Anurag Mehra is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Dean of Planning, at Ahmedabad University. He is currently also the interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
He was earlier an Institute Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur and his masters doctoral degree from the University of Mumbai. He has been on the IIT Bombay faculty for over two decades and has been a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. He has been associated with many other institutions in various capacities: Summer Visiting Professor at IIM Bangalore, CASI Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Ha has also been a Summer Visiting Scientist at Unilever.
Professor Mehra’s research interests are in the broad areas of reaction engineering, surface science, and nanomaterials, and his work has been published extensively. He has won many awards such as the INSA Young Scientist Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, Associateship of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at IIT Bombay. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). He serves as a member on the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Programme Advisory Committee on Chemical Engineering and is currently the Chair of the DST Programme Advisory and Monitoring Committee on Carbon Sequestration. He was also a member of a sub-committee of the Planning Commission (12th Plan) on Student Financial Aid.
Professor Mehra has held several senior administrative positions at IIT Bombay: Head of the Computer Center, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Professor-in-charge Administration, and he was responsible for initiating major administrative reforms in the Institute. He has a deep interest in the politics and sociology of education, especially in science and technology institutions. His areas of particular interest include governance structures, academic organizations, and student life in these institutions.Back