Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is currently Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune. From April 2013 to April 2018, he was heading India’s Technology Think Tank, TIFAC in Delhi. TIFAC is an autonomous body under Dept of Science and Technology, Govt of India. Earlier he was Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute for Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar (DA-IICT) from 2002 to 2013. He was educated in Netarhat School(near Ranchi), IIT Kharagpur and Delhi University. He received his Ph D from University of California, Berkeley where he carried our research on “Nuclear Fusion” at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He immediately returned to India after this and carried out research in Nuclear Fusion area at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research(IPR), Gandhinagar. He played a major role in India’s Nuclear Fusion program and was Project Leader of the largest operational Indian Fusion Reactor, ADITYA, at Institute for Plasma Research from 1996-2002.
His interests include applications of Wireless Sensor Network to Wildlife, Planetary Exploration (Chandrayaan mission), Nuclear Fusion, Healthcare, Agriculture etc. He has received National Science Talent Search Award, IBM Faculty Innovation Grant, HP Innovate 2009 award, Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012 and NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012.