The establishment of this Faculty Chair is expected to promote excellence and leadership in teaching, research and development, collaboration, and academic work in the field of developing new and emerging technologies, aerospace technologies in the areas of Aircraft Structural Integrity, Aircraft Health Monitoring, and other allied subjects in the fields of Aeronautics and Aviation. The Chair has been instituted by the generous donation of Air Headquarters, New Delhi, India
The IAF Chair Professor will co-ordinate the following activities:
Dr. Ashoke De is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IITK and has a joint appointment in the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering at the same institute. His areas of interest include fluid mechanics, combustion, heat transfer, supersonic and hypersonic flows, aero-acoustics, multiphase modeling, Energy Harvesting, and Fluid-structure interaction. He is an AvHumboldt Fellow, Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, and currently a member of American Physical Society (APS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics AIAA (senior), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP), Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer (ISHMT), and Combustion Institute. He earned his doctorate from Louisiana State University, the USA in 2009.