Dr. Anand Kumar Tewari


Dr. Anand Kumar Tewari , Retired Executive Director (Operations), Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Pipelines Division NOIDA ( Retired in June 2020) A Mechanical Engineer having over 40 years of experience in the field of Oil and Gas Pipelines Design, Technical services, Project Execution, Operation , HSE , Contracting and Budgeting , HR and General Management Operation & Maintenance and inspection of cross country crude oil, Petroleum Products, LPG and Natural Gas Pipelines Corrosion Monitoring and Integrity Management of Pipelines; Risk management , RBI and RCM implementation Auditing Experience of CGD Networks, NG Pipelines , consultant / SME LPG Pipelines , Flow and Group gathering Pipelines Consultancy and Business development in the field of specialised inspection, LPG terminal, CNG terminal etc. Disaster Management , Environment Management, implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, Safety Management system implementation and periodic review/ Monitoring Qualifications:- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) ; Diploma in Human Resource(IGNOU); PGDBM (Marketing), IMT Ghaziabad PhD ( Engineering ) – Corrosion from UPES Dehradun ; Certified Energy Auditor ; Certified Project Management level “C” Presented Technical Papers in National and International Conference like World Petroleum Congress, Istanbul, Pipelines Technology Conference, Berlin, Pipeline Operators Forum, Europe, NACE Conferences, CII Conferences, other industry conferences in India. Member of various Technical bodies of Pipelines Technical Committee from 2016-2020 of Pipe Technology Conference Berlin Member Pipeline Operators Forum ( Europe) from 2016-2020 Chairman 19th National Corrosion Council of India 2018-20 Member Association of Corrosion Professional , India Paper selection committee and Vice chair for World Petroleum Congress 2017 Conducted various programs seminars. Supported Industry / Academia as speakers in Disaster Management, Quality System implementation, Safety System implementation, Integrity management of assets, Chief Resource person in India first Hydrogen Energy certification program etc.

Mr. Dipen Jhaveri

Vice Chairman

Mr. Dipen Jhaveri is Chemical Engineer and holds a M.B.A. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. He has experience of over 15 years in Water Treatment Chemicals. Mr. Jhaveri is a member of NACE International, U.S.A. He is also a member BMA, NCQM, WQA etc. He has been awarded by AOTS (a Govt. of Japan organization) to participate in an Innovative Operations Management program and also selected to be one of seven of an InternationalConsulting Group to the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Presently, he is serving as Jt. Chief Executive of Vasu Chemicals since 1999.

Mr. N Manohar Rao

Member Delegate

Mr. N Manohar Rao is a Civil Engineer from Mysore University. He has over 35 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. He has presented papers at various NACE International Conferences and is a regular faculty in NIGIS programmes. He is a member of NACE International & Institution of Engineers and recipient of 12th NIGIS Corrosion Awareness awards for excellence in corrosion. He has retired as Executive Director (HSSE & Bio-fuel) from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited this June. He is the Chairman of NACE India Section for 2018 – 19 and the Chairman, CORCON 2018. Presently Trustee of NIGIS and Vice – Chairman, NACE EAPA Area.

