Ashok Jhunjhunwala is Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India and was department Chair until recently. He received his B.Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with the Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT, Madras.
Dr. 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. The TeNeT group has incubated several technology companies that work in partnership with the TeNeT group to develop Telecom and Banking products for rural and urban markets in India. Dr, Jhunjhunwala chairs the Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IIT Madras and the Mobile Payment Forum of India (MPFI).
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala has been awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2002, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998, the Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997, the Millennium Medal at the Indian Science Congress in 2000, the H. K. Firodia award for "Excellence in Science & Technology" in 2002, the Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology in 2004, the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award by INSA in 2006, the IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award in 2006 and recently, an Honorary Doctorate by the Institute of Blekinge Institute of Technology Sweden. He is a Fellow of the World Wireless Research forum, IEEE and Indian academies including INAE, IAS, INSA and NAS.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala is a Director in the Board of State Bank of India, TTML, BEL, Polaris, 3i Infotech, Sasken, Tejas, IDRBT and Tata Communications. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Committee.
He can be contacted at: www.tenet.res.in