NIGIS GOVERNING BOARD 2022-2023



Mr. N Manohar Rao
Member


Mr. N Manohar Rao is a Civil Engineer from Mysore University. He has over 35 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. 
 
He has presented papers at various NACE International Conferences and is a regular faculty in NIGIS programmes. He is a member of NACE International & Institution of Engineers and recipient of 12th NIGIS Corrosion Awareness awards for excellence in corrosion. He has retired as Executive Director (HSSE & Bio-fuel) from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited this June. He is the Chairman of NACE India Section for 2018 – 19 and the Chairman, CORCON 2018. Presently Trustee of NIGIS and Vice – Chairman, NACE EAPA Area.



K B Singh
Chairman


K B Singh: +30 Years’ experience in Consultancy, Construction, Project Management, Technical Marketing, Design &Engineering of Products &Services in Power, Oil, Gas & Water Sector in India and abroad.  
 
He has published several Technical Papers on Coatings &Cathodic Protection in various Indian &International Journals. Specialization in the following fields: External and internal pipeline coatings, field joint coatings &plant piping coating for oil, gas and water transmission and distribution on-shore and off-shore pipelines. Cathodic Protection for Tanks (Internal/External), Buried / Above ground plant piping, Cross Country Pipelines Skin Effect Heat Tracing of high viscous crude and sulfur cross country insulated pipelines.



Dipen Jhaveri
Vice Chairman


Mr. Dipen Jhaveri is Chemical Engineer and holds a M.B.A. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. He has experience of over 15 years in Water Treatment Chemicals.  
 
Mr. Jhaveri is a member of NACE International, U.S.A. He is also a member BMA, NCQM, WQA etc.  
 
He has been awarded by AOTS (a Govt. of Japan organization) to participate in an Innovative Operations Management program and also selected to be one of seven of an InternationalConsulting Group to the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Presently, he is serving as Jt. Chief Executive of Vasu Chemicals since 1999.



Sumeet Kataria
Secretary


A Mechanical Engineer with A Diploma in Financial management followed by An Advanced Diploma In Industrial Safety.  
 
20 Yrs plus Work Experience in Offshore Construction Projects at Bombay High with OHCS, Worked with Rajesh Construction Company in laying of Main Line and Tie-Inn activities for Cross Country Pipelines including hydro testing, yard bending of pipes and coatings. Involved in the construction of various POL Depots, LPG Bottling Plants and Retail Outlets with Vijay Builders and Construction Pvt. Ltd covering Roads, Drains, Culverts, Driveways, Buildings, Foundations etc. Associated with Onland Offshore Engineering Services Pvt Ltd and in the fabrication field covering Structural Steel, Three Plate Construction, Cold Roll Formed Sections, Pressure Vessels, Piping Components and Pipelines. With Onland Graphics India Pvt Ltd a 3M authorised converter for the manufacture of Signages, Totems, Id Signs using Flex, Vinyls, Retro Reflective, ECF, ACP, etc also handled curtain wall and glazing works. At ICS Technologies a NABL Accredited Laboratory, IRCA approved Training Institute; Institute approved by the MSBTE in the field of Training; a Recruitment Agency approved under the Ministry of Overseas External Affairs, Placement; Laboratory Testing and Calibration Services.  
 
Currently with International Certification Services Pvt Ltd a Conformity Assessment Body as a Country Manager responsible for the growth and development of Management of Certification and Inspection Services of the organisation.



Denzil DCosta
Treasurer


Mr. Denzil Dcosta is a Mechanical Engineer with a Management Diploma in Quality control & ISO certification , A NACE Certified Coating Inspector, Presently working as National Sales Manager for Graco Hong Kong Ltd, over 22 Years experience in Paints and Coating Applications equipments in India and Abroad. He has presented papers at various conferences and is a regular faculty member of educational institute & organization. Mr. Denzil is coordinator of NIGIS educational corrosion awareness program on Coating Applicator.




Dr. Anil Bhardwaj
Member


Superannuated as Group General Manager and Head of Materials & Corrosion Section, IEOT after 35 years of service in ONGC. He has executed / coordinated / supervised more than 200 projects on various aspects of corrosion, viz. material selection, failure analysis, paint & coating, MIC, CP, corrosion monitoring and corrosion audit etc. He has Published / Presented more than 100 papers, edited three books as main contributor: Internal Corrosion of Pipelines, Published by Narosa Publications, Corrosion Case Studies, Published by NACE International Gateway India Section, Learning from Failure Case Studies, Published by ONGC. 
 
