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.
Umesh Varshney obtained his PhD from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1985, and then continued there as an AHFMR fellow. He moved to MIT in 1988 and then joined IISc in 1991. He is currently a J N Tata Chair Professor. He teaches molecular biology and studies protein synthesis and DNA repair in eubacteria. He is a fellow of INSA (New Delhi), IAS (Bangalore), NAS, India (Allahabad), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and a recipient of JC Bose Fellowship and various other awards including SS Bhatnagar Prize and G. N. Ramachandran Gold Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences & Technology.
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.
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
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.