President’s Note

July 20, 2019 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

Dear ISMAANA members:
We wish happy summer to all our alumni. May your days be full of enjoyable activities and summer fun.

ISMAANA continues to work on many projects to assist our alma mater as well as our north America based alumni. During the current academic year (2018-19), 38 merit cum means scholarships were awarded to IIT (ISM) students. This is in addition to 8 merit scholarship awarded to two fourth year students in four earth science branches based on their academic performance during the first 3 years. More details are provided under ISMAANA scholarship programs.

Detail plans are being developed to build an innovation and tinkering lab at IIT (ISM). One of our North America based alumni has generously agreed to fund this project. As the projects get better defined we plan to make a detailed announcement.

ISMAANA newsletter is being published on a regular basis to exchange communication with our North America based alumni. Our thanks to Vishal Gupta, Secretary, for this sincere effort.

An alumni database development program is ongoing for last two years with dedicated efforts of Gaurav Seth. If you know of any alumnus who is not receiving our newsletter, please let Gaurav know.

We have started a fund-raising program in 2018 to enhance our endowment funds to continue and expand the merit scholarship program and to fund outstanding research projects at our alma mater. Additional funds are also needed to help IIT (ISM) students attend international seminars and conferences. Scarcity of funds limits us from considering many such requests during the year. We seek your financial contribution to enhance ISMAANA endowment fund. You may write your tax deductible donation check to “Indian School of Mines Alumni” and send it to our treasurer Atul Kumar at 46 Huntsman Horn Circle, The Woodlands , TX 77380..

If you have any feedback to improve ISMAANA’s role or would like to contribute articles or news events or any other comments, please send us a note.

Thank you.
Sincerely
Dipak Sarkar
President ISMAANA (’67 PE)

ISMAANA Scholarship Programs

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Currently ISMAANA has two types of ongoing scholarship programs.

  1. Merit Scholarships: Eight final year students were awarded ISMAANA merit scholarship earlier this year. ISMAANA started these scholarships in 2015 to recognize top two students in four earth science branches based on first three years’ academic performance. As our funds permit, we plan to extend these scholarships to other branches of study. The picture alongside shows merit scholarship winners receiving the award along with faculty advisers.
  2. Merit cum means scholarships: These scholarships started in 2017 and currently ISMAANA has alumni commitment for 50 such scholarships that are based on family income and academic performance. Amount of these scholarships range from $1000/year to $1370/year. These scholarships are intended to mainly cover student expenses related to room, board, and transportation. During the current academic year 38 such scholarships were awarded to undergraduate students. Scholarship donors with number of committed scholarships in parenthesis are: Naresh Vashisht (20), Avinash Ahuja (10), Suresh Chugh (4), Mohinder Gulati (1), Pramod Thakur (1), Jatinder Tuli (1) Dipak Sarkar (1), Zoeb Mogri (1), Shishir Agrawal (1), Yugal Gupta (2), Mahendra Verma (2), Atul Arya (1), Sriram Muralidharan (1), and Raj Prasad (1). During 2019 we received sponsorships for 3 more scholarships, 2 from Bijay Banthia (61’PE) and one from Rana Roy (94’PE).

As news of these scholarships spread more alumni are coming forward to offer these scholarships to needy meritorious students. If you need more information about these scholarships please call Dipak Sarkar at 714 826-2810 or write to dksarkar@aol.com.

Our new IIT (ISM) Director Dr. Rajeev Shekhar

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Prof. Rajeev Shekhar was appointed new director of IIT (ISM) in 2018. Here is a short bio of Dr. Shekhar from ISM website. Prof. Shekhar has 24+ years of teaching and research experience at IIT Kanpur with focus on industrial applications. Well-rounded, go-getter academic with experience ranging from institution building, engineering R&D, project management, policy, and administration. Multi-disciplinary expertise: metals extraction, manufacturing, environmental remediation, engineering economics, solar thermal energy, electric power system optimization and policy. Good understanding of process for scaling technology from laboratory to industry. Good contacts in industry, R&D organizations, and multi-lateral institutions.

We are working closely with Dr. Shekhar on various activities to serve our Alma-mater. Below is a letter of appreciation from Dr. Shekhar received in 2018.

Dear Mr. Sarkar:

Greetings from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.

I was indeed overwhelmed to know the extent of connect between ISM and ISMAANA and their continued love and affection towards their Alma Mater. Thank you so much for your support and specifically the scholarships that you have instituted.

Our major efforts are directed towards making ISM an institute of eminence in India and substantially improve its global ranking. This requires infusion of (i) quality young faculty and (ii) visiting faculty from abroad who are willing to spend between one summer to 2 years at ISM. In addition, we need a massive upgrade of our research infrastructure.

We would need ISMAANA’s support in identifying candidates (i) who have just completed or are about to complete their PhDs and (ii) post-doctoral fellows from universities. We would also appreciate your help in identifying faculty from good universities who are willing to spend some time at ISM.

Because of shrinking government funding, we need to set-up Research Centers sponsored by Corporate in areas such as (i) energy and environment, (ii) Cyber security, (iii) Advanced manufacturing etc. We will share our proposals once they are ready.

We are making substantive changes in the role of Dean (IRAA – International Relations and Alumni Affairs). It now has three wings: (i) Alumni Affairs, (ii) Innovation and Incubation, (iii) Outreach Services. We are going in a big way to set-up our Innovation and Incubation Center to actively promote entrepreneurship and increased research collaboration with foreign institutions. Through Outreach services, the ISM community gives back to the society through (i) increased education and awareness in neighboring villages and slums, (ii) preparation for JEE, and (iii) skill development courses to increase employability.

We are also in the process of making Alumni Association color and logo as is common in the US universities. We will be taking your feedback once we have some samples.

Hopefully, sooner than later, Dean (IRAA), Prof. Dheeraj Kumar, and I would be visiting North America to connect with its alumni.

We look forward to meeting you all in person.

Best wishes!

Prof. Rajiv Shekhar
Director
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

Awards and Achievements

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Rajesh Raitani (2001, Mining) was awarded with 2019 SME Industrial Minerals and Aggregate Division (IMAD) Frank Alsobrook Award, which recognizes members of our Division who have significantly contributed to the workings of SME and the Division and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishments. Rajesh has earlier received 2011 Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2012) and 2013 Robert W. Piekarz Award (2014) from the Division, for scientific accomplishments and leadership of technical programming activities of the Division, respectively, and has served other committees of SME at varying positions.

Dr Abani R Samal (Min. Exp., 1995) was honored with IMAD Chair Recognition award, who have demonstrated leadership, volunteerism and professionalism throughout the year. Abani, you have true dedication to IMAD. Dr. Samal holds PhD from SIU Carbondale, DIC & MS degree from Imperial College, London and M Tech (Mineral Exploration) degree from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, India. He is in mining industry since 1996.

Currently he is the principal and owner of GeoGlobal, LLC and providing consulting services to exploration and mining companies worldwide. Mineral deposit evaluation, applied geostatistics and mine-mill reconciliation are his technical specializations. He also provides training programs to industry professionals and academic researchers.

Dr. Nikhil Gupta (2008, MLE) was recognized with Program Manager award from Industrial Minerals Division of SME. Dr. Gupta is a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies at Virginia Tech. As a process engineer, he has successfully completed many in-field pilot-scale demonstration projects. His current efforts involve commercialization of a novel hydrophobic-hydrophilic separation process developed to recover and dewater ultrafine minerals simultaneously from plant waste streams. Dr. Gupta has previously received IMAD’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award and Coal & Energy’s J.W. Woomer Award for his professional contribution to the mining industry by SME.

Tushar Gupta (2012, Mining) was honored with Industrial Minerals and Aggregate Division graduate scholarship award . He is currently pursuing PhD in mining engineering from University of Kentucky. He is an avid writer and contributed several poems in the ISMAANA patrika.

Dr. Vishal Gupta (Mining, 2001) was awarded Industrial Minerals & Aggregate Division Chair Award during SME National Meeting. During Vishal’s term, revenues increased over the past year resulting in an improved fiscal position for the Division. Technical offerings grew significantly from the year in the form of technical sessions in the Annual Conference. The year marked the start of collaborative efforts with local sections of SME, to organize a field trip, which will materialize in the coming term.