Mr. Urvesh Vala

Member At Large

Educational and Professional Qualification: Pursuing PhD in Metallurgy Engg., Gujarat Technical University, Gandhinagar Master of Metallurgy Engg., Faculty of Engg & Tech, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Dec.’99 (Corrosion Engineering as a Specialization) Bachelor of Metallurgy Engg., Faculty of Engg. & Tech, M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, May’97 Lean & Six Sigma Green Belt from ASCB (E) Ltd. U.K. Certified Lead Auditor for QMS Lead Auditor based on ISO 9001:2015, EMS Lead Auditor based on ISO 14001:2015 & OHSMS Lead Auditor based on ISO 45001:2018 NDT Level II in LPT, RT, UT, MPI & Helium Leak Test from ASNT, USA NDT Level II in NDE Level II in Radiography Testing (RTFI) from EN ISO 9712 Area of specialisation in Material Selection & Corrosion, Cathodic Protection, Coating, Insulation, Fire Proofing, Welding, NDE, Failure Analysis, Asset Integrity - RBI, RCM & Base Line Survey, Cryogenic and Aerospace application. 26+ Years of experience in various industries like Steel Making, Manufacturing, PMC, EPC, LSTK, Pipeline for Oil & Gas Refineries, Petrochemical Complex. Awards and Achievements: Chairman of Society of Metallurgy Engineering, MS University of Baroda. Vice Chairman of Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Vadodara Chapter, India. AMPP Governing Board Member 2023-2024 as Member-at-Large Executive Committee Member of ASM International, Gujarat, India 2020-2024 Advisory Board Member of Indian Institute of Welding (IIW-India) 2022-2025 Advisory Board Member for Centre for Start-up and Innovation, Gujarat, India 2020-24 Distinguish Member of Corrosion Management Division, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) awarded by CSIR, New Delhi in the year 2002. 100+ Nos. of Research Paper’s presented & published in International and National Journals & Conference Proceedings. NACE International awarded Best Paper in the symposium Coatings and Linings for “A Case study on Blackening effect of Thermal Spray Aluminum Coating” in CORCON 2017 held during 17th – 20th September 2017 at Mumbai, India. Invited as a Judge for “ASME Old Guard Technical Poster Competition” at the ASME E-Fest Asia Pacific 2017 at LNMIIT, Jaipur on 3-5 March 2017. Invited as a Guest Speaker on “Advancement in Welding Processes used for Cryogenic Application” in ASME India GLT – Early Career Engineer’s Conclave 2018, 7- 8 April 2018 organized by ASME RGIT Student Chapter, Mumbai. Invited as an Expert in Material and Corrosion in 3rd State Level Multi-Disciplinary Symposium “SAMVAAD In Pursuit of Wisdom” 20-22nd December 2017 organized by Silver Oak Group of Institute, Ahmedabad and delivered a talk on “Cost of Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Refineries” Invited as a Judge in “IDEATHON 2019” 7th February 2019 and “IDEATHON 2020” 6th February 2020 organized by Center for Startup and Innovation, Office of Career Advancement for Students, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda under The SSIP Policy. Invited as Esteemed Panelists for "Combating Heat Exchanger Tube Corrosion in Chemical Industry" by Indian Chemical News (www.indianchemicalnews.com) in association with Alleima (formerly Sandvik Materials Technology) for a daylong event on Heat Exchanger Tube Corrosion on August 25, 2023 at Hotel Hyatt Place, Bharuch.

Mr. Harsh Zala


Metallurgist, Data Scientist I am a passionate and driven individual with a unique blend of expertise in Metallurgy and Data Science. My journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy and Material Science Engineering from M.S. University of Baroda. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Data Science from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Madras, further expanding my knowledge at the intersection of traditional metallurgy and cutting-edge data technologies. Professionally, I am associated with JSW STEEL, where I hold the pivotal role of overseeing India's largest Basic Oxygen Converter, boasting a colossal 350-ton capacity. My skills encompass a wide range of metallurgical aspects, including corrosion analysis, steelmaking processes, material selection, quality control, and welding. I take pride in my role as a founding committee member of AMPP INDIA WEST ZONE STUDENT CHAPTER, a testament to my dedication to the field of Metallurgy. I have been an active member of the AMPP for over four years, continually contributing to the community's growth and development. In addition to my involvement in the metallurgy realm, I am a corporate member of the World Steel Association, which showcases my commitment to global industry standards and practices. One of my unique strengths lies in my ability to bridge the worlds of Metallurgy and Data Science. I have a profound understanding of data analysis, machine learning, and programming languages like Java, Python, and JavaScript. This knowledge allows me to merge the rich traditions of metallurgy with the latest technological advancements, opening up exciting possibilities for innovation and optimization. With a passion for both metallurgy and data science, I am committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in these fields. My goal is to create a seamless synergy between metallurgical excellence and data-driven insights to lead the way in pioneering new approaches and solutions.

Mr. Denzil Dcosta


Mr. Denzil Dcosta is a Mechanical Engineer with a Management Diploma in Quality control & ISO certification , A NACE Certified Coating Inspector, Presently working as National Sales Manager for Graco Hong Kong Ltd, over 22 Years experience in Paints and Coating Applications equipments in India and Abroad. He has presented papers at various conferences and is a regular faculty member of educational institute & organization. Mr. Denzil is coordinator of NIGIS educational corrosion awareness program on Coating Applicator.

