Kantesh Balani joined as an Assistant Professor the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (now Materials Science & Engineering) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India in July 2008. He earned his Doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Florida International University, Miami, Fla, USA, in 2007. He is recipient of Young Engineer Award 2010 from the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Young Metallurgist Award 2010 from the Indian Institute of Metals, Young Scientist Award (materials science) by the Indian Science Congress Association 2010, R.L. Thakur Memorial Prize 2009 by the Indian Ceramics Association, David Merchant International Student Achievement Award 2007, Arthur E. Focke LeaderShape Award 2004, RCTF (Research Challenge Trust Fund) Fellowship 2002, Sudharshan Bhat Memorial Prize and S. Ananthramakrishnan Memorial Prize 2001, and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship 2001. He has over 40 publications in the peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include bio/nanocomposites, ab-initio molecular modeling, electron microscopy, and nanomechanics, and nanotribology. Currently, he serves as reviewer of over fifteen technical journals, Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (Springer), and Editorial Board Member of Recent Patents on Materials Science (Bentham) and Recent Patents on Nanotechnology (Bentham).
Biography Updated on 16 March 2011