Professor Prabhat Ranjan is currently heading the Government of India’s Technology Think Tank (TIFAC) as its executive director. TIFAC represents India as its National Member Organization (NMO) for IIASA and Ranjan also serves on the IIASA Council as a member.
Ranjan obtained his PhD in modeling and simulation of Nuclear Fusion reactors at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory from University of California, USA. Until 2002 he worked fulltime on Nuclear Fusion at National Labs in India.
Since then, Ranjan has served as a professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology(DA-IICT), Gandhinagar for 11 years. His research area was “Embedded Systems and Sensor Networks” and he applied this to planetary exploration, wildlife tracking, nuclear fusion, healthcare, and agriculture. His work on assistive technology to help people with severe disability has brought smiles to many faces.