Indian innovation champion visits Swinburne

Thursday 15 May 2014

The square Swinburne logo on the west side of the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre building in Hawthorn.

Eminent engineering scientist Dr Ramesh Mashelkar visited Swinburne University of Technology recently to meet with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, senior executives and researchers engaged in collaborative projects with partners in India.

Dr Mashelkar also met with Executive Deans and Adjunct Professors at Swinburne, Professor John Webb and Mr Ravi Bhatia, who are advising about opportunities, government perspective and industry needs for Swinburne’s India engagement.

“The outcome of the visit was extremely rewarding and Dr Mashelkar has offered to assist Swinburne enhance its engagement in India which has a particular focus on innovation,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor George Collins, said.

Swinburne Pro Vice Chancellor (International Research Engagement) Professor Ajay Kapoor will visit India and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) with Dr Mashelkar later in the year to progress Swinburne’s India engagement.

Dr Mashelkar is the President of Global Research Alliance, a group of publicly funded research and development institutes from Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Europe and USA which has over 60,000 scientists.

He is also the Chairperson of India’s National Innovation Foundation, and was appointed as the first chairperson of AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research).

His other achievements include: Fellow of Royal Society, Former Director General of CSIR India (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), and recipient of over 32 Honorary PhDs from around the world. This year he received Padam Vibhusan, the second highest civilian award from President of India.