Prof. Keshav Pingali received the ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. The Ken Kennedy Award recognizes groundbreaking achievements in parallel and high-performance computing. Prof. Pingali, faculty at Department of Computer Science, University of Texas, Austin, is a W.A."Tex" Moncrief Chair of Grid and Distributed Computing. He has made wide-ranging contributions to many areas of parallel computing including programming languages, compilers, and runtime systems for multicore, manycore and distributed computers. Prof. Pingali is also the CEO and Co-founder of Katana Graph, AI-powered Graph Intelligence Platform providing faster, deeper, and more accurate insights on massive and complex data.
Prof. Pradip Swarnakar was appointed as Senior Associate (Non-Resident) at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) under Energy Security and Climate Change Program. Prof. Swarnkar, an alumnus of IITK, is a faculty at HSS Dept. and specializes in the areas of Environmental Sociology and Social Network Analysis.The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges located in Washington D.C., USA.
Dr. Neeraj Kayal and Dr. Dipti Ranjan Sahoo have been awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science & Technology 2022.
Dr. Kayal currently serves as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Lab in Bengaluru. He works in the areas of complexity theory, algorithms, and related areas of theoretical computer science.
Dr. Sahoo currently serves as Associate Dean (Infrastructure) and Professor of Structural Engineering in the Dept. of Civil Engineering in IIT Delhi. Prof. Sahoo’s research interests encompass Performance-based earthquake design, Hybrid simulation and testing, Seismic fragility assessment, Finite element modeling, Passive vibration control, Fiber-reinforced concrete, High-strength materials, Steel-concrete composite structures, Sesmic strengthening techniques, and Structural fire engineering.
Mr. Vijay Parthasarthy, an alumnus of IITK, launched his book, The Golden Ladder on 8th Aug. 2023 in IIT Kanpur.It is a self-help book that teaches readers how to achieve success in business and in life. The book also includes a number of case studies of successful businesses and individuals who have used the principles of the Golden Ladder to achieve their goals.
Mr. Farhan Ahmad on getting appointed as the Chief Financial Officer at Enovix Corp.. He has earlier served as the Vice President, Investor Relations and Finance Strategy at Micron where he was responsible for driving long range strategic planning and cost competitiveness. He has also served at Credit Sussie as an Equity Analyst covering a wide range of stocks across Semiconductors, Semiconductor Capital Equipment and Cleantech
Shri Amit Agrawal has been appointed as the CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He is an officer of the 1993 batch IAS from the Chhattisgarh cadre. He has served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Before that he was Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. In Chhattisgarh, he served as the Finance Secretary and the Secretary in charge of the Departments of Commercial Tax and Technical Education in the State Government among other roles.
The Ministry of External Affairs appoints Shri Upender Singh Rawat as the next High Commissioner to Uganda. Shri Rawat is an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1998 batch. He is currently serving as the Ambassador of India to Panama. In his career, he has served in various capacities. He started as the third Secretary at the Embassy of India, Buenos Aires; served in Indian Diplomatic Missions in Slovakia, UK, and Mexico.
Prof. Rohit Verma gets appointed as the Dean of Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina from 1 August 2023. He currently serves as the founding provost at VinUniversity in Hanoi, Vietnam, and is also a professor of operations, technology and information management at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business.
IITK alumnae, Prof. Sandhya S. Visweswariah, and Prof. Jyotirmayee Dash were featured in Vigyan Vidushi: Indian Women Scientists, an initiative of Vigyan Prasar to highlight the contributions of Indian scientists since 1848.
Mr. Anil Bhandari (BT/ME/1969) passed away. He served as the Chairman of the Wheels Global Foundation (WGF)Advisory Board. He was known for his philanthropy and had instituted Gopal Das Bhandari Memorial Distinguished Teacher Award at IIT Kanpur. He was deeply involved in alumni activities and played a significant role in the construction of the Outreach Building on the IIT Kanpur campus. He was also involved in PanIIT alumni outreach.
Dr. Rathin Datta passed away in Chicago, USA. He was a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kanpur 2010 and recipient of the Director's Gold Medal in 1970. He was a renowned chemical engineer with more than 40 years of experience in developing and commercializing process and product technologies for both established and emerging companies. His career was devoted to renewable resources for energy and chemicals – development of innovative technologies, creating organizations and companies in this field and leading them to commercialization.
