Dr Shantanu Wahal
Dr Wahal has worked in three continents on different industrial and academic positions. He has been associated with various MNCs and research organizations like Life Technologies Inc, Godrej Industries Ltd, and Praj Industries Ltd in India and Gossner Foods Inc, USU Biofuels Center, Sustainable Energy Center etc in the USA in roles ranging from research assistant to the business leader. Over the years he has acquired invaluable experience in project management, new product and process development in various industrial sectors. He is actively involved with multiple R&D projects in collaboration with industry and academia. Besides this, he also loves to mentor budding scientists and engineers, an activity which he finds very close to his heart.
He received his Masters and PhD (with Honors) from Utah State University, USA and Bachelors degree (with Gold Medal) from G B Pant University, INDIA. He also did a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Durban University of Technology, SOUTH AFRICA.
Dr Wahal emphasizes that students and budding entrepreneurs should be motivated to utilize knowledge acquired in the classrooms and apply processes developed at bench scale to address real world challenges around us. He also believes that today's world is highly inter-disciplinary where knowledge sharing and networking between professionals from different backgrounds and skill sets are essential contributors towards successful incorporation of an idea in the industry.
He came up with the idea of LetsIdeate network to get entrepreneurs, students, and job-seekers to interact with each other and receive help from experts from the industry and academia.