He written a Chapter “Petroleum fluids properties and production schemes: Effect on Corrosion” in book, “Trends In Oil and Gas Corrosion Research and Technologies: Production and Transmission”, published by Elsevier. He has Co-inventor of three patents awarded in the USA and Canada and Five patent applications pending in India. He is Faculty in several corrosion courses in oil and gas industry. He received NIGIS “Meritorious Contribution Award” for the year 2016 and Corrosion Awareness Award” for the year 2000, NCCI Meritorious Contribution Award – 2016.


Amrit Rekhi
Vice President -Industrial sales at Kansai Nerolac Paints.


He is Vice President -Industrial sales at Kansai Nerolac Paints. He has done his MBA from Mumbai University.  
 
He has a rich experience of over 25 years in handling Sales & Marketing of Industrial coatings.  
 
He currently handles sales of Automotive, Auto refinish, Protective Coatings and Exports for Kansai Nerolac Paints.


Dr. D. Parvatalu
Member


Dr. Parvatalu is a Ph.D in Electroanalytical chemistry from Mumbai University.  
 
Dr. D. Parvatalu is working as a Domain Expert in ONGC Energy Centre. Earlier he worked as a Project Manager- Hydrogen project team before superannuating from ONGC in 2016. Dr. Parvatalu has 25 years of experience in various quality control activities in upstream Oil/Gas production operations of ONGC in onshore and offshore Oil fields and Regional labs and has rich experience in chemical control for oil flow improvement, corrosion / scale prevention, water treatment systems, standard test methods, specifications development etc. 
 
Dr. Parvatalu led the NACE –TG 528 international team recently to develop NACE international standard test method NACE-Id 182 for screening Oil filed Corrosion inhibitors. He has authored / co-authored about 115 publications / presentations in various international/ national conferences/journals and 3 international and 9 Indian patents.


Dr. S. Parida
Professor at Department of Metallurgical Engineering


"Prof. Smrutiranjan Parida currently serving as a professor at Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. Prof. Parida earned his Ph.D. from University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany, and M.Tech. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. Prof. Parida was awarded the esteemed DAAD fellowship from Germany. He is a recipient of the prestigious “S.K. Seshadri Memorial MASCOT National Award– 2021” for outstanding contribution in the field of corrosion. 
 
His research interest includes alloy development in corrosion, nanomaterials in corrosion, anticorrosion coatings, and electrochemical energy and sensors. He teaches postgraduate and undergraduate courses on corrosion science and electrochemistry at IIT Bombay since 2011.”


Vijay Aggarwal
Founder and CEO of Pyramid Technical


Mr. Vijay Aggarwal is the Founder and CEO of Pyramid Technical Services Pvt Ltd., a pipeline Corrosion services company. He has a Bachelor degree in Instrumentation Engineering for Delhi University and an MBA from University of Massachusetts.  
He is also a NACE certified Internal Corrosion Specialist. 
 
Mr. Vijay Aggarwal has extensive experience in corrosion monitoring, mitigation, inspection of oil and gas pipelines with all major Oil and Gas companies in India. He bring significant expertise in Corrosion Monitoring using ER Probes, LPR Probes and Intelligent Pigging of offshore as well as cross country pipelines. 
He frequently gives lectures on Pigging and Internal Corrosion Monitoring in NACE/AMPP events as well as other major forums. 


Ms Saroj Chelluri
Member


Ms Saroj Chelluri is an electrical engineering graduate with Master’s in Business Administration. She joined NTPC as Executive Trainee and since then has worked through various positions at Corporate Engineering Division and various project sites. She is an experienced power sector professional with deep expertise and demonstrated success in project engineering, project management and implementation of state of art technologies. She had been the first Women Head of Project for Auriaya Gas Project, first Business Unit head for a unique Badarpur Dismantling project and General manager for an innovative maiden project of NTPC called the ‘NTPC Eco Park’ at Badarpur. 
 
A thought leader in the field of electrical automation, SCADA Controls and Smart Grid Technologies, she has hands on experience of implementation of many new innovative technologies like Numerical relays technology and SCADA, Smart Grid technologies and metering, emission control systems, energy efficiency innovations etc. She has authored and presented many technical papers in esteemed national and international forums. She has the drive and the technical capability to lead teams and initiatives. With her innovative mind-set and collaborative approach, she has been able to steer many projects and address the challenges of implementation of new technologies as well. She has extensive international exposure through travel to many countries for technical visits, study reports, testing and technical paper presentations and interactions with global technology leaders. She has led major technological changes in past years for electrical automation, efficiency and Smart Grid. 
 