Mr. Saurabh Tripathi was appointed as the Leader, Global Financial Institutions Practice at Boston Consulting Group, Mumbai. His expertise lies in banking and financial services and has over 17 years of experience in consulting. He did his bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1996 and was awarded the President's Gold Medal.
Mr. Anup Bagchi (MT/CHE/1977) got appointed as the next MD & CEO of ICICI Pru Life Insurance. Mr. Bagchi is currently serving as Executive Director of ICICI Bank and will take over in June this year. He has previously served in retail, banking, treasury, investment banking, small-scale industry, payment, and settlement systems, and has over three decades of experience in the financial services industry.
Mr. Pankaj Gupta was appointed as the MD & CEO of Pramerica Life Insurance. He earlier served at HDFC Life, where he was Group Head – Distribution Strategy & Alliances and was part of HDFC Life’s top Leadership team. He has also held senior leadership roles at Citigroup, ICICI Bank, and TCS.
Dr. Ajay Kumar (BT/EE/1984) joined IIT Kanpur as Distinguished Visiting Professor jointly in the Department of Economic Sciences & Department of Industrial Management & Engineering. He is a former Defense Secretary and Distinguished Alumnus of IITK.
Dr. Eshan Chattopadhyay (BT/CSE/2011) has been awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship 2023. He is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Computer Sciences at Cornell University. He is a theoretical computer scientist.
Dr. Debanjan Chowdhury (MSC5/PHY/2010) is an Assistant Professor in Physics Department at Cornell University. His research focuses primarily on the study of strongly correlated quantum matter, using techniques from quantum field theory and quantum information.
Dr. Smita Hashim joined Zoom as the Chief Product Officer. She earlier served as Director & Head of Product Management, Google Cloud Maps Platform at Google, California. She is a Distinguished Alumna of the IIT Kanpur.
IITK Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Pawan Kumar passed away. He did his graduation in Civil Engineering from the institute in 1969. He was an Angel investor, mentor and advisor.
Mr. Anil Bansal (BT/MME/1977 ) has been named The South Asian Times Person of the Year 2022. He was felicitated by the Consul General of India in New York, Mr. Randhir Jaiswal. He is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures across software, finance, and real estate. He is the founder of First National Realty Management. He serves as a Board Member of Indo-American Arts Council. He is known for his philanthropy and has generously contributed towards the Gangwal School of Medical Sciences & Technology at IIT Kanpur.
Mr. Raj Kumar has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Gujarat. Of 1987 IAS cadre batch, he has also served as Joint Secretary, Dept. of Economic Affairs; principal secretary, Gujarat govt. in food and supplies department. Shri Kumar did his Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Deepak Dhar was conferred with the prestigious Padma Bhushan 2023 award by the Govt. of India in the field of Science & Engineering. He is a theoretical physicist and a distinguished professor in the Physics department of IISER Pune.
Our Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Rajiv Batra (BT/EE/1982) has generously contributed Rs. 2.25 Cr. towards instituting a Faculty Chair, new Faculty Fellowship, and Student Award, all in the domain of Cyber Security. IIT Kanpur thanks him for his generosity.
IITK Distinguished Alumna, Prof. Meenakshi Narain passed away on 01 Jan. 2023. She was a prominent high-energy experimentalist and was deeply involved with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. She did her MSC2 in Physics in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She was instrumental in discovering the top quark, the heaviest fundamental particle in 1995, and co-authored/authored over 850 articles in leading physics journals. She was a professor of physics and Chair of the Dept. of Physics at Brown University.
Dr. Deepak Pathak for getting awarded the 2022 Okawa Research Grant. He is one of seven professors in the U.S. to receive the prestigious grant from the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications. Dr. Pathak's research has focused on making robots adaptable to real-world environments. His work with legged robots has enabled them to maneuver across nearly any #terrain, climb high stairs and clamber over obstacles. He has also demonstrated novel ways to teach robots tasks, including having mobile manipulators learn from watching humans or even YouTube videos.
