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Anand Kulkarni

Mr. Anand Kulkarni is Trustee of NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) for 2016-19. Earlier, he served the section in various capacities including that of Chairman during 2015-16. He was also a founding member of this section when it was formed in 1992.

As Director of Corrosion Control Services, (B) Pvt. Ltd., Anand Kulkarni is responsible for the management of onshore and offshore projects for CP, electrical interference and related asset integrity issues in oil, gas and petrochemical industries. His expertise and experience of 27 years in these areas covers a wide range of applications including underground and offshore pipelines, plant piping, tank bottoms, jetty piles and other buried and submerged steel structures.

An electrical engineer, he also holds a MBA from University of Michigan, USA. Additionally, he is a ‘Cathodic Protection Specialist’ certified by NACE International and a NACE-accredited Cathodic Protection (CP) Instructor. In this role he has been actively associated with the training and the corrosion awareness programs of NACE International and the India section since 2005. He also serves as a member of the CP subcommittee and the CP Review Board besides other CP related task and technology exchange groups of NACE International.  He is frequently invited to participate and deliver talks on CP, electrical interference and related integrity issues at seminars and conferences on corrosion management.


N Manohar Rao

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 is presently General Manager (operations) in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and is also the Chairman of NACE India Section for 2016 – 17.


Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali
Vice Chairman

Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali, Outstanding Scientist & Associate Director of both Corrosion Science and Technology Group & Materials, Process and Equipment Development Group; Convener - Patents & Technology Transfer Cell, is at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India since 1984 after completing M.Tech (Corrosion Sci.&Engg.) at IIT Bombay.

Dr. Mudali is internationally recognised materials and corrosion specialist in the area of development of advanced materials and coatings for aggressive environments, localized corrosion, and surface modification for corrosion protection. 

Dr. Mudali has published 390 papers in journals, 360 in proceedings, books and internal reports, 1 encyclopedia article, 215 plenary, keynote and invited lectures, 14 books and proceedings, and has 3 patents to his credit. He has average citation of 8.1 per paper and the h-index is 31 without self-citation and he has been bestowed with Fellow of NACE International, ASM International, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, Indian National Academy of Engineering, India Institute of Metals, Tamilnadu Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of ECSI. Dr. Mudali is recognized with Best Scientist Award of TNSCST, ONGC Corrosion Excellence Award & Meritorious Contribution Award of NIGIS, Metallurgist of the Year Award of Ministry of Steel, GOI & IIM, Indian Nuclear Society Medal, Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award of DAE, Mascot National Award of ECSI, G.D. Birla Gold Medal of IIM, VASVIK Award, Meritorious Award from NCCI, etc. Dr. Mudali is Founder Secretary (2005-11) South Zone and organized CORCON 2005 at Chennai as Convener, CORCON 2015 at Chennai as Chairman, and President of NIGIS South Zone from  2011 to 2014. He is also Chair of NACE East Asia Pacific Area since July 2016, and Chairman of CORCON 2016.


Dipen Jhaveri

Mr. Dipen Jhaveri is Chemical Engineer and holds aM.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.


Vivek Natu

Mr. Vivek Natu: CEO – Osnar Group is a qualified Paint Technologist (B.Sc. Tech) from the Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT) and a marketing management graduate from the Mumbai University, having over 30 years of rich techno-commercial experience in the paint industry serving the heavy duty and high performance marine and protective coatings industry.

He has worked for big organizations such as Akzo Nobel, SigmaKalon (PPG), Shalimar Paints etc before joining Excel India Protective Paints Pvt Ltd. as CEO & Director in the year 2008. Recently he has joined Osnar Group as their CEO. He has successfully led the team of sales and marketing managers and executives in the organizations that he worked. He is a NACE II certified coatings inspector. He has attended a no of professional management development courses organized by the employers from time to time. He is a visiting faculty for courses on Paints and Coatings.


