Prof. Gopal Shankar Upadhyaya joined the department of Metallurgical Engineering (now Materials Science and Engineering) at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur as a Professor in the year 1976. Prior to that he was Associate Professor at the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) from 1964-1975. He was awarded doctorate degree from the Kiev Institute of Technology, Ukraine in 1969 under the guidance of internationally renowned Materials Scientist Professor G.V. Samsonov. Professor Upadhyaya's publications list exceeds 300 papers and 16 authored/edited books. He has served on the Advisory Boards of practically all the major conferences and journals in powder metallurgy. Prof. Upadhyaya instituted Sansonov Memorial International Lecture Series in memory of his PhD advisor, Prof. G.V. Samsonov.
9th Annual Lecture under Samsonov Memorial International Lecture Series on Inorganic Materials was held on 4th March, 2020 at IITK by the Department of Material Science and Engineering. Prof. Amol A Gokhale delivered his lecture on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets: Where do we go from here?
Prof. Gokhale did his B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978, and MS and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 1980 and 1985 respectively. He served in DORDO for 30 years, retiring as Distinguished Scientist and Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory(DMRL), Hyderabad in 2015. At DMRL, he led research on aluminium lithium alloys for Light Combat Aircraft and ISAT series satellites, aluminium alloy torpedoes, crash resistant aluminium foams, additive manufacturing, and very high temperature materials for hypersonic vehicles. In August 2015, he was reinstated as Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in IIT Bombay, where he teaches courses on 'Processing on Aerospace Materials' and 'Structural Materials'. He is pursuing research in processing and oxidation of niobum alloys, shock and blast mitigation foams and sandwich structures, damage assisting machining of Ni based super alloys etc.