NIGIS GOVERNING BOARD 2019-2020



Mr. N Manohar Rao
Trustee


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.



Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali
Chairman


Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali, is promoted as Distinguished Scientist by Department of Atomic Energy from July 01, 2018. He is now the Chairman & Chief Executive of Heavy Water Board (HWB), an industrial unit of the Department of Atomic Energy. As Chief Executive, Dr. Mudali is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of Heavy Water plants and other plants (for diversification activities) located at Kota, Manuguru, Thal, Hazira, Baroda, Tuticorin and Talcher. He is leading the diversification activities of the Board including, production of organic Solvents, Sodium, Oxygen-18, and enriched Boron & B4C, in addition to the production of deuterated compounds for societal and industrial applications.  
 
Dr.Mudali is a Member of Boards of Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad, Nuclear Recycle Board of BARC, Mumbai; Governing Council of Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai; and, Expert Advisory Committee of ONGC Energy Centre, New Delhi. He is also Chairman, Research Advisory Board of PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore, and Chairman, CII-Corrosion Management Committee. 
 
Dr. Mudali has to his credit 440 papers in various National and International journals; he has co-edited 14 books/proceedings, and holds an h-index of 32 (Scopus). He has guided/coordinated project works of 162 students for their UG, PG and PhD degrees. Dr. Mudali is a Fellow of NACE International and seven other national/international science/engineering academies including three from abroad. He has been decorated with prestigious awards like: Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award from DAE; Group Achievement Awards of DAE (5 times); INS Medal; VASVIK Award; GD Birla Gold Medal Award; National Metallurgists Day Award from Ministry of Steel and IIM; Excellence and Meritorious Awards in Corrosion from NACE India, NCCI and ECSI, Bangalore; etc.. Dr. Mudali has been a Visiting Scientist at leading institutions in Germany, Japan, UK, France, Israel, Bulgaria etc.



Dipen Jhaveri
Vice Chairman


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.



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.


NIGIS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS



Dr. Anil Bhardwaj
Member


Superannuated as Group General Manager and Head of Materials & Corrosion Section, IEOT after 35 years of service in ONGC 
 
Executed / coordinated / supervised ~200 projects on various aspects of corrosion, viz. material selection, failure analysis, paint & coating, MIC, CP, corrosion monitoring and corrosion audit etc. 
 
Publications 
Published / Presented ~ 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 (NIGIS) 
Learning from Failure Case Studies, Published by ONGC 
 
Wrote monogram “Do’s and Do not - Corrosion Inhibitor Applications”, Published by CII 
 
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 
 
Editor of quarterly magazine “Corrosion Combat”, published by NIGIS 
 
Patents 
Co-inventor of three patents awarded in the USA and Canada 
Five patent applications pending in India 
 
Faculty for Training Courses 
Chief Faculty and Faculty in several corrosion courses in oil and gas industry 
Regular faculty in Pipeline Corrosion Course conducted by NACE India Section 
 
Awards 
NACE “Meritorious Contribution Award” for the year 2016 
National Corrosion Council of India’s (NCCI) Meritorious Award – 2016 for Meritorious Contribution to Corrosion Research 
NACE “Corrosion Awareness Award” for the year 2000 
 
Membership 
NACE International 
Society for Failure Analysis 
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 
Corrosion Management Committee of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) 
Corrosion Protection & Finishes Sectional Committee, MTD 24 of Bureau of Indian Standards 
 
Additional Topics of Interest 
Oilfield Production Chemistry and Injection Water Management


Amrit Rekhi
Member


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.


K B Singh
Member


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
Member


 
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.


Dr. V S Raja
Member


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.


Mahesh Aradhye
Member


NACE International – Protective Coating Specialist & CIP Instructor  
 
NACE –PCS. # 21914 Certified Protective Coating Specialist 
 
NACE – Certified Coating Inspector Level – 3 # 15945 
 
SSPC –PCS #2011-049-332 Certified Protective Coating Specialist 
 
STEM Expert Corrosion in Oil & Gas Industry  
 
Opinion Leader - IVLP 2015 International Visitor Leadership Program arranged by Department of States United State for Adoption of Corrosion Standards 2015. 
 
