Mr. Ravindra Nath Akhoury (BT/EE/1968) was the Chairman & CEO of MacKay Shields, a multimillion product investment management firm. Known for his investment management business skills, Mr. Akhoury worked with high-ranking multinational corporates such as Fischer, Francis, Tress & Watts, and Equitable Life as Vice-President. After obtaining B.Tech degree from IITK, Mr. Akhoury obtained an MS in Quantitative Methods from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Akhoury set up Gireesh Janjinath Chair in the memory of his late mother. The Chair is open to all the departments of engineering & sciences and can be occupied for a period of three years.
Prof. Dhirendra S. Katti, Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, works in the area of lomaterials, controlled drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, and nanobiotechnology. Dr. Katti's laboratory focuses on the development of biomaterial based technologies for controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. He earned his doctorate from University of Mumbai (1999) and his post-doctoral training from Drexel University, USA.