kingston, Canada, which also awarded him a Ph.D for his seminal work in the area of Data Communications.
With his ingenuity and penchant for hardwork, Dr Deshpande moved across senior management positions at Codex Corporation, a subsidiary of Motorola, and in eight years learnt his ropes for sailing in the rough seas of the business world and free-market economy. Though still in his thirties, he had acquired a rare blend of academic excellence with business experience and the courage to launch on his own. In 1988, Dr Deshpande co-founded the Coral Network Corporation, and left it in 1990 to start his own Cascade Communications Corporation.
Cascade Communications Corporation is a translation of reality into vision. Dr Deshpande had to replace the wide area network with a new public global access system. The Corporation began with no revenue and only one employee in 1991, but driven by the ambition of Dr Deshpande, it grew into a corporation of 900 people and an annual sales of $500 million. In 1997, within six years, Cascade became attractive enough to be taken over for more than three and a half billion US dollars.
Dr Deshpande has been the subject of several business and trade press articles. His vision, ambition and hard work have also got him several honours and awards. In 1995, Dr. Deshpande was judged to be the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, and in 1996 Communication Week listed him as one of the “Visionaries of the Industry” for his contribution to the growth and development of digital communication. The same year he was also named among the top 25 “Technology Drivers shaping the business style of the future”.
Creating jobs and wealth is only one aspect of Dr Deshpande’s achievements. He is a fine example for the motto of his Alma Mater – “siddhir bhawati karmajaa”.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award for the year 1998 is being awarded to Professor K.R. Rajagopal for his outstanding contributions to theoretical modeling in the broad field of non-linear mechanics; especially for his brilliant use of mathematics in the elucidation of a variety of phenomena in the areas of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, turbulence, large deformations of solids, viscoelasticity, electro and magnetorheology, mixtures, biomaterials, and shape memory alloys.
Professor Rajagopal earned a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1973, an M.S. from IIT Chicago in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Mechanics from the University of Minnesota in 1978. In 1982, Prof. Rajagopal moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh as the James T MacLeod Professor of Engineering, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and simultaneously became Professor of Surgery in the School of Medical and Health Sciences – an eloquent testimony to his extraordinary academic virtuosity. Since 1996, Prof. Rajagopal is the occupant of the prestigious Forsyth Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Texas A & M University.
Professor Rajagopal has been a Visiting Professor Scientist at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in France, the Universita di Roma and the Universita di Ferrara in Italy, the Macromolecular Research Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at the National Bureau of Standards in Maryland. He has been a Consultant for many organizations: the UNDP, the Morgantown Energy Technology Center, the Mathematics Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Rhone-Poulenc, France.
He is currently on the Editorial Boards of nearly twenty journals: the Archives for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, the International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, and the International Journal of Engineering Analysis and Design, to name only a few. He is also the General Editor for MacMillan Texts in Mathematics and Physics, and is on the Editorial Board of the Birkhauser Series on Modelling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology. Prof. Rajagopal was the recipient of the Board of Visitors Faculty Award of the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and the President’s Distinguished Research award in 1991. He was the Chairman of the Society for Natural Philosophy and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
“Always question authority” perhaps best describes Prof. Rajagopal’s approach to life and research. In research, this attitude combined with his great intellectual integrity, has paid rich dividends. He has dared to tackle unsolved problems that others shy away from, found new solutions to classical problems, and developed new theories in the face of contrary opinion. Professor Rajagopal has published over 200 refereed papers, written 3 books and edited 3 others. Nineteen students have received their Ph.D. degrees under his guidance. Indeed in awarding him the Distinguished Alumnus Award this year, IIT Madras honours itself.
Shri S Gopalakrishnan represents a generation of engineer-scientists who have made India a global player in software industry.
Shri Gopalakrishnan joined this Institute in 1975, and graduated four years later with an M Sc in Physics and an M Tech in Computer Science. He had the foresight to join the computer industry at a time when it was still nascent in India and thus be at a place which others would seek much later. In 1979, he started his career as a Software Engineer with the Patni Computer Systems and soon rose to be its Assistant Project Manager. He was responsible for developing the distributed process control system for the LD converter at the Rourkela Steel Plant.
