Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India and was department Chair till recently. He got his B. Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT, Madras.
Prof. Jhunjhunwala leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT) at IIT Madras. This group is closely working with industry in the development of a number of Telecommunications and Computer Network Systems. TeNeT group has incubated a number of technology companies which work in partnership with TeNeT group to develop world class Telecom and Banking products for Rural Markets.
Prof. Jhunjhunwala has received following Awards and Recognition:
- He has been awarded Padma Shri in the year 2002.
- He has been awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998.
- Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997.
- Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress in the year 2000.
- H. K. Firodia for "Excellence in Science & Technology" for the year 2002.
- Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology for the year 2004.
- Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award by INSA for the year 2006.
- IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award by IBM for the year 2006. He is a Fellow of INAE, IAS, INSA and NAS.
Prof. Jhunjhunwala is a Director in the Board of State Bank of India. He is also a Board member of several companies in India including Tata Communications Ltd., Polaris Software Lab Ltd., 3i Infotech Ltd., Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd., Tejas Networks Ltd. and Institute for Development & Research in Banking Technology. He is member of Prime Minister’s Setup Scientific Advisory Committee.
His research interests include Telecommunications and Wireless Systems and Technologies for Rural Areas.