SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh invites Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to address during the sixth chapter of the University Distinguished Lecture Series. Completing his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, and MS from Pennsylvania State University, Prof Sharma moved to the State University of New York to pursue his PhD. During his stint at IIT, Kanpur, Prof Sharma held important positions such as Professor, Institute Chair Professor, Head – Chemical Engineering, and Founding Coordinator – Nanosciences Center and Advanced Imaging Center. Prof Sharma’s engagement in interdisciplinary research spans across a wide spectrum involving nanotechnology, biomaterials, environment, and health. Being associated with DST since 2015, Prof Sharma has been instrumental in introducing several new programmes pertaining to infrastructure, human capacity building, innovation, advanced manufacturing, waste processing, clean energy, and many more.
Prof Sharma’s immense contribution in the field of science won him innumerable honours and awards including the inaugural Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science, TWAS Science Prize of the World Academy of Sciences, Bessel Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation, J C Bose Fellowship, SS Bhatnagar Prize, Homi J Bhabha Award of UGC, The Syed Husain Zaheer Medal, Meghnad Saha Medal of INSA, Distinguished Alumni Awards of IIT Kanpur and SUNY Buffalo, Firodia Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Science Congress, and several Doctor of Science honoris causa from SUNY Buffalo, as well as Jadavpur University. Apart from holding editorial positions in several journals of repute, Prof Sharma is an elected Fellow of The Indian National Science Academy, The Indian Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Sciences, India and Indian National Academy of Engineering, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials.
On December 5, 2020, at 11 AM, Prof Sharma will take the virtual podium to deliver a session on “Art of Science in the Time of Virus and Beyond: The Brave New World”. The ability of the scientific community to systematically think through complex problems generate credible information. However, the cloistered existence of researchers and pursuers of science impedes the rapid emergence of practical inferences. The pandemic has driven scientists to voluntarily collaborate, inspire, understand, and develop a flexible but structured process to deliver impactful as well as innovative solutions. During his lecture, Prof Sharma will discuss the evolution of the art of science propelled by the unprecedented crisis.
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