GOVINDAN RANGARAJAN, PhD. Indian Institute of Science. Department of Mathematics
Chair, Division of Interdisciplinary Research and Professor, Department of Mathematics
Prof. Rangarajan received his Integrated Master of Science (Honours) from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani in 1985 and his PhD from University of Maryland, College Park, USA in 1990.
Prof. Rangarajan worked as a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley from 1990 to 1992. He then returned to India as an Assistant Professor in the Indian Institute of Science. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics. He was the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and later the Chair of the International Relations. He is also the Chair, Division of Interdisciplinary Research. This Division comprises 10 Departments/Centers devoted to various interdisciplinary areas of research ranging from nanoscience to supercomputers and from bioengineering to energy and water. His current research interests include nonlinear dynamics and chaos, time series analysis and its applications to neuroscience and geophysics.
Prof. Rangarajan is a J. C. Bose National Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India. He was knighted by the Government of France: Knight (Chevalier) of the Order of Palms. He was also a Homi Bhabha Fellow.
Prof. Rangarajan brings into this project:
1. Many years of administrative experience in chairing both a Department and a Division.
2. Experience in fund raising for the Institute from alumni, companies and other donors.
3. Expertise in conducting many workshops all across India as Convener of the National Mathematics Initiative and the Centre for Mathematical Biology.
4. Expertise in international relations having been in charge of International Relations at the Institute.
5. Expertise in managing foreign collaborations as Director of the Indo-French Centre for Applied Mathematics and Programme Coordinator of the Indo-US Virtual Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.