U. B. Desai

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Uday B. Desai
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Alma materJohns Hopkins University, University at Buffalo, IIT Kanpur
AwardsFellow, Indian National Science Academy
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
InstitutionsIndian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

Uday B. Desai is an Indian academician and present and founding Director of Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad.[1][2] He is building IIT Hyderabad and credited for taking it to rank among the top 10 engineering colleges in India. He was mentor director of IIT Bhilai from Aug 2016 to Jan 2017 and present mentor Director for IIIT Chittoor.

Early life[edit]

Uday Desai received his B. Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur in 1974, did his M.S. from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A. in 1979. All in electrical engineering.[3][4]


From 1979 to 1984 he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, U.S.A., and an Associate Professor at the same University from 1984 to 1987.

IIT Bombay[edit]

From 1987 to May 2009 he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. He was Dean of Students at IIT-Bombay from Aug 2000 to July 2002. He has held Visiting Associate Professor's position at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. He was a visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne during the summer of 2002. From July 2002 to June 2004 he was the Director of HP-IITM R and D Lab. at IIT Madras.

Academic interests[edit]

His research interest is in Cyber physical systems, Internet of things, digital fabrication, wireless communication, cognitive radio, wireless sensor networks and statistical signal processing. He has been a coauthor of 9 research monographs an author of nearly 300 peered reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.

Director, IIT Hyderabad[edit]

He joined IIT Hyderabad as director in June 2009. He built the institute to the top 10. He focused more on research and innovation at IITH.[5]

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • In 2015 Dr. Desai received the Outstanding Alumni award from University of Buffalo
  • 2016 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur.
  • Dr. Desai is a Fellow of INSA (Indian National Science Academy)
  • Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)
  • Fellow of The Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • Senior Member of IEEE.
  • He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT-Bombay for 2007

He is on the board of Tata Communications Limited and several educational institute and government committees. He is a member on various Boards and Governing Council of several academic institutions and organizations. He is one of the founding members of COMSNETS and also Society for Cancer Research and Communication. He was the Chair for IEEE Bombay Section 2006-2008. He was also on the Visitation Panel for University of Ghana.[6][7]




  1. ^ https://telanganatoday.com/iit-hyderabads-vigyan-jyothi-aims-to-achieve-gender-parity
  2. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/iit-h-mentors-35-girls-to-pursue-career-in-stem/articleshow/64179728.cms
  3. ^ Electrical Dept, IIT Bombay (20 March 2009). "U. B. Desai". Ee.iitb.ac.in. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.iith.ac.in/~ubdesai/
  5. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/meeting-industry-needs-the-iith-way/article22432092.ece
  6. ^ "Welcome to Uday B. Desai's Home Page". Iith.ac.in. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  7. ^ https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=KvjZYXwAAAAJ&hl=en
  8. ^ The Year Book 2014 // Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi

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