An MBA, Surface Coating Technologist & NACE-Certified Protective Coatings Specialist with & more than 26 years’ experience in the wide field of Surface Coating Technology & Specialized in Industrial & Automotive Coatings & High Performance Protective Coatings. 
 
In-depth knowledge & Proficient in resolving problems / bottlenecks in development processes & towards optimizing production operations & applications of Protective Coatings / Industrial Finishing.Hands on Experience in Pipe lining, Tank linings & Floor Coatings. 
 
Cellulosic as well as Hydrocarbon/Jet Fire Intumescent Passive Fire Proofing Expert. 
 
NACE – Coatings & Lining Technical Committee member since 2010.


Ashish Khera
Member


Graduated as a Petroleum Engineer from University of Alberta, Canada and now working as Director at Allied Engineers, India providing turnkey pipeline integrity solutions. Certified as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) from APEGGA, Canada. Instructed several certified Pipeline Integrity related courses in USA, Canada, Middle East and India for:  
 
-ASME for “Managing Pipeline Integrity of Gas Systems- B31.8S” 
 
-NACE International for 
 
o “Direct Assessment” (also lead co-author for the course) 
o “Internal Corrosion for Pipelines” 
o PCIM- “Pipeline Corrosion Integirty Management” 
o P-CAFT – “Pipeline Corrosion Assessment Field Techniques”  
 
Awarded the NACE Corrosion Award for “Distinction in Corrosion Science & Technology in Industrial Organization” at CORCON 2013.  
 
Nominated as the Chair for Technology Exchange Group “TEG558X for Direct Assessment Methodolgy Application” by NACE International, USA.


Dr. Rani P. George
Member


Dr. Rani P. George is Head, Surface Modification and Characterization section in Corrosion Science and Technology Division of indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India. She obtained her Ph.D. in the field of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion and biofouling in 1996. She is associated with nine young scientists and involved in the development of corrosion and biofouling control techniques for structural, steam generator and condenser materials of fast breeder reactors. 
 
With her team she has demonstrated antibacterial efficacy of Ti tubes with internal nano-copper electroless coating, and feasibility of using non-conventional technique of alternate applied potential for controlling biofouling in titanium condenser pipes using portable potenitostats. She and her group has also successfully developed excellent self healing coatings for low Cr alloys which surpassed 2000h exposure in salt spray environments; Pt nanoparticle coated Ti nanotube arrays on anodized Ti electrode with superior stability, electrocatalytic activity and durability; Biodeterioration resistant high performance green nuclear concrete through nanophase modification and inhibitor addition for seawater applications. Currently her team is working on developing better cleaning technologies for steam generator and corrosion control technologies for service water and cooling water systems of Fast Breeder Reactors. 
 
She has around 90 papers published in international journals and around 40 conference proceedings. She is fellow of Indian Institute of Metals and life member of several professional associations like ECSI, SAEST, ASCI, EFA and IWSA and for past 7 years member of NACE International. She is serving as Treasurer for NIGIS SZ since 2013. 
 
Dr. Rani has been well recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to the field of corrosion. In recognition, she received Shri. S.K. Seshadri Memorial MASCOT National Award 2015 from ECSI, Bengaluru; Corrosion AwarenessAward 2016 for Meritorious Contribution in research and education in Corrosion Science and Technology from NACE International Gateway India section and in 2018 elected as NACE Fellow by NACE International USA.


Sandeep H. Vyas
Member


Sandeep H. Vyas , Sr. General Manager (Head CP Systems & QMS for EPC Pipelines) Reliance Industries Limited  
 
Having experience of more than 23 years in field related to Corrosion, Cathodic Protection, Coating, Integrity, Project Management, Multi Product Pipeline Operations etc. Worked for more than 65 different projects with different levels of responsibilities including Plant CP, City gas and cross country pipelines. 
 
