Prof. Bishnu Pal
Dean - Academics

Bishnu P Pal is the Dean of Academics at MEC. Prior to joining MEC in July 2014, he was a Professor of Physics for over 24 years 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 P Pal re-joined MEC in July 2018 as Professor of Physics after having been away from MEC for 1 year during 2017-18 at Bennett University in Greater Noida as a Consulting Professor.

Prof Pal has edited several books published by Elsevier/Academic Press, John Wiley, Intech, New Age, and Viva publishers. His current areas of research are Guided Wave Photonics and Optical Communication. OSA The Optical Society (USA), and IEEE Photonics Society (USA), respectively honoured him with global awards namely; Esther Hoffman Beller medal during the centennial year of OSA in 2016 and Distinguished Lectureship (DL) for 2005-07. He has many other awards and citations for significant contributions in the field of optical fiber communications. 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-submitted a patent in India and one in the USA.

He has served as the President of the Optical Society of India (2012–2015), Associate Vice President of IEEE Photonics Society's Membership Council (2011-2015), and a member of the International Jury for the Galileo Galilei Prize of the International Commission of Optics (2010-2014).

Prof. Arya Kumar Bhattacharya
Dean - Research & Development

Dr. Arya Kumar Bhattacharya is the Dean of Research and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has been with the Institute since its inception in 2014. He has more than twenty years of industrial experience, including working for the Defence Research and Development Organization at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA - Bangalore), Alstom Transport (UK) and at Tata Steel (Automation Division, Jamshedpur), in Research and Development roles at different levels. He has been AICTE-INAE approved Distinguished Visiting Professor at Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.

Prof. Arya has filed for more than twenty patents and published more than thirty-five papers in Journals, International Conferences and research books. His essay in the book ‘Evolutionary Computation’ published by InTech has been downloaded more than 9000 times since 2010, according to the Publisher. His multi-disciplinary research interests cover Machine Learning, Evolutionary Algorithms, Game Theory, and Autonomous Systems applied to different domains like Aerospace, Manufacturing and Industry 4.0, Logistics, Transportation and others.