Indian-Monash Research Academy graduate wins prestigious Young Scientist Award

Vikram Vishal

A promising young expert on reservoir geomechanics, Professor Vikram Vishal, has won a prestigious Young Scientist award in India. Professor Vishal, a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) – Monash Research Academy, has won the INSA Medal for Young Scientists 2017 award.

The IITB-Monash Research Academy is a unique Joint Venture (JV) research academy committed to enhancing research collaborations between Australia and India.

The award acknowledges the significant contributions of Professor Vishal’s research on carbon sequestration for enhanced natural gas recovery in Indian unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs. He has worked extensively in the field of hydro-mechanical attributes of coal and shale.

The India National Science Academy (INSA) award is considered to be the highest recognition of extraordinary promise, excellence and creativity in a young scientist and is made annually to those distinguished for these attributes as evidenced by their research work carried out in India.

Academic Vice-President (Industry Engagement), Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor Frieder Seible, congratulated Professor Vishal on his outstanding achievement.  

“As the first IITB-Monash Research Academy graduate, Professor Vishal’s Young Scientists 2017 award demonstrates what is possible through this exciting partnership between two world-class research institutions.

“The Joint Venture provides a unique opportunity to work on high impact research to address global research problems through a doctoral thesis. Professor Vishal’s achievement highlights Monash’s strength of translating pioneering research into real-world outcomes,” Professor Seible said.

Professor Vishal said he was honoured to be selected for the award.

“I would like to acknowledge the mentorship by my PhD advisors, Professor T. N. Singh (IITB) and Monash Professor Ranjith P.G. that has led to my winning this prestigious medal.

“I must thank the IITB-Monash Research Academy for giving me the best of two world-class institutions. By having the distinction of being the first graduate of The Academy, I feel responsible and I am glad that I have made everyone proud with this recognition," he said.

About the IITB-Monash Research Academy

The IITB-Monash Research Academy, located in Mumbai, India, is committed to developing innovative solutions to complex research problems in the areas of engineering, science and technology. The Research Academy provides flexible service delivery that meets the needs and expectations of a wide range of industry and government partners.

Graduates receive a world-class internationally recognised joint PhD qualification from Monash University Australia and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB).