BITS Pilani Dubai Campus gets a new Director

  • Professor Srinivasan Madapusicomes from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Previously with National University of Singapore
  • Aims to position BITS-Pilani Dubai as the innovation hub and a leading contributor to a knowledge-based economy in the Middle East

11th August 2021, Dubai, UAE: BITS Pilani Dubai Campus announces the appointment of its new Director, Professor Srinivasan Madapusi. He succeeds Prof. R.N. Saha who was heading the institute for last 7 years and has now moved on to take up a bigger role as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution after successfully contributing to its growth during his tenure.

On the occasion, Prof. R.N. Saha, the former Director and the Acting Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani said, “We are delighted to have Professor Madapusi as the new head of our Dubai Campus and I am very confident that his rich experience, knowledge and skills will create new benchmarks of success for the institute. Under his able leadership, the campus will further excel and progress in all areas of activity while building on its solid foundation.”

Prior to joining BITS-Pilani, Dubai, he was a Professor of chemical engineering and Associate Dean in the School of Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and was previously affiliated with the National University of Singapore as faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies, USA and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. 

Professor Srinivasan’s research interests are in nanoscale engineering for energy and environment, waste conversion to energy and resources, and environmentally sustainable and benign processing.  He has over 180 publications, has supervised 9 Masters and 23 PhD students and has a patent in biomass conversion and IP disclosures in molecular electronics and wastewater remediation.  He has served in the highest governing bodies of his affiliated institutions in Singapore and Australia and has contributed to obtaining research funding of over AUD 6 million over the past 4 years.  

“I am delighted to take up stewardship of BITS-Pilani, Dubai, as its new Director”, says Prof. Srinivasan. “It is indeed a privilege to be associated with a premier institution with a vibrant intellectual environment and an extensive and distinguished alumni network. The institution’s embedded principles of innovation, achievement and leadership in all spheres of activity powers its continued excellence and growth in these challenging yet exciting times.With focus on a world-class education system, strategic research, and growth in industry engagement and entrepreneurship, I look forward to helping position BITS-Pilani, Dubai as the leading contributor to a knowledge-based economy in the greater Middle East”.