Deans of Faculties

Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Prof. Ashitava Ghosal
Contact: +91 80 2293 2044, 2956

Ashitava Ghosal received his B.Tech in 1980 from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and Ph.D. in 1986 from Stanford University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in Carnegie Mellon University and in Santa Clara, California before joining Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1988 where he is currently the Prof. Satish Dhawan Chair Professor. He is an elected fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and an elected member of the executive committee of the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM). His research interests are in robotics and product design.

Dean, Faculty of Science
Prof. S. Asokan
Contact:91–80– 2293 2033, 2271

S. Asokan received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India, in the year 1987. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics.
He was a JSPS Visiting Scientist at the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Gifu University, Japan (1991), INSA-Royal Society Visiting Scientist at the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, U.K. (1998) and a Visiting Scholar at the Lyman Laboratory, Harvard University, USA (1999).
He was the recipient of The Martin J. Forster Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Science for the Best Ph.D. thesis in the Division of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (1986–1987), the Young Scientist Award of the Indian National Science Academy (1990), and the Young Scientist Research Award of the Department of Atomic Energy (1995). He was awarded the IISc Alumni Award of excellence in research in engineering for the year 2018. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.

Dean, Undergraduate Program
Prof. Balaji Jagirdar
Contact: 91-80-2293 3554/2825/3184

Balaji Jagirdar obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT-Bombay in 1989 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Kansas State University in 1994. He had a year and a half stint as a postdoc at the University of Colorado, Boulder during 1994-’95 before returning back to India in Oct 1995 and joined the faculty of the Dept of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry at IISc Bangalore. He joined as a lecturer and rose to the rank of a full professor in 2011. His research interests include activation of small molecules using organometallic compounds, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and materials for hydrogen storage and generation.

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program (B.S)
Prof. Nagasuma Chandra
Contact: 91- 80 – 2293 3554 / 2892
91-80-2360-1552 / 2360-0683

Nagasuma Chandra obtained her PhD from the University of Bristol, UK, in 1992, under a Nehru Centenary British fellowship, in the area of structural biology. She then moved to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, initially as a postdoctoral fellow, and subsequently starting her own research group. Nagasuma Chandra is currently a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and additionally affiliated with Bioengineering and Mathematical biology initiatives at the Institute. She established the area of molecular systems biology and played a key role in the development of bioinformatics in the Institute. Her research is interdisciplinary involving computational modelling of complex biological processes to address fundamental questions about how genome-wide molecular networks respond to a variety of stresses and how that knowledge can be translated into biomedical applications. She is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program (B.Tech)
Prof. Srikanth Krishnan Iyer
Contact: 080-22933327

Srikanth Iyer received his M.Sc. (5yr Integrated) degree in Statistics from IIT-Kanpur in 1990 and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994. He had a year and half stint as a post doc at the Technion and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He joined the faculty of IIT-Kanpur in 1996 and subsequently moved to IISc in 2004. His research interests include stochastic geometry, mathematical finance, and branching processes.