Dr. Purushottam Kashinath Kelakar (1909-1990) is best remembered as the founding director of IIT Kanpur, established in 1959. Born in Karnataka, he graduated in Physics from the Royal Institute of Science, Mumbai in 1931 and later obtained his Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1934 from IISC, Bangalore. Pursuing his passion for studies, Dr. Kelakar earned his doctorate from the University of Liverpool under the guidance of Dr. J.C. Prescott. His association with IITs began in 1956 when he was appointed as the Planning Officer of IIT Bombay and later became its Deputy Director. In 1959 December, Dr. Kelkar was appointed as the first Director of IIT Kanpur. His vision was to establish an institute incorporating engineering curriculum based on science, humanities and social sciences, with faculty engaged in teaching and research. Dr. Kelkar was instrumental in forming a collaborative program between IITK and a consortium of nine American universities called the Kanpur Indo-American Program (KIAP) that played an important role in the development of the institute. He was appointed as the Director of IIT Bombay in 1970 where he brought in many key changes that led to the growth and expansion of the institute. To honor his immense contribution in the field of technical education, the Government of India honored him with Padma Bhushan in 1969.
Prof. Ketan Rajawat, Department of Electrical Engineering, research interests lie in Optimization algorithms in communications, Dynamic network measurement and cartography, Network Localization, Network Optimization. Prof. Rajawat is the recipient of prestigious INSA Young Scientist & INAE Young Engineer Award. He earned his doctorate from University of Minnesota (2012).
Prof. Arvind Kumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, specializes in the areas of Melting/Solidification, Heat Transfer in manufacturing, Phase change energy systems, Casting, Welding, and Thermal spray coating. Prof. Kumar has worked in academic-industry R&D environments where he has performed applied and industry-centric research. He earned his doctorate from IISC, Bangalore (2008).