K.R. Mangalam University


Name : Prof. R.K. Mittal
Email : vc@krmangalam.edu.in
M.E. (Mechanical), Ph.D. (Software Engineering)
Former Director, BITS Pilani-Dubai & Rajasthan Campus

Prof. R.K. Mittal

Professor (Dr.) R.K. Mittal became Vice-Chancellor of the K.R.Mangalam University in May 2015. Prior to joining the coveted K.R.Mangalam University, a university in making, Prof. Mittalworked at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani), India for 40 years. He began his academic career at BITS Pilani in 1975, became Professor in 1995 and Senior Professor in 2010. In a career of teaching, administration, research and planning, spanning 42 years in higher education, he has worked in various capacities.

At BITS Pilani, heheld a series of leadership positions including, Director (Special Projects); Director, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, an offshore campus of BITS Pilani at Dubai International Academic City, Dubai (2010-2014); Deputy Director Administration (2008-2010); Dean, Academic Registration and Counseling Division (1995-2010) and founder Chief, Computer Assisted Housekeeping Unit (1987-2006), amongst others.

As a member of the Senate and as chair/member of several other committees at BITS Pilani, he played key role in the shaping of academic, research and administrative policies and systems.He was entrusted with executive responsibilities in Admissions, Academics, Finance and Information Technology use. He had led the teams in stream of disruptive computing technologies – from punched cards to the Web – to flawlessly cater to all the in-house administrative computing needs of the university.

Fivestudents have completed Ph.D. under his supervision and two are currently working for their Ph.D. in Software Engineering area. He has authored/co-authored over 80research publications in international/national peer reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests include robust robot design, robot-path planning, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microrobots and nanorobots, nanotechnology, software engineering, software testing and e-waste. He has guided more than sixty M.E./M.S. Dissertations and numerous Undergraduate projects.

Prof. Mittal has coauthored two popular textbooks:Robotics & Control, McGraw-Hill and Elements of Manufacturing Processes,PHI Learning. He was editor of two conference proceedings: EMTM2N-2007 (Research Publishing, Chennai, India) and ISSS-MEMS-2007; and has also authored many in-house course notes, lab manuals, monographs and invited Chapters in books.

He is founding member of the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CRIS), BITS Pilani, created from scratch in 1992 and was its Coordinator until 2000. He guided the team of undergraduate students at BITS Pilani, to successfully design and develop India’s first Humanoid in 2007-08, named “AcYut”. The AcYut can perform tasks like a human – it can dance, punch, play soccer, fight Kung Fu besides sitting, standing, and walking; and can be programmed to perform any defined task. AcYut brought several laurels for BITS Pilani and India, including Gold Medal in 2010 in World RoboGames, San Francisco, California, USA.He mentored the undergraduate students’ team from BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus to develop Intelligent Flying Object for Reconnaissance (IFOR), an aerial vehicle that included technologies to autonomously map and navigate any environment during 2010-2014. The IFOR, won the first place in the 21st edition of International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC-2011), held at North Dakota, USA.

He organized the highly acclaimed International Conference on Emerging Mechanical Technology-Macro to Nano, EMTM2N-2007 at BITS Pilani. He was the co- organizer for two conferences jointly organized by CEERI, Pilani and BITS Pilani: “2nd ISSS National Conference on MEMS, Microsensors, Smart Materials, Structures and Systems,” ISSS-MEMS2007, and “National Symposium on Vacuum Technology and its Applications to Electronic Devices and Systems”, IVSNS-2009. He organized, “International Conference on Cloud Computing Technologies, Applications and Management” (ICCCTAM-12) at Dubai. He has been on executive panels/mentor/Guest Speaker/resource person/keynote speaker in many national and international seminars, workshops and conferences, in India and abroad.

Dr. Mittal is a member of Professional bodies like IEEE and ACM. He was the Branch Counselor, IEEEStudents Branch, BITS, Pilani (1976-2005). He was instrumental in establishing BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA) and was its Founder President (1989-2010), as an organ of the Institute, and enrolled over 20000 alumni from 1954 to 2010 batches and got them involved in the development of Institute.

He received B.E. (Hons.) & M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, and Ph.D. (in the area of Software Engineering) degrees from BITS Pilani, India. He obtained the highest rank in order of merit in M.E. and was awarded the Institute’s Gold Medal. He has taught more than 30 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and interdisciplinary area. He pioneered introduction of several new courses in emerging and interdisciplinary areas.