IITB Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Ram Kelkar, Delivers the Shashwat Panda Memorial Lecture

IITB distinguished alumnus. Mr. Ram Kelkar (B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, 1980), was the guest speaker at the prestigious Shashwat Panda Memorial Lecture. Mr. Kelkar is the Principal and Managing Director, Capital Markets Group at Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC.

In his lecture, Mr. Kelkar highlighted the critical and relevant skills that are required in building successful careers and drew parallels to the several unique and impactful career paths blazed by IIT Bombay alumni. Mr. Kelkar also shared learnings from his own career experiences as he moved from Silicon Valley to Wall Street and built on the skills and knowledge that he gained at IIT Bombay.

The Institute takes great pride in having Distinguished Alumni such as Mr. Kelkar share his valuable insights with its students and faculty.

Watch Lecture : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6f-ELQivQ

IITB and SARC Host CEO Connect – Zishaan Hayath, Founder & CEO, Toppr

IIT Bombay and SARC hosted version 3 of their extremely successful CEO Connect with IITB alumnus, Mr. Zishaan Hayath (B.Tech, Civil Engineering, 2005), Founder & CEO, Toppr.

Toppr is India’s leading after-school learning platform that Mr. Hayath founded as a way to make learning fun, personalised, and exciting. And Toppr is currently India’s most advanced and comprehensive learning app for classes 5th-12th. Mr. Hayath discussed key learnings from his life as a student of IITB, his professional and personal highs and lows, mantras for success, and more!

CEO Connect brings back IITB alumni who are in CEO positions back to their alma mater for extensive interaction with students. The Institute is committed to helping students connect with these alumni and learn valuable lessons from their personal and professional trajectories.

IITB Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Deepak Satwalekar, sets up the ‘Deepak and Maya Satwalekar Design and Making Lab’

IITB Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Deepak Satwalekar [B.Tech. (Hons)., Mechanical Engineering, 1971)], generously contributed to the setting up of the ‘Deepak and Maya Satwalekar Design and Making Lab’ at the Institute.

The Lab was officially inaugurated on Dec 19, 2022, with a special ceremony held on campus.
This Lab forms an essential part of the Institute’s larger Makerspace program that envisions providing a comprehensive education to first-year students through exposure to hands-on learning that will complement and strengthen theoretical concepts. This first-of-its-kind initiative at the Institute will train students to combat and overcome challenges found in real-world industrial setups, through a multidisciplinary course.

This modern facility comprises advanced equipment, and over 250 workstations and will be accessible to nearly 1,400 first-year engineering students. It will train them in the latest design and manufacturing practices in engineering, similar to those found in real-world industrial setups. Essentially, the bright and curious young minds of IIT Bombay will get to learn the latest design and manufacturing practices at the very beginning of their academic journeys itself.

The Lab is one more step in the Institute taking the lead by introducing newer pedagogical styles.
During the inauguration, Mr. Satwalekar spoke passionately about the need to provide a well-rounded education to students. This was key to his generous donation towards the lab. He also explained the crucial role that hands-on learning plays in helping students create real-world applications for classroom concepts.

The Lab will also allow the Institute to get one step closer to becoming ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in science and technology through indigenous means.

IITB Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Sharad Sanghi, sets up the ‘Sunita Sanghi Centre of Aging & Neurodegenerative Diseases’ (SCAN)

IITB’s Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Sharad Sanghi (B. Tech., Electrical Engineering, 1989) generously donated to the Institute to set up the ‘Sunita Sanghi Centre of Aging & Neurodegenerative Diseases’ (SCAN).

SCAN will focus on creating novel tools and biomarkers for the early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis of neurodegenerative disorders. The Centre will pursue research on the onset of molecular, cellular, and biochemical mechanisms and the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. It will also develop novel tools and biomarkers for early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

Speaking during the inauguration of SCAN which was held at IITB campus on January 9, 2023, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, said, “Neurodegenerative diseases are likely to rise with the ageing Indian population. Therefore, early detection and decelerating the onset of such disorders is pivotal for effective therapy. This Centre will assist us in meeting this challenge. IIT Bombay is grateful for Sharad’s generous contribution which will play an instrumental role in our endeavour.”