Congratulations to below current students from IIT(ISM) for securing the prestigious WAAIME scholarships award from SME:

Denver ISM Alumni Get-Together

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The event took place at 7:00 PM on February 25, 2019 at Mint India restaurant. Most of us (also SME attendees) gathered at Hyatt Hotel lobby and took a few minutes walk in nice cold winter to Mint India, where the IIT(ISM) get-together took place. We are doing these get-togethers since 2008 (first social event was in Salt Lake City), so this was our 12th social event in continuation. We have a guest alumni Dr. Veerendra Singh (Principal Scientist, Tisco) joining this event all the way from India.

Vishal Gupta welcomed everyone. The event followed by formal introduction in ISM way. The group celebrated awards given to ISMites during SME meeting at different events – Frank Alsobrook Award to Rajesh Raitani, Program Manager Award to Dr. Nikhil Gupta, IMAD Chair Recognition award to Abani Samal, scholarship award to Tushar Gupta and other SME scholarship awards to current IIT(ISM) students. Vishal apprised the alumni of various efforts for scholarships and other activities taken up by ISM alumni association of North America.

It was indeed a joyous occasion, and everyone enjoyed the social get-together. It’s just once a year that we all get-together during SME meeting, alumni come from different states and sometime even travel as far from India to attend this conference and making this evening more special.

With this, I would like to thank alumni to take some time out to celebrate ISMite get-together to cherish the glorious days of IIT(ISM) during SME meeting. It was always a pleasure to have support from senior-most alumni Dr. Madan Singh sir (1956). A special thanks to Raghav Dube who did the hard work finding a place, menu and our treasurer for such events.

Houston ISM Alumni Get-Together

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On April 20th, ISM families from in and around Houston area got together for Spring picnic event at the George Bush Park in Katy. A few alumni had travelled all the way from San Antonio and New Orleans just for this event. That day the weather was perfect for Houston area with clear skies and temperature around upper 70s. Around 90 adults and 45 kids attended the event, and all had great time mingling, catching up with each other and participating in various fun activities.

Alumni from 1960s to most recent batches were in attendance. There was great camaraderie among the alumni spanning five decades.

Enjoy a few glimpses from the event below.

Organizing this event wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of several alumni (Madhu, Amit Singh, Anoop, Gaurav, Chitwan, Sarwesh, Vic, Utkarsh, Ashutosh, Rakesh, Tanweer, Nitin, Swarup, Vinay) and alumni spouse (Smita, Sanjib, Afreen) volunteers. A big shout out to all the volunteers for being so enthusiastic in helping and putting all efforts in making this event a great success.

Houston area Spring picnic event will be an annual event for the alumni and their families to get together and relive the ISM days.

Reunion of 1967 batch in Nepal

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Alumni of 1967 batch had their third annual reunion March 18-22, 2019 in Nepal. Rohini Sharma (67 Mining) and past President of ISMAANA organized the reunion tour of Nepal. ISMAANA members Atul Kumar and Dipak Sarkar also attended the reunion. Eighteen couples from 1967 batch along with their spouses joined this 5 day reunion tour. The tour included visits to Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery and hospitality of Nepalese people. One of the highlights was the farewell dinner at Kathmandu that was attended by several alumni living in Nepal and included a cultural program of colorful Nepalese dances.

President’s Note

December 16, 2018 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

Dear ISMAANA members:

We wish Shubh Deepavali, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season to all our alumni. May the New Year bring more success and happiness in your families. 

ISMAANA board elected Dr. Ganesh Thakur immediate past Chairman of ISMAANA as its Chairman Emeritus. In this position Ganesh will continue to participate in board meetings and provide his advice and guidance to the board. The board also elected Dipak Roy (73’AGeoph) as its new board member. Dipak covers Bay area of California that is home to number of alumni as well as many exciting new technological developments.

ISMAANA continues to work on many projects to assist our alma mater as well as our north America based alumni. We have an MOU executed for providing Outstanding Teacher award at IIT (ISM). Raj Prasad (65’PE) has kindly sponsored this award that we believe will enhance outstanding teaching tradition at our alma mater. A similar award for an outstanding researcher at IIT (ISM) is being sponsored by Chairman Emeritus Ganesh Thakur.