As the First Women Business Unit Head of NTPC Project she has led the project from front. As a business unit head of a power station, she created a state of facility for Shared Contract and financial services at Auriaya under her leadership. As the Chief of Task Force for Telangana Project (2X 800 MW), she led the project implementation as a single window service provider. She held key positions in various international working group / Institutes like CIGRE, IEC, UCAIUG, BIS and ISA.She has worked for NTPC Ltd as Technology Strategist. 
 
At Present she is working as Director Strategy and Planning with M/S GadrudaUAV and into Drone Technology for Power , Oil and Gas , Urban , Irrigation , Forestry , Mining , Disaster Management etc.


Pankaj Panchal
Member


Mr. Pankaj Panchal, the Founder and Director of CORPS (Corrosion Protection Specialist Pvt. Ltd.) has more than 25 years of experience in cathodic protection and corrosion control systems. He is the technical and business leader of Corrosion Control Industries. 
 
He leads the management of CORPS and has successful execution of hundreds of mega projects for corrosion control industries through out India and the middle east. 
 
Mr. Panchal has an experience of corrosion and cathodic protection systems, project management, site survey, design, engineering, Materials specifications, installations, testing, commissioning, maintenance and post commissioning surveys. 
 
He has designed more than 4,500 single and multiple well casings while working in Saudi Arabia and UAE. On top of that he has also designed more then 6,000 KM cross country pipelines on multiple pipeline corridor with AC/DC interference mitigation work combined in both India and Saudi Arabia. 
 
Moreover, he invented the concept of multiple well casing (3 to 15) protection with a single power source in the year 2002. This concept was developed with Saudi Aramco, Consulting Service Department.


Ajit Kumar Thakur
CEO, IGGL


Sh. Ajit Kumar Thakur is operating as the Chief Executive Officer of Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited for the implementation of the prestigious North East Gas Grid project for ushering in a Gas-based economy in the North East region of India. With a broad background in energy projects spanning 28+ years and having expertise in managing complex projects and high energy-intensive facilities, Sh. Thakur ensures smooth execution and operation of infrastructure facilities. Sh. Thakur is an Electrical engineer having a vast experience in managing projects, designing, executing, commissioning, and facilities operation for hydrocarbon installations.


Atul Joshi
President – North Zone


Presently woking as General Manager in Indian Maharatna Company 'IndianOil'. He did his B.Tech (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from NIT Hamirpur and was adjudged ‘Best Student’. After MBA, he did Project Management course from NUS and presently pursuing Ph. D. in Competitive Intelligence.  
 
He is having experience of more than 25 years in Automobile and Oil & Gas sector. His enriched experience includes Design of Electrical and Cathodic Protection of pipeline installations, execution of Cross-Country Pipelines, Operations & Maintenance, Purchase and Contract Management etc. He is renowned in industry as task oriented executive for completing projects within approved costs and timelines. 
 
He joined Indian Territorial Army and commissioned for Petroleum Oil & Gas support to the nation and presently holding rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  
 
Colonel Joshi is President for North Zone of AMPP. He has represented in many international and national symposiums and presented technical papers in the field of Cross Country Pipelines Construction and Cathodic Protection. He has widely travelled across the globe to Latin America, Europe, Gulf and far East Asian countries for technical support and attending conferences.


Dr. Tapan Rout
Scientist- Coatings & Corrosion


Dr. Tapan Kumar Rout, Master in Technology (Surface Science & Engineering) from NIT, Jamshedpur and PhD (Materials Chemistry) from Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar and started his career in Tata Steel Group, India as a Research Manager in Research & Development. He has been a leading scientist in the field of Material science and corrosion.  
He has been delivering his responsibility by holding many positions at India and abroad.  
Tapan’s work has been promiently featured in leading journals (>101 numbers) and forms the basis for numerous high quality patents (>41 numbers). 
 
Dr Rout managed to deliver prototypes based on carbon nanotubes and Graphenes of which the layer could be build up directly from the steel surface (for coating and energy applications).  
 