Dr. Anil Bhardwaj
Chairman - Newsletter

Dr. Anil Bhardwaj is presently working as General Manager with ONGC and heading Materials & Corrosion Section at Institute of Engineering & Ocean Technology, ONGC at Panvel. He has 33 years’ experience with upstream oil and gas industry. He is an alumni from Kurushetra University. He has worked on diverse aspects of corrosion control in oil and gas production industry. He has 90 papers and three patents to his credit and two patent applications are pending. He also has four publications to his credit - “Internal Corrosion of Pipelines”, “Dos & Don’ts: Corrosion Inhibitors”, “Corrosion Failure Case Studies” and “Learning from Failures”. He is recipient of NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Award 2000 and NIGIS meritorius Contribution Award 2016. Editor for quarterly magazine, "Corrosion Combat", of NACE International Gateway India Section. Member of NACE International, Society for Failure Analysis, Corrosion Protection & Finishes Sectional Committee, MTD 24 of Bureau of Indian Standards, Corrosion Management Committee of Confederation of Indian Industries. Earlier was a member of advisory committee of TIFAC on development of corrosion resistant FRP grating in India.


Dr. Vivekanand Kain
Chairman - Technical

Dr. Vivekanand Kain, Outstanding Scientist and Head, Materials Processing & Corrosion Engineering Division at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, is a renowned expert in the field of corrosion of stainless steels and has extensively worked on corrosion of stainless steels, nickel base alloys, zirconium base alloys and steels for the nuclear industry. He is a Senior Professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) Mumbai. He has guided more than 37 doctoral and masters students from IIT and HBNI. In addition to in-depth research and development, Dr. Kain has investigated numerous cases of failures in nuclear and chemical industries. His involvement has led to clarity in understanding and resolution of materials degradation issues from design and fabrication stages to operational stages for various plants in department of atomic energy. Dr. Kain has published extensively with a total of over 300 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings.

In recognition of excellence in corrosion science and technology, Dr. Kain has been bestowed with many awards, some of these are "Fellow ASM" in 2015, "Fellow Maharashtra Academy of Sciences" in 2015, "Metallurgist of the Year 2011" from Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India, "Meritorious Service Award" from NACE International, India Section in 2011, DAE-SRC
Outstanding Researcher Project Award, 2009-2014, "Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award"in 2006 by Department of Atomic Energy, "Corrosion Awareness Award 2004" by NACE International, India Section and INS Medal by Indian Nuclear Society, in 2004. Dr. Kain is a Life Fellow, Electrochemical Society of India and life member of MRSI, IIM SAEST, INS and a member of NACE International and ASM International.

Dr. Kain is a member of the Board of Review (Key Reader) of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, member of the Editorial Board of the journal Corrosion Science and is a reviewer for a number of reputed journals in corrosion, materials science and metallurgy streams.


Dr. V S Raja
Chairman- Student

Prof. V.S Raja obtained his doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (1987) and then joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as a faculty and currently serving as Institute Chair Professor in Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science. He has established several international collaborations on Corrosion Research. He was a guest researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Visiting Professor at University of Nevada, USA and Guest Scientist at GKSS Germany and Tohoku University, Japan.

Prof. Raja, along with his students, has focused his research to understand the fundamental relation between metallurgy of the alloys and their corrosion behavior and applying it to solve industrial problems. He has done pioneering work in Environmentally Assisted Cracking Behavior of Stainless Steels, Aluminum alloys and Magnesium Alloys and has published over 150 papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Has delivered plenary and keynote talks in global and regional conferences such as International corrosion congress and Asian Pacific Corrosion Control Conferences.

Prof. Raja has developed several new courses for Master’s Curriculum on Corrosion Engineering and for working professional of Industry. He supervised about 20 Doctoral and 100 Masters students and consulted over 50 Industries to solved more than hundred corrosion problems. He is the lead editor of the book “Stress Corrosion Cracking: Theory and Practice” published by Woodhead publishers and Co-authored a book on Corrosion Failures: Theory, Case Studies and Solutions published by John Wiley and Sons. He is an editor of transactions of Indian Institute of metals and a member of editorial boards of several scientific journals including Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, Advances in Materials Science and Key Reader of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A & E and reviewed papers for over 30 journals. He is a member of Research Council of CSIR and DRDO laboratories in India and served NACE international research committee during 2009-13. Prof. Raja has been well recognized nationally and internationally for his contribution to the field of corrosion. In recognition, he received several national awards and is a NACE and IIM fellow.


