Professor Nishant Sharma appointed the Ramakrishna Bajaj Chair Professor

About the Donor:

The Ramakrishna Bajaj Chair Professorship is one of the four chair professorships established by the charitable trusts promoted by the Bajaj Group in 2009. It was specifically instituted to initiate new academic programmes, elevate R&D programmes, and improve industry interactions in the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at IIT Bombay.

About the Appointee:

Prof. Nishant Sharma is currently the Ramakrishna Bajaj Chair Professor at IIT Bombay.

Prof. Sharma’s stellar academic background includes receiving his B.E. (Product Engineering) from the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat. He received his M. Des. (Product Design) from IDDC, IIT Delhi, and his Ph.D. from IIT Guwahati.

Prof. Sharma’s areas of study and research include Automotive Design, Vehicle Design Process, Product Form and Aesthetics, and Participatory Innovation.

Prof. Sharma worked in the corporate world before making the move to academia.

He was an Automotive Designer with Bajaj Auto Ltd, Pune, between 2001-03. He then moved on to Hero Global Design, New Delhi, and worked there as an Automotive Designer between 2003-04. Between 2004-2005, he worked with General Motors Tech Centre India, Bangalore, as a Design Engineer (Car Styling).

Before coming to IIT Bombay in June 2009, Prof. Sharma taught at IIT Guwahati and was also a Senior Faculty member at the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad.

Over the years, Prof. Sharma has received multiple awards and accolades including the S.P. Sukhatme Excellence in Teaching Award, from IIT Bombay, in 2020. He was also the recipient of the Best Departmental Teacher Award in 2018.

Prof. Mahesh S. Tirumkudulu appointed the Larsen and Toubro Chair Professor

About the Donor:

Larsen and Toubro was one of the first few organisations to institute a Chair Professorship at IIT Bombay in 1983. The Larsen and Toubro Chair Professorship was established to promote academic and research pursuits in engineering, including niche areas like nuclear engineering, and more.

About the Appointee:

Prof. Mahesh S. Tirumkudulu, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering.

Professor Mahesh S. Tirumkudulu is currently the Larsen and Toubro Chair Professor at IIT Bombay.

Prof. Tirumkudulu’s stellar academic background includes receiving his B. Tech from IIT Madras (1995), followed by his Ph.D. from the City University of New York, NY (2001).

Prof. Tirumkudulu’s research interests include Fluid Mechanics, Colloids, Interface Science, and Biophysics.

Over the years, Prof. Tirumkudulu has received multiple awards and accolades. He was elected as a Visiting Fellow of the School of Engineering, the University of Melbourne, in 2016, and as a Visiting Fellow Commoner of Trinity College, 

Cambridge University, in 2015. He won the prestigious Research Publication Award of IIT Bombay in 2015. He was the key speaker at the Professor C. V. Seshadri Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series held at IIT Kanpur in 2013. In 2012, he received the Swaranajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science & Technology, India. He was the University Grants Commission Visiting Fellow in 2011 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences of India in 2010. In 2008, he won the NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Awards and received the Indira Manudhane Applied Research Project (Consultancy) Awards, IIT Bombay, in 2007. He was the recipient of the IRCC Young Investigator award at IIT Bombay in 2007 and became an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2005.