Before joining the IITB-Monash Research Academy, M S Unnikrishnan has been the CEO of one of India’s foremost energy and environmental solutions companies, Thermax from 2007-2020. His passion for the evolution of technology from science spearheaded Thermax’s conception and creation of a unique Research Technology and Innovation Centre, with six Centres of Excellence deploying highly-qualified research scientists and creating more than 260 patents. The Centre conducts coordinated research with leading institutes of technology and scientific laboratories of India and with international institutions, including Fraunhofer (Germany), Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, University of Florida and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Unnikrishnan is highly engaged with academia and government. He is co-chairperson of India’s Apex Council which implements the Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research, and has chaired the National Committee for Capital Goods and Engineering for Confederation of Indian Industry.
He graduated in mechanical engineering at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT Nagpur) and has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. He is also a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE).
By education, Kuheli is an IT engineer. She is associated with the Academy since 2010. After performing several roles since the inception period, she is currently serving as Senior Manager (Operations). She is in charge of the overall financial and HR oversight and the Academy operations.
Kiran is in charge of Finance and Legal Affairs of the Academy. He is the sole point of contact for the students and supervisors to inquire about their research budget.
Beena is in charge of the Admissions process in the Academy. The Academy has two student intakes in a year. Beena organises the interviews for both the intakes and is the point of contact for any issues regarding the student admissions.
Laya is the EA to the Head and she also handles the process of examination from the time the student completes the Pre-synopsis till he/she gives the defence viva seminar. She manages the content for the Academy website and also handles the Academy's social media handles.
Jayasree is in charge of the student candidature from the time they get admitted till they complete their Pre-synopsis. She is the point of contact for the students in case of any issues they face during their candidature and Monash stay extension. She handles the student scholarship and booking of the Academy Video conference rooms.
Karan Singh is the Assistant Administration & Maintenance In-charge . He is responsible for maintaining safety in the laboratories and ensuring smooth functioning of the Academy building.
Sudarshan, an MBA and B.E. (Computer Engineering) graduate from Mumbai University with 8 yrs of experience in B2B sales, project management, and Corporate Social Responsibility heads the Business Development team for industry, philanthropy, and Non-profit partners for scaling our PhD program
By Education, Pranav is an Electronics Engineer. Before joining the academy, he had experience in Pharma marketing and Consulting. In his current role as a Industry Academia partnership, he helps in establishing and nurturing relations between the industry partners for the PhD research. He will be looking after the new collaborations for the Academy and also looking after the process of Prime Minister Fellowship for the Doctoral Research Program for the Academy.
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