am Prabir Sarkar. I did my schooling from Kolkata, India, later I took
admission for Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with Physics honors. My
interest to become an application oriented scientist/engineer and to
open up vast possibilities has propelled me to join Bachelor of
Engineering (B.E) in 1994, just after completing my first year B.Sc. In
1998, I finished Production Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy (formerly known as Regional Engineering College,
Design was a very interesting subject during my B.E.
and I always had flair in it. I have developed many useful mechanical
and electronic gadgets at home and perceived that designing is also very
challenging. In 1998, I joined Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for Masters (M. Des.) degree in Product Design and
Engineering. After finishing my Masters in 2000, I was interested to
apply my knowledge of design for the betterment of my country - I joined
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) as a Development Engineer. BEML has
an annual turnover of Rs 400 crores, largest earth moving equipment
manufacturing company in the country and runs as a public sector
undertaking company. I was working at the R&D centre, the second
largest of its kind in Asia. My major contribution at BEML was to play a
crucial role in the development of a remote controlled bull dozer for
hazardous situations like removing nuclear wastes or in mines.
My strong interest for research in design has helped me to join IISc again for higher studies as a PhD scholar. After completing my PhD in the area of Design Creativity, I was briefly working as a Post Doctoral scholar at IISc (IISc junior research associate) and later I joined National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA as a guest researcher. Recently, I have joined Indian Institute of Technology Ropar as an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Materials, and Energy Engineering.