Pradeep Sindhu Chair

Mr. Pradeep Sindhu(BT/EE/1974) is the CEO & Founder of data center technology company, Fungible. Known for his entrepreneurial skills, Mr. Sindhu is a renowned name in technology development & innovation. He founded Juniper Networks in 1996 in California where he served as the Chief Scientist and CTO for over 20 years. He played an instrumental role in the architecture, design and development of M40 router.
Mr. Sindhu is one of the leading donors of IIT Kanpur. He established Pradeep Sindhu Foundation, which supports Pradeep Sindhu Chair. The Chair has been instituted for the path-breaking research in the field of Mathematics & Statistics.

Current Occupant

Prof. Dattatraya H. Dethe

April 2022- April 2025

Prof. Dattatraya H. Dethe, Department of Chemistry, research interests include biomimetic total synthesis of natural products, development of enantioselective metal catalysed new C-C and C-X bond forming reactions. Prof. Dethe and his group has made outstanding contributions in "Asymmetric total synthesis of biologically active and architecturally complex natural products and development of novel techniques to the synthesis of optically active forms of many compounds of significance to medicinal chemistry". He is fellow of National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), recipient of CSIR young scientist award in Chemical Sciences (2011), OPPI young scientist award (2011), AVRA young scientist award (2014) , Young Associate of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2011-2014), recipient of CRSI bronze medal (2020) and SERB-STAR award (2020). He earned his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2005.