Prof. Rajesh Prasad

Department of Materials Science and Engineering / IIT DELHI

“ We hear a great deal to-day about “ original work ”, “productive work,” but the truly productive work on the part of the teacher is the work that produces results in the mind and in the character of his pupils, and they remember the personal contact, the timely hint, the friendly attitude, long after they have forgotten the answers they studied for the examination.”
William Lyons Phelps, Teaching in School and College, Macmillan, 1918.
Cinque Terre
Prof. Rajesh Prasad
  • B.Tech. (1984) Metallurgical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Ist. Div. With Honours
  • M.E. (1986) Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Ist Class with Distinction. AA Krishnan Gold medal for the best M.E. Thesis
  • Ph.D. (1991) Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK (1991) Thesis: “Metastable Phases in Cr-Ti Alloys”
  • 2014: Erasumus Mundus Fellowship
  • 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award of Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT-BHU
  • 2012: Teaching Excellence Award of IIT-Delhi
  • 2009: Best Paper Award: SLIET, Longawal, Punjab
  • 2007: Third Prize for Poster Presentation, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • 2002: Golden Jubilee Trust Fellowship, Banaras Hindu University
  • 1994: Best Poster Award, BARC, Bombay, 1994.
  • 1993: Best Oral Presentation Award, Indian Institute of Metals,Hyderabad.
  • 1987: Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Cambridge University, 1987-1990.
  • 1986: A.A. Krishnan Gold Medal, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
    Teaching innovations:
  • Dislocation Models: A new set of models for AML120 labs: an international paper (Journal of Materials Education)
  • Nucleation and capillary rise: A novel comparison: an international paper (Journal of chemical Education)
  • “Bicycle Project” for AML883: Selection and Properties for Engineering Materials
  • Feynman Lectures of Physics Identification of a crystallographic mistake (a YouTube video describing it.)
  • Extramural teaching For college teachers:
  • Regular instructor at National Resource Centre for Materials, I.I.Sc., Bangalore and for various programs organized at other universities such as IIT-M, IT-BHU, NIT-Jallandhar
  • For Engineers in industry/Lab:
  • Taught engineers at Badarpur Power Plant ; Maruti-Suzuki India Ltd; TBRL(DRDO) ,Chandigarh
  • For school students:
  • CSIR Program for Youth Leadership in Science (CPYLS) and Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) program by DST intended to inspire school students for taking up higher studies.
  • For general audience:
  • Expository lecture on 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at IIT-D.
  • Institute level responsibilities outside the department:
  • Coordinator, National Service Scheme (NSS) since 2009
  • Associated faculty, National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE), IIT-Delhi
  • Member, Gender Sensitization Committee since 20014
  • Conference and Workshop Organised:
  • QIP Summer School on Teaching of Materials Science (July 2013,IIT-D)
  • NACE workshop on Corrosion (Sept 2013, IITD)