Writer: Dhruv Gohil, Rakhi Vishwakarma
In recognition of his contribution to education and research, our Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. A.B. Pandit has been bestowed with the esteemed ICC D.M.Trivedi Lifetime Achievement for the year 2020.
Prof. A.B. Pandit needs no introduction when it comes to Chemical Engineering and allied fields. Falling under the bucket of the top 2% scientists in the world as announced by Stanford University, California, Prof. Pandit is the crème de la crème of the professionals in the field. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at IIT Bombay and the Heavy Water Board at the Department of Atomic Energy.
He completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT BHU Varanasi in 1980 and earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UDCT (now ICT Mumbai) in 1984. He worked as a Research Associate with Prof. J. F. Davidson at the University of Cambridge from 1984 to 1990. Upon returning to India, he joined ICT Mumbai as a research scientist and was subsequently promoted to the position of a Professor.
The remarkable areas of his commendable research include:
His work in the design of multi-phase reactors, bubble break-up, design of gas-liquid contactors, proposed hydrodynamic cavitation, new impeller designs and an alternative means of physico-chemical-biological transformations has been path-breaking. He is now working with tribal committees to harness solar energy, expedite the drying of farm products and optimize water disinfection.
Prof. Pandit has undoubtedly been a connoisseur of chemistry and chemical engineering, wherein he has fervently authored over 400 publications, 5 books and has been cited over 30,000 times. He has 16 patents under his name and is on the Editorial Board of 5 International Scientific Journals. He was elected as the Vice President of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in December 2020 before adding another feather to his cap this year by being conferred upon by the ICC D.M.Trivedi Lifetime Achievement Award 2020.
His arduous journey and countless accolades inspire young researchers to believe in themselves and prove to be the forthcoming leaders of the nation. This award is undoubtedly an achievement of a lifetime; but there are many more revolutions waiting to be made by the works of Prof. A.B. Pandit.