KNOWLEDGE TREE - IMPACTFUL STORIES FROM IIT BOMBAY
Warm wishes from your alma mater. I trust that you and your family are in the best of health.
Our GO-IITB campaign is still going on in full swing. I hope that you have had a chance to look at it and have already contributed to the campaign. I thank you in advance for your generosity.
The Institute held the Interim Session of the 61st Convocation Ceremony in February and conferred degrees to 312 students. We were delighted to welcome Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman, and Managing Director, Persistent Systems Limited, as the Chief Guest at the function. Dr. Sharad Kumar Saraf, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIT Bombay, presided over the function while Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, awarded students with their degrees. My heartiest congratulations to all our graduates and I wish them the very best as they embark on their professional careers into the real world.
Young Faculty Awards
One of IIT Bombay’s most legendary and beloved professors, Prof. S. P. Sukhatme, in a speech in 1996 said, “The Institute has a tryst with excellence and it shall keep that tryst.” It reflected his heartfelt desires and dreams for the Institute, and 27 years after the event IIT Bombay continues to use his words as its guiding light.
And it is this tryst with excellence that has resulted in IIT Bombay becoming an ‘Institute of Eminence.’ The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university ranking has placed it consistently amongst the top two institutes of India, and 47 out of the top 50 JEE rank-holders chose IIT Bombay as their preferred institute of education in 2022.
Prof. Shamik Sen is a Professor in the Biosciences and Bioengineering Department at IIT Bombay. In a freewheeling conversation with the Dean ACR newsletter, Prof. Sen traces his beginnings as a mechanical engineer to now working in bioengineering, tells us why the quality of publishing is more important than quantity, and his dream of developing a product for healing wounds. We are delighted to speak with him for the Knowledge Tree.
Thank you for speaking to us, Prof. Sen. Can we begin with you taking us through your academic trajectory?
After 12th grade, I joined the UG program in Mechanical Engineering at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. After that, I took a year-long break during which I worked briefly in the industry. Between 2000-2002, I was at IIT Kanpur pursuing M. Tech. in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Research Spotlight of the Month
The following article was originally written for the IIT Bombay website by Mr. Dennis C. Joy: (https://www.iitb.ac.in/en/research-highlight/harnessing-power-defects-to-improve-metallic-alloys)
The paper was originally published in Science Direct:
Learning about dislocations and their interactions within an alloy can help precisely engineer its properties..
Student Success Stories
Team Nimbus from IIT Bombay placed first and won a cash prize of $10,000 in the prestigious International Switch Energy Case Competition 2022. The competition was organized by Switch Energy Alliance, a Texas-based non-profit organisation, with support from Sempra and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (PGE).
IIT Bombay’s team comprising Mr. Shivam Kumar, Ms. Roopmati Meena, Ms. Srushti Bhamare, and Ms. Shruti Prajapati, worked on energy poverty issues in Ghana and won the finale where the top 5 teams presented their projects to a live audience and a 3-member jury.
We are delighted to speak to the team for the Dean ACR Newsletter
Alumni Connect - Australia Roadshow
A team from the Dean ACR office and the DRF office will travel to Australia for an alumni roadshow-cum-reunion. The team will meet IITB alumni in Sydney and Melbourne. It is a chance for the Institute and its alumni to reconnect, reminisce, and revel in the company of old friends and learn about the exciting new developments at the Institute.
Alumni Connect - Singapore Roadshow
After the Australia trip, the team will travel to Singapore and meet with IITB alumni settled in Garden City.
FAN – DAM
The Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) and the Distinguished Alumni Meet (DAM) will bring together inspiring individuals pursuing cutting-edge research in emerging areas of technology. They will deliberate on emerging areas of research, nucleate collaborative programs for impact, create opportunities, and explore innovative ways to take IIT Bombay to greater heights.
Shashwat Panda Memorial Lecture
IIT Bombay alumnus, Mr. Ram Kelkar, will deliver the Shashwat Panda Memorial Lecture in March 2023 titled, “A career is a journey – not a destination: Vignettes of IITian career paths.”
Mr. Kelkar will talk about the skills that matter in the long term and draw parallels to the many unique and impactful career paths blazed by various IIT Bombay alumni. He will also share learnings from his own career experience in moving from Silicon Valley to Wall Street that was built on the skills and knowledge he gained at IIT Bombay.
IIT Bombay is heartbroken to announce the tragic loss of one of our very own – young, first-year, B.Tech. student, Mr. Darshan Solanki, on February 12, 2023.
The Institute is deeply anguished over his extremely tragic demise.
Our heartfelt prayers for peace to the departed soul and may his family and friends have the strength and fortitude to bear this grievous loss.