Prof. Rudra Pratap
Chairperson, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, IISc


Prof Rudra Pratap works at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India, where he is the Chairperson of the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), and an associate faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in MEMS and NEMS design. He is currently involved in several MEMS device developments that include MEMS microphones, ultrasound transducers and inertial systems. His research group has carried out extensive studies of energy dissipation in dynamic MEMS devices and developed comprehensive models of damping in such devices. Apart from MEMS and NEMS, his research interests include nonlinear dynamics, molecular motors, and computational mechanics. Dr. Rudra Pratap holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, USA, a Masters degree from the University of Arizona, USA, and a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Prior to joining IISc, he taught at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, for two and a half years. He was also an ‘Invited Professor’ at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland during 2004-2005. He has been at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, since 1996.