Cheveron Corporation Chair

Mr. Jagjeet Singh Bindra (BT/CHE/1969) is the Director of Edison International, largest electrical utilities based in California, Edison. Mr. Bindra earlier served as the President of Cheveron Global Manufacturing (2004-2009). His 32 year career at Cheveron started as a research engineer and moved up the ladder by leading company's worldwide manufacturing operations, including 19 refineries. Mr. Bindra has been on the Board of Directors of Larsen & Toubro Limited, India; Transfield Services Limited, Australia and Sriya Innovations Inc., Kennesaw, Georgia; and chairs the Board of Directors at the IIT Kanpur Foundation. After earning his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur, Mr. Bindra moved to the US to do his masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1970. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kanpur and University of Washington, College of Engineering.
Mr. Bindra constituted the Chevron Corporation Chair that is open to the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Current Occupant

Prof. Nishith Verma

April 2022- April 2025

Prof. Nishith Verma , Department of Chemical Engineering, research interests are environmental remediation, nanomaterials, catalysts, and sensors. Prof Verma's research laboratory has played a pioneering role in the country to successfully integrate nanosciences with the development of novel materials as efficient and cost-effective adsorbents and catalysts in combating an array of contaminants in air and water. Prof. Verma is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2004) and Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (2018). Prof. Verma has also been Raj and Neera Singh Chair professor in the Institute for the periods 2012-14 and 2015-18. He was the Head of Chemical Engineering Department, 2012-14 and Coordinator, Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, 2011 -14. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA in 1995.