IManna
Professor INDRANIL MANNA,
FTWAS, FNA, FNAE, FNASc, FASc, MAPAM, FIE(I), FIIM, FEMSI, FAScT, PRS, PhD
JC Bose Fellow
Director and Professor
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Kanpur 208016, Uttar Pradesh, India
President, Indian Institute of Metals 2016-17
Vice President, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), New Delhi
National Coordinator, Impacting Research Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT), MHRD, GoI
Important Foreign Visits and Assignments (Labs/Universities/Agencies):
  1. Visit to USA (June 11-17, 2013):

    Visited USA to conduct faculty interview, meet alumni and prospective donors, consult industry peers for possible joint projects and visited a few Universities for signing MoUs for academic collaboration.

  2. Visit to Hungary (June 26-30, 2013):

    Visited Budapest, Hungary in order to attend International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc. (CAETS)/ HAE Symposium and CAETS Council meeting on behalf of INAE, India.

  3. Visit to Germany (November 14-17, 2013):

    Visited Karisruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as speaker to "INT Physics Days" and possible collaboration with INT, Karlsruhe.

  4. Visit to Germany (November 24-27, 2013):

    The purpose of visit is to deliver lecture in Leopoldina-INSA symposium on nanoscience and this interaction is the first step to initiate joint research programme/collaboration between India and Germany. Further, five young researchers from India and four from Germany have been invited to attend the symposium to provide the exposure and it can help them to formulate collaboration in the high thrust area such as biosensors, drug delivery, bioimaging, nanodevices, etc.

    The team from India has visited various labs of Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics at Halle. Prof. D. Hesse has demonstrated the ongoing research and various facilities available at MPI. The Indian team also visited Faunhofer Institute of Mecahnics of Materials at Halle and Prof. M. Perzold and Dr. T. Hoche have demonstrated their research activities and avenues for possible collaborations.

    The team from India has reached halle on 24th Nov at 11.00 am. On 24th afternoon, Prof. Manna briefed the Indian scientists about the objective of Leopoldina-INSA symposium on nanoscience. He has insisted that this can be a good opportunity to young researchers to initiate joint research programme/collaboration between India and Germany. On 25th Nov, 2013 the program started with the welcome address given by Prof. G. Berg, Vice President of Leopoldina and Prof. Krishnan Lal, President of INSA. The technical session started with the key note speech given by Prof. Herbert Gleiter from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology onNanoglasses. There were four technical presentations on chemical and materials on session 1. Prof. I. Manna (IIT Kanpur) has talked about nanometric phase materials followed by the presentation by Prof. Peter Bauerle (Univ of Ulm)on organic photovoltaics with nanomaterials. Prof. A. Sharma (IIT Kanpur) demonstrated his recent research on the self organization on small scale and the session ended with the presentation given by Prof. A. Muller (Univ. of Bielefeld) on nanocapsules. Young researchers from India and Germany have displayed their poster session during the lunch time and the technical discussion continued. The second session started with nanoscalespintronic devices talk presented by Prof. R. Wiesendanger from Univ. of Hamburg followed by the talk by Prof. V. RamgopalRao (IIT Bombay) on nano-electro-mechanical-sensor. Prof. H. Fuchs (Univ. of Munster) and Prof. S. Ray (IIT Kharagpur) briefed about the functional organic nanosystems and silicon-based nanodevices, respectively. Prof. S. Chakraborthy has explained on biomicrofluidics and Prof. H. Gaub has spoken on functional biomolecules in the third session. The day ended with the conference dinner at MoritizKunstcafe. The technical session of the next day started with the talk given by key note speaker, Prof. A. K. Raychaudhuri (S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata). Prof. Raychaudhuri talked about nanodevices based on single nanowire systems. Session three focused on nanomedicine research area in which Prof. Yamuna Krishnan (NCBS, Bangalore) and Prof. J. Spatz spoken on DNA based devices and cell migration respectively. Prof. H. Hahn from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology started the session four with his presentation on tunable nanostructure followed by Prof. U. Ramamurthy's presentation on nanocrystalline alloys. Prof. G. Wilde has given his talk on ultrafine nanocrystalline materials and the session ended with Prof. K. Chattopadhyay's presentation on structured materials. The poster session has continued during the lunch session. Prof. D. Hesse demonstrated about the ongoing research activities in Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics at Halle. The technical session ended with the young researchers brief presentations. Finally, H. Fuchs and Prof. I. Manna summarized the event followed by concluding remarks by Prof. KrishanLal and Prof. G. Berg. The Indian team visited MPI on 26th Nov and FIMM on 27th Nov. The Indian team returned to India on 28th Nov, 2013.

    Young researchers from India have gained exposure on various research field such as ferroelectric thin film, semiconductor materials, tunable nanostructures for optical devices, nanocrystalline alloys, metallic glasses, nanomagnets, etc. It may help them to initiate the collaboration with German scientists.

  5. Visit to Singapore (December 4-6, 2013):

    Attended 4th Trilateral Conference on Advances in Nanoscience Energy, Water and Healthcare hosted by the Materials Research Society of Singapore, and had collaborative meeting with President, National University of Singapore.

  6. Visit to USA (December 6-10, 2013):

    Attended PAN-IIT 2013 Global Conference held in Houston, Tx and had collaborative meeting at American Geophysical in San Francisco.

