IEEE Nanotechnology Council
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IEEE NTC WIN/DEI Leadership Series

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council Women in Nanotechnology (WIN)/DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) leadership series will begin on August 18 and run through Sept. 5, 2022.

IEEE WIN/WIE/DEI Leadership series is a set of interviews with international leaders promoting women /men /DEI in leadership, women /DEI development, and inspiring young engineers to take an academic /nanotechnology interest in engineering. Our main focus is to promote women and go beyond gender balance.

The IEEE NTC  Women in nanotechnology  leadership  series highlights accomplishments in nanotechnology fields. The interviews of the leaders in the series provide a broad overview of multi-faceted contributions to nanotechnology engineering over the past years and future trends. Each subsequent program is dedicated to illuminating research and achievements in key, targeted areas of contemporary nanotechnology engineering and IEEE endeavors. The goal for the series is to raise awareness of the pivotal work these leaders are undertaking in areas of keen importance to our global community in order to inspire the young generation.

For more information on NTC WIN/DEI see the Women in Nanotechnology page.

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  • Prof. Ajay Agarwal, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, India (August 19, 2022 @ 1500 IST)
  • Dr. Pooja Devi, Principal Scientist at CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (August 30, 2022 @ 1900 IST)
  • Prof. Davinder Kaur, IIT Roorkee, India (Septemebr 5, 2022 @ 1900 IST)
  • Prof. Kathleen Kramer, University of San Diego, USA (August 18, 2022 @ 1830 IST)
  • Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Pillay Chair Professor in EE at IIT Delhi, India (August 24, 2022 @ 1100 IST)
  • Prof. (Dr) V.R. Singh, Distinguished Professor, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, India (August 24, 2022 @ 1000 IST)

Prof. Ajay Agarwal is Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, India. He was Sr. Principal Scientist, Coordinator, Smart Sensors Area, & Head of Nano Biosensors Group at CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, India; involved in the development of Nanotechnologies MEMS, microfluidics and Micro-sensors. He was also Professor at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi, India. Earlier as Member of Technical Staff he served Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore for over 9 years. He received B.Eng. from NIT, Rourkela followed by M.S. and Ph.D. from BITS, Pilani. His engagement with semiconductor industries and research institutes is for over 26 years. He has about 230 research publications in peer-reviewed journals or international conferences, over 35 invited/ plenary/ keynote talks and over 25 patents (granted or filled). Prof. Agarwal has chaired/ co-chaired symposiums and conference sessions and repeatedly reviewing technical papers for numerous journals. He has supervised several Ph.D., masters and undergraduate students for thesis and project work in India and overseas.

He is associated with professional societies like Senior Member of IEEE, USA; Life Fellow of MSI (India), The Institution of Engineers (India) and IETE (India), and member MRS, Singapore [till 2009], etc.

He is bestowed with various awards including 2021 Outstanding Engineering Services to Society Award by The Institute of Engineers (India) Rajasthan State Centre, 2021 IETE-BAPU Seetharam Award, 2020 CSIR Technology Award (Innovation), 2013 Thematic Partnerships Award by DST-UKIERI,  2008 National Technology Award, Singapore; 2009 Excellence Award, IME Singapore; “Collaboration Development Award” British High Commission, Singapore for the year 2005 and 2006, Super Kaizen (4 times) and Best Kaizen (7 times) at USHA (India) Ltd., etc. His biography is included in the Who’s Who in the World, which profiles the most accomplished men and women in the world since 2010 and in Who’s Who in Asia since 2012.


Dr. Pooja Devi is working as principal scientist at CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation. She has done her PhD in Engineering Sciences from Academy of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi and M. Tech. in Nanotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Her major research interest includes materials design for Hydrogen production, water/air pollutants degradation, and water pollutants monitoring. She is currently working towards synthesis of smart heterostructure and hybrid catalysts, engineering for their catalytic sites, as well as addressing their scalability challenges for commercial applications.

She has shown an excellent publication track record and published around 82 research papers in high-impact journals, edited 07 books as lead editor, published 20 book chapters. She has also filed 03 patents, 02 design registration, 02 copyright/trademark and developed 04 technologies, 02 of which are transferred to the industries. She is also a recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships including NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (2021), IEI Young Engineer Award, INAE Young Engineer Award (2020), SERB Women Excellence Award (2020), Young Associateship of Indian Academy of Science (2019-22), Haryana Yuva Vigyan Ratan Award (2019), Young Scientist Award (2019) from Indian Science Congress Association, Young Scientist Award (2019) from International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, IUSSTF Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) fellowship (2017), Canadian Commonwealth Fellowship (2010), etc. She is also young associate/member of major national academies of country including INAE, IASc, and NASI. She is currently serving as core committee member of Indian Young National Academy of Science (INYAS), INSA, New Delhi. She has also represented India at several international platforms including BRICS Young Scientist Conclave and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Young Scientist Conclave. Besides, her research activities, she is involved in various science outreach activities under CSIR-JIGYASA, VIGYAN JYOTI, INYAS programs for motivating school and college students including girls for science.


Dr. Davinder Kaur is a Senior Professor in the Department of Physics and Centre for Nanotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Some of her areas of interest are nanoscale thin films, memory devices, shape memory alloys, MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) sensors and energy devices. Her research focuses on deep understanding of processes and properties of nanoscale thin films of functional materials and implementation of this understanding for improvement of devices useful in energy, MEMS and memory applications.

Prof. Kaur has contributed successfully to the Nanotechnology Initiative Program of National importance of Government of India. She has undertaken a major research project of Rs. 4.84 Crore from department of Electronics & Information technology (DeitY, MIT India) (2008-2013) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under Nano Mission 2017-2020. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the Nanotechnology infrastructure and research activities at IIT Roorkee. Out of the research grant received, state of the art world class research laboratory for synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials has been developed. A good number
of PhD, MTech, M.Sc. and BTech students have been trained on them. She considers it as an important milestone.

