Our Alumni

JNT Alumni 1961 - 1980

Dr. S. Ranganathan(1962) completed Ph.D. degree in Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, U.K. He returned to India and joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he is now a NASI Senior Platinum Jubilee Fellow. His current research explores novel atomic configurations in the metallic state. Dr. Ranganathan is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Ministry of Steel, the Electron Microscope Society of India, the National Metallurgists Day Award from the Indian Institute of Metals and the distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Science.

Dr. Prakash Chitre(1963) completed Mathematical Tripos from the University of Cambridge, U.K. Dr. Chitre is currently Vice President and General Manager of Comsat Laboratories, a Division of ViaSat. He pioneered the field of interoperability between satellite and terrestrial networks and championed the concept of seamless integration of the satellite communications systems into the national and global information infrastructure. He has been actively involved in telecommunication standards activities both in the International Telecommunications Union and Telecommunications Industry Association.

Dr. Bijendra Jain (1970) completed MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, U.S.A. where he also completed his Ph.D. degree. He returned to India in 1975 and joined IIT Delhi as Professor of Computer Science. In 1983 Dr. Jain was the first to propose a nationwide data network for India and built and launched India’s first data network ERNet. Presently he is the Vice Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan.

Dr. Shailesh Mehta(1971) completed MS degree in Operations Research from the Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A, and his Ph.D. He is presently the Managing General Partner of Granite Hill Capital Partners and CEO of Granite Hill Capital Ventures LLC. Dr. Mehta is serving or has served as board member on many philanthropic, business, education and art organisations such as the California State University, the IIT Bombay Advisory Council, the Asian Art Museum Foundation, San Francisco, the TiE Silicon Valley, among others. He is also known for his philanthropic activities. He has formed the Shailesh J. Mehta and Kalpa S. Mehta Charitable Foundation, which has pledged millions of dollars in grants to various institutions and causes such as the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay – Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, the California State University - School of Management, the India Studies Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the America India Foundation among others.

Ms. Brinda Somaya (nee Chinappa) (1971) completed M.A. degree in Architecture from Smith College, U.S.A. She returned to India and started her own firm Somaya and Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai in 1978. Over the years she has merged architecture, conservation and social equity in projects ranging from institutional campuses and rehabilitation of an earthquake – torn village to the restoration of an 18th century Cathedral, showing that progress and history need not be at odds. Master–planning and building design of multiple corporate and educational campuses has become one of her areas of expertise. Some of these award–winning campuses include Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park, Mumbai; Nalanda International School, Vadodara and Zensar Technologies, Pune. Her firm has won the competition for the Restoration and Upgradation of the historic Louis Kahn Buildings of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM – A).

In 2004 she won the UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage award for the restoration of the St. Thomas’ Cathedral in Mumbai. She is also a Leading European Architects Forum award winner for the new Nalanda Schools Campus in Baroda in 2006. She was the first woman to have won the Wienerberger Golden Architect Award for Lifetime achievement – a peer award, in 2007.

Dr. Sunil Mukhi(1976) completed doctorate in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, U.S.A. After spending two years at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics at Trieste, Italy he returned to India where he worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India from 1984. In November, 2012 he joined the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune as the Head of the Physics Department.Dr. Mukhi is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy and a recipient of the S.S. Bhatnagar Award for Physical Sciences, 1999 and the J.C. Bose Fellowship 2008. He has been an Editor of the Journal of High Energy Physics since its inception.

Dr. (Ms.) Rukmini Bhaya Nair(1976) completed Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Cambridge, U.K. Dr. Nair is presently working as a Professor of Linguistics and English at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She has since taught at universities ranging from Singapore to Stanford. Her research interests are in the fields of cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, techno-cultures, literary and postcolonial theory, gender and creative writing. Dr. Nair has also been recipient of the Hornby and Charles Wallace Awards and the Dorothy Leet Grant. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp. for her contributions to the fields of linguistics and literary theory and was chosen as a Fellow of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, U.K. in the same year. More recently, she was awarded the prestigious two – year Senior Fellowship at the NMML (2010 – 2012) for a project on ‘Contemporary Indian Keywords’.Presently, her honorary duties include being the President’s Nominee (Visitor) for her expertise in English and Linguistics to the newly instituted Central Universities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as being on the Academic Council of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla as well as a member of its Society of Fellows. She also serves as a board member of the Scholarship Committee of the Open Society Foundation, New York, U.S.A.

Dr. Subra Suresh(1977) completed MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Iowa State University, U.S.A. In August 1981 he was awarded a D.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined as an Assistant Professor in Engineering at Brown University, U.S.A. in 1983 and worked as a Professor of Engineering from 1989 to 1993. He was the Director of the National Science Foundation, USA, and nominated in 2010 by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Carnegie Mellon University made him President in July 2013.

Some of the awards and honours received by him include, among others, an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden in 2006; the Acta Materialia Gold Medal – one of the major international awards for lifetime achievement in Materials Science and Engineering, awarded by Acta Materialia, Inc. in cooperation with 30 international materials societies in 2006; the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award by the American Society of Materials International in 2004. He was appointed as the Kelly Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, U.K. in June 2001 and as the Director and Lead PI on the Office of Naval Research Defence University Research Initiative on Nano Technology (DURINT) Award on Nanostructured Materials, for a 5 programme in 2001.