Tapan managed to deliver prototypes based on engineered polymer, nano-hybrid technology, carbon nanotubes and graphene. He initiated steel intensive electromobility technology, and delivered a demonstrator based on a carbon nanotube coating from the steel surface for battery electode. This is obviously a strong deliverable and an international patent has been filed. 
 
Tapan is an internationally recognised professional in the interdisciplinary filed of corrosion & material science and has established a remarkable track record of ground breaking achievements over the last decade.  
 
He brought strong networking with partners such as universities, research institutes and companies in materials synthesis, coatings and energy research through international and national collaborations.  
 
He has further made impresive contributions in mentoring graduates, master’s and PhD students (10 students) in the field of materials research and corrosion, and has played key role in encouragning student to enter this vital field.  
 
He received awards from various organisations for his contribution.  
 
-2006 : National Young Metallurgy award ( Materials Science)  
-2011: NACE award for Excellency in corrosion science & technology  
 
He is a member of many councils and journals advisory boards.


A. K. Tewari
Retired Executive Director (Operations)


Dr. Anand Kumar Tewari , Retired Executive Director (Operations), Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Pipelines Division NOIDA ( Retired in June 2020) 
 
A Mechanical Engineer having over 40 years of experience in the field of Oil and Gas Pipelines  
Design, Technical services, Project Execution, Operation , HSE , Contracting and Budgeting , HR and General Management  
Operation & Maintenance and inspection of cross country crude oil, Petroleum Products, LPG and Natural Gas Pipelines 
Corrosion Monitoring and Integrity Management of Pipelines; Risk management , RBI and RCM implementation  
Auditing Experience of CGD Networks, NG Pipelines , consultant / SME LPG Pipelines , Flow and Group gathering Pipelines  
Consultancy and Business development in the field of specialised inspection, LPG terminal, CNG terminal etc. 
Disaster Management , Environment Management, implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, Safety Management system implementation and periodic review/ Monitoring  
 
Qualifications:- 
 
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) ; Diploma in Human Resource(IGNOU); PGDBM (Marketing), IMT Ghaziabad  
PhD ( Engineering ) – Corrosion from UPES Dehradun ; Certified Energy Auditor ; Certified Project Management level “C”  
 
Presented Technical Papers in National and International Conference like World Petroleum Congress, Istanbul, Pipelines Technology Conference, Berlin, Pipeline Operators Forum, Europe, NACE Conferences, CII Conferences, other industry conferences in India. 
 
Member of various Technical bodies of Pipelines  
Technical Committee from 2016-2020 of Pipe Technology Conference Berlin 
Member Pipeline Operators Forum ( Europe) from 2016-2020 
Chairman 19th National Corrosion Council of India 2018-20 
Member Association of Corrosion Professional , India 
Paper selection committee and Vice chair for World Petroleum Congress 2017  
 
Conducted various programs seminars. Supported Industry / Academia as speakers in Disaster Management, Quality System implementation, Safety System implementation, Integrity management of assets, Chief Resource person in India first Hydrogen Energy certification program etc. 


Dhiren M Sharma
Vice President & Head marketing (CS Division)


A senior pipeline industry professional with close to 30 years of rich marketing experience in  
both the Indian and International markets 
 
Currently working With Ratnamani Metals & Tubes Limited, an Indian pipe company which  
manufactures Carbon Steel & Stainless Steel pipes and tubes 
 
Have previously worked with Seal for Life India Private Limited and STP Limited in the  
corrosion protection industry 
 
General Secretary of the Indian pipe Manufacturers Association


Dr. S. Ningshen
Treasurer, SZ


Dr. S. NINGSHEN joined Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, in 1996 with a significant research contribution toward corrosion and development of advanced structural materials and ceramic coatings for fast reactors and associated nuclear reprocessing plants. Dr Ningshen research interests also include molten metals and molten salt corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, passivity and localized corrosion, steam oxidation, tribo-corrosion, etc. 
 
The notable awards received by Dr. Ningshen in recognition of his excellent research include the prestigious DAE Scientific and Technical Excellence Award – 2018, Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Award-2017, NACE, India (AMPP India Chapter), DAE Group Achievement Award 2015, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hokkaido University, (2011-13), Japan, Mascot National Award-2009 by Electrochemical Society of India, IISc Bangalore, Best Ph.D Award by NACE India 2007, Visiting Scientist (1999-2000), IFW Dresden, Germany, etc. Besides, he has received many Best Paper/Presentation Awards in International/National Conferences. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Ningshen is a Professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute, DAE, Guided 3 PhD students and teaches courses on Corrosion Science & Engineering for Trainees and PhD scholars. Dr Ningshen has over 100 International Journal publications to his credit and a citation of 2011 (h-index 22.)


