Dr. Ashish Lele, Senior VP & Head, Advanced Materials and Alternative Energy Group, Reliance Industries Limited and former Chief Scientist, CSIR-NCL, has taken over the charge as the Director of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, in the morning of April 1, 2021. He took over charge from Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar, Director, CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad, who held the additional charge.
Dr. Lele completed his Chemical Engineering graduation from the Department of Chemical Technology (ICT), University of Bombay, in 1988. He obtained Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, USA in 1993. He joined CSIR-NCL in 1993 as a scientist and set up a research group on the rheology of complex fluids, polymer dynamics, and polymer processing. He led many industry-sponsored research projects at the laboratory and carried out several product development activities. He led the efforts for developing PEM fuel cell technology in a consortium of three other CSIR laboratories and three Indian industries.
Dr. Lele has authored 75 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 6 patents. He has supervised 17 Ph.D. theses. Dr. Lele has also invested his time in a few start-up companies.
Dr. Lele was the recipient of the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences in 2006, Infosys prize in Engineering and Computer Science in 2012 and, the ICT Distinguished Alumnus award in 2013. Other recognitions include CSIR Young Scientist Award (1994), INSA Young Scientist Award (1996), ICT Young Scientist Award (2003). He is a fellow Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Lele and Dr. Chandrasekhar signed a change of the guard document in the presence of Dr. Shekhar Mande, DG-CSIR, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, former DG-CSIR, Dr. S. Sivaram, former director, CSIR-NCL, and many other former directors, including Prof. Ashwini Kumar Nangia, Dr. K. Vijayamohanan Pillai, Dr. Sourav Pal and Dr. Paul Ratnasamy in a virtual program.
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune India is a research, development and consulting organization with a focus on chemical and allied sciences & engineering. It has a successful record of research partnership with industry. NCL is a flagship laboratory of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR, www.csir.res.in) which is the largest network of publicly funded research institute in India.