Mr. Tushar Jhaveri

Past President

EDUCATION: M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, USA B.E. Chemical Engineering, Mumbai University, India EXPERIENCE: 1992-Present: Chief Executive of Vasu Chemicals - Extensive experience in all aspects of Industrial Water treatment - Specific expertise in development of corrosion and deposit inhibitors - Managing Pan India operations of India’s leading water treatment solutions provider with 1000 + technical staff supporting all Sectors & Industry 2018 – Onwards : Partner of Halliburton Vasu Solutions LLP - Engaged in providing process treatment solutions for Indian Refinery and Petrochemical industry 1990-1991:Research Assistant - Nanoptics Inc., Florida, USA AWARDS: 1988-1990: Graduate Research Assistant , Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honors Outstanding Service Award - NACE India International Section AFFILIATIONS: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AMPP International Leadership roles within NACE International includes President of Nace International (2013-14)

Mr. Ajay Popat


Dr. Ajay Popat is currently President, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd. and responsible for Technology, Heavy Industry & Environment Business, Corporate Marketing, Corporate Diversification and Communication. Ajay Popat is an engineer in Plastics Technology from the Plastic & Rubber Institute, UK and has done Masters in Business Administration specializing in Marketing & Strategy with honors from NMIMS Institute. He has been conferred with a Fellowship by Indian Plastics Institute in 2007. He has more than 35 years of experience in Strategy, Business & Organisation Development with leading organizations like Resins & Plastics Ltd. (then a subsidiary of Asian Paints Ltd.), Pidilite Industries Ltd. and Ion Exchange. He had an extremely successful career track record with Pidilite Industries from 1983 to 1994 where he grew from the position of Sales Representative to All-India Sales Manager. Associated with Ion Exchange since 1994, he has spearheaded several initiatives in developing and successfully commercializing proprietary, advanced & sustainable technologies for purification & separation in water, wastewater treatment and more recently in areas of renewable energy in compliance with legal, environmental, economic and social requirement of our country. During his tenure, he has successfully conceived the idea of a separate Environment Management business, which he formed through a joint venture between Ion Exchange and a leading Belgium company. Under his leadership as a CEO of this joint venture (and then elevated to the Board of the Company), he created a leadership position for the joint venture, leading to his elevation as the President of the parent company, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd. where he is responsible for Corporate functions in Technology, Marketing, Communication, Heavy Industry Business Verticals, Environment Division and Corporate Affairs. He is active in promoting the cause of water industry through active participation with the Water and Environment Council in CII, FICCI, Bombay Chambers of Commerce, Indian Environmental Association, Water Quality Association – India Task Force, Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) and other trade bodies. Recognizing his dedicated contribution he has risen to the position of Director in the governing bodies of these Organizations. He has chaired and delivered more than 500 papers on the subject of Sustainable Environment Management practices.

Mr. Ajit Kumar Thakur


Sh. Ajit Kumar Thakur is operating as the Chief Executive Officer of Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited for the implementation of the prestigious North East Gas Grid project for ushering in a Gas-based economy in the North East region of India. With a broad background in energy projects spanning 28+ years and having expertise in managing complex projects and high energy-intensive facilities, Sh. Thakur ensures smooth execution and operation of infrastructure facilities. Sh. Thakur is an Electrical engineer having a vast experience in managing projects, designing, executing, commissioning, and facilities operation for hydrocarbon installations.

Mr. Amish Jani


Amish Jani, is the CoE Corrosion Engineering – Static Equipment Reliability, at Reliance Industries Limited. A Graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from The MS University Baroda, he has more than 29 years of rich experience in managing the integrity of Static Assets in large to very large Petrochemicals and Refinery complexes. He is passionate about and has deep understanding of Material Selection, Metallurgy, Inspection and Corrosion/degradation mechanisms of Static Equipment in typical Refinery and Petrochemical Plants. Through his vast experience, he further passionately engages and spearheads development of new and emerging Corrosion Management Solutions, and NDE’s for In-service Inspection of Plant Assets by collaborating with academia, institutes and eminent entities in Hydrocarbon industry viz. Shell, Honeywell/UOP, Fluor, Foster Wheeler, CB&I/McDermott, BVPI and others. He has presented various technical papers at National and International Conferences on Inspection, Reliability, Corrosion Monitoring and Various Maintenance and Repair strategies. He aspires and sees himself amongst the ‘Best in Class’ - Global expert/specialist in MCI (Materials, Corrosion and Inspection) in the Refinery and Petrochemicals business, in the coming years. He endeavours towards his vision of "Moving from Damage resolution to Data Driven Pro-active and Predictive Corrosion Risk Management” by embracing Advanced Emerging NDE’s alongwith Digital Analytics and Solutions!