An esteemed alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Mr. Ajay Dubey and his wife Mrs. Rooma Dubey have contributed USD 2,50,000 for seeding health technology innovations. An MoU was signed between the institute and Mr. Ajay Dubey on 06 Dec. 2022 at IIT Kanpur who generously contributed towards instituting ‘Rooma & Ajay Dubey Healthcare Innovation & Ideation Program’ (HII Program) which aims to seed and nurture innovations in health technology and build an ecosystem and nurture students start-ups in the domain of HealthTech. This program will expose students to various problem statements and motivate them to come up with technology solutions, and develop technological ideas for the betterment of the healthcare system. Under the umbrella of SIIC, students will get funding and networking opportunities to fast-track their growth and build a culture of entrepreneurship.
Mr. Deepak Narula (BT/EE/1985) has generously donated towards the Gangwal School of Medical Sciences & Technology. He joins the League of Founders for the Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology as a 'Co-Founder.' The school will house Yadupati Singhania Super Speciality Hospital and various Centers of Excellence to pursue cutting-edge research in various domains at the intersection of engineering and medical sciences.
Mr. Pawan Tewari (BT/EE/1988) has donated to establish Pawan Tewari Goldman Sachs Endowment towards AI for Social Good. This endowment will promote research and development in Artificial Intelligence focused mainly on Healthcare and Sustainability.
Mr. Choudhary was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer at Wipro. He is a seasoned global executive focused on client-value creation, leveraging his experience in strategy consulting, financial management, business process re-engineering, and mergers & acquisitions. He is committed to innovation, delivery excellence, and improving capabilities, processes, and talent. He has consulted Boards and CXOs across industries, with emphasis on financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and industrial goods.
Prof. Yashwant Gupta (BT/EE/1985) gets selected as the Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is a Distinguished Professor, and Center Director of the National Center for Radio Astrophysics at TIFR.
IITK alumnus and faculty, Prof. Rajat Moona gets appointed as the next Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar . He currently serves as the Director of IIT Bhilai. Prof. Moona did his B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He later joined IITK as a faculty in the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering.
Prof. Ratnesh Kumar has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Research by Iowa State University for exemplary national and international reputation for #contribution in #research and dedication for guiding and influencing research of #students. He is the Barbara & James R. Palmer Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. of the university.His research interests are in the fields of #Sensors, #Networks, #Controls, and #Software with #application #domains of Safety & Security in Cyber-physical (#hybrid).
Mr. Kumar (IFS: 1995) currently serves as Consul General, Consulate General of India, Chicago. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1993.
Our Distinguished alumnus, Prof. K V Subramanian has been named as the Executive Director (India) at the International Monetary Fund. Dr. Subramanian is the former Chief Economic Advisor to the Govt. of India and is a leading expert on economic policy, banking, and corporate governance.
IITK Distinguished alumnus, Dr. Rakesh K. Jain (BT/CHE/1972) gets selected to receive 2022 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research.
Dr. Jain is being recognized for his pioneering research and breakthrough discoveries on overcoming barriers posed by the tumor microenvironment (TME) which led to the improved delivery and efficacy of anti-cancer medicines. His groundbreaking and innovative research has fundamentally transformed the understanding of tumor biology and directly informed the development and approval of new drug-combinations to treat cancer patients.
The Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research is named in memory of Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi, NFCR’s co-founder and 1937 Nobel Laureate for his study of vitamin C and cell respiration. The annual Prize honors scientists whose seminal discovery or pioneering body of work has contributed to cancer prevention, diagnosis, or treatment and has had a lasting impact on understanding cancer, holding the promise of improving or saving lives of cancer patients. Dr. Rakesh K. Jain will be honored at the Szent-Györgyi Prize award ceremony on October 22, 2022, at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma (BT/CHE/1982) was selected as the President of the Indian National Science Academy in June 2022. He is an Institute Fellow and Distinguished Alumnus of IITK. Prof. Sharma served as the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He is a recipient of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in engineering sciences for his "original pioneering contribution to the understanding of the behavior of thin films and other highly confined nanoscale systems." For More
Prof. Jayathi Murthy (BT/ME/1979) was elected as the President of the Oregon State University, USA, in June 2022. She is the first woman Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at UCLA. Prof. Murthy is also a Professor at UCLA’s Mechanical & Aerospace Department. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA; Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. For More