GOVERNANCE

IIT Roorkee Foundation, Inc.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Dr. Atma R. Sahu

President


Dr. Atma Sahu currently serving as a Professor of Mathematics, Coppin State University , Baltimore MD USA. His research work areas include vibrations of elastic beams, computational mathematics and mathematical modeling. Additionally, he is well-recognized researcher in educational aspects of problem solving, systems approach, teacher education, online curriculum and instruction design in STEM fields, and related assessment pedagogy. He also consult with Dept of Defense, Dept of Education, University System Of Maryland institutions of higher Ed. Dr. Sahu has published numerous research papers in US domestic and international refereed journals. His professional attainment include Ph.D (Mathematics, IIT Roorkee India, formerly Univ. of Roorkee), Ph.D(Math Ed, UMCP USA). He is a member of numerous mathematics and engineering professional societies. He is a co-founder of PanIIT Board of Governance USA, he has about 5,000 IIT Roorkee members in his Linkedin Network. PanIIT logo was designed and produced by the PanIIT team that he chaired. He also served as US National President of IIT Roorkee alumni Association. He has organized numerous Roorkee alumni meetings in US and in India. He can be reached: sahuatma@yahoo.com


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Mr. Lakshmi N. Sampath

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Lakshmi N. Sampath graduated from University of Roorkee, in 1961, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked with BEST in Bombay and Crompton Greaves in Lucknow from 1962 through 1968. In 1968, Lakshmi moved to the United States and completed his major in Advertising/Marketing from Ferris State University in Michigan and MBA from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. He started his financial services career with New York Life in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Northern Virginia, in 1978. After the position as the Sales Manager of New York Life, he worked with investment banking firms Capital Resources as a Vice President and Friedman, Billings, Ramsey (FBR) as a Senior Vice President. Lakshmi retired from the financial services business in 2005 and now lives with his wife, Shree Ayengar, in McLean, Virginia.


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Dr. Sushil Sharma

Director


Sushil Sharma is a senior advisor to Director of the Accelerator Systems Division of NSLS-II facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York). As ME Group Leader at NSLS-II from 2007 to 2018, Sushil was responsible for all mechanical engineering aspects of the accelerator subsystems including magnets, support system, vacuum chambers, RF system, diagnostics components, thermal absorbers and process water systems. He had a similar role during the construction and operation the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago) from 1992-2006. Sushil is recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award at ANL (2002) and Brookhaven Award for Outstanding Service at BNL (2017). He co-founded a prestigious international conference (MEDSI) in 2000 which is attended by most of the mechanical engineers working in light sources around the world. Sushil received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee in 1969 and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois (USA) in 1977.


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Mr. Shanti S. Gupta

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Shanti S. Gupta received his BS in Electric Engineering from University of Roorkee in 1960. Subsequently he received M.S. in Electric Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, lL, in 1965. He has enjoyed a successful professional career from 1963 to 2014. Shanti Gupta has worked in the research and development in electronics and telecommuting systems and hardware designs of Wireline Telephone Communications, Satellite Communications, Defense Commination’s Systems. Later he also worked on Communications Network Cyber Security issues, Network reliability and resilience of networks. He started his career in consumer electronics in the early development of color television in Chicago Il. Later he changed his field to telephone systems. In 1978 he joined Comsat Labs in Washington DC, to develop first digital Satellite Communications networks. At Comsat labs he worked on initial development of Global Positioning System (GPS). In 1984 Shanti joined the MITRE corporation (a think tank) and worked on the concept of integration of multiple Defense Communications Networks, Network security, and network related Cyber Security issues. In 2000 he joined the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington DC as a Technical Systems Advisor. At the FCC he worked on the development of rules and regulation on Network reliability and resilience, Cyber Security network issues, and Cyber-attack related to GPS communications. Shanti has been awarded several patents during his career. Shanti Gupta is now enjoying his retirement in Potomac Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC.


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Mr. Mohinder L. Nayyar

Director


Mohinder L. Nayyar graduated as Mechanical Engineer from IIT Roorkee in 1966. He is ASME Life Fellow and recipient of 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Roorkee. Two reference books, Piping Handbook and Piping Databook, published by McGraw-Hill, authored and edited by him, are used by engineers all over the world for the last 27 years. He has many firsts to his credit. His contribution, accomplishments, leadership and role as chair and vice chair of national and international committees and boards on codes and standards have earned him numerous awards. Since 1995 he is listed in Who’s Who in the World. He has published four poetry books, Ghatayen, Ehsas, Mahak, and Heartbeats. His poems not only rhyme with the heartbeats, but resonate with the thought waves of mind also. His quest for the meaning of life has led him to write The Purpose of Life. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. He feels honored and privileged to claim India as his Janmabhumi and USA as his Karmabhumi. To him ‘Work is worship’.


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Mr. Prabhat Sinha

Treasurer


Prabhat Sinha (Kumar) has over 45 years of engineering, construction, startup, and commissioning experience in the power industry and industrial facilities. An expert in his field of water and waste treatment, pollution abatement, and water management, he is recognized both nationally and internationally. Prabhat served as a board member of the Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and served on the Executive Committee of the International Water Conference (IWC). As a recognized leader in the water treatment industry, Prabhat has been given the title of Chair Emeritus by the IWC Executive Committee after serving a two year term as the Chairperson. Prabhat retired from Bechtel Corporation after 35 years, holding key engineering and management positions in his area of expertise including Principal Engineer. He still provides consulting services to the power industry worldwide on a limited basis. He recently signed a consulting agreement with the Engineering Wing of Ministry of Power, Government of Egypt. He has authored/co-authored over 50 technical articles and presented these at IWC, Joint Power Generation Conference, EPRI, ASME/IEEE conferences. After retirement from Bechtel Corporation, Prabhat has picked up interest in travelling to historical sites, playing duplicate bridge and golf. He is currently on the Board of Governance, BITSNAA and very active in Alumni affairs. He organizes alumni meets in the Washington area and keeps in touch with the alumni members residing in other countries including India. He is currently working on MOUs with universities in USA to benefit his alma mater. He has set up scholarship funds through FFE in the name of his late wife to benefit female students of BITS, India. Prabhat has been very active with the local DC Metro Area Roorkee Association and has been the past president of the Association in early 90s. He served as a Lecturer in The Department of Chemical Engineering at Roorkee University for three years prior to his arrival in the US to pursue higher studies and a career in engineering. Prior to joining Roorkee University, Prabhat was an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at BIT Sindri and a Research Fellow at the Fuel Research Institute in Dhanbad, India.


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Mr. Rahul jain

Director


Sh. Rahul Jain received is BE (Computer Science) from University of Roorkee in 1994. Rahul moved to USA in 1996 after 2 years of work as Software Engineer in India, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. Rahul earned Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree at Santa Clara University in 2003 and CFA charter requirements in 2010. Rahul has held senior engineering positions in telecom, wireless, data analytics, machine learning and cybersecurity industry. He is currently employed as Director, Threat Detection Engineering at ProofPoint Inc. located in Sunnyvale, CA. In addition to his regular employment, Rahul actively volunteers in the local charity, city boards, IIT Roorkee alumni and fundraising initiatives. He is currently serving as a board member for the City of Sunnyvale Board of Building Code appeals. Rahul organized and led the US fundraising effort for the IIT Roorkee Class of 1994 silver jubilee reunion during the year 2019.