Mr. Amit Arora


Dr. Amit Arora is Associate Professor of Materials Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. He leads the Advanced Materials Processing Research Group at IIT Gandhinagar which works in the area of numerical modeling of welding and joining processes, additive manufacturing processes, and friction stir welding and processing including tool wear during FSW, numerical modeling of dissimilar FSW, and mechanical and electrochemical characterization of friction stir surface composites. Recent works have been published in journals such as Wear, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Heat and Mass Transfer. Interests Numerical Modeling of Additive Manufacturing Modeling of Joining Processes Friction Stir Welding and Processing Corrosion Studies of Surface Composites Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites Education PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, 2011 The Pennsylvania State University, PA USA M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering, 2005 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India B.Tech. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 2004 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Dr. Anil Bhardwaj


Superannuated as Group General Manager and Head of Materials & Corrosion Section, IEOT after 35 years of service in ONGC. He has executed / coordinated / supervised more than 200 projects on various aspects of corrosion, viz. material selection, failure analysis, paint & coating, MIC, CP, corrosion monitoring and corrosion audit etc. He has Published / Presented more than 100 papers, edited three books as main contributor: Internal Corrosion of Pipelines, Published by Narosa Publications, Corrosion Case Studies, Published by NACE International Gateway India Section, Learning from Failure Case Studies, Published by ONGC. He written a Chapter “Petroleum fluids properties and production schemes: Effect on Corrosion” in book, “Trends In Oil and Gas Corrosion Research and Technologies: Production and Transmission”, published by Elsevier. He has Co-inventor of three patents awarded in the USA and Canada and Five patent applications pending in India. He is Faculty in several corrosion courses in oil and gas industry. He received NIGIS “Meritorious Contribution Award” for the year 2016 and Corrosion Awareness Award” for the year 2000, NCCI Meritorious Contribution Award – 2016.

Mr. Ashish Khera


Graduated as a Petroleum Engineer from University of Alberta, Canada and now working as Director at Allied Engineers, India providing turnkey pipeline integrity solutions. Certified as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) from APEGGA, Canada. Instructed several certified Pipeline Integrity related courses in USA, Canada, Middle East and India for: -ASME for “Managing Pipeline Integrity of Gas Systems- B31.8S” -NACE International for o “Direct Assessment” (also lead co-author for the course) o “Internal Corrosion for Pipelines” o PCIM- “Pipeline Corrosion Integirty Management” o P-CAFT – “Pipeline Corrosion Assessment Field Techniques” Awarded the NACE Corrosion Award for “Distinction in Corrosion Science & Technology in Industrial Organization” at CORCON 2013. Nominated as the Chair for Technology Exchange Group “TEG558X for Direct Assessment Methodolgy Application” by NACE International, USA.

Mr. Atul K Joshi


Presently woking as General Manager in Indian Maharatna Company 'IndianOil'. He did his B.Tech (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from NIT Hamirpur and was adjudged ‘Best Student’. After MBA, he did Project Management course from NUS and presently pursuing Ph. D. in Competitive Intelligence. He is having experience of more than 25 years in Automobile and Oil & Gas sector. His enriched experience includes Design of Electrical and Cathodic Protection of pipeline installations, execution of Cross-Country Pipelines, Operations & Maintenance, Purchase and Contract Management etc. He is renowned in industry as task oriented executive for completing projects within approved costs and timelines. He joined Indian Territorial Army and commissioned for Petroleum Oil & Gas support to the nation and presently holding rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Colonel Joshi is President for North Zone of AMPP. He has represented in many international and national symposiums and presented technical papers in the field of Cross Country Pipelines Construction and Cathodic Protection. He has widely travelled across the globe to Latin America, Europe, Gulf and far East Asian countries for technical support and attending conferences.

