Bishnu P Pal re-joined MEC in July 2018 as Professor of Physics in School of Natural Sciences after having been away from MEC for 1 year during 2017-18 at Bennett University in Greater Noida as a Consulting Professor. He is also currently the Dean Academics at MEC. Before joining MEC first time in July 2014, he was a Professor of Physics for over 24 years since 1990 at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, during which he served as the Chairperson of the Physics Department (September 2008-December 2011) and Head of the Computer Services Centre (September 2003-August 2006). Bishnu Pal has been deeply involved in Guided Wave Optics and Photonics education since its nascent days in early 1980s. He played a key role in establishing the highly successful interdisciplinary MTech and research program on optoelectronics and a FO Laboratory @ IIT Delhi. A spin-off from this has resulted in commercialization of a FO Educational kit. Its alumni hold leadership positions in academia and industries like Facebook, Cisco, IBM, JDSU, OFS, NASA, Tejas Networks, Infinera, Cienna, Delhi Metrorail, fiber manufacturer Sterlite Tech, AlcaLuc-Nokia. OSA The Optical Society (USA), and IEEE Photonics Society (USA), respectively honoured him with the global awards namely, Esther Hoffman Beller medal during the centennial year of OSA in 2016 and Distinguished Lectureship (DL) for 2005-07. EHB medal citation reads 'You are being recognized for over thirty-five years of guided wave photonics education, including the development of graduate students and continuing education teaching programs and laboratories in optoelectronics and optical communications at IIT-Delhi, inspiring a generation of academic and industrial scientists'. IEEE DL award is given for 'delivering lectures at various IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) chapters around the world and is designed to honour excellent speakers who have made technical contributions of high quality and to enhance the technical programs of the IPS chapters'. Grand old Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Arts (DKNVS, Norway founded in 1760) recognised Professor Pal with Honorary Distinguished Foreign membership under its Technology Division within the class of Natural Sciences for significant contributions to optical fiber communications. At the invitation of International Commission of Optics (ICO) he delivered a course of lectures on silicon photonics at the Winter College on Optics in 1998 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (Italy).
Prof Pal has edited several books published by Elsevier/Academic Press, John Wiley, Intech, New Age, and Viva publishers. Select chapters from his books (including ones authored by him) and also a research paper have been reprinted in standard reference books on optical communication. His e-book Frontiers in Guided Wave Optics and Optoelectronics (2010) published by IntechOpen has seen heavy downloads according to the publisher (over 228,130 to date and his own authored chapter over 12,480). He has also contributed over 15 chapters - all by invitation in several books. He has extensively contributed to sponsored research and industrial consultancy, especially several international collaborative research projects that involved France, UK, USA, and Russia.
His current areas of research is Guided Wave Photonics and Optical Communication that broadly encompasses application-specific specialty optical fibers e.g. for dispersion management, large mode area fibers and fibers for DWDM transmission; All-fiber components and devices as branching components for optical communication networks; designs of new generation microstructured optical fibers for supercontinuum light, metro optical networks, and mid-infrared photonics; optical fiber sensors; guided wave components based on silicon photonics; all-fiber THz generation and transmission, and Anderson type localization of light in disordered optical waveguide lattices.
Professor Pal has worked as a guest scientist at ELAB at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) at Trondheim in Norway as Royal Norwegian CSIR (NTNF) Fellow in mid-1970s and later as NTNF Visiting Professor in late 1980s, CNRS laboratory LPMC at University of Nice in France as Senior Foreign Scientist of CNRS (France) for various periods, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Boulder Colorado in USA as a Fulbright Scholar, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh in UK as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in Photonics, City U Hong Kong and University of Malay at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as Visiting Professor, and at Institute fur Physikalische Messtechnik (IPM) at Freiburg in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He has been a founding member of Int. J. Optoelectron. (Taylor & Francis) and is currently a Member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals: J. Opt. Comm. (Germany), J. Elect. Engg. & Tech. (Korea), Optoelectron. Letts. (China), J. Korean Opt. Soc. (Korea), Photonic Sensors (Springer), J of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (Taylor &Francis), and Kiran of the Indian Laser Society.
He has published and reported over 200 research papers and research reviews in peer reviewed international journals and conferences, delivered over 50 plenary/invited talks at international conferences in India and abroad, and has co-authored one each Indian and US patent. Prof. Pal is a Fellow of OSA The Optical Society (USA), SPIE The International Society for Optics and Photonics (USA), Optical Society of India (OSI) and IETE (India), and Senior Member of IEEE (USA). He has been a recipient of the Homi Bhabha Award of UGC (India) for excellence in Applied Sciences for 2006, OSI (India) Life Time Achievement award (2010), Prof Y. T Thathachari Prestigious Research Award in Physical Science of Bhramara Trust Mysore for 2010, CEOT 2010 award of IETE (India) for contributions to Optoelectronic Devices in the broadest sense, Om Prakash Bhasin National award for Electronics and Information Technology 2013, Khosla National Research award of IIT Roorkee for Lifetime achievements, and was a co-recipient of the First Fiber Optic Person of the Year award in 1997 instituted by Lucent Technology and Voice & Data Magazine in India.
Prof. Pal was a Member of the Board of Directors (2009-2011) of OSA The Optical Society (USA), its International Council (2007-2009), and Long Term Planning Group for publications (2011-2014).
He was President of the Optical Society of India (2012–2015), Associate Vice President of IEEE Photonics Society's Membership Council (2011-2015), and member of the International Jury for the Galileo Galilei Prize of the International Commission of Optics (2010-2014).
E-mail: bishnu.pal[at]mechyd.ac.in Phone: +91- 40-6713 5134
*Studied post-school University degrees (1965-1975) as a National Science Talent Search Scholar of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT, New Delhi), Govt. of India (1965-75)
Prof Pal's research involved analysis, innovative design and realization of a diverse spectrum of application-specific specialty optical fibers and fiber amplifiers, technology development of all-fiber branching components for optical networks having potential applications in optical telecommunication, fiber optic sensors, and more recently on mid-IR photonics and THz photonics, and Anderson localization of light in disordered optical waveguides.
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