Dr. Gurmukh D Mehta (MT/ME/1969) is a Senior Scientist and Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for over 25 years. SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the US, providing Information Technology, Systems integration and eSolutions to commercial and government customers. Dr. Mehta has been supporting US Navy in the development, upgrade, testing and simulation of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles for over 20 years. He is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and International Executive Advisor and past Chairman of the ASME Washington DC Section. Dr. Mehta obtained his BE in 1967 from Guru Nanak Engineering College, Punjab University and MTech from IIT Kanpur in Mechanical engineering in 1969 and finally went on to complete his PhD from Brown University in 1974.
Dr. Mehta and his wife, Mrs. Veena Mehta instituted Gurmukh D. Mehta & Veena M.Mehta Chair for the Department of Mechanical Engineering that can be occupied for a period of three years.
Prof. Shantanu Bhattacharya, Department of Mechanical Engineering, research interests include Micro-system design and fabrication, Bio Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, Nano Technology, and Lab on Chip. Prof. Bhattacharya heads the Design Programme at IITK since 2017. The Programme offers training for students to synthesize technology and aesthetics in the service of human-needs. The programme encourages creativity, innovation, craftsmanship, and personal expression leading to evolution of products and services in the field of engineering design and visual communications. He also heads the Microsystems Fabrication Lab at the Mechanical Engineering Department. Prof. Bhattacharya has eight patents to his name and is the recipient of many awards and honours - NASI Reliance Platinum Jubilee Award - 2019; Er. M.P. Baya National Award from IEI for 2019; Senior Member, IEEE, 2019; Fellow of the International Society of Energy , Environment and Sustainability (ISEES), 2018 to name a few. Prof. Bhattacharya earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia.