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, on 1 April 2021. He took over the charge from DrSrivari 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 PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, the 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 CSIRlaboratories and three Indian industries.
Dr Lele has authored 75 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 6patents. He has supervised 17 PhD theses. Dr Lele has also invested his time in a fewstart-up companies.
Dr Lele was the recipient of the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in EngineeringSciences in 2006, Infosys prize in Engineering and Computer Science in 2012 and, the ICT Distinguished Alumnus award in 2013. Other recognitions include CSIR YoungScientist 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 programme.