IIT Alumni Council confers Distinguished Fellowships to four eminent researchers

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PanIIT honors four for their original contribution to the development of key platform technologies.

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IIT Alumni Council announced institutional strengthening of PanIIT Institute—an independent and autonomous partner alumni organization engaged in the development of an end-to-end deeptech Research Ecosystem in India—through the appointment of Distinguished Fellows in four key areas of Applied Science and Engineering. 

“Excellence, nor mere competence is the hallmark of a Distinguished Fellow. The Distinguished Fellow program of the PanIIT Institute identifies, evaluates and awards the most distinguished alumnus from among i2Net institutions in each area of applied sciences and engineering. The focus is not just on publication of research papers and filing of patents but on actual commercial implementation of key platform technologies that find application across multiple products or services.” said Ravi Sharma, President and Chief Volunteer of the IIT Alumni Council.

Dr Jyoti Joglekar has been selected by the jury as the most eminent alumnus in the area of holographic imaging and related AI & ML technologies. She has a PhD from IIT Bombay in Imaging AI & Analytics and is a leading global researcher in photogrammetry and remote sensing.  Bleeding edge technologies developed by her find applications in a very wide range of industries from Agritech and disaster management to HealthTech and next generation diagnostics. ”Fellowship is an honor for an academician. Thank you so very much for recognizing my contribution and honoring me for the same,” added Dr Jyoti Joglekar. 

Dr Rohinton Dehmubed received his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He has led the development of core chipsets based on advanced materials such as Gallium Arsenide with newer options relying on Gallium Nitride and substrates such as diamond and sapphire. The chipsets are fabricated using epitaxies with crystal growth technologies such as Molecular Beam Epitaxy which could involve up to 36 material layers and sub-nanometer scale, multiple quantum well layers. “For any technologist, It is indeed a matter of pride to receive the Distinguished Fellowship from the IIT Alumni Council”

Dr Kapil Talwar has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, Saint Louis, USA. He has a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay. He has been a researcher, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is involved in cutting edge research companies both in India and overseas in the area of next generation catalysts that are used in the emerging bio economy and green chemistry-based substitutes for mainstay process plants. “Green chemistry can be very profitable even in India, if the regulators ensure a level playing field” added Dr Talwar.

Dr Arindam Bose is a silver medallist of IIT Kanpur, 1975 batch. He has spent over forty years in industry, finally as a Leader in Biotherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences at Pfizer Worldwide R&D. His area of specialization is monoclonal antibodies that have been found to be useful for treating many diseases such as arthritis, fatty liver, cancer and others which had no cure in small molecule based pharmaceutical products. He has personally led the development of several monoclonal antibodies that have received FDA approvals and was selected as the most eminent IIT Alumnus in this fast-emerging domain. “Biologics is one industry that India can lead in, especially monoclonal antibody based biotherapeutics”, said Dr Bose.

The PanIIT Institute awards three types of Fellowships:

  • Distinguished Fellowships
  • Life Fellowships 
  • Honorary Fellowships

Distinguished Fellowship is the highest membership honor that the PanIIT Institute bestows upon its members. The Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to PhDs who have made significant contributions for the development of key platform technologies. These technologies should have been successfully commercialized for applications across a wide range of products or services. Life Fellows are eminent industry experts. Honorary Fellows are global achievers who are not alumni of the IITs or other India Innovation Network institutions.

Dr Jyoti Joglekar

Dr Jyoti Joglekar holds a Bachelor of Electrical engineering from Walchand College of Engineering Sangli, a Master of Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and a PhD in Satellite Image Analysis from IIT Bombay. She has presented her research work in several International conferences of repute such as the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). Technology developed by her was an important constituent of some of the core data analysis applications developed with   Chandrayaan-1 data by SAC, ISRO, Ahmedabad. She has over 25 publications in international journals and international conferences of repute. She is a reviewer of reputed international journals such as IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Transactions on Remote Sensing (TGRS), IEEE letters, IEEE Access, IET etc. She has been honored as Fellow member of IETE (Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering) and is a Life Fellow on Computer Vision and Imaging AI at the PanIIT Institute. She is a member of the Board of Studies, Department of Computer Engineering, Mukesh Patel school of Technology, NMIMS, Mumbai, the Department of Information Technology, Cummins College of Engineering, Pune and Science college at SVU.

Dr Kapil Talwar

Dr Kapil Talwar holds a BTech in ChE from IIT Mumbai and a MS & PhD in Chemical Engineering from Washington University at St Louis. He has an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He has been a serial entrepreneur in the technology space having exited several start-ups to established Industry leaders.

Experience is concentrated around the confluence of business, science and technology, and include broad exposure to ancillary functions that support business growth. Professional Experience: Startup management, development and growth, capital raising, financial modelling and budgeting, investment due diligence, market strategy development, business development, corporate strategy, product planning, operations, program management.

Dr Rohinton Dehmubed

Dr Rohinton Dehmubed has over 30 yrs. experience in engineering design and product development in the field of telecommunications, RF, optics and compound semiconductors across multiple continents. He co-founded OPEL Inc. in 2001 which got listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (currently trading under TSX: PTK) in June 2007.  As Vice-President in charge of product development at OPEL he led the team to develop a complex III-V epitaxy for monolithic opto-electronic integration of optical communication devices for military and commercial applications. He has secured funding from private investors and government bodies and was on the board of directors of OPEL Inc. from 2005 until his departure in early 2007.  Since then, he has been a mentor and an investor in Cheekotel Venture Fund., a long horizon deeptech fund focusing on the markets in India and other emerging markets and is a member of their advisory board.  From 1997-2001, he worked at Transwitch Corporation in Shelton, CT, (NASDAQ: TXCC), where he was in charge of system development, definition and testing of high speed next-generation communication chipsets from DS3 (44Mhz) to OC-768 (40 GHz).  Prior to Transwitch, he worked in the field of free-space optics and plume measurements at Electro Optical Sciences and Contel Corporation.  During his time at Contel, he tested the earliest Erbium Fiber Optical Amplifiers and Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers for the Fiber-in-the-Loop application.

Dr Arindam Bose 

Dr Arindam Bose retired from Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development in 2016 after 34 years in leadership roles in bioprocess development and clinical manufacturing. Dr Bose’s final position at Pfizer was Vice-President, Biotherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences with responsibility for external sourcing, competitive intelligence and external influencing as well as for executing the technical development plan for Pfizer’s entry into biosimilars. He is widely recognized as a Key Thought Leader in the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr Bose was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering for innovations in biologics manufacturing. Dr Bose currently provides consulting services in bioprocessing to several start-up biotechnology companies including a part-time process development management role at Akero Therapeutics. He received a PhD in chemical engineering from Purdue University, a MS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. 

Dr Arindam Bose has been a key mentor and coach to the engineered biomolecule initiative of the IIT Alumni Council.

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