Dr. J.N. Balaraju
Senior Principal Scientis


Qualification:- 
Ph.D. (2000) Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. 
M.Tech. (1992) Process Metallurgy, Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Karnataka, India. 
M.A.Sc. (1990), Mineral Processing, Gulbarga University, Karnataka, India. 
 
Awards: 
1.Sudarshan Bhat Memorial prize for the best PhD thesis at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (2000). 
2.NAL Outstanding Performance Award in Research for the year 2004 – 2005 for the research work carried out on “the nanometric nickel based alloys and composite coatings”. 
3.Raman Research Fellowship for the year 2008-09 to carry out research work at Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark. 
4.Visiting Scientist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore from December 8 – 24, 2010. 
5.N.M. Sampat Award – 2013 for outstanding contributions to the field of Metal Finishing received from Electrochemical Society of India, Golden Jubilee Year on 23rd August 2013. 
6.Best Paper Presentation award received: 5 times at Nat./Int. Conferences 
7.Best Innovation Award – 2017 for contributions of the team in the development of chromic acid free anodization process for the corrosion protection of aircraft aluminum alloys from CSIR NAL on 5th October 2017, CSIR Foundation Day. 
 
Research Interests:- 
Surface Engineering; Metal Finishing; Nanocrystalline Nickel Alloys and Composite Coatings; Eco-friendly Surface Treatments; Superhydrophobic Coatings; Electropolishing of valve metals. 
Publications: 62 nos. (published in peer reviewed international journals) 
 
Patent: 01 no. (Granted in India, USA and Australia; Filed in Europe)


Deepak Parab
Managing Director & CEO, Metrohm India Private Limited


Deepak Parab, fellow of Electrochemical Society of India is graduate in Chemistry and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science, is currently working as Managing Director & CEO at Metrohm India Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Metrohm AG, Switzerland. He is also a founder Director and member of the Board of Directors of another Metrohm AG subsidiary in India, Ohmic Research India Private Ltd., which is primarily engaged in Design and Development of new analytical instruments. Since 2010, he is also member of the Board of Directors of Metrohm Middle East which is based out of UAE. He was also member of the Board of Directors of Eppendorf India Limited from Jan. 2010 – Jan. 2014. He is also appointed as Vice President – Swiss India Chamber of Commerce since Jan. 2018. For the year 2021-23 he was nominated as Vice President – Electro Chemical Society of India. He was also Secretary, India Analytical Instrument Association for the years 2015 – 2017. 
 
He has worked at various positions in Academic Institute (IIT Bombay) and in Industries (Geo-Chem Laboratories, Kopran Pharmaceuticals & Metrochem Industries) before switching over to Sales and Marketing Profession in 1995. 
Since 1999 he has been associated with Metrohm India and was promoted as MD & CEO in 2010. He has published number of papers in Research Journals and various Industrial Magazines. 
 
He is passionate about serving the society and is focussed mainly on education. He has constructed two classrooms in Jafna, Sri Lanka. He runs various initiatives like supporting children education through World Vision, supporting a school for autism kids in Bangalore and scholarship for students who stood first in Xth and XIIth standard in his community. Through Metrohm India, the CSR Funds have been used for developing villages and schools with roads, digital schools, sanitation facilities in the schools, construction of classrooms for the school, Mini Science Labs, providing fees to underprivileged students for continuing their education in schools and colleges, distribution of notebooks, school bags and stationary etc.


Sandeep H. Vyas
Sr. General Manager, Reliance Industries Limited


Having experience of more than 27+ years in field related to Corrosion, Cathodic Protection, Coating, Integrity, Project Management, Multi Product Pipeline Operations, Auditing etc. and worked for more than 75 different projects.  
 
Qualified with NACE CP level – II, B.E. Electrical, Diploma in Management, have electrical Inspector license and Qualified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor.  
Member of several Technical and organizing Committees for Codes, Standards, Regulations, Conference and training committees including Reliance Pipelines, NACE, ASME PSD and ASME 31.8 Committees, BIS MTD 24, Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), PNGRB etc.  
 