Scholarship set up by IIT Bombay alumnus to support one student per year for 25 years!

IIT Bombay alumnus, Mr. Alok Maskara (B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, 1992) has set up a ‘Diamond Level Scholarship’ which will support the tuition, hostel, and mess fees for one student per year over a period of 25 years.

The scholarship will be named the “Annapurna and Hare Narain Maskara Scholarship” in honour of Mr. Maskara’s parents. It will add to IITB alumni’s rich legacy of supporting student scholarships at the Institute.

Honouring his generosity, IIT Bombay has named Mr. Maskara as a “Leadership Circle Donor” as part of a special ‘Donor Wall’ featured on the #DEANACR website.

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Providing an equitable launchpad for success to meritorious students is one of IIT Bombay’s key priorities. The Institute is grateful to Mr. Maskara for his contribution which will help provide wings to the dreams of India’s deserving youth.

Sh. Sharad Saraf Conferred with an Honourary D. Litt degree from JJT University

IIT Bombay alumnus Mr. Sharad Saraf (B. Tech, Electrical Engineering, 1969) was conferred with an Honourary D. Litt degree (a post-Doctoral degree) by Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala (JJT) University at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. During the event, Dr. Vinod Tibrewala, the Chairperson of the University, provided an overview of Mr. Saraf’s invaluable and commendable contributions to society over the years.

Mr. Saraf is the Chairman and Managing Director of Technocraft Industries India Ltd. After graduating from IIT Bombay in 1969, he completed a one-year industrial training course in Germany. Mr. Saraf is also a generous philanthropist who set up the Technocraft Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence (TCA2I) at IIT Bombay. The Centre hopes to leverage the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques for both academia and industry.

Suraj Saharan Takes His Company, Delhivery, Public

IIT Bombay alumnus, Suraj Saharan (B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, 2005), recently took his new-age logistics and supply chain startup company, Delhivery, public. Since its launch in 2011, Delhivery has risen meteorically over the past decade and has set standards that have changed the very paradigm of the business. Under Saharan’s helm, Delhivery has brought unparalleled efficiency to the country’s $160 billion logistics industry.

Dr. Urmila Diwekar Wins the 2022 Cast Computing Practice Award

IIT Bombay alumnus, Dr. Urmila Diwekar (M.Tech & Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 1988) has won the 2022 Cast Computing Practice Award. The award recognises outstanding practices or applications of chemical engineering to computing and system technology. The award is sponsored by Aspen Technology Inc. and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.

Dr. Urmila Diwekar is the President of Stochastic Research Technologies LLC. She is also the president of Vishwamitra Research, a non-profit research institute that conducts research in areas such as optimization under uncertainty and computer-aided design applied to energy, environment, and sustainability.

She is the author of more than 190 peer-reviewed research papers, has written several books and authored software packages, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She also won the coveted Cecil Award for Environmental Chemical Engineering from the Environmental Division of AIChE in 2011, the Clarence Gerhold award in 2018, and the NESIN best researcher award in 2020 from ScienceFather International.

Dr. Yogesh M. Joshi, 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 Society of Rheology was founded in the US in 1929 and honours 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.

Sh. Ashish Chauhan, Selected CEO of National Stock Exchange (NSE)

IIT Bombay alumnus, Mr. Ashish Chauhan (B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, 1989) has been selected as the CEO of the National Stock Exchange (NSE).
Mr. Chauhan spent the last decade as the CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange. He is considered the father of modern financial derivatives in India, is credited with NSE-50 (Nifty), and took the BSE public in 2017. He also set up India’s first fully automated screen-based trading system and created a commercial satellite communications network in the country.

Mr. Chauhan will take over as CEO of the NSE in November 2022.