After this formative experience, Shri Gopalakrishnan had a fair idea of the shape of things to come and of how a human resource-rich country like India could dominate software industry world-wide. In an act of supreme courage, Gopalakrishnan in 1981 left a career of success and endless pampering and perks for the uncharted waters of small-scale enterprise in an industry whose future then seemed rosy only in simulation.
That year, along with his friends, he launched the Infosys Technologies Ltd., and Kris, as he is called by his friends, assumed the responsibility in vital areas of design, development, implementation and support of information systems for clients in the consumer products industry in the United States of America. He was also instrumental in forming a joint venture, called KSA / Infosys with the KSA group of Atlanta, heading its operations division as Vice President.
In 1994 Shri Gopalakrishnan returned to India as the Deputy Managing Director of his company to head its software services and technology divisions. Never one to say no, his areas of active interest include operating systems, distributed computing and distributed software development. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, and he frequently lectures in India and abroad on software quality and productivity.
It is the likes of Shri Gopalakrishnan who give India the precious reassurance that its investment in human resources are amply justified.
Shri V Shyam Sunder belongs to that small distinguished class of techno-managers who have made public sector industrial units competitive even in a free market economy.
After graduating from this institute in 1969 with a first class BTech degree in Chemical Engineering, Shri Shyam Sunder went to the University of Leeds where in 1978 he obtained the Master’s degree in Management Studies. In 1981 he obtained his second Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Madras. Four years later, he also obtained a Diploma in Computer Management from the University of Bombay.
Shri Shyam Sunder’s professional career began in 1970 as a Management Trainee in the Indian Oil Corporation, and rising through Operations, Management Services, Shipping, Planning and LPG departments and various ranks of the public sector oil industry in India. He has been the Chairman & Managing Director of the Madras Refineries Ltd., since last year.
A member of several national and international bodies in oil industry, some of the major successes of Shri Shyam Sunder have been the formulation of the Kandla – Bhatinda Product Pipeline within cost limits, formulation of a highly profitable marketing strategy for his company, creation of Indian Additives Ltd, a joint venture between MRL and M/s Chevron Chemical Corporation Ltd of the USA., formulation of a marketing strategy for higher growth, publication for the first time of the First Corporate Plan of the Division, and completion of the petroleum gas bottling plants at Vijayawada and Calicut, to mention but a few.
Though widely travelled world-wide, Shri Shyam Sunder has preferred Indian public sector industry to other offers. This kind of loyalty to the company and to the country is rather unusual today, but it is this patriotic fervour that has made Shri Shyam Sunder the natural leader and spokesman of oil industry in India.
Sri B. Muthuraman, Vice President (Project, Gopalpur) has contributed to the Iron and Steel industry in a major way.
He studied Metallurgy at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and joined the Tata Iron and Steel Co. Ltd in 1966. He had a successful stint in the plant and was closely associated with Tata Steel’s three million tonne expansion programme. He had a long and illustrious association with their Marketing and Sales Division which culminated in his reaching the highest position of Vice President (Marketing and Sales) in 1993-94.
In 1995, Mr. Muthuraman was given charge of planning for Tata’s prestigious new mega steel plant at Gopalpur, as the Vice President (Project, Gopalpur). This has been one of his most challenging assignments with Tata Steel.
Mr. Muthuraman’s contributions in the last three decades have been exemplary in terms of the leadership which he has provided not only in creating new markets but also in strategic and operational initiatives which he has taken to enhance the values provided to the customers. He has kept abreast of technological developments in iron and steel and has used his intimate knowledge in this area to the steel production in India.
He has also participated in the world’s top most steel forums. He was the President of the Alloy Steel Producers Association a couple of years ago and has recently become the Chairman of CII-Eastern Region, Orissa State Committee.
