Dr. Navin Budhiraja establishes Young Faculty Chair at IIT Bhilai

Dr. Navin Budhiraja, a Bhilaian now residing at Palo Alto, California, USA has established the “Budhiraja Family Young Faculty Chair” at IIT Bhilai. This Young Faculty Chair has been instituted for emerging faculty members of IIT Bhilai to carry out research in sustainable and environmental technologies. The recipient of the chair will receive an honorarium every month, up to 3 years, or until attaining the age of 40, in addition to their monthly salary. The selection of the recipient shall be made as per procedures approved by the institute. A new recipient will be nominated once the term of the current chair expires.

Dr. Budhiraja was born in Bhilai, and did his entire early education in the BSP schools of Bhilai. He then joined the B.Tech. program in Computer Science at IIT Kanpur with an All India Rank of One in JEE - the first time anyone from Bhilai achieved the top All India Rank.

Dr. Budhiraja subsequently obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University, USA. He is currently the Vice President and General Manager of the Systems and Platform business at Ansys, the largest independent provider of simulation technology. He has held senior technology leadership positions at companies like SAP, SuccessFactors, Amazon, Infosys and IBM, and is a co-founder, investor and advisor to multiple technology startups in areas like SaaS, AI and Fintech.

Prof. Rajat Moona, Director IIT Bhilai said “IIT Bhilai has created a comprehensive mechanism for establishing faculty chairs and Dr Navin Budhiraja will work with us in defining the research goals for the chair occupant. This Young Faculty Chair grant will help attract the best researchers in sustainable technologies to IIT Bhilai”.

“Bhilai and the IIT education system provided me with the foundation for what I’m today” said Dr. Navin Budhiraja. “This gift is a small way for me to give back, and strengthen my connections with these two communities that are a big part of me”.

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