Qualified as B.E. Electrical, NACE CP– II, Diploma in Management and Lead Auditor Qualification ISO 9001-2008. Technical and Committee Membership with BIS (MTD 24), OISD std. committee, NACE, ASME and Society for Failure Analysis (SFA). 
 
Published 16 technical papers in different national and International conferences. 
Awarded with “Excellence in Corrosion Science and Technology award” by NACE India Section-2010.  
International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) 2015 – Sponsored by U.S. Embassy and managed by  United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  
Excellence Award for Technical & organizing committee for ASME IOGPC conference.


Dr. Deepashri D. Nage
Member


She has experience of 12+ years in L&T. Currently, she is DGM in Product and Technology Development Centre of Defence IC, L&T. 
 
Her expertise lies in Materials Verification/Selection, Corrosion control by various methods-surface treatment, materials selection/evaluation, CP, inhibition etc. Failure analysis, troubleshooting, restoration /salvaging materials, material characterization etc. 
 
She has a strong academic background with Doctorate in Corrosion Science and Engineering from IIT, Bombay and M.E. and B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering from M.S. University of Baroda. She also has one year Post doc. from University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 
 
To her credit, she is conferred Corrosion Awareness Award - Distinction in Corrosion Science & Technology - Industry Sector 2012 by NACE India Section. She has handled 50+ failure analysis for Root cause. She has Presented 57 papers in technical forums, published 15 articles in journals, examiner for 4 no.’s M.Tech thesis, 6 best paper awards, 6 internal recognition in LTHE, presented 24 guest/invited lectures. Certification-Cathodic Protection Level I, Thermal Spray Coating Inspector Level I. She was applicant and recipient of Excellent Laboratory Award in India, 2015 from NACE India Section (NIGIS). She has supported around 25+live projects and 50+proposals for Oil and Gas sector from materials and corrosion perspective while in LTHE. Apart from functional credentials she also has good managerial competencies and was in-charge for Materials and Corrosion Laboratory in R&D of L&T and heading Materials & Corrosion group of 10 able engineers for around 6 years. Currently she is involved in prestigious project, K9 Vajra for Indian Army. She is a corporate member of NACE International and ASM International and has been EC member for CORCON for the year 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury
Member


Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury is working as scientific officer in Materials Processing & Corrosion Engineering Division, BARC since 1998. He completed B.E. (Metallurgical Engg.) from REC, Rourkela (presently NIT, Rourkela), M.Tech. (Materials Science) and PhD (Corrosion Science & Engineering) from IIT Bombay. He was awarded the Marie Curie research grant (COFUND scheme) for pursuing post-doctoral research in Paul Scherrer institute (PSI), Switzerland (2013-2015). 
 
His primary research interest is corrosion/SCC of nuclear structural materials in simulated nuclear reactor water chemistry (SCC initiation and growth), hydrogen embrittlement, flow-accelerated corrosion, providing metallurgical support (failure analysis, material selection) and delivering lectures on corrosion related topics. In recognition to his work he has received the “Best M.Tech thesis award” and “Excellence in corrosion science and technology” from NACE International India Section, Best PhD thesis award from IIT Bombay, Mumbai, DAE individual and group awards and has number of publications in peer reviewed journals.


Dr. C. Kannan
Member


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. Ajay Popat
Member


Ajay Popat is an engineer in Plastics Technology from the Plastic & Rubber Institute, UK and has done Masters in Business Administration specializing in Marketing & Strategy with honors from NMIMS Institute. He has been conferred with a Fellowship by Indian Plastics Institute in 2007.  
  
  
He has more than 35 years of experience in Strategy, Business & Organisation Development with leading organizations like Resins & Plastics Ltd. (then a subsidiary of Asian Paints Ltd.), Pidilite Industries Ltd. and Ion Exchange. He had an extremely successful career track record with Pidilite Industries from 1983 to 1994 where he grew from the position of Sales Representative to All-India Sales Manager.   
  
