HIMADRI SHEKAR MAITI
28 October 1947
B.E., Metallurgy , Bengal Engineering College, Shibpore, West Bengal, 1969; M.Tech and Ph.D, Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur, 1971 & 1975.
Joined as a Lecturer in Materials Science Centre, IIT, Kharagpur, 1974. In the year 1979 he became Asst. Professor in IIT Kharagpur, 1979. During his 13 years tenure at IIT, Kharagpur he played a very important role in the introduction and development of the post-graduate curriculam in Ceramics as a part of Materials Science Programmed. He also engaged in basic as well as applied research in advanced ceramics particularly related to the electrical properties of glass & ceramic materials. He moved to Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute and joined as Scientist ?EII and Head, Electro-ceramics Group in January, 1987. He became Director, CGCRI, January 25,1999.
Post doctoral fellow under the Common Wealth Fellowship programmed at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, U.K.. He is a fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, Allababad, India (F.N.A.Sc.); Indian National Academy of Engineers, New Delhi (F.N.A>E.); West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, Kolkata, (F.A.Sc.T); Indian Institute of Ceramic , Kolkata, (FI.I.Ceram); Life Member, Materials Research Society of India, 1989; Life Fellow, Indian Institute of Ceramics, 1989; Life Member, Indian Ceramic Society, 1979; Life Fellow, Indian Thermal Analysis Society, 1985; Life Fellow, Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and Technology, India, 1996
President of the Materials Science Section, Indian Science Congress, 2002, Lucknow; Hony. Secretary, Indian Institute of Ceramics(1991-94); Hony. Editor, ?Transaction of the Indian Ceramic Society(bi-monthly publication), Indian Ceramic Society; President, Indian Ceramic Society. Member, Programmed Advisory Committee (PAC) on Materials, Mining and Mineral Engineering under DST, Govt. of India(1995-97 and 1998-2000); Member of a High Power Committee for State Technology Colleges, Govt. of West Bengal; Member, Physical Sciences Research Committee of EMR Schemes of CSIR(1998-2001); Member, Management Councils of RRL, Jorhat & Bhubaneswar, NML, Jamshedpur; Member, Board of Studies in Ceramic Engineering, REC, Rourkella; Member, Curriculum and Syllabi Committee for the Ceramic Technology Course at Alagappa College, Anna University, Madras; Member, Advisory Committee, C-MET, Trisur.
Awards & Honors:
Recipient of Deokaran and Ganpule Awards by Indian Ceramic Society; MRSI Medal by Materials Research Society of India, Scroll of Merit award by the Indian Cryogenic Council, Kolkata.
His inspiring leadership with tireless efforts, motivation and dedication CGCRI has earned the name ?Centre of Excellence? in all respect. Under his iniative and guidance signing of collaborative agreements with a number of renowned private industries including Tata Refractories Ltd., Belpahar; Network Systems Technology (NeST), Cochin; Optiware Photonics Ltd., Hyderabad in a single year in a new milestone in the history of CGCRI. He has made significant R&D contribution in the area of electro-ceramics in general and ceramic capacitors in particular; gas sensors; high Tc superconductor and solid oxide fuel cell. He has also made significant contribution in developing the area of ceramics membrane and optical fibre activity as a major programmed of the Institute. He has supervised 15 Ph.D theses; published more than 140 research and review papers in national and international journals(SCI) of repute. Filed 67 patents.