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CHBE alumnus Dr. Animangsu Ghatak appointed Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Dr. Animangsu Ghatak, a graduate from the department (PhD, 2003, with Prof. Manoj Chaudhury) has been appointed Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. In this position, Dr. Ghatak has full operational responsibility for managing all aspects of the functioning of the department.

This department ranks among the best in India and currently scores @101 in QS world ranking. It is home to 20 faculty members, @300 undergraduate and @150 post graduate students. The department continues to nurture excellence and creativity in teaching and research. Today, the alumni of this department occupy some of the top academic and industry positions in this country. Dr. Ghatak received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh in 2003 under the supervision of Professor Manoj Chaudhury. Subsequently, he pursued postdoctoral research at Cambridge University, UK and Harvard University, USA studying instability and fracture of soft materials. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2004 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and to rank of Professor in 2014.

Dr. Ghatak has received the Young Engineer Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2006, Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2010, and has published in Science, Advanced Materials, Physical Review Letters, Proc. National Academy of Sciences, Langmuir and Soft Matter.

In 2014, Dr. Ghatak was named a Gireesh Jankinath Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. In 2015 he received also the DOST Professor S. K. Sharma Medal from Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (The same award was received also by Professor Shivaji Sircar of our department). His research interests are in the areas of adhesion, friction and fracture at soft interfaces, flow through microfluidic channels and locomotion of soft objects.

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