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 in1981. 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 & well-wishers of Late Prof. C. V. Seshadri set up Prof. C. V. Seshadri Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series under his name. The lecture Series is conducted by the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay spoke on the Genesis of a Dream: Health Care Technologies for a Billion on 15th February, 2020 at IITK. Dr. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay completed his B.Sc in Chemistry and B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Calcutta University, M.Tech and PhD from IIT Kanpur. Presently, he is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Head, Centre for Nanotechnology and is the PI of the upcoming Centre for Excellence on the Research and Development of Nanoelectronic Theranostic Devices at IIT Guwahati. He is the recipient of NCL's Prof. K Venkataraman CHEMCON Award, Gandhian Young Technology award 2016 and 2019, and BIRAC-SRISTI Appreciation Award 2017. He is a nominated mem-ber of ACS, RSC, and IIChE.