Mr. Buddhadeb Duari


Dr.Buddhadeb Duari is Director of Lalita Infraprojects Pvt Ltd who are major Manufacturer and Applicator of corrosion resistant organic coatings and linings. Dr.Buddhadeb Duari has done B. Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T Kharagpur,MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute for Management Studies (JBIMS) and Ph.D (Engg) in Metallurgy & Material Engineering from Jadavpur University. He is a NACE Corrosion Specialist, a NACE Protective Coating Specialist from NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), Houston, USA and SSPC Protective Coating Specialist from SSPC (Society for Protective Coating), Pitsburgh , USA. He is a member of BIS (Bureau of Indian Standard) for CHD 20 (Chemical & Paint Division),CHD 21 (Raw Material for Paints),MTD 24 (Metallurgical Technical Division - Corrosion Protection Group) and MTD 19 (Pipes and Tubes). He has more than 30 years experience on corrosion, coating and Cathodic Protection of Metals, Structure and Concrete. He has published more than forty (40) Technical Papers in reputed journals out of which nine (9) are international ones like MP Materials Performance, JPCL, Coating & Maintenance. Dr. Buddhadeb Duari is also guiding students for doing their Ph.D in Jadavpur University as well as IIT - Guwahati. Consultancy : Dr. Buddhadeb Duari has been roped in by the following companies as their principal consultant on corrosion related services : Engineers India Limited, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, Siemens Power, L&T Power, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Different state Public Health Engineering Depts.

Dr. C. Kannan


Dr. Kannan Chandrasekaran is currently heading the Applied Metallurgy &Pipeline Research laboratories at Indian Oil Corporation Limited, R & D Center, Faridabad, India as Deputy General Manager. Dr. Kannan specializes in Material selection for Corrosion prevention, Failure analysis, Condition monitoring &Advanced Non Destructive Test techniques, Fitness for purpose evaluation and Life extension of refinery components. He has over twenty six years of experience in working with the materials related issues of refining industry. He graduated in Metallurgical Engg. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and obtained his masters degree in Industrial Metallurgy from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a Doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), USA and also the executive committee member of NACE Gateway India section. Dr. Kannan has More than thirty five technical publications in Journals &conferences of repute. He has authored more than hundred technical / project reports. He has been conferred with the Petrofed Innovator of the year – Team Award for 2015.

Mr. J P Sinha


J P Sinha is a Metallurgical Engineer with a remarkable career spanning over 36 years in the energy and Oil & Gas sector. His extensive experience is primarily anchored in his dedicated service to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), a Fortune 500 company with a comprehensive footprint across the hydrocarbon value chain. Currently, he is engaged with IOCL as Senior Consultant (M&I) at the Pipelines HO in Noida, where his expertise plays a pivotal role. During his tenure at IOCL, Mr. Sinha assumed the vital role of Executive Director & Regional Head for the Eastern Region Pipelines from 2018 to 2022. In this capacity, he orchestrated the successful execution of a multitude of critical projects encompassing Crude, Product, LPG Pipelines, and CGD. Under his astute leadership, several landmark pipeline projects, including the 1ST transnational Motihari-Amlekhgunj Pipeline connecting India to Nepal were commissioned ahead of schedule. Additionally, Mr. Sinha chaired the Joint Venture of IOCL, Petronet Vadinar Kandla Limited, from 2015 to 2018, showcasing his strategic acumen. A central facet of Mr. Sinha's illustrious career revolves around his pioneering contributions in the domain of Integrity Management and Corrosion mitigation within the Oil & Gas sector. In recognition of his groundbreaking work, he received the prestigious "Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology" award from NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) in 2009-10. His influence also extended to key industry standards and guidelines, where he served as a committee member for both OISD and BIS. Notably, his consultancy services reached international horizons, benefiting organizations such as the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC) in Sudan. Mr. Sinha is also a passionate advocate for knowledge dissemination and the sharing of industry experiences. He actively champions this cause by organizing workshops and international conferences, where he often assumes roles as a committee member, session chairperson, and faculty member. His commitment extends to providing training courses and assistance to engineers, employees, and stakeholders, both within and outside India. A distinguished presenter, Mr. Sinha has delivered over 50 presentations at esteemed national and international conferences, including the Pipeline Technology Conference in Hannover, Germany, ASME, , Petrotech, Petrofed, NACE, CHT, NDMA, OISD conferences His presentations primarily focus on the critical aspects of pipeline and storage tank integrity, showcasing his profound expertise in these domains. As a valuable Executive Committee Member, his contributions continue to shape the industry's future, making him a recognized leader in the field.

