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How the money will be used:The endowment interest will be used to fund a salary increment for the awarded Professors for the Chair.
Prof. Sujith graduated with his B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Madras in 1988 with first rank. He did his MS (1990) and PhD (1994) at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA, where he received the top graduate student in the college of engineering award. He joined IIT Madras in 1995. He is a recipient of the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship. As a Humboldt Fellow, Sujith worked in Goettingen and in Munich. He has won the Young Engineer Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). He has been awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship by the Dept. of Science & Technology (DST). He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Sujith is a Hans Fischer Senior fellow of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Sujith does both experiments and theory. He pursues both basic and applied research in the area of Combustion Instability and Laser Diagnostics of Flow and Combustion. His most important scientific contribution is the discovery of the non-normal nature of thermoacoustic interactions and its role in sub-critical transition to thermo-acoustic instabilities. He was awarded the Swarnajayanti fellowship for this work.
Sujith's expertise is sought by agencies like VSSC, GTRE and others. He has carried out projects worth 8 Crores, leading to solutions for various industrial problems and the establishment of state of the art facilities at IIT Madras. He has contributed to many national projects. He has also participated in many international projects both governmental and private.
As a fitting recognition of his various academic and industrial contributions, the Institute has recently designated him as Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Aerospace engineering. We request all alumni who have interacted with Prof. R. I. Sujith, and have fond memories with him, to sponsor the Chair he occupies.
An Institute Chair requires an Endowment of Rs 65 lakhs ($ 100K), and the annual returns from the principal will be given as honorarium to the Chair Professor.
Chair will be named by IITM in consultation with the Donor.