Kanpur: Professor Yogesh M Joshi of the department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), has been elected as one of the fellows of the Society of Rheology, 2022. He is the first Indian to be selected for this prestigious honour.
The Society of Rheology Fellowship is a prestigious status that “recognizes a history of distinguished scientific achievement, a significant technological accomplishment, and/or outstanding scholarship in the field of Rheology.”
They also take into account ‘service to society’ as an important component and a minimum period of eight years as member of the Society of Rheology. Annually, only 0.5% of the membership are eligible for the fellowship.
Prof Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT-Kanpur congratulated Prof Yogesh Joshi and said, “This is indeed a matter of great pride for the institution. This adds more value to the research and innovation ecosystem of IIT-Kanpur, and would boost the spirit of everyone at the institute to continue striving for excellence in any science and technology field.”
Professor Yogesh M Joshi received his Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Engineering from Pune University in 1996 and did his Ph D in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay in 2001. After his doctoral and postdoctoral studies at National Chemical Laboratory, and the Benjamin Levich Institute, City College of New York, CUNY, respectively, he joined the department of Chemical Engineering of IIT-K in 2004. He is currently the Pandit Girish & Sushma Rani Pathak Chair at the institute.
Dr. Joshi’s primary rheological work encompasses soft glassy materials, the sol-gel transition, and the phase behaviour of colloidal dispersions. He is a senior editor of Langmuir, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1985 and is published by the American Chemical Society, and also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Rheology, Rheologica Acta, and Physics of Fluids.
In 2015, Prof Joshi was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences by the Government of India, and Academy excellence award of the Defense Research and Development Organization 2019. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and in 2017, as the Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India. He actively consults with industry, including UPL Ltd. and Unilever Inc., regarding improving the flow behaviour and rheological stability of their products.