Associated with Ion Exchange since 1994, he has spearheaded several initiatives in developing and successfully commercializing proprietary, advanced & sustainable technologies for purification & separation in water, wastewater treatment and more recently in areas of renewable energy in compliance with legal, environmental, economic and social requirement of our country. During his tenure, he has successfully conceived the idea of a separate Environment Management business, which he formed through a joint venture between Ion Exchange and a leading Belgium company. Under his leadership as a CEO of this joint venture (and then elevated to the Board of the Company), he created a leadership position for the joint venture, leading to his elevation as the President of the parent company, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd. where he is responsible for Corporate functions in Technology, Marketing, Communication, Heavy Industry Business Verticals, Environment Division and Corporate Affairs.  
  
He is active in promoting the cause of water industry through active participation with the Water and Environment Council in CII, FICCI, Bombay Chambers of Commerce, Indian Environmental Association, Water Quality Association – India Task Force, Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) and other trade bodies. Recognizing his dedicated contribution he has risen to the position of Director in the governing bodies of these Organizations. He has chaired and delivered more than 500 papers on the subject of Sustainable Environment Management practices.


Dr. D. Parvatalu
Member


Dr. Parvatalu is a Ph.D in Electro-analytical chemistry from Mumbai University.  
 
Dr. D. Parvatalu is working as a Domain Expert in Hydrogen Programme of ONGC Energy Centre. Earlier he worked as a Project Manager- Hydrogen project team before superannuating as Dy. General Manger from ONGC in 2016. 
 
Dr. Parvatalu is a member of OEC’s dynamic Energy Centre Team for the past 12 years and involved in Planning / Coordination / successful implementation of various R & D programme undertaken in alternate energy areas beyond hydrocarbons including the OEC’s prestigious Hydrogen Energy program to develop suitable technologies with indigenous resources. 
 
Currently his main focus is on development of Thermochemical Hydrogen generation technologies using closed- / open-loop Iodine-Sulfur (I-S) and closed-loop Copper-Chlorine (Cu-Cl) processes of water splitting involving electrochemical reactions in collaboration with various Centers of excellence in India in the frame work of OEC conceptualized Hydrogen-eco system. He is associated with development of materials including corrosion testing facilities for high temperature applications especially for thermochemical cycles.  
 
Dr. Parvatalu has vast experience of 25 years in various quality control activities in upstream Oil/Gas production operations in onshore and offshore viz., Mumbai Offshore, Assam Ankleshwar onshore Oil fields and Regional Geo-Science labs and has rich experience in chemical control for oil flow improvement, corrosion / scale prevention measures, water treatment systems, Standard Test Methods development etc. 
 
Dr. Parvatalu led the NACE –TG 528 international team recently to develop international standard test method NACE-Id 182 for screening Oil filed Corrosion inhibitors. 
 
Dr. Parvatalu has authored / co-authored over 95 publications / presentations in various international/ national conferences/journals and 3 international and 9 Indian patents. 
 
He is a member of several distinguished professional institutions like NACE, SPE, SAEST, ISAS, HAI, IAHEAM etc.


Dr. S. Parida
Member


 
 
 
 
Dr. S. Parida, is an associate professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He received his Ph.D. degree in engineering science from the University of Saarland, Germany. 
 
He worked at Institute for Nanotechnology, KIT, Germany on alloy corrosion. He has over three years of postdoctoral experience in Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Toronto, Canada. He was a DAAD fellow at IFW Dresden, Germany. His research interest includes functional coatings, corrosion sensor and implementation of nanomaterials in corrosion research. He teaches postgraduate and undergraduate courses on corrosion science and electrochemistry. 


Dr. R. Venkatesan
Member


Dr.R. Venkatesan, is a Scientist G and Project Director at the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.  
 
He has unique experience of studying corrosion of materials in deep sea up to 5000 meters depth and specialized in field oriented practical studies on marine corrosion and coatings.  
 