Amrit Rekhi
Chairman - Arrangement

Amrit Rekhi, Asst Vice President, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd

Joined Kansai Nerolac as Mgmt Trainee, has progressively grown. Has rich experience of handling Sales & Mktg in various capacities of over 21 years, Currently looking after business lines of Protective Coatings, Powder Coating, General Industrial Coatings and Export for the organization.


Mahesh Aradhye
Chairman- Activities

Maheshkumar Bhalchandra Aradhye is working as Sr. General Manager (R & D) Grauer & Weil India Ltd. Mumbai. An MBA, Surface Coating Technologist & NACE-Certified Protective Coatings Specialist with 1st class / Distinction academic career & more than 22 years experience in the wide field of Surface Coating Technology & Specialized in Industrial / Automotive Coatings & High Performance Protective Coatings. Committee member of Coatings & Lining Technical Committee member since 2010 and NACE India Section Executive Committee Member Since – 2013. Mr. Mahesh is visiting faculty member to IIT Bombay, ICT Mumbai, UDCT Jalgaon, D.E. Society's Technical Institute Pune. Mr. Mahesh is Instructor of NACE certified course- Protective Coating Specialist PCS - 1,2 & 3.


Denzil DCosta

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.


K B Singh

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, Middle East, South East Asia, China, Australia & New Zealand with leading multi-national Companies – Raychem, Tyco, Seal For Life, Dodsal, Gujarat Infrastructure Water Ltd etc.

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.

Paper Publication : Have published Technical Papers on Coatings & Cathodic Protection in various Indian & International Journals on Oil, Gas and Water Pipelines / Buried Piping / Overground piping system for Cross country pipelines, Offshore pipelines, Refineries, Petrochemical plants, Storage tanks, LPG mounded bullets, fire water pipelines etc.


Dr. CV Manian
Chairman – Career Development

Dr. C V Manian is chemical engineering graduate from IIT Bombay and UDCT. He holds a Ph D from University of Salford, UK. He retired from Larsen & Toubro Limited, Powai Works in 2001 and subsequently worked with Axiom Engineers and Rolta India Limited as HOD, process engineering. He has more than 40 years industry background in areas related to oil & gas industry, refinery, chemical process plants, waste water treatment and water reuse. He has wide experience in process engineering, selection of materials, corrosion engineering and control, failure analysis and pilot plant testing. He has managed several projects such as IOCL DHDS, RCF ammonia and carbon mono-oxide, phosphoric acid etc. During his career in L & T, he was involved in process engineering, R & D, Pilot plant test facility set-ups for unit operations and corrosion control, product development, plant commissioning and environmental impact assessment studies. He has published and presented several papers in leading journals and various industrial forums.


Sandeep H. Vyas
Chairman - Website

Sandeep H. Vyas, Assistant V.P. & Head Cathodic Protection Systems Reliance Gas Pipelines Limited. Having experience of more than 21 years in field related to Corrosion, Cathodic Protection, Coating, Integrity, Project Management, Auditing etc. and worked for more than 45 different projects with different levels of responsibilities. Qualified with NACE CP level – II, B.E. Electrical, Diploma in Management, Qualified ISO 9001-2008 Lead Auditor. Also participated in several trainings for First Aid training, defensive driving, Fire and Safety and several Management trainings etc.

Member of several Technical and organizing Committees for conferences and standards including NACE, ASME, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), Reliance Internal Integrity team etc. Also function as Lead Auditor and trainer for Reliance Internal audit and training activities.
Achievements of past few years:
Published 9 technical papers in different conferences
Awarded with Excellence in Corrosion Technology award in 2010 by NACE Gateway India Section.
Finalist in MP Corrosion Innovation award for System selection and implementation for Gas Pipeline Crossing by Micro tunneling method; first of its kind in India.
Participant of International Visitor Leadership progremme (IVLP) – 2015 with theme of “Adoption of American Anti-Corrosion Standards – A Project for India” and travelled to several parts of U.S.
Several Safety quiz awards for Reliance Internal Competitions.
Winner for Photography competition at Reliance Corporate Park for “Weekend Masti”


Ashish Khera
Chairman - Publicity

Ashish Khera, P.Eng.: Graduated as a Petroleum Engineer from University of Alberta, Canada and now working as a Director at Allied Engineers, India providing turnkey asset integrity services with focus on pipelines.

