The Director (academics) of Sambad Group of Institutions and principal of KMBB College of Engineering, Dr Dhanada Kanta Mishra has been recently nominated as a fellow of the Hong Kong Concrete Institute. The HKCI is a professional body of civil engineers, construction practitioners, academicians, industry representatives and others. It helps disseminate the latest developments in concrete technology to promote sustainable building construction activities in one of the most advanced mega-cities of the world. Its a rare honour for an academician from Odisha.
Dr Mishra has been on sabbatical and spending a year at the Hong Kong University of Engineering and Technology (HKUST) here at Kowloon bay in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. HKUST is one of the leading young universities in the world having been ranked 2nd among top 50 universities in the world under fifty years old. It was set up barely 26 years ago as a public institution with an objective to be a world class university at the earliest – a goal the university has already achieved.
Dr Mishra is working as a research scholar on invitation from from Prof Christopher Leung – a founder faculty of HKUST who quit MIT after his PhD under Prof Victor Li to join HKUST in 1991. Prof Victor Li then moved to University of Michigan where he was the PhD supervisor of Dr Mishra working in the area of advanced cement composites. Currently Dr Mishra is carrying out research in High Volume Pozzolanic Cement based materials and smart concrete. His research work based on fly ash from Odisha was appreciated at an International Environment conference held at Hyderabad in December. Dr Mishra will be presenting his latest results at another international conference at Tsinghua University in Beijing later this month before visiting Prof Caijun Shi’s laboratory at Hunan University in Changsha. He will be visiting IIT Kharagpur on March 30th to explore research collaboration and a 4-day summer school cum workshop in June at IIT Bhubaneswar where aspiring students and research scholars in India will participate to learn about this important area of civil engineering research in detail.