Dr Jalaiah Unnam’s contributions to metal-matrix composites, and X-ray diffraction have won him several awards from NASA Langley Research and Development Park in Hampton, Virginia, USA, and other organizations.
Dr Unnam graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras with a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy (1970), and earned the Master’s and the Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering and Science from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Dr Unnam is the President and CEO of Analytical Services & Materials, Inc (AS&M), located in the Langley Research and Development Park in Hampton, Virginia. This Company is a big asset to Langley Research Centre and employs 165 Scientists and Engineers. This company has given critical help to the Langley Research Centre in R&D areas like the redesign and analysis of the wind Tunnel fan blades, the Shuttle solid rocket booster, the National Aerospace Plane Program engine and airframe concept reviews and the laminar flow control Supercritical Airfoil Experiments.
In 1989 NASA gave him an award “in recognition of his outstanding performance, entrepreneurial spirit, and unique commitment in providing support to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration”.
Mr. Ram V. Tyagarajan has made considerable contributions to the growth of Indian Industries and in particular to the Sugar Industry. He is the current Chairman and Managing Director of Thiru Arooran Sugars Limited, Madras, India.
He graduated from this Institute in 1972 in Chemical Engineering and obtained a Master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US in 1974. He has managerial experience of over twenty years, including a long stint (1974-82) with Strategic Planning Associates, a reputed management consulting firm in the US, where he was a Senior Vice President before returning to India.
Mr. Tyagarajan has served as President of the Indian Sugar Mills Association for two consecutive terms, from 1987 to 1989. He has also been the President of the Sugar Technologists’ Association of India from 1991 to 1993. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of a number of reputed companies and is actively involved in various industrial associations.
Mr. Tyagarajan was a member of the High Power Committee on Sales Tax Reforms set up recently by the Government of Tamilnadu. He is also chairing the working group of the Sugar Industry constituted by the Govt. of Tamilnadu to formulate development plans for the Ninth Plan period. Recently he has been nominated to the Board of Governors of the School of Energy, Bharathidasan University.
Professor Subra Suresh has made outstanding contributions to the study of mechanical behaviour of materials.
Prof Suresh is R.P. Simmons Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the Co-Director of the MIT-Harvard program on Modelling of Materials.
He received the degree of Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1977, in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. from Iowa State University in 1979, and Sc.D from M.I.T. in 1981.
He is the current Chair of the Executive Committee, Materials Division ASME. He is also the Principal Editor of the journals Acta/Scripta Materialia, an Associate Editor of Materials Science and Engineering A, and a Series Editor for the Cambridge University Press State Science Series.
Dr Suresh has won a number of awards that include “The Presidential Young Investigator Award” from NSF in 1985 for outstanding contributions to the understanding of fatigue and fatigue crack growth. Recently he has been invited to one of the six Swedish National Chairs in Engineering by the National Science Foundation for the period 1996-98.
Dr Suresh has been interested in quantitative investigations of the microscopic and macroscopic aspects of mechanical behaviour of metals, ceramics, thin films, piezoelectric materials and composites. He is the author/coauthor of 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings, and is the co-editor of five books. He is a co-inventor in five US and International patent applications, several of which have been licensed by a major international corporation for commercial development. He has written a book entitled Fatigue of Materials which was printed by Cambridge University Press and translated into Chinese.
Dr. Krishnadas Nair has led our Country’s path-breaking efforts in Aviation Metallurgy, showing the way to self-reliance in this field.
Dr.Nair graduated from this Institute in 1964, with a Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering, and followed it up with M.Sc and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. After a brief stint as Assistant Professor at Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, he went to the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom for Post Doctoral studies in Industrial Metallurgy. He joined the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore in 1971, and worked in various capacities in its Research & Development, Design and Production Departments. In 1988, he was appointed Managing Director of the Bangalore Complex of HAL.