Certified as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) from APEGGA, Canada and a Certified Instructor with:
-  ASME for “Managing Pipeline Integrity of Gas Systems- B31.8S”
-  NACE International for “Direct Assessment” and “Internal Corrosion for Pipelines”.  Co-author of the latest NACE released course on “Direct Assessment” in 2012.

Actively participated in several pipeline integrity management projects in USA, Canada, Middle East and India. These include Direct Assessment for external and internal corrosion programs, SCC susceptibility studies and models, risk assessment, corrosion audits, In line inspection, coating examinations and field investigations. All the assessment studies performed have been on the guidelines of US-DoT regulations and based on ASME, NACE etc. code and standards.
Published 25+ technical papers and was awarded the NACE Corrosion Award for “Distinction in Corrosion Science & Technology in Industrial Organization” at CORCON 2013.


Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury
Chairman - Workshop & Technical talk

Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury joined Corrosion Science Section, Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic research Centre (presently Corrosion Engineering Section, Materials Processing & Corrosion Engineering Division) in 1998, after completing B.E. (Metallurgical Engineering, gold medal) from Regional Engineering College (presently NIT), Rourkela. Since 1998 he has been working on research areas focussed on corrosion degradation issues in present operating nuclear power plants, other units of DAE and future reactors. His research focus is on environmentally assisted cracking of nuclear structural materials, specifically stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement and correlating microstructure with corrosion and mechanical properties. He has provided on-site metallurgical support to various units of DAE and has done a number of failure investigations, based on which important decisions were taken by nuclear power utilities. He is also actively involved in teaching of new recruits in BARC and NPCIL and has delivered lectures on corrosion related topics in various forums. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Metals and member of NACE International.

Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury was awarded the Homi Bhabha prize for securing the first rank in the one year post graduation orientation course in BARC, 1997, 11th NACE International India Section, Corrosion Awareness Award for the Best M.Tech. thesis 2005, DAE award – Homi Bhabha gold medal for Young Engineer, awarded by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for contributions in the field of SCC and flow accelerated corrosion, 2007, NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS), Corrosion awareness award for excellence in corrosion science and technology, 2012, Best PhD thesis award, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, 2012. Dr. Roychowdhury was awarded the prestigious Marie-Curie COFUND research grant for pursuing post-doctoral research in Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland (research grant sponsored by European Commission and Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI)), 2013-2015. He has a number of publications in international/national peer reviewed scientific journals and has made a number of presentations of his research results in various national and international conferences and was awarded for best paper presentation.


Dr. Deepashri D. Nage
Chairman Publications

Dr. Deepashri D. Nage, DGM and Head Material Science & Corrosion Engineering group and laboratory, R&D, Technology Centre of Engineering Services-L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, provides technical and administrative leadership to a team of 10 engineers. She has a strong academic background with Doctorate in Corrosion Science & Engineering from I.I.T., Bombay and Metallurgical Engineering from M.S.U., Baroda. She has rich professional experience related to Oil & Gas, Process Plants and Power Plants domain, with frequent interactions with key organizations and experts in India and abroad. She is involved in 25+ live hydrocarbon projects and over 85+ failure analysis/troubleshooting cases. She has made a mark with her dedicated professional contributions, not only for L&T’s Hydrocarbon business but also in Heavy Engineering business, covering Manufacturing, Nuclear, Defence & Aerospace. Her expertise lies in the selection & verification of Materials of Construction, surface treatment, evaluation of coatings, corrosion control, failure investigations, material characterization, salvaging and restoration activities by corrosion control means. She has published and presented 52 technical papers in national and international conferences and published 15 papers in technical journals. She was recognized for 5 Best Paper presentation in CORCON 2013, 2001 and in AWS in 2013 and NCCI 2010 and Technology Conclave of L&T. She is an accredited professional in her field, with the NACE CP-1 Certification and also Thermal Spray Inspector (Level 1) Certification. She also has certification for participation in pipeline corrosion, coating inspection and quality control. She is conferred award for her contribution in industry sector (age between 25-40) for Distinction in Corrosion Science and Technology by NACE International Gateway India Section in Goa (awarded by Governor of Goa) September 2012. She is applicant and awardee for Excellent laboratory, 2015 by NIGIS. She has spread the awareness of corrosion by conducting class room trainings for non-metallurgists (22No. of guest lectures).


