Sat. Jun 12th, 2021

M S Unnikrishnan takes over as CEO of IITB-Monash Research Academy

M S Unnikrishnan

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) is delighted to announce that M S Unnikrishnan has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on September 14. He takes over from Professor Murali Sastry, who moves to a fulltime research position in the Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia.


Welcoming Unnikrishnan, who has earlier had a long and successful stint with Thermax as its Managing Director and CEO, to the institute’s Powai campus, Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri Director, IITB, said, “The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay always looks for creating more research opportunities for our students and professors. With Mr Unnikrishnan’s vast experience as an industry leader, I am sure that the Academy will get a big boost in industry-focused and translational research under his leadership, benefiting both the Indian industry and academia.”


In a statement released earlier, Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University, stated: “Mr Unnikrishnan’s successful leadership and research innovation, together with his strong ties with industry, will provide a strong platform for him to continue the Academy’s world-class collaborative research, and to find innovative solutions for areas of global significance, including clean energy, sustainable water management and next-generation infrastructure. We also wish to take this opportunity to thank Professor Murali Sastry for his
important and considerable contributions in the role of CEO of the Academy.”

The IITB-Monash Research Academy is a unique endeavour of IIT Bombay, and runs one of the world’s most comprehensive joint PhD programmes in collaboration with Monash University, by connecting with and leveraging support from Industry.


M S Unnikrishnan’s 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).

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