Dr. Jaya Rawat


Academic Qualifications Executive MBA from S.P. Jain College, Mumbai, 2020 Ph.D., Z.H. Engg. College AMU Aligarh, 1998, “Physico-chemical studies on some metallic Corrosion inhibitors” Experience in the area of Corrosion & Research Corrosion failure analysis Pipeline internal corrosion Development & Commercialization of cost effective corrosion inhibitors and additives Corrosion due to oxygenates used fuels on automotive parts Processing high tan crudes using corrosion inhibitors Rust preventive/corrosion protective coatings/paints Developing innovative techniques to monitor corrosion in non-aqueous media Microbiological corrosion Coatings and paints for industrial usage Heat exchangers fouling studies Water corrosion studies Corrosion and fouling related issues with crude compatibility Fouling in heat exchangers, industrial problems remediation Publications & Patents: 95 in International and national Journal and book chapters, 12 patents granted and 3 filed Member of NACE/AMPP Reviewer of many research journals of Elsevier Publications, guided Ph.D. and M. Tech students, Delivered talks at various conferences, institutes and National/International Forums, Received prestigious award of Best Ph.D. Best Paper and Excellence in Corrosion Science, Best Lab award from NACE, Best paper awards from NCCI, Petrotech award for Best Innovator, Frost & Sullivan awards for research projects etc. Coordinated research based industrial projects with IIT Madras, ICT Mumbai, IICT Hyderabad, M.S. University Vadodara, Osmania Agricultural University Odisha, BITS Plani, Goa Campus and other PSUs like EIL R&D for various research developmental projects

Mr. K B Singh


K B Singh: +30 Years’ experience in Consultancy, Construction, Project Management, Technical Marketing, Design &Engineering of Products &Services in Power, Oil, Gas & Water Sector in India and abroad. He has published several Technical Papers on Coatings &Cathodic Protection in various Indian &International Journals. Specialization in the following fields: External and internal pipeline coatings, field joint coatings &plant piping coating for oil, gas and water transmission and distribution on-shore and off-shore pipelines. Cathodic Protection for Tanks (Internal/External), Buried / Above ground plant piping, Cross Country Pipelines Skin Effect Heat Tracing of high viscous crude and sulfur cross country insulated pipelines.

Mr. Mahesh Kumar Aradhye


PROFESSIONAL PROFILE AMPP International – Protective Coating Specialist & CIP Instructor AMPP ( NACE International –PCS. # 21914 Certified Protective Coating Specialist AMPP ( NACE International – Certified Coating Inspector Level – 3 # 15945 AMPP ( SSPC –PCS #2011-049-332 Certified Protective Coating Specialist STEM Expert Corrosion in Oil & Gas Industry Opinion Leader - IVLP 2015 International Visitor Leadership Program arranged by Department of States United State for Adoption of Corrosion Standards 2015. An MBA, Surface Coating Technologist & NACE-Certified Protective Coatings Specialist with & more than 26 years’ experience in the wide field of Surface Coating Technology & Specialized in Industrial & Automotive Coatings & High Performance Protective Coatings. In-depth knowledge & Proficient in resolving problems / bottlenecks in development processes & towards optimizing production operations & applications of Protective Coatings / Industrial Finishing. Hands on Experience in Pipe lining, Tank linings . Cellulosic as well as Hydrocarbon/Jet Fire Intumescent Passive Fire Proofing Expert. NACE Gateway India Section – Coatings & Lining Technical Committee member since 2010. Won ASK Foundation Award for 2019 Best R & D in Industry. Visiting Faculty: Institute of Chemical Technology – Mumbai.

Mr. N Rajendran


Prof N Rajendran obtained his Ph.D from the department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras, Chennai in 1996 and joined as a faculty in the department of Chemistry, Anna University, Chennai in 1998. He did his Post doctoral research at Corrosion Resistant Design Group, Steel Research Centre, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan and he has been a guest faculty at NIMS, Japan. Prof. N Rajendran is an internationally respected corrosion science and technology specialist. He has a long standing reputation within the corrosion community for his research into many facets of the associated corrosion phenomena of different metals, particularly stainless steels and titanium with an orientation towards biomaterial development. In particular, Prof. N Rajendran is a recognized expert in the field of biomaterial and other polymer composites. Dr. Rajendran’s research results have also influenced the corrosion fraternity and the biomaterial community at large. In the wider materials/biomaterials community, he has served on numerous committees, advisory boards and steering groups. He has guided more than 26 Ph.D scholars besides more than 15 master students. He has completed major research projects sponsored by AICTE, CSIR, UGC-DAE, ICMR, UGC, DST, CSIR, AERB, and UGC. He has published more than 150 papers in the International journal and more than 160 conference proceedings. He has received more than 40 best paper awards Dr. Rajendran‘s contributions in the field of corrosion science and technology, he has been recognized by many awards which include “The Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology for the year 2009” from NACE International Gateway India Section, Mumbai, MASCOT National Award-2014 from Electrochemical Society India at IISc, Bengaluru, the Meritorious Contribution Award - 2014 from National Corrosion Council of India (NCCI), at CSIR-CECRI Karaikudi, Active Researcher award-2013 from Anna University, Tamil Nadu Scientist(TANSA) award -2014 from Government of Tamil Nadu, Mid Career Award -2017 from UGC, New Delhi, TUSHAR JHAVERI award-2017 from East Asia Pacific Area-NACE International and Meritorious contribution award-2017 from NIGIS, Mumbai. Most significantly, he was elected Fellow to the Indian National Academy, Chennai (FASC) Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK(FRSC) and Fellow of NACE International, USA (FNACE).