Narendra Kumar
President - North Zone

Dr. Narendra Kumar is presently working as Executive Director in GAIL (India) Ltd at New Delhi. Mr. Kumar, an Electrical Engineering Graduate possesses a rich and diverse experience encompassing over 35 years in Hydrocarbon & Fertilizer industry in the areas of Operations & Maintenance, Projects, Gas Pipeline Integrity Management etc.

After joining GAIL in 1990, Mr. Kumar has been involved in Operations & Maintenance of pipeline infrastructure for 25 years at various locations spread across the country. He has had the experience of looking after the operations & maintenance of GAIL’s prestigious first Cross Country natural gas pipeline Hazira – Vijaipur – Jagdishpur pipeline while based in Vijaipur and also of KG basin pipelines while based in Rajahmundhry apart from construction work of new pipelines. Before joining GAIL, he had served IFFCO for ten years at Phulpur and Aonla Fertilizer plants.

A specialist in the field of Corrosion Control of underground pipeline, Mr. Kumar has many achievements to his credit. He was the convener of the committee which formulated various BIS standards for cross country pipelines. He has been the member of Sectional Committee of BIS for Corrosion Protection and Finishes Sectional Committee - MTD 24; and also formulated OISD Standard -188 as committee member.

Mr Kumar has published umpteen numbers of papers at National & International conferences, worked as Faculty member for NACE and GTI GAIL Noida. He is working as President – North Zone of NACE International. He also won “Corrosion Award” and Meritorious Award in 2011.

Apart from being an avid reader and writer, he is a complete sports enthusiast having keen interest in ‘Swimming, Golfing and ‘Marathon Running’.


Dr. B Duari
President East Zone

Dr. Buddhadeb Duari is a Non-Executive, Independent Director in Board of Directors of Gunterman Pipers Ltd, a Mittal Group Company.

He is Director of Lalita Infraprojects Pvt.Ltd who are manufacturer and applicator of Corrosion Resistant Organic Coating like solvent free polyurethane , epoxy, glass flake epoxy, coal tar epoxy for oil, gas & water pipeline.

Dr. Buddhadeb Duari has done B. Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T Kharagpur, MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and Ph.D (Engg) in Metallurgy and Material Engineering from Jadavpur University. He is a NACE Corrosion Specialist, Protective Coating Specialist from NACE International, Houston, USA and SSPC Protective Coating Specialist from SSPC, Pitsburgh, USA. He is a member of BIS (Bureau of Indian Standard) for CHD 20 (Chemical & Paint Division) and MTD 24 (Metallurgical Technical Division). He has more than 30 years experience on Corrosion, Coating and Cathodic Protection of Metals, Structure and Concrete. He has published more than 40 Technical Papers in reputed journals out of which 18 are International and Peer Reviewed Journals like MP Materials Performance, JPCL, Coating & Maintenance, Bulletin of Materials Science, Corrosion Management, IJLRST, IJEIT.

Dr Buddhadeb Duari is consultant to different Corrosion related projects.


PK Mathew
President – South Zone

P K Mathew, CEO, Cortec Corrosion Solutions India.  Engineering graduate with Masters in Business Administration. 44 years experience in Manufacturing, Engineering Consultancy, Project Management, Inspection, Planning, Business Development, Plant & Equipment Overhauling with Companies such as L&T, EIL, GR Engineering, Cedco Technical Services and OKS Speciality Lubricants India.

Past 22 years, heads Cortec Corporation USA’s India operations in the field of Corrosion Management and Application Engineering, helping the Indian Industry in solving their corrosion problems and mitigating corrosion losses.

President, NACE International Gateway India Section - South India Chapter and Member, NACE International - East Asia Pacific Area Committee. Also Member, CII - National Corrosion Management Committee. Has made significant contributions and presentations to the ailing industries, on these platforms.


