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Prof Sudhir Jain is currently serving his third term as director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, which he joined as founder director in June 2009. He was on the faculty of IIT Kanpur for 35 years from 1984-2019. Dr. Jain is a scholar of earthquake engineering and a passionate academic administrator. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee (now, IIT Roorkee), and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He served as President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering from 2014-18. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, conferred Life Membership by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in 2013, and was elected International Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2018, and in 2020 he was conferred with "Padma Shri", one of the highest civilian awards in India, by the President of India.
Under Dr. Jain's leadership, IITGN has introduced several innovations in curriculum, student affairs, faculty recruitment and institutional management to inculcate and promote excellence by faculty and students. He led the development of IITGN's new campus, which has won several national awards and is the first campus in India to receive the 5-star GRIHA-LD rating.
Dr Jain has made major contributions to earthquake engineering practice, research and education in India. He was instrumental in the development of several important seismic codes in India, and has trained thousands of professional engineers and college teachers in earthquake engineering through his continuing education programmes. He established the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IIT Kanpur and developed the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education (NPEEE), supported by the Government of India. Dr. Jain has served as consultant for several major projects, such as bridges and petrochemical pipelines and has published more than 150 scholarly papers. His research interests include the study of damaging earthquakes, reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, and seismic codes.