Prof. Kaur completed her Masters from Delhi University in a class of 200 where only 10-15 women students were present. She was a member of the first batch of NET-CSIR qualified PhD students with specialization in High Temperature Superconductivity at National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Delhi. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at
Imperial College, London, U.K and Royal Institute of Science and Technology, Sweden under Gestafesson fellowship. She had also worked as visiting research scientist at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, (1996), Atomic Institute, Vienna, Austria (1997) and as a guest scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S.A. (1998).

She has been awarded the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship in the area of MEMS technology (2020) and Nanotechnology (2017). She is a proud recipient of V.N.M.M Research Award for innovative and creative work in the field of Nanostructured Thin Films and Devices (2012). She has also received the scroll of merit from Indian Cryogenics Council (1990) and Star Performance at IITR for best teaching and research (2004).


Kathleen Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA. Her technical interests are in multisensor data fusion and applications of neural and fuzzy systems to navigation and data security. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society (AESS). She also serves as that society’s liaison to the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee and is an active leader-volunteer advancing WIE related goals.   Her teaching interests are in signal processing and wireless communications.  She has worked as a Member of Technical Staff doing research at several companies including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. She served as the 2019-21 IEEE Secretary & Director and as a leader on the Board of Directors of the over 400,000-member organization. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She is a member several of the 22 societies that make up the Nanotechnology Council, including AESS, ComSoc, CS, CIS, CSS, IELS, and MTT-S.


Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Pillay Chair Professor in EE and the immediate Past Director of IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi as the Director in April 2016, Dr. Rao served as a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and as the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 480 research publications in the area of nano-scale devices & Nanoelectronics and is an inventor on over 50 patents, which include 20 issued US patents. 15 of his patents have been licensed to industries for commercialization. Prof. Rao is a co-founder of two deep technology startups at IIT Bombay (Nanosniff & Soilsens) which are developing products of relevance to the society. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.

Prof. Rao’s research and leadership contributions have been recognized with over 35 awards and honors in the country and abroad. He is a recipient of three honorary doctorates. The recognitions Prof. Rao received include the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, Infosys Prize, IEEE EDS Education Award, Excellence in Research awards from IIT Bombay, DAE and DRDO, Swarnajayanti Fellowship award from the Department of Science & Technology, IBM Faculty award, Best Research award from the Intel Asia Academic Forum, Techno-Visionary award from the Indian Semiconductor Association, J.C.Bose National Fellowship among many others. Prof. Rao was an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 2003-2012 for the CMOS Devices and Technology area and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano Letters, a leading international journal in the area of Nanotechnology. He also serves as an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics.

Dr. Rao served as the Chairman, IEEE AP/ED Bombay Chapter, Chairman, INAE Delhi Chapter and as Vice-Chairman, IEEE Asia Pacific Regions/Chapters sub-committee. He was the first elected Chairman for the India section, American Nano Society during 2013-2015.


Prof. (Dr) V.R.Singh, Ph.D. (Electrical Engg), IIT-Delhi and Life Fellow- IEEE and LF-IETE, LF-IEI, LF-ASI/USI and LF-IFUMB/WFUMB, has over 38 years of research-cum-teaching experience in India and abroad (Univ of Toronto-Canada, KU Leuven- Belgium, Korea Univ, South Korea, TU-Delft, Netherlands, Univ of Surrey/Southampton, UK, PTB-Germany and others). He has been at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, as a Director-grade-Scientist/ Head of Instrumentation, Sensors & Biomedical Measurements and Standards, as well as a Distinguished Professor (AICTE/INAE) jointly with Thapar University.

He has over 350 papers, 250 talks, 260 conf papers, 4 books, 14 patents and 30 consultancies to his credit. Under his guidance, 35 PhD scholars have earned PhD degree while others are working with him. He is the Advisor to the PDM University.

Dr. Singh has been the Associate Editor of IEEE Int Sensor Journal (2010-2016) and is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements (TIM), Editorial Board Member, Biomedical Engineering Letters (BMEL) and Regional Editor of Int Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (IJBET). Apart from this, he is on Editorial/Reviwer Boards of other journals. like Sensors & Actuators (Switzerland), IEEE Trans on Engg in Med and Biology, J Computers in Electrical Engg (USA), J.Instn Electr Telecom Engrs, J.Instn Engrs -India, Ind J Pure & Appl Physics, J.of Instrm Soc Ind, J. Pure & Appl Ultrasonics, J. Life Science Engg, etc.

He is the recipient of awards by INSA (Ind Natnl Sci Academy)1974, NPL 1973, Thapar Trust 1983, ICMR (Ind Council of Med Res) 1984; Japan Soc. Ultr in Medicine 1985, Asian Federation of Societies of Ultasound in Medicine & Biology 1987, IE-I(Institution of Engineers- India) 1988/ 1991, IEEEEMBS 1999 and IEEE-2010/2011/2014, Sir CV Raman Award by Acoustical Society of India / 2018, for his outstanding contributions, and Best AE Award-2020 of IEEE TIM.. He has served as IEEE-EMBS-DL (Distinguished Lecturer)-2018-2020, IEEE NanoTechnology Council-DL (2019-2021), IEEE–Systems Council-DL (2020-2021) and INSAYSA-DL 2019-todate).

His main areas of interest are: nano-electronic devices, sensors and transducers, biomedical instrumentation, biomedical standards, computer modelling and simulation, biomedical ultrasonics/medical acoustics, POCT devices, neuro-sensors/implants, nano-cancer-technology, cancer hyperthermia, tissue characterisation, lithotripsy, IOT, WSN and u-health care engineering.




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