Prof B V Babu

An acknowledged researcher and renowned academician, Prof B V Babu, has 36 years of teaching, research, consultancy, and administrative experience. Before joining SRM University-AP as the Dean, School of Engineering and Sciences, he served as a Consultant on Quality Assurance in higher education and a World Bank-sponsored project-HEQEP (Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project).

Earlier, Prof B V Babu was the Vice-Chancellor of Graphic Era University-Dehradun (2016-17), Vice-Chancellor of Galgotias University-Greater Noida (2014-16), Pro-Vice-Chancellor of DIT University-Dehradun and founding Director of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at JK Lakshmipat University-Jaipur. Prior to that, Prof Babu served at BITS Pilani for 15 years and held various administrative positions as Dean-Student Welfare Division, Dean-Educational Hardware Division, Head-Chemical Engineering Department etc.

As a distinguished academician, Prof Babu has an h-index of 45 & i10-index of 128 and over 18,466 citations. He got listed in his discipline with a ranking of 302 out of 55,687 researchers across the world (ranking 15th in India), with 81 publications during 1999-2017 in the same list of Top 2% scientists in the world, as published by the Stanford University, USA. He has over 240 research publications to his credit and has completed three consultancy projects successfully. He has published ten books and has written several chapters, invited editorials and articles in various books. He is also the editor-in-chief and editorial board member of several international and national scientific journals.

Prof Babu is well known internationally for his algorithm, MODE (Multi-Objective Differential Evolution) and its improved variants. He has wide-ranging research interests in the areas of Evolutionary Computation, Energy Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. He is a PhD examiner and an MTech thesis examiner for students of IITs, NITs and universities. He has organised several international and national conferences, workshops, seminars and also chaired several technical sessions.

He has been an invited speaker and panellist at various national and international summits, conferences and award functions. He has industrial exposure through Practice School Operations (PS-1 & PS-2) and Work Integrated Learning Programs (WILP) of BITS-Pilani. He was also the Programme Coordinator for various Process Engineering, Power Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Marine Engineering and Nautical Sciences programmes offered by reputed institutions across India.

He is a member of various national and international academic and administrative committees such as FICCI Higher Education Committee; EPSI Committee of Deemed Universities; National Executive Council, Centre for Education Growth and Research (CEGR); to name a few. He is the peer team member of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and has served as chairman, member coordinator, and member of various visiting peer teams for many universities and institutions. He is the Life Member/ Fellow of many professional bodies such as IIChE, IE (I), ISTE, ICCE, IEA, SOM, ISSMO, IIIS, IAENG, SPE, ISTD, etc.

The numerous awards he has received include ‘MTC Global Award for Excellence -2015’ and the felicitation for being one of the ‘Top 10 Thinkers-2015-Indian Ranking’. He is the recipient of CSIR's ‘National Technology Day Award’, and has received ‘Kuloor Memorial Award-2006’ awarded for the Best Technical Paper published in the Institute’s Journal “Indian Chemical Engineer”. He is also the recipient of ‘Best Paper Awards’ in CHEMCON-2000 and CHEMCON-2001 of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).

Prof Babu’s hobbies include singing, music compositions, playing the keyboard, reading spiritual books, walking, and practising yoga and pranayama.