Nivedita S. Bhattacharya


Ms. NIVEDITA SARMA BHATTACHARYYA presently working as General Manager and Head of Cathodic Protection (CP) department in Specialist Material and Maintenance Services (SMMS), Engineers India Ltd (EIL), New Delhi, India. A well-known name in the field of corrosion control having accomplishments in successfully handling numerous projects pertaining to corrosion control for Clients of National & International repute. She has more than 32 years experience with involvement in Multi-disciplines namely Heat and Mass Transfer, Process & Instrumentation, Costing, Projects Planning & Construction and SMMS. She is regarded as one of the few subject matter experts in the area of Corrosion and Cathodic Protection for industries such as oil & gas, offshore & onshore pipeline & Platform, Jetty structures, Process & Fertiliser plants, OIL cavern, Nuclear power plant and infrastructures etc. She is a certified CP engineer from AMPP (Formerly NACE), Huston, USA. She presently holds the position of General Secretary at Association for Materials Protection and Performance, AMPP India (North Zone section) and entrusted to functions as a core member of AMPP, USA and ICORR, Europe. She is also a technical committee member of CORCON Asias largest corrosion conference. Actively involved in providing resolution of issues and evolution of policies & standard regulations for bodies like AMPP (USA) OISD, PNGRB, ASME, ILZDA , CHT, TWI (Europe) etc. She has Authored multiple technical papers and presented/ published them in national/ international conferences and journals. She has been awarded from various organisation such as GAIL, NCCI -CSIR CECRI, IPTF, CHT, IOCL, OIL for her excellent contribution in the field of structural integrity. She received NIGIS ( NACE INTERNATION INDIA GATE WAY SECTION) award for Excellence in corrosion science and Technology in Mumbai, 2021.

Mr. Pankaj Panchal


Mr. Pankaj Panchal, the Founder and Director of CORPS (Corrosion Protection Specialist Pvt. Ltd.) has more than 25 years of experience in cathodic protection and corrosion control systems. He is the technical and business leader of Corrosion Control Industries. He leads the management of CORPS and has successful execution of hundreds of mega projects for corrosion control industries through out India and the middle east. Mr. Panchal has an experience of corrosion and cathodic protection systems, project management, site survey, design, engineering, Materials specifications, installations, testing, commissioning, maintenance and post commissioning surveys. He has designed more than 4,500 single and multiple well casings while working in Saudi Arabia and UAE. On top of that he has also designed more then 6,000 KM cross country pipelines on multiple pipeline corridor with AC/DC interference mitigation work combined in both India and Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he invented the concept of multiple well casing (3 to 15) protection with a single power source in the year 2002. This concept was developed with Saudi Aramco, Consulting Service Department.

Mr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai


Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai is an associate professor in the Dept. of Civil Engg. at IIT Madras. He earned BE degree in civil engg. from the M N Regional Engg. College (now MNNIT), Allahabad. Then, he earned MS and PhD in civil engg. at Texas A&M University (TAMU), USA and got passionate to combat corrosion of steel in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. The rigorous training at TAMU and Oregon State University helped him realize his dream of becoming a part of the IIT system. In September 2010, he joined IIT Madras and has been teaching in the areas of construction materials, concrete technology, and repair of concrete structures and engaged in the development and activities of the Construction Materials Research Laboratory (CMRL). He is running various projects focusing on steel corrosion and its impact on the durability and service life of concrete structures. In particular, he focuses on developing corrosion test methods, database, and tools for practicing engineers to promote service life-based design of concrete structures. Recently, he has been extending his research to cathodic protection and extension of the residual service life of concrete structures. He has co-authored 40+ journal papers and 60+ conference papers. Most of his projects contribute to face practical challenges and modify standards and specifications. He is also active in ICI, NACE, and RILEM and has been recognized for his contributions. He invests in motivating students and young faculty towards higher studies and better career paths; and in developing corrosion/durability related laboratories in other engg. colleges. He advises students to provide adequate importance to teaching, research, and service (co- & extra- curricular) activities and in enhancing technical writing/presentation skills. He believes all these are important to become future leaders in their chosen profession. He also believes that graduate study is just a stepping-stone to the long career ahead and should transform, if needed, and enable students to define suitable career goals and achieve them. If you can commit and dedicate your career to 'combating steel corrosion and extending the service life of concrete structures' and interested in joining his group, please feel free to contact him and explore possible research opportunities. Saving Structures from Corrosion AWARDS AND HONOURS Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Award, NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019 Excellent Public Sector Laboratory (as part of the group of corrosion laboratories in IIT Madras), NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019 ICI Ultratech Award for Outstanding Young Concrete Engineer, Indian Concrete Institute, Tamil Nadu Chennai Centre, 2016 Former Students Association Scholarship, TAMU, Spring, 2009 Richard Gehle Memorial Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Fall, 2006 Departmental Merit Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Spring, 2006