He has experience on ocean technology projects such as Desalination, Ocean Observation System and design of instruments for long term ocean data collection, and many other related projects. These desalination plants in Islands are working from 2005 and he has evolved effective corrosion control and monitoring systems. 
 
His institute has moored observatories deployed in coastal, open ocean and Arctic waters (Svalbard). He specialized in field activities and had sailed on board for 2500 days and visited Arctic to install observatory and tested materials coupons.  
 
He is associated on material selection of various components for manned submersibles. He has also executed societal benefit projects such as Design and development of Fish Aggregation Devices for Fishermen for which his expertise on selection of materials and coating helped to erect these units.


Prof Rajendran
Member


Prof Rajendran obtained his Ph.D from the department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras, Chennai in 1996 and joined as a faculty in the department of Chemistry, Anna University, Chennai in 1998. He did his Post doctoral research at Corrosion Resistant Design Group, Steel Research Centre, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan and he has been a guest faculty at NIMS, Japan. Prof. Rajendran is an internationally respected corrosion science and technology specialist. He has a long standing reputation within the corrosion community for his research into many facets of the associated corrosion phenomena of different metals, particularly stainless steels and titanium with an orientation towards biomaterial development. In particular, Dr Rajendran is a recognized expert in the field of biomaterial and other polymer composites. Dr. Rajendran’s research results have also influenced the corrosion fraternity and the biomaterial community at large. In the wider materials/biomaterials community, he has served on numerous committees, advisory boards and steering groups. 
 
He has guided more than 26 Ph.D scholars besides more than 15 master students. He has completed major research projects sponsored by AICTE, CSIR, UGC-DAE, ICMR, UGC, DST, CSIR, AERB, and UGC. He has published more than 150 papers in the International journal and more than 160 conference proceedings. He has received more than 40 best paper awards  
 
Dr. Rajendran‘s  contributions in the field of corrosion science and technology, he has been recognized by many awards which include “The Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology for the year 2009” from NACE International Gateway India Section, Mumbai, MASCOT National Award-2014 from Electrochemical Society India at IISc, Bengaluru, the Meritorious Contribution Award - 2014 from National Corrosion Council of India (NCCI), at CSIR-CECRI Karaikudi, Active Researcher award-2013 from Anna University, Tamil Nadu Scientist(TANSA) award -2014 from Government of Tamil Nadu, Mid Career Award -2017 from UGC, New Delhi, TUSHAR JHAVERI award-2017 from East Asia Pacific Area-NACE International and Meritorious contribution award-2017 from NIGIS, Mumbai. 
 
Most significantly, he was elected Fellow to the Indian National Academy, Chennai (FASC) Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK(FRSC) and Fellow of NACE International, USA (FNACE).


S. Ravichandran
Member


S. Ravichandran, Senior Manager -Berger Paints India Limited, Kolkata 
BSc, PGDBA, MBA 
 
NACE Certified Coating Inspector Level 3 [#9675] PEER REVIEWED 
 
SSPC Certified Protective Coating Inspector Level 3 [#90769] 
 
SSPC Approved Training/ Certification LEAD INSTRUCTOR 
 
Paints and Coatings Skill Council- Training the Trainer- SSC: T-85 
 
Life Time Achievement Award from Society of Surface Protective Coatings India- 2019 
 
Member of SSPC USA and NACE USA 
 
Vice President- The Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and technology, India (2015-17) 
 
Organising Committee Member of National Corrosion Council of India- 19th NCCC (2018) 
 
Chairman Eastern Zone for Society for Surface Protective Coatings-India 
 
Executive Committee Member for CII- Corrosion Management Committee 
 
Activity Coordinator- SSPC India Chapter 2019-20 
 
NIGIS – Executive Committee Member 2019-20 
 
An innovator and participant of the Spray Painting Simulator and Painter Skill Assessment tool that was launched in the recent CORCON 2017.  
One of his well appreciated works that was published is “DO’s and DONT’s in Paints”, published as a handbook for Industries by CII. 
 
Close to three decades of experience in high performance protective coatings.