Mr. Jagjeet Singh Bindra (BT/CHE/1969) is the Director of Edison International, largest electrical utilities based in California, Edison. Mr. Bindra earlier served as the President of Cheveron Global Manufacturing (2004-2009). His 32 year career at Cheveron started as a research engineer and moved up the ladder by leading company's worldwide manufacturing operations, including 19 refineries. Mr. Bindra has been on the Board of Directors of Larsen & Toubro Limited, India; Transfield Services Limited, Australia and Sriya Innovations Inc., Kennesaw, Georgia; and chairs the board of directors at the IIT Kanpur Foundation. After earning his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur, Mr. Bindra moved to the US to do his masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1970. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kanpur and University of Washington, College of Engineering. Mr. Bindra instituted the Mr. & Mrs. Gian Singh Bindra Chair. It is open to the Department of Chemical Engineering and can be occupied for a period of three years.
Prof. V. Shankar, Department of Chemical Engineering, research areas are in the fields of fluid dynamics, rheology of complex fluids and interfacial phenomena. He specializes in the understanding, prediction and control of hydrodynamic instabilities that arise in the flow of simple and complex fluids, and in devising new strategies to manipulate instabilities towards many technological applications. Prof. Shankar is the recipient of IIChE Golden Jubilee Young Achiever Award (2007), INAE Young Engineer Award (2007), INSA Young Scientist Medal (2004). He earned his doctorate from IISc Bangalore in 2000.