DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARDEES of 2018

 ACADEMIC OR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
Prof. Brij Agrawal (1966 - M.E. - Mechanical Engg.) is a Distinguished Professor and Director, Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security and Director, Spacecraft Research and Design Center at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California (USA). Prior to joining NPS in 1989, Prof. Agrawal worked for twenty years for Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) and International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) where he conducted research in spacecraft attitude control, spacecraft structures, and spacecraft design. He participated in the development of several satellites: INTELSAT IV, IV-A, V, and VI. Professor Agrawal wrote the first textbook on spacecraft design: “Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft.” He also developed several techniques in spacecraft attitude control to avoid instability due to interaction with solar flexibility and liquid slosh. He is a recipient of INTELSAT award for Inventiveness and Technological Contribution (1990), NPS Outstanding Research Award (1992 & 1997), NPS Outstanding Teaching Award (1993, 1994, and 2000), Richard W. Hamming Award for Interdisciplinary Achievements (2007), Fellow AIAA (2009), and Navy Superior Service Award, 2012. For more information, please click here.


Prof. Sudhir Jain (1979 - B.E. - Civil Engineering) is the Director of Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT Gandhinagar). With Prof. Jain at the helm for close to a decade, IIT Gandhinagar has made a mark for itself. Given its several unique academic programs and initiatives, IIT Gandhinagar has carved out a distinct identity in the IIT system. Prof. Jain is a Fellow of INAE and past President of International Association for Earthquake Engineering. He set up the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) and the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE). He was instrumental in the development of several important seismic codes in India. He is a Professor of Civil Engineering and has held several important leadership positions at IIT Kanpur such as the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of Resource Planning and Generation. For more information, please click here.

 EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING OR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
Prof. Mahesh Chandra Tandon (1962 - B.E.- Civil Engineering) is the Managing Director of Tandon Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Tandon has made significant contributions in the development of a culture of innovation in the structural engineering industry. Many of the structures designed by him and his firm Tandon Consultants Pvt Ltd have been widely acclaimed and have received recognition in India as well as internationally. He has to his credit a number of major design projects in Prestressed Concrete, Reinforced Concrete and Structural Steel in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia and several countries in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. His projects employ state-of-the-art technologies and the latest available techniques in design and construction. His structures have been described as highly creative, futuristic, aesthetic, environmentally sensitive and innovative. Mr. Tandon is a Fellow of ASCE and INAE. He was the president of Association of Structural Engineers (2015-2016). He was conferred the honorary Fellowship of the Indian Concrete Institute (2015). He has been awarded with Industry Excellence Award at Indian Engineering Congress (2015). For more information, please click here.


Dr. Ajay Kumar (1968 - B.E. - Mechanical Engineering) is known for his outstanding contributions in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics while being associated with NASA for more than three decades. He introduced the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the analysis and design of Scramjet Engines. Starting in 1981, he worked with NASA in different capacities and rose to attain directorial positions twice steering large teams of researchers and engineers. Dr. Kumar has won many NASA and other awards, including the prestigious Gene Zara Award (1992) for his contributions to the National Aero-Space Plane Program, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2007 & 2012), Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive (2007), and a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contributions to the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics. Dr. Ajay Kumar has also received the Engineer Alumni Achievement Award from the George Washington University and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur (2005). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. For more information, please click here.

 MANAGERIAL EXCELLENCE IN PRIVATE, PUBLIC OR GOVERNMENT SECTOR
Mr. Sanjiv Singh (1980 - B.E. - Chemical Engineering) is the Chairman of Indian Oil - India's largest commercial enterprise and the highest-ranked Fortune 'Global 500' integrated energy major, with a sales turnover of over US$ 65 Billion. He has made significant contributions in policies and programs related to hydrocarbons. Mr. Singh has been recognized for outstanding contributions in the field of fuel science at the International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries hosted by CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research. He has also been awarded the Fellowship of the Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) for conceiving new projects and leading teams towards smooth and expeditious implementation of mega projects across several Indian Oil refinery locations. For more information, please click here.


Dr. Ajay Mathur (1979 - B.E. - Chemical Engineering) is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was the Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India (2006 -2016) and was responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. During his earlier tenure with TERI from 1986 to 2000, he headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited and also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He is the lead author of several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate-change related negotiations at Paris. Recently he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures. He has received the Outstanding Alumni Award of the University of Illinois (2002). For more information, please click here.

 ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE
Dr. Ramachandra Naidu Galla (1967 - M.E. - Electronics and Communication Engineering) is the Founder & Chairman of the Amara Raja Group of companies which has a workforce of more than 14000 people and a net revenue of more than Rs 7500 Crores. He has built this conglomerate over the last 34 years. Amara Raja Batteries Limited is India's largest automotive batteries manufacturer and the Amara Raja Group has verticals spanning production of lead-acid batteries (AMARON brand), power conversion products, sheet metal products, precision components, electronic products, infrastructure development etc. Dr. Galla worked in various capacities until 1985 before he turned a full time entrepreneur and founder of the Amara Raja group of companies. Dr. Galla is a recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. For more information, please click here.

 EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE TO THE SOCIETY
No one was selected.

SELECTION COMMITTEE
The Selection Committee for DAA – 2018 was comprised of the following:

1. Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi Director, Chair
2. Prof. Gautam Barua, Director IIIT Guwahati and Former Director IIT Guwahati, DAA of IIT Bombay (BOG Nominee)
3. Shri Vijay Thadani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director NIIT Ltd, DAA of IIT Delhi (BOG Nominee)
4. Prof. Anil Kumar, Institute Chair Professor (Director’s Nominee)
5. Prof. Bhola R. Gurjar, Dean of Resources & Alumni Affairs