Dr. Rajkumar S. Pant

Department of Aerospace Engineering






Special recognition, scholarships, awards and prizes

  • Visiting Professor at School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore from December 2015 to December 2016.

  • D. P. Joshi Excellent Teacher Award 2015, IIT Bombay, in recognition of merits, achievement and enthusiasm for teaching and making a lasting impression on students.

  • Distinguished Visiting Researcher at Institute Technologico de Aeronautica, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brazil, from December 2012 to November 2015 under Science Without Borders program of Govt. of Brazil.

  • Visiting Faculty at Department of Aerospace Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India, January 2012. 

  • Visiting Researcher at Texas Engineering Experimental Station, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1st June to 28th July 2011. 

  • Visiting Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, 1st June 2010 to 31st May 2011.

  • Adjunct Faculty at Department of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology during 2009-11, 2012-14, and 2014-16.

  • Elected as International member of Lighter-Than-Air systems Technical Committee of American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, USA in June 2007. 

  • Short-listed for the award of ICAS/McCarthy prize for the best paper presented by research students at the 20th Congress of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences held at Sorrento, Italy in September 1996. 

  • Educational Grant of 500 Pounds from The Hammond Trust, 300 Pounds from the Churches Commission on Overseas Students, and Mountbatten memorial grant of 250 Pounds from Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust, UK, in 1996

  • Commonwealth Scholarship for pursuing doctoral studies in the U.K., 1993-1996.


  • Jamsetji Tata Grant of Rs. 10,000 for academic excellence, September 1993. 


  • Silver medal for overall proficiency as a Design Trainee at HAL Bangalore, 1984.  


  • Commendation Prize for technical paper presented at the students? seminar conducted during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Aeronautical Association of Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai in April 1984. 


  • Team Leader of the best Undergraduate Design Project titled Conceptual Design of Short Haul Regional Transport Business Aircraft carried out at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, 1983.