Dr. P K Jain

Dr. Pradeep Jain, M.Sc., MBA, Ph.D. (Chemistry), General Manager, NTPC, NETRA (A R&D wing of NTPC).

Shift Chemist, 4 years in O&M, Water Chemistry at Satpura and Korba Thermal Power (MPEB) from 1982-86. Joined NTPC (R&D) in 1986 and worked in the field of Boiler water Treatment, Cooling water chemistry and Corrosion studies in High pressure Boilers, Turbines and Generators of power plants.

Specialization in the field of Post-operational chemical cleaning of high-pressure boilers and condensers, Development of in-house cooling water treatment, Reduction of boiler tube failure and its root cause analysis, Implementation of Zero Liquid Discharge technologies, Development of Nano based grapheme additive for Lubricant. Associated in the project of development of Advanced Ultra Super critical Unit in India. Supervised post-operational chemical cleaning of about 60 nos. of NTPC and 10 numbers of State Electricity Boilers and resulted in the improvement of heat transfer efficiency and heat rate in the range of 05-15 Kcal/kwh.

Providing consultancy services to National and International power plants thro consultancy wing of NTPC in the area related to chemistry. Working in the field of void fraction measurement and thermal monitoring in Waterwall tubes to measure the heat flux, internal deposit and steam water ratio. Published research papers in National and International journal and filed two patents for void fraction measurement techniques. Received the Corrosion Awareness Award-2015 for Meritorious Contribution in Industrial Organization from NACE International Gateway India Section.


Dr. C. Kannan

Dr. Kannan Chandrasekaran is currently heading the Applied Metallurgy & Pipeline Research laboratories at Indian Oil Corporation Limited, R&D Center, Faridabad, India as Deputy General Manager. Dr. Kannan specializes in Material selection for Corrosion prevention, Failure analysis, Condition monitoring & Advanced Non Destructive Test techniques, Fitness for purpose evaluation and Life extension of refinery components.

He has over twenty six years of experience in working with the materials related issues of refining industry. He graduated in Metallurgical Engg. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and obtained his masters degree in Industrial Metallurgy from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a Doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), USA and also the executive committee member of NACE Gateway India section. Dr. Kannan has More than thirty five technical publications in Journals & conferences of repute. He has authored more than hundred technical / project reports. He has been conferred with the Petrofed Innovator of the year – Team Award for 2015.


Dr. T M Sridhar

Dr. T. M. Sridhar presently is an Asst. Professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras.  Previously he has served at Sathyabama University, SMKFIT and Rajalakshmi Engineering College all placed at Chennai as Associate and Professor from 2004 to 2014.  He has 20 years of teaching and research experience.  He had earlier obtained his M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry in 1995 with University Second Rank from the Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras, and continued his Ph.D program at University of Madras in collaboration with IGCAR Kalpakkam on the development of bioceramic coatings for biomedical devices. He was awarded Best Ph.D Thesis award 2001-02 by NACE International India Section in 2001 and was a Pikovsky Valachi Post Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

His expertise includes electroplating of nickel tungsten alloys, development of osteoconductive functionally graded hydroxyapatite coatings on Ti alloys by electrochemical and electrophoretic deposition, Graphene and its invitro and invivo characterization.  He was one among the 5 participants chosen for the prestigious U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program  (IVLP) entitled “Adoption of American Anti‑Corrosion Standards,” a project for India, which was administered by the Institute of International Education and conducted from March 9 to 27, 2015. He was awarded with N M SAMPAT Award 2014 by The Electrochemical Society of India, IISc Campus, Bengaluru for the significant research contributions in electroplating in 2014.  Till date he has received 9 best paper awards for his research presentations at various forums, university second rank holder, He has published 25 research papers in International Journals with high impact factor and citations. He has also been the Convener, Organizing/Advisory committee member of several international and national conferences. He is currently an EC Member of NIGIS, Secretary, NIGIS South Zone the VP, Indian Society of Analytical Scientist, Chennai Chapter, and and Former Secretary of Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, (SBAOI) India 2011-14.