NIST Founder Chairman Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Berhampur: NIT Rourkela honors Dr. Sukant Kumar Mohapatra, Chairman of National Institute of Science and Technology (Autonomous), with Distinguished Alumnus Award. NIT Rourkela will felicitate its Alumnus, Dr. Mohapatra, at its 19th Convocation on 18th January 2020. This award is a recognition of Dr. Mohapatra’s positive contribution to the community in the area of education and technology, and designated for his outstanding professional and philanthropic accomplishments.

Dr. Mohapatra had a dream to start a World Class Institute in Odisha. He realized this by establishing National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) in 1996. He has been guiding the institute as its founder chairman ever since. It’s noteworthy that NIST is the first NRI educational venture in Odisha, and first-ever global standard private engineering college in South Odisha. Started as an engineering institute, now it has been turned into an institute park having world class facility for education, research and entrepreneurship.

For Dr. Mohapatra it all started with graduating B.Sc Engg. (Hons.) at National Institute of Technology (formerly REC), Rourkela, Odisha in 1981. Later he received MS (Computer Science) from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, USA, and PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA. He has over 25 years of professional experience with leadership position, in leading applied research, system engineering and architecture, technology strategy, and business development in telecommunications industry. He has worked at AT&T, Lucent Technologies – Bell Laboratories and Ericsson. Now he serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Ericsson. He’s also the founding member and chief patron of India Energy Congress.

Dr. Mohapatra has a prolific career in academics, research and industry. He has taught graduate program at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is recipient of multiple awards and recognition including prestigious DMTS award at Bell Laboratories and Star Alumnus Award of NIT, Rourkela. He has been invited speaker at various conferences and forums around globe. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is passionate about Next Generation Networks, Multi-service Network Management (OSS/BSS), Network Planning and Optimization, Network Virtualization (NFV/SDN), Cloud Computing, and Internet of Things (IoT). He has published extensively in the areas of data networking, network management, optimization, congestion control, network virtualization and Internet of Things (IoT) in referred journals and conferences.

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