Silver Jubilee batch of 1992 inaugurat Cafe' 92 near SJMSOM

On December 18, 2021, the Director of IIT Bombay Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri and other functionaries along with members of the Silver Jubilee batch of 1992 inaugurated Cafe’ 92 near SJMSOM. Cafe’ 92 will serve as a hangout destination for IIT Bombay community to enjoy their free time.

The Café has been set up on campus through the generous donation from the ’92 batch as part of their Legacy Project, where alumni of the batch come forward and donate to the Institute’s greatest needs.

IIT Bombay signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Mr. Raj Nair, and the IITBAA (IIT Bombay Alumni Association) for the construction of a sophisticated and very capital-intensive BSL3 GMP Lab at the Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering (BSBE) at the Institute

On January 27, 2022, IIT Bombay signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its distinguished alumnus Mr. Raj Nair, (B.Tech., Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering, 1971) and the IITBAA (IIT Bombay Alumni Association) for the construction of a sophisticated and very capital-intensive BSL3 GMP Lab at the Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering (BSBE) at the Institute. The proposed facility located at BSBE Department is expected to facilitate the progression of breakthrough translational research from the laboratory stage to the market by manufacturing materials required for human clinical trials.

The BSL3 GMP lab is being funded by Mr. Nair and its implementation is being program-managed by Mr. Nair and a fellow alumnus Mr Ajit Jawle. This facility will be used by the researchers in BSBE and other Departments on campus to manufacture nanomaterials, tissue-engineered grafts, CAR-T constructs, drug nanoparticles, etc. for conducting clinical trials. Several faculty members specialise in these areas and the GMP lab can help shorten the time it takes to get their life-saving solutions to the market. Mr. Nair’s vision for this initiative is that India and IIT Bombay become a place where the output of research will result in bold and impactful solutions for the masses that facilitate a 10X improvement – better, cheaper, or faster – than the existing solutions anywhere in the world so that thousands of patients suffering from difficult-to-treat diseases will benefit.

The MoU was signed by IIT Bombay’s Director Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, the donor Mr. Raj Nair and IITBAA’s CEO Ms. Latha Venkitachalam. Dean (IPS) Prof. Tom Mathew also attended the ceremony.

IIT Bombay announces the establishment of a Chair Professorship which will support education and research in Quantitative Finance, an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of finance

IIT Bombay announces the establishment of a Chair Professorship which will support education and research in Quantitative Finance, an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of finance, statistics and technology. This Chair Professorship has been set up courtesy the generous donation made by Mr. Ram Kelkar via the IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation. The Chair will be titled “The Kelkar Family Chair in Quantitative Finance.”

The vision of the Chair includes imbibing the fundamentals of Quantitative Finance within the bright minds of students at IIT Bombay, inviting faculty experts and researchers in the domain of Quantitative Finance from across the globe, developing and evolving the Institute as one of the Centres of Excellence in the world, and being a pioneer in the area of Quantitative Finance, Financial Engineering and Risk Management using Financial Derivatives.

 

Mr. Deepak M. Satwalekar committs a generous amount as his contribution towards setting up a Design and Making Lab at the Institute

IIT Bombay’s distinguished alumnus Mr. Deepak M. Satwalekar (B.Tech – Hons, Mechanical Engineering, 1971) has committed a generous amount as his contribution towards setting up a Design and Making Lab at the Institute. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed regarding the same on March 10, 2022 between IIT Bombay and Mr. Satwalekar. The Lab will be named “Deepak and Maya Satwalekar Lab (Design and Making)” to honour Mr. Satwalekar’s philanthropic donation, and will be located on the first floor of the Pre-Engineered Transit Building on campus.

The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate new ways of learning for first-year engineering students at the Institute. The Lab will be a part of the maker space facility at the Institute aimed at replacing the conventional drawing and workshop courses with a product design and development course involving thematic labs and micro factories. The lab will provide the latest digital and mechanical equipment that will extend the much needed ‘hands-on’ learning component to the academic programs.

Students will gain access to top-of-the-class equipment for mechanical and electronic work including 3D printers, laser cutters, latest workstations with CAD (Computer-aided Design software), and a complete electronics setup.

Raj Subramaniam appointed as the CEO of FedEx

Raj Subramaniam (B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, 1987) has been appointed as the CEO of FedEx, where he will be responsible for providing strategic direction to all of FedEx’s operating companies.

