Keynote Speakers

Prof. Chem Nayar

Emeritus Professor at Curtin University

Professor Nayar’s career spans 42 years and his contribution to electrical engineering and sustainable energy place him at the forefront of academia, research, innovation and industry. Professor Nayar is renowned worldwide in the sustainable energy industry for his: pioneering contributions in teaching; research and development; and, commercialisation of solar and wind power systems in Australia and overseas
Specialties: Renewable Energy in particular solar photovoltaic and wind generators. Hybrid Power Systems. Prof.Chem Nayar

Prof. T.R.Sreekrishnan

Professor, Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, IIT Delhi

Professor T.R.Sreekrishnan has more than 25 years of experience in wastewater treatment and waste management. He has taken up various research and consultancy projects with many well known industrial players. He is an invited member of Advisory Committee for organizations like TERI, CPCB, MNRE, DPCC etc. He has got over 50 international publications, 4 books and 1 patent to his credit.
Research area: Environmental engineering and biotechnology; Development, modelling and optimization of aerobic and anaerobic biological treatment processes for low strength, high strength and toxic industrial wastewaters; Biodegradation of xenobiotic compounds; Production of biodegradable polymers; Development of biosensors for monitoring environmental pollutants; Microbial fuel cells.

Prof. Brajendra Mishra

Professor and the Assoc. Director of Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

He is the Co-Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling – the first National Center of its kind. He is a lead principal investigator on the US Department of Energy’s Energy Hub on Critical Materials. Dr. Mishra has over twenty five years of research experience in molten salt pyrometallurgy and electrochemistry and has many contributions to the application of these technologies to materials synthesis and processing. Dr. Mishra has authored over 400 technical publications, holds ten patents and has authored/edited 20 books. Dr. Mishra is a Fellow of ASM (2001). Mishra received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (2010) and the highest award of Honorary Membership form the Indian Institute of Metals (2008). Brajendra served as the 2006 President of The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) of AIME and the 2011 President of Amer. Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers. Dr. Mishra was instituted as an Honorary Professor of Kazakh Natl. Technical University, Almaty, and has received the EPD Distinguished Lecturer Award from TMS (2012). Brajendra has been selected to receive the Presidential Citation of 2015 from AIME.

Prof. Santanu Bandyopadhyay

Head of Department, Energy Systems Engineering, IIT Bombay

His Research interests includes; Energy Integration of Distillation Processes (Multicomponent distillation, Thermally integrated distillation, Distillation sequences, Refinery columns, etc.) Pinch analysis and energy integration of different processes and processes equipments (Fired heaters, Evaporators, Cooling towers, Heat exchangers, Cogeneration, etc.) Application of pinch analysis to environmental pollution, waste-water management, hydrogen management, etc. Modelling, analysis and application of other separation processes (Liquid extraction, SCF extraction, Leaching, Drying, etc.) Modelling and analysis of direct energy conversion processes and its application (Photovoltaic, Fuel cell, etc.) Finite-time thermodynamics

Prof. John Tharakan - Professor, College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Howard University,NW Washington, DC, U.S.

John Tharakan is a Professor at Howard University in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, where he also directs the Graduate Studies program in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Before joining the faculty at Howard, he worked as a research scientist at the American Red Cross. His research interests and experience are in environmental engineering and biotechnology, appropriate technology development and education, and sustainable development. His bioenvironmental engineering research has focused on the use of biological technologies for the remediation of contaminated environmental media. Appropriate technology research has had specific focus on technologies for water treatment and conservation, renewable energy production using solar and biomass resources, and waste management and resource recovery. Professor Tharakan's scholarly work has also focused on the ethics and philosophy of technology, with particular emphasis on the role of the research university in sustainable development. As Faculty Adviser to Howard University's Engineers Without Borders student chapter, he has worked on appropriate water, sanitation and energy technology implementation in developing communities in Senegal and Kenya ( ). He has also served as Chair or Co-Chair of an on-going series of International Conferences on Appropriate Technology (2004 — 2014) that have been held across Africa bringing together academics, researchers, practitioners and community groups to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer for social justice ( ). Professor Tharakan received his undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in Chemical Engineering, following which he pursued graduate education and research at the University of California, San Diego, from where he received his MS and PhD in Engineering Science focusing on fluid mechanics and biochemical engineering.