  7. Visit to Norway and Finland (October 12-17, 2014):
    • Visited Norway and Finland as part of the official delegation during the State visit of the Hon'ble President of India during 12 October to 17 October 2014
    • In addition to various collaborative discussions, to facilitate further cooperation in education and research following MoUs were signed by the Director, IIT Kanpur:
    • Memorandum of Understanding Between The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur And The University of Oslo, Norway.
    • Memorandum of Understanding Between Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Kjeller (NILU) And Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
    • Memorandum of Understanding Between Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur And The Norwegian University of Science And Technology(NTNU).
    • Memorandum of Understanding Between Consortium of Finnish Higher Education Institutions, Finland and The Indian Institutes of Technology, India.
    • Memorandum of Understanding Between Aalto University Design Factory, Finland, And Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Design Programme, India.
    • Student Exchange Agreement between Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India and Aalto University, Finland.

  8. Visit to Australia (November 15, 20, 2014):
    • Visited Australia as a member of CEO's delegation during the visit of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India during November 15-20, 2014.
    • Recognizing the value of international cooperation, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and University of Melbourne agreed upon and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration in academic and research activities.

  9. Visit to USA (December 15-22, 2014):
    • Had collaborative discussion with Prof. AnantAgarwal, CEO, edX
    • Visited University of Massachusetts at LowellCampus. IIT Kanpur signed anMoU for student and summer internship exchange, short term faculty exchange, joint collaboration for research and joint teaching supervision in future.
    • Visited Olin College, Bostonand had collaborative meetings with Dr. Richard Miller, President and Dr. Vincent P. Manno, Provost. Olin College, an autonomous engineering degree college, established in 2002 through 500 million USD donated from the Olin Group. This institution is designed to offer 4 year engineering degree program with a different philosophy and approach based on design centric project based curriculum. The college offers three major specializations namely Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Scienceand Engineering apart from a general engineering degree. This is a unique experiment where the curriculum, teaching methods and examination system are quite different than the conventional engineering education system. The college follows the motto "Engineering is a Process, not a body of knowledge". Interestingly, a large number of top students in USA have preferred to join Olin College over MIT and Harvard University.
    • Visited Deshpande Center at MIT and had collaborative meeting with Dr. Leon Sandler, Executive Director): This Centre was created around 2002 to promote translational research at MIT i.e. to identify potential developmental projects, provide seed grant, monitor their progress in terms of specific milestones through peer review and finally promote creation of Startup Company through funding from venture capitalists. Any faculty member or researcher within MIT (on roll) may bid for project funding from the Centre and receive 50,000-2,50,000 USD grant for 1-3 years. Selection, evaluation and monitoring are conducted by 30 member external peer committee. One committee member may act as a catalyst and a mentor. Nearly 75% of the project grant is discontinued through periodic review of 3-4 times each year. This initiative has already yielded 25-30 startup companies from Deshpande Center.
    • Research Group of Prof. Robert Langer: This Group of Prof. Langer consists of over 100 researchers with about two third being post-doctoral remaining as doctoral candidates. The Group works on cutting age technology in the area of Nano-biotechnology including targeted drug delivery, tissue engineering, stem cell etc. Output in terms of publications, patents and prototype development are all extraordinarily high level. If we can develop similar strong post-doctoral research cadre to support our research ecosystem the research output in our country is bound to flourish.
    • Technology Licensing Office [MIT TLO](Dr. Lita Nelson, Director): Translational research in MIT, usually emerging from individual research groups, combines innovation and research and is initially incubated at Deshpande Center, after which selected ones go through the Technology Licensing Office for commercialization of process and product. Typically 700 new innovation disclosures are published, 45% of them are submitted for patent application, about 300 patents are issued or granted per year and 10-80 patents are licensed and 20-25 companies are spun out from MIT in each year. Earlier, MIT did not have any incubation centre; now a new Cambridge Innovation Centre has been created to rent out space for incubation of new companies both as dry and wet laboratory facilities. The patent budget of TLO is about 4 million US dollars while the total annual budget is 12-15 million US dollars. MIT earns about 42 million US dollars per year by licensing and dividend earning. One third of the profit goes back to the inventor. Typical technology licensing areas are bio-engineering, Nano-biotechnology, materials and Nano-science, medical devices, energy harvesting devices and sensors.
    • Visit to School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University [SEAS] (Dr. Cherry A. Murray, Dean, Dr. David Hwang, Assistant Dean and Dr. VenkateshNarayanamurti, former Dean): Harvard is the oldest University in USA (1636). SEAS consist of 13 schools in engineering. However, engineering education in Harvard Universityis enmeshed in liberal arts, fundamentals and design. All the courses are ABET accredited. Under graduate courses are BS or BA.

  10. Visit to Washington DC (December 18-19, 2014):

    Purpose: INAE-NAE JOINT SYMPOSIUM ON ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY ISSUES RELATED TO GRAND CHALLENGES
    Venue: NAE Head Quarters, Washington DC

  11. Visit to USA (April 12-15, 2016):

    Visit to USA to attend 17th Governing Board Meeting of the IUSSTF on 13th April 2016 in Washington DC, USA

    Interaction meetings with alumni

  12. Visit to Norway (Sept, 2016):

    Visited Norway as part of Government of India Joint Working Group (JWG) to attend 5th round of India-Norway JWG meeting on Higher Education scheduled to be held in Oslo, Norway during September 13-17, 2016.

  13. Visit to Iran (November 26-29, 2016):

    Visited Iran as part of Directors of IITs delegation for meeting with Heads of highly reputed Universities and National Research Institutions in Iran for academic collaborations and agreements to promote Science and Education between Iran and India.

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