Mr. Rajesh joined FedEx in 1991 and became a member of the FedEx Board of Directors in 2020. Prior to being appointed as CEO of the global delivery giant, Mr. Rajesh served as the President and COO of the company. After graduating from IIT Bombay, Mr. Rajesh got his MS in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Bombay, the President’s Award from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Excel Award from the International Association of Business Communications and the FedEx Five Star Award.

Alok Maskara appointed as CEO of Lennox International Inc., a global leader in energy-efficient climate-control solutions

Alok Maskara (B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, 1992) has been appointed as CEO of Lennox International Inc., a global leader in energy-efficient climate-control solutions. His responsibilities as CEO will include driving the long-term growth and profitability of the company, as well as advancing the company’s overall position within the industry.

After completing his education at IIT Bombay, Mr. Maskara pursued his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ashank Desai, Principal Founder and former Chairman of Mastek and co-founder of NASSCOM, selected for the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for his outstanding leadership in the information technology space

Distinguished Alumnus Ashank Desai (M. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, 1974), Principal Founder and former Chairman of Mastek and co-founder of NASSCOM, has been selected for the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his outstanding leadership in the information technology space. Mr. Desai was honoured at the Dataquest Digital Leadership Conclave on June 08, 2022 in Delhi.

Mr. Desai is an Information Technology entrepreneur, with rich and diverse experiences in the IT industry spanning over four decades. For his contributions to NASSCOM and the overall IT industry, Mr. Desai was felicitated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2015.

Mr. Desai is a valuable stakeholder of IIT Bombay and has contributed significantly to his alma mater’s continued growth and success. He has served as the Vice Chairman at the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at the Institute. Additionally, Mr. Desai has funded the Centre for Policy Studies at IIT Bombay, which is now known as the “Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies” and aims to provide a fillip to the study of Public Policy in India.

Vrunda Dave chosen as runner up for the Beth Outstanding Dissertation Prize (BODP) 2022.

Vrunda Dave, a Ph.D student of Prof. S. Krishna from the Computer Science and Engineering department at IIT Bombay, has been chosen as runner up for the Beth Outstanding Dissertation Prize (BODP) 2022. The E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize, named in honor of the Dutch mathematician Evert Willem Beth, is instituted by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) each year, and recognizes outstanding PhD theses in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. Dissertations are evaluated on the basis of their technical depth, strength and originality. The shortlisted theses will be published by FoLLI. This is the first time a thesis from India has made it to the shortlist of the Beth Prize. The committee was particularly impressed by the breadth, technical depth and novelty of the results in Vrunda’s thesis.

Earlier this year, Vrunda’s thesis won an honorable mention at the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award 2021.

Dr. Yogesh M. Joshi (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 2001) is the first Indian to be elected as a Fellow of the Society of Rheology

IIT Bombay alumnus Dr. Yogesh M. Joshi (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 2001) is the first Indian to be elected as a Fellow of the Society of Rheology. The Institute congratulates Dr. Joshi on this extraordinary accomplishment!

The Society of Rheology was founded in the US in 1929 and honors distinguished achievements in science, noteworthy accomplishments in technology, and exceptional scholarship in the field of Rheology. This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually to less than 0.5% of the society’s membership in any given year.

Dr. Joshi is currently the Girish & Sushma Rani Pathak Chair, and Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur. He is also a recipient of several awards, fellowships, and honours including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2015) given by the Government of India. He was also elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2016) and the National Academy of Sciences, India (2017). Dr. Joshi is a senior Editor of Langmuir, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Rheology, Rheologica Acta and Physics of Fluids.

IIT Bombay is proud of Dr. Yogesh Joshi’s many achievements over the years and wishes him the very best on his professional journey ahead.

To learn more about Dr. Yogesh Joshi and his work in Rheology, visit: https://lnkd.in/dxkGeJgb

Marlene Kanga AO appointed as the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to engineering during the Queen's birthday honours (2022)

Distinguished Alumna Marlene Kanga AO (the third woman to graduate in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay) has been appointed as the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to engineering during the Queen’s birthday honours (2022). She currently serves as the Non-Executive Director at Sydney Water Corporation. She is also a board member of Air Services Australia, Standards Australia, and other boards involving the innovation and commercialization of new technologies.

She was President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations – with members from 100 nations representing 30 million engineers in 2017-2019. She was also the National President of Engineers Australia in 2013. Dr. Kanga has received several awards, honours, and fellowships over the years including the CHEMECA Medal, and the Distinguished Service Award (for distinguished service to INWES for women engineers and scientists internationally). She was named one of the first Foundation Fellows of the International Science Council and is recognised as one of the top 10 Women Engineers in Australia.