Winner of several awards, Visiting Member of the Faculty of Universities in many countries, Fellow and Member of many professional bodies, and Founder Member of the Materials Research Society of India, Dr.Nair has contributed significantly to the indigenization of materials and technologies for the aircraft industry. High-strength aluminium alloys and special-quality steels were developed to international specifications and their production technology was standardized under his leadership. He has also made significant contributions to the development of light-weight magnesium alloys, titanium alloys and composite materials used in the castings for Jaguar Aircraft, Chetak and Cheetah Helicopters, and most recently in advanced light helicopters.
Dr. Nair has published more than 150 papers on Metallurgical Engineering and Management, focusing on the forging and creation of alloys not available to aviation industry so far. His contributions are particularly valuable in a field which has one of the highest growth potential world-wide in the coming years.
Shri Dave has employed an independent professional approach to improve the quality of the physically challenged.
He acquired his degree of Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering at this Institute. After work for two years in other companies, he started his own construction and consultancy firm. During the decades that have gone by, he built many residential, commercial and industrial buildings and restored many old and monumental buildings to their original glory. He is a Class-l surveyor of the Corporation of Madras, an approved Engineer for certifying the soundness of public buildings, Wealth-Tax valuer, member to the Concrete Association of India Valuers Association and Vastu Sastra Circle. He has also acquitted himself honorably as a past District Governor of Lions Club International and Under-Sheriff of Madras. He is a life member of the Institution of Engineers and has written papers on social aspects of Civil Engineering, Cracks, Repairs and Maintenance of buildings.
Recipient of many awards for social work, Shri Dave combines the creativity of an Engineering Scientist with the compassion of a Social Worker. He is the founder and Managing Trustee of Lions Hearing Aid Bank, Lions Bank Trust, and Kanya Sharan, a home for destitute girls. He is also the founder of Lions Edifice for Service Trust, Lions Model Eye Bank, Heart Foundation and Lions Foundation for the Blind. In short, Shri Dave represents the social conscience of the community of Engineers.
Padmashri Vasagam’s career has been symbiotic with India’s progress and self-reliance in Space Technology.
He graduated in 1963 from the University of Madras with honours in Electrical Engineering. In 1965 he obtained the degree of Master of Technology in Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras. The same year he joined the Indian Space Research Organisation, moving through positions of responsibility in the launch team, planning and evaluation group control systems, satellite centre, and advanced technology and planning. In 1994 he became the Director of the Advanced Technology and Planning at the ISRO Headquarters. In June 1996 he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Anna University.
Padmashri Vasagam has led space missions like Axis Stabilized Geostationary Experimental Satellites and INSAT and IRS satellites for Communications Remote Sensing and Meteorological data. He has also contributed to the creation of inertial navigation guidance and control system, electro-optical sensors, electro-mechanical actuators and programmable fault-tolerant controllers for launch vehicles and satellites, all with state-of-the-art technology developed and harnessed indigenously.
Fellow of many Professional Societies, winner of many awards including Padmashri in 1982, United Nations expert on Space System, member of the Review Committees of several Ministries of the Government of India and member of the Board of Studies of several Universities India and Abroad. He has also been a close associate of the luminaries of India’s Space Technology. He is a Visionary who firmly believes in India’s emergence as a Technological Superpower in the years to come.
Shri Jagannathan has played a pivotal role in bringing simple and useful technologies within the reach of Indian families.
He graduated from this Institute in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded the Governor’s Prize and the Banco Foundation Prize for the best academic record in Mechanical Engineering. His keen interest in techno-managerial and manufacturing systems led him to study operations research and business management in which he obtained the degree of Master of Science at Cornell University in 1972.
After his academic success abroad, he chose to return to India in 1973 and Tamilnadu Printers & Traders Pvt. Ltd., as the General Manager and in less than a year turned the company around into a profitable venture. It is now one of the leading producers of Maps & Travel guides. Gifted with the right combination of knowledge and leadership, Mr. Jagannathan, only 26 then, was appointed as the Managing Director of TTK Group of companies in 1974. Under him, the TTK group of companies has become one of the leading manufacturers of pressure cooker and contraceptives.
Shri Jagannathan represents a generation of Indian business leaders who are making India globally competitive.