Our new IIT (ISM) Director Dr. Rajiv Shekhar plans to visit US in near future. We are in discussions to schedule his planned visit. Further plans are also being developed to conduct on site seminars by ISMAANA alumni on special topics at IIT (ISM).

ISMAANA newsletter is being published on a regular basis to exchange communication with our North America based alumni. Our thanks to Vishal Gupta, Secretary, (vishalgupta_ism@yahoo.co.uk) for this sincere effort.
An alumni database development program is ongoing for last two years with dedicated efforts of Gaurav Seth. If you know of any alumnus who is not receiving our newsletter, please let Gaurav know at gaurav@ismaa.org.

We have started a fund-raising program in 2018 to enhance our endowment funds to continue and expand the merit scholarship program and to fund outstanding research projects at our alma mater. We seek your cooperation and help in this regard.

If you have any feedback to improve ISMAANA’s role or would like to contribute articles or news events or any other comments, please send us a note.

Thank you.
Sincerely
Dipak Sarkar
President ISMAANA (’67 PE)
dksarkar@aol.com

ISMAANA Scholarship Programs

December 16, 2018 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

Currently ISMAANA has two types of ongoing scholarship programs.

1) Merit Scholarships – Eight merit scholarships were started in 2015 to recognize top two students in the final year of four earth science branches based on first three years of academic performance. Scholarship recipients for 2018-19 academic year are currently being selected at IIT (ISM) and will be awarded during 4th quarter 2018 at an award ceremony at IIT (ISM). We are currently raising funds to expand these merit scholarships to more branches of study.

2) Merit cum means scholarships – We are starting 2nd year of the merit cum means scholarship program. Currently ISMAANA has alumni commitment for 47 such scholarships that are based on family income and academic performance. Amount of these scholarships range from $1000/year to $1370/year. These scholarships are intended to mainly cover student expenses related to room, board, and transportation. Scholarship donors with number of committed scholarships in parenthesis are: Naresh Vashisht (20), Avinash Ahuja (10), Suresh Chugh (4), Mohinder Gulati (1), Pramod Thakur (1), Jatinder Tuli (1) Dipak Sarkar (1), Zoeb Mogri (1), Shishir Agrawal (1), Yugal Gupta (2), Mahendra Verma (2), Atul Arya (1), Sriram Muralidharan (1), and Raj Prasad (1). As news of these scholarships spread more alumni are coming forward to offer these scholarships to needy meritorious students. If you need more information about these scholarships please call Dipak Sarkar at 714 826-2810 or write to dksarkar@aol.com.

During the new academic year (2018-19), 8 students who qualified under phase 2 of the scholarship process completed in May 2018 were given scholarships. Additionally 8 students who got scholarship last year qualify for the scholarship in the new academic based on maintaining their grade point average. For the remaining 31 scholarships IIT (ISM) has published a notice on its website inviting application for these scholarships. We expect to complete awarding remaining scholarships by the end of the year 2018.

Awards and Achievements

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Distinguished Alumni Award
At 2018 annual Basant festival at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad on 3-4 February 2018, Dr Mihir Sinha (’66 PE) received Distinguished Alumni award. This is a very well deserved honor for Mihir Sinha who offers course in finance at Department of Management Studies at our Alma mater for many years as an Adjunct Professor at no cost to the institute.

Dr. Sinha receiving the award from Dr. Panigrahi at the 2018 Basant Festival

SPE’s Lester C. Uren Award
Dr. Jitendra Kikani (’84 PE) received the SPE’s Lester C. Uren Award at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition help on 24-26 September 2018 in Dallas, TX. The Lester C. Uren Award recognizes distinguished achievement in the technology of petroleum engineering. Recipients of this award automatically become Distinguished Members.

SPE’s Distinguished Service Award
Hemanta Sarma (’78 PE) received the SPE’s Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition help on 24-26 September 2018 in Dallas, TX. This award recognizes contributions to the Society that exhibit such exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought, and action as to set them apart from other contributions. Recipients of this award automatically become Distinguished Members.