Dr. S. Parida


Prof. Smrutiranjan Parida currently serving as a professor at Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. Prof. Parida earned his Ph.D. from University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany, and M.Tech. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. Prof. Parida was awarded the esteemed DAAD fellowship from Germany. He is a recipient of the prestigious “S.K. Seshadri Memorial MASCOT National Award– 2021” for outstanding contribution in the field of corrosion. His research interest includes alloy development in corrosion, nanomaterials in corrosion, anticorrosion coatings, and electrochemical energy and sensors. He teaches postgraduate and undergraduate courses on corrosion science and electrochemistry at IIT Bombay since 2011.

Dr. S S Gupta


Dr. S S Gupta is a Ph. D in Petroleum Engineering and bachelor in metallurgical engineering. He has served Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., (IOCL) for 37 years and superannuated as Executive Director (Maintenance & Inspection) in 2022. Currently he is with Centre for High Technology (CHT), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas as an Adviser (Technical) While in IOCL, he was responsible for introduction of various new technologies like IIoT based pipeline operation. Software based Pipelines network integrity management. Asset life extension for both on-shore and off-shore assets of IOCL etc. He has published more than 50 articles and technical papers in national and internal journals and presented at World Petroleum Congress, Pipeline Technology Conference, Berlin, Petrotech India etc. Dr. Gupta also represented Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. in European Pipeline Operators Forum (POF), His current area of work includes Production, Transportation and Utilisation of Green Hydrogen. He is also associated with development of Engineering Standards on Hydrogen, establishment of a Hydrogen test loop to assess impact of Hydrogen in pipelines transportation, storage vessels, end users’ equipment and safe handling of Hydrogen.

Mr. Sandeep H. Vyas


Having experience of more than 27+ years in field related to Corrosion, Cathodic Protection, Coating, Integrity, Project Management, Multi Product Pipeline Operations, Auditing etc. and worked for more than 75 different projects. Qualified with NACE CP level – II, B.E. Electrical, Diploma in Management, have electrical Inspector license and Qualified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. Member of several Technical and organizing Committees for Codes, Standards, Regulations, Conference and training committees including Reliance Pipelines, NACE, ASME PSD and ASME 31.8 Committees, BIS MTD 24, Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), PNGRB etc. Achievements of past few years: Trainer on subject for internal RIL and external trainings. Published 20 technical papers in difference conferences. “Excellence in Corrosion Technology award” 2010 by NACE India Section. Finalist in MP Corrosion Innovation award for innovative CP Design 2011. Alumina of International Visitor Leadership progremme (IVLP) – 2015 with theme of “Adoption of American Anti-Corrosion Standards” -by United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Committee member Excellence Award for ASME IOGPC -2017 conference. Gujarat “Brahma Gaurav Award” by Brahmin Community – 2018-19. “Meritorious Contribution in field of corrosion science and technology, Industry” award by NIGIS in 2019.

Mr. Sumeet Kataria


Currently with International Certification Services Pvt Ltd a Conformity Assessment Body as a Country Manager responsible for the growth and development of Management of Certification and Inspection Services of the organisation.

Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury


Dr. Supratik Roychowdhury is working as scientific officer in Materials Processing & Corrosion Engineering Division, BARC since 1998. He completed B.E. (Metallurgical Engg.) from REC, Rourkela (presently NIT, Rourkela), M.Tech. (Materials Science) and PhD (Corrosion