Anuradda GaneshDepartment of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Prof. Anuradda Ganesh, is currently the Head of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, I.I.T. Bombay
She has completed her Ph.D. from I.I.T. Delhi on ‘Studies on Characterisation of Biomass for Gasification’, which was one of the first of its kind in this field in the world.
She has more than two decades of teaching experience at I.I.T. Bombay. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Purdue University. She has guided a large number of students for their doctoral, masters and bachelor degree and has published many papers in reputed international journals, has filed patents, and has also contributed to a few books.
She has undertaken many national level projects for the government where she has worked on developing testing standards for Gasifiers in India and projects like ‘Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) for Indian Coals (Sponsored by ONGC, India). She has collaborated extensively with the Industry. In addition to running sponsored projects, she has also established industry sponsored Labs for state of art research in biomass pyrolysis and gasification, coal gasification and engines.
In addition to her work in UCG, she specialises in innovative research in Thermo-chemical conversion of biomass –(gasification, combustion and pyrolysis), biomass characterisation, charcoal and active carbon manufacturing process, Value- added chemicals from biomass, reduction in emissions from engines, Bio-fuels and application alternate fuels in engines (Straight vegetable oil, bio-diesel, producer gas, biogas, natural gas and blends), nano-carbons from biomass.
She serves on numerous civic boards and committees. She is the Advisory Member of the Editorial Board for ‘Urjavaran’, published by Urjavaran Foundation and is a Nominated Member of District Advisory Committee (DAC) for Energy. She is also an active Rotarian.
She believes in technological innovations which has a social meaning and addresses the needs of the rural population of India- towards this she has developed a bio-char unit to produce charcoal from various woody biomass in an environment friendly and efficient way. This has been deployed to the interiors of India. She has also undertaken ‘Sustainable Village Electrification’ and a model village has been selected and electrified using locally available biomass.