Professor Pradipta Banerji
Director, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Prof. Pradipta Banerji graduated with a B.Tech. degree from IIT Delhi in 1981, securing the Director's Silver Medal as the top-ranked graduating student in Civil Engineering. He has also been the recipient of the National Science Talent Scholarship in India. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, with specialization in Earthquake Engineering. During his studies at Berkeley, he was awarded the UC Regents' Fellowship twice, the prestigious Popert Research Fellowship, and a Distinguished Teaching Award. Prior to joining I I T Roorkee as Director, Professor Pradipta Banerji has been a Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay, where he was since 1988.
During his stay at IIT Bombay he has supervised the research work, in earthquake engineering and structural health monitoring, of 45 Masters and 12 Doctoral scholars, and published frequently in reputed research journals and proceedings in both India and abroad. He has also been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at IIT Bombay.
He has executed several sponsored and contract research projects for various national and international organizations. He has been an expert consultant to many organizations in India and abroad, particularly in the fields of Earthquake Engineering, Vibration Control, Bridge Design and Structural Health Monitoring. He has also been the Dean (Alumni & International Relations) at IIT Bombay and was responsible for leading all relationships with alumni of IIT Bombay and its partner universities all over the world.
He is a member of several professional societies and is a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure. Furthermore, he is a member of the Committee for Capacity Building of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations under UNESCO, and a member of the African Science Committee under the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
He has spent short periods of few months each as a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada and the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Prof. Banerji envisions to make IIT Roorkee one of the best technological institutions in world.