Achievements of past few years:  
 
Trainer on subject for internal RIL and external trainings. 
Published 20 technical papers in difference conferences.  
“Excellence in Corrosion Technology award” 2010 by NACE India Section.  
Finalist in MP Corrosion Innovation award for innovative CP Design 2011.  
Alumina of International Visitor Leadership progremme (IVLP) – 2015 with theme of “Adoption of American Anti-Corrosion Standards” -by United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 
Committee member Excellence Award for ASME IOGPC -2017 conference. 
Gujarat “Brahma Gaurav Award” by Brahmin Community – 2018-19. 
“Meritorious Contribution in field of corrosion science and technology, Industry” award by NIGIS in 2019.  
 


Vijay Aggarwal
Founder and CEO of Pyramid Technical


Mr. Vijay Aggarwal is the Founder and CEO of Pyramid Technical Services Pvt Ltd., a pipeline Corrosion services company. He has a Bachelor degree in Instrumentation Engineering for Delhi University and an MBA from University of Massachusetts.  
He is also a NACE certified Internal Corrosion Specialist. 
 
Mr. Vijay Aggarwal has extensive experience in corrosion monitoring, mitigation, inspection of oil and gas pipelines with all major Oil and Gas companies in India. He bring significant expertise in Corrosion Monitoring using ER Probes, LPR Probes and Intelligent Pigging of offshore as well as cross country pipelines. 
He frequently gives lectures on Pigging and Internal Corrosion Monitoring in NACE/AMPP events as well as other major forums. 


Urvesh Vala
Head Material Engineering & Technology


Education & Professional Qualification: 
Pursuing PhD in Metallurgy Engg., Gujarat Technical University, Gandhinagar  
Master of Metallurgy Engg., M.S. University of Baroda 
Bachelor of Metallurgy Engg., M. S. University of Baroda 
Lean & Six Sigma Green Belt from ASCB (E) Ltd. U.K. 
Certified Lead Auditor for QMS (ISO 9001:2015), EMS (ISO 14001:2015) & OHSMS (ISO 45001:2018) 
NDE Level II in UT, RT, LPT, MPT & Helium leak Testing 
NDE Level II in RTFI-EN ISO 9712 
 
His Area of Specialization is Corrosion and Cathodic Protection, Coating and Painting, Material Selection, Failure Analysis Investigation, Asset Integrity and Risk base inspection, Quality, Welding and NDE, Cryogenic equipment’s, Nuclear and Aerospace application. 
 
25+ Years of experience in various industries like Steel Industries, Manufacturing Sector, PMC, EPC, LSTK, Pipeline, Oil & Gas Refineries, Petrochemical Complex, etc. 
 
Awards and achievements: 
Chairman, Society of Metallurgy Engineering, MS University of Baroda 
Vice Chairman, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Vadodara 
Advisory Board Member, Indian Institute of Welding (IIW-India) 
Executive Committee Member, ASM International, Gujarat Chapter  
Fellow & Chartered Engineer from Institute of Engineers  
Life Member of IIM, ISNT, ISTE  
ASM Corporate Member  
Corporate Member, Institute of Corrosion, UK & AMPP, USA 
Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) CSIR, New Delhi 2002 
80+ Nos. of Research Paper’s presented and published in International and National Journals and Conference Proceedings 
NACE International awarded Best Paper in the symposium Coatings and Linings for “A Case study on Blackening effect of Thermal Spray Aluminum Coating” in CORCON 2017 held during 17th – 20th September 2017 at Mumbai, India. 
Invited as a Session Chairman in “Symposium on Innovation and Development in Science and Technology (SIDST-2022)” 11th May 2022 organized by Vigyan Gurjari, Vadodara Unit in association with Faculty of Technology and Engineering , The M.S.University of Baroda 
Invited as a Judge in “IDEATHON 2019” 7th February 2019 and “IDEATHON 2020” 6th February 2020 organized by Center for Start-up and Innovation, Office of Career Advancement for Students, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda under The SSIP Policy. 
 
Invited as a Judge for “ASME Old Guard Technical Poster Competition” at the ASME E-Fest Asia Pacific 2017 at LNMIIT, Jaipur on 3-5 March 2017.


Dr. Gunasekaran
Scientist ‘F’


Research Publications: 36 (Highest impact factor 7.2) 
Patents : 12 
Presentations in conference: 56 
PhD students guided : 5, Present PhD students :1 
Projects handled : 5, Projects in hand: 2 
 
Products developed :  
I.Ag/AgCl Reference Electrode for impressed current cathodic protection system – Accepted by Navy after trials in ships – Technology transferred to two private firms. 
II.Platinsed Titanium anodes for impressed current cathodic protection system – Accepted by Navy after trials in ships – Technology transferred to two private firms. 
III.Low potential Aluminium alloy sacrificial anode for cathodic protection system – Accepted by Navy after trials in ships – Technology transferred to two private firms. 
IV.Novel Electroless Anti-fouling pellets (NEAD) for fouling control in ship pipelines – Accepted by Navy after trials in ships – Technology transferred to Indian Navy. 
V.Active Shaft grounding system for controlling signatures – Accepted by Navy after trials in ships – Technology transferred to two private firms. 
VI.Sacrificial anode for Propeller for cathodic protection system to reduce extremely low frequency magnetic signatures – Technology transferred to two private firms  
VII.Microprocessor based Modular Auto control unit for Ship ICCP system - Technology transfer in the process  
VIII.Microprocessor based Active shaft grounding system - Technology transfer in the process  
IX.Indium free sacrificial anode for corrosion protection of ship hull – Laboratory trial completed – Technology transferred to two private firms  
X.Zinc anode for corrosion protection of high speed vessels – Technology transferred to two private firms  
XI.Corrosion inhibitor for bilge – Technology transfer in the process  
 
Field of experience : Cathodic protection, specialised corrosion protection coatings , corrosion inhibitors, corrosion of Naval materials, zinc air batteries, Microbial fuel cells. 


Mr. Bose Babu
Director, VCS Quality Services Pvt Ltd


Mr. N. Bose BABU holds a Bachelor of Engineering {Production} degree from Nagpur University. He has over 30 Years of experience in business strategy, Design, Engineering & Construction of Cross-country pipeline projects. He had a good experience in Operation and Maintenance. 
 
He has significant job knowledge and experience in terms of Engineering, construction, Operation & Maintenance and Integrity of Gas Pipelines and CGD.  
 
He worked for multinational companies like M/s Dodsal Limited and M/s Det Norske Veritas before joining GSPL way back in 2000. He has long association with Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL), working in various positions and last responsibility as an Executive Director (Technical) and CEO GITL. During last 20 years plus work experience with GSPC group, he has held various roles & responsibilities within the GSPC group companies and successfully delivered the services. 
 
He is currently holding the responsibility as Director, VCS Quality Services Pvt Ltd and VCS Global Consultants Pvt Ltd, who is into Engineering, Project Management services, Inspections and Training. 
 
International Recognitions:  
He is an Authorised Training Instructor for ASME B 31.8 and B 31.8S courses from 2010. 
 
He is the current Secretary for ASME, Pipeline System Division (PSD), Executive Committee, Houston and one of the founder members of ASME, PSD Technical Chapter India. 
 
He is a past Chair of ASME International Working Group India for B31.8 Codes and member of International Working Group. He is a member of ASME since 2009.


M K Sogani
Vice Chairman (NCCI)


Present Affiliation 
Chief General Manager (CSR) GAIL (India) Limited, New Delhi  
 
Academic Qualification/ experience 
Graduate Mechanical Engineer & MBA (Mktg). Associated with various prestigious projects of GAIL starting from HVJ gas pipeline project to Pata Petrochemical project 
 
Area of Specialization 
Facilitated new technologies in the field of Pipeline Integrity in India. The new initiatives include non-intrusive type Magnetic Tomographic Inspection and Acoustic emission type Inspection of non-piggable pipelines, Implementation of Fiber optic based Pipeline Intrusion detection System etc. 
 
Achievements / Awards 
Awarded with NACE Distinguished Service Award 2021. Implementation of various process improvement projects like Six Sigma project etc. Organized various Technical Seminars involving Oil & Gas Industry like Jung Se Jung, GCPM etc. & presented several papers on Safety & Integrity of Pipelines.  
 
Membership 
Vice Chairman of National Corrosion Council of India (NCCI) 
 
 


Dr. Jaya Rawat
Deputy General Manager(BPCL)


Academic Qualifications 
Executive MBA from S.P. Jain College, Mumbai, 2020 
Ph.D., Z.H. Engg. College AMU Aligarh, 1998, “Physico-chemical studies on some metallic Corrosion inhibitors” 
 
Experience in the area of Corrosion & Research 
Corrosion failure analysis 
Pipeline internal corrosion 
Development & Commercialization of cost effective corrosion inhibitors and additives 
Corrosion due to oxygenates used fuels on automotive parts 
Processing high tan crudes using corrosion inhibitors 
Rust preventive/corrosion protective coatings/paints 
Developing innovative techniques to monitor corrosion in non-aqueous media 
Microbiological corrosion 
Coatings and paints for industrial usage 
Heat exchangers fouling studies 
Water corrosion studies  
Corrosion and fouling related issues with crude compatibility  
Fouling in heat exchangers, industrial problems remediation 
 
Publications & Patents: 95 in International and national Journal and book chapters, 12 patents granted and 3 filed 
Member of NACE/AMPP 
Reviewer of many research journals of Elsevier Publications, guided Ph.D. and M. Tech students, Delivered talks at various conferences, institutes and National/International Forums, Received prestigious award of Best Ph.D. Best Paper and Excellence in Corrosion Science, Best Lab award from NACE, Best paper awards from NCCI, Petrotech award for Best Innovator, Frost & Sullivan awards for research projects etc. Coordinated research based industrial projects with IIT Madras, ICT Mumbai, IICT Hyderabad, M.S. University Vadodara, Osmania Agricultural University Odisha, BITS Plani, Goa Campus and other PSUs like EIL R&D for various research developmental projects


Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai
Member


Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai is an associate professor in the Dept. of Civil Engg. at IIT Madras. He earned BE degree in civil engg. from the M N Regional Engg. College (now MNNIT), Allahabad. Then, he earned MS and PhD in civil engg. at Texas A&M University (TAMU), USA and got passionate to combat corrosion of steel in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. The rigorous training at TAMU and Oregon State University helped him realize his dream of becoming a part of the IIT system. In September 2010, he joined IIT Madras and has been teaching in the areas of construction materials, concrete technology, and repair of concrete structures and engaged in the development and activities of the Construction Materials Research Laboratory (CMRL). He is running various projects focusing on steel corrosion and its impact on the durability and service life of concrete structures. In particular, he focuses on developing corrosion test methods, database, and tools for practicing engineers to promote service life-based design of concrete structures. Recently, he has been extending his research to cathodic protection and extension of the residual service life of concrete structures. He has co-authored 40+ journal papers and 60+ conference papers. Most of his projects contribute to face practical challenges and modify standards and specifications. He is also active in ICI, NACE, and RILEM and has been recognized for his contributions. He invests in motivating students and young faculty towards higher studies and better career paths; and in developing corrosion/durability related laboratories in other engg. colleges. He advises students to provide adequate importance to teaching, research, and service (co- & extra- curricular) activities and in enhancing technical writing/presentation skills. He believes all these are important to become future leaders in their chosen profession. He also believes that graduate study is just a stepping-stone to the long career ahead and should transform, if needed, and enable students to define suitable career goals and achieve them. If you can commit and dedicate your career to 'combating steel corrosion and extending the service life of concrete structures' and interested in joining his group, please feel free to contact him and explore possible research opportunities. Saving Structures from Corrosion 
 
AWARDS AND HONOURS 
 
 Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Award, NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019 
 Excellent Public Sector Laboratory (as part of the group of corrosion laboratories in IIT Madras), NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019 
 ICI Ultratech Award for Outstanding Young Concrete Engineer, Indian Concrete Institute, Tamil Nadu Chennai Centre, 2016 
 Former Students Association Scholarship, TAMU, Spring, 2009 
 Richard Gehle Memorial Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Fall, 2006 
 Departmental Merit Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Spring, 2006


Tallam Harish Kumar
Associate Vice President Hse & Asset Integrity


Graduated in B.TECH Instrumentation and control from NIIT Jalandhar Punjab (Formerly known as REC Regional engineering college Jalandhar) one of the premier institutes in the country 
 
A dynamic professional with nearly 28 years of extensive experience including HSE Management, initial 14 years experience in Project Management, State of the art automation of end of the line packing machine using latest technology of Instrumentation & Control 
 
Having hands on field experience Operations & Maintenance, Installation & Commissioning and Quality Assurance in complex petrochemical plants and 13 years in CGD business  
 
Having expertise in machine automation, root cause analysis , incident investigations , drafting of technical procedures, and acquired in-depth exposure in handling extreme parameters such as cryogenic application, process involving very high pressure & high temperature application, cathodic protection system, station piping, Odorant system, LNG, CNG system, City Gate Stations , Natural gas Steel & PE distribution and transmission pipelines.