Institute Chair Professor Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Dr.Tarun Kant earned his PhD degree while working as a Lecturer from IIT Bombay in 1977. He was selected as an Assistant Professor in 1978 and a Professor in 1986. He has held the positions of the Department Head (2000-2002), the Dean (Planning) of the Institute (2001-2003), the Chairman of the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-1998) and the Chairman of the Central Library (1995-1999) with great distinction. He initiated and introduced many innovations effectively during his tenure. The Institute appointed him as an Institute Chair Professor with effect from 31st December 2009. Prof. Kant was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 1999, a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) in 2004, a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in 2007 and a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) in 2011. He is the first and only civil engineer in the country to get elected to all the four national academies. He is also the fourth civil engineer to get elected to the two national science academies (INSA and IASc). He has been visiting professors at University of Wales, Swansea (1979-’82), University of Cambridge (1993) and University of California, Los Angeles (2005). He has published more than 135 research papers in refereed journals, 6 chapters in edited books, about 145 papers in conference proceedings, edited 4 books and currently serves on the editorial boards of 5 international journals and in diverse areas of computational structural mechanics. He has supervised 25 PhD theses and over 75 MTech dissertations. He is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (IE) and The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), a Member of International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) and Life Members of The Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ISTAM) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and Founder Life Member of International Society for Computational Engineering and Science (ISCES), Indian Association for Computational Mechanics (IndACM) and Indian Association for Structural Engineering (IASE). He is also a nominated Fellow of The World Innovation Foundation (U.K).
Tarun Kant research interests lie in the areas of solid mechanics, plates, shells, fibre reinforced polymer composites, refined higher-order theories, thermal stresses, transient dynamics, finite element and other numerical methods, use of polymer composites in construction, mechanics of composite materials and structures & computational mechanics.