WISE New Faculty Fellowship

WISE New Faculty Fellowship which will be offered as an incentive to a newly appointed female faculty member of any discipline at IIT Kanpur.

Dr. Anjali Joshi is a highly accomplished technology executive who has held several important leadership roles in numerous high-profile companies across the world including AT&T Bell Labs and Covad Communications. Known for bringing exceptional digital products to market, she has served as the VP of Product Management at Google, managing Google's fiber to communities' effort, which brought ultrahigh-speed broadband access to people across the US. Dr. Joshi received her B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1981. Following it, she went to the USA and obtained her master's degree in Computer Engineering from the State University of New York and another master's in Engineering Management from Stanford University. In 1989, she joined AT&T Bell Laboratories and spent several years working in the areas of voice and high-speed data communications. She was a principal member of the technical staff and worked in different capacities including Signaling Network Technology/ Architecture Planner and Technical Program Manager handling ATM/ IP Network Implementation and Service Development for AT&T Interspan High Speed Services.

Current Occupant

Dr. Pragathi Priyadharsini

(March 2022 - Feb. 2025)

Dr. Pragathi Priyadharsini Balasubramani is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cognitive Science in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She directs the Translational Neuroscience and Technology lab. She works on cognitive brain-machine interface paradigms offered at a community setting, with a focus to derive efficient real-time neuro-cognitive states representing the underlying physiology and to develop non-invasive intervention techniques for neurological disorders. She also explores integrating body signals such as gastric signals and cardiac signals for characterizing neurocognition and investigates its plasticity to transcranial current/magnetic stimulation. Earlier to this, she was a Project Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.She has her PhD for computationally reconciling the functional roles of dopamine and serotonin neuromodulators in the cortico-basal ganglia circuit for decision-making from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She has also received the prestigious young investigator award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) and an award for innovative research from the Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind.