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IIT-B to felicitate its whizkids

Posted on: March 6, 2011

By Times of India
MUMBAI: A revolutionary portable map that you can touch, fold and carry in your purse or a pen that draws three-dimensional images and has the capacity to change the way we live. That is what Pranav Mistry was always known on the IIT-Powai campus as the boy who saw technology with an ordinary human eye. After an education from the public institute at PowaiLater, he went on to pursue his doctoral studies at MIT.

To recognize the way he thinks and puts imagination into technology, his alma mater will honour him and some others with the Young Alum Achievers Awardon the institute’s foundation day this year.

“It is an award to recognize an alumnus or an alumna from the institute who has achieved extraordinary success in their respective fields at a young age,” said IIT-B’s PRO Jaya Joshi.

Mistry obtained his master’s in design from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT-B, in 2005. Later he received his master’s degree in media arts and sciences from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering. Prior to his studies at MIT, he worked as a researcher with Microsoft.

Along with him, Udaya Kumar who designed the rupee symbol that India now uses will also be awarded. Kumar, now a faculty at IIT-Guwahati, conceptualized the rupee symbol while in the hostel at IIT-B. Kumar derived the symbol from Devanagari script and integrated it with the Latin script. The strips subtly represent the tricolour of our Indian national flag flying at the top. The horizontal lines also denote the arithmetic sign ‘equal to’. The symbol is in visual harmony with other currencies.

Surya Mallapragada, department chair and Stanley Chair in interdisciplinary engineering at the Iowa State University, runs a research programme on designing polymer bio-materials and bio-inspired materials, will also be felicitated. Subhash Khot, an associate professor at the New York University who has contributing to computational complexity and Viral Acharya, a professor of finance from the New York University, will also be given the awards.

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