C.V. Seshadri Chair

Late Prof. Chetput Venkatasubban Seshadri was a distinguished Indian chemical engineer. He started his academic career as an Assistant Professor of IIT Kanpur in 1965 and later became a full professor. Prof. Seshadri was also the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department of IITK. He took on administrative position by serving as the Dean of Students Affairs at IITK. Prof. Seshadri left IITK in 1974 to join Kasturi Paper Food and Chemicals Ltd., Bangalore, where he set up India's first fodder-yeast plant. In 1976, he joined the Shri A. M. M. Murugappa Chettiar Research Center in Chennai as its founder Director. It was at this Research Center he helped develop several appropriate technologies, including Spirulina Algae. For this effort, he was awarded the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj award for S&T for rural development in 1981. Prof. Seshadri earned his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh & later worked as a Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His friends fondly remember him as someone who could mould ordinary people like a potter into good scientists.
Friends, relatives and well-wishers of Late Prof. CV Seshadri set up CV Seshadri Chair under his name in the year 2008. This Chair it is open to the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Current Occupant

Prof. Animangsu Ghatak

July 2022 - July 2025

Prof. Animangsu Ghatak, Department of Chemical Engineering, research interests are Mechanics of soft materials; Adhesion, friction and fracture at soft interfaces; Fracture of soft gels; Flow through micro-channels; Protein crystallization; Bio-mimetic design of engineering materials. He did his B. Tech from IIT Kharagpur in 1994, M. Tech. from IIT Kanpur in 1998, and a PhD, Lehigh University, PA, 2003. He went on to do his Post Doctoral Research at Cambridge University, UK & Harvard University, USA, 2003-2004. He is a recipient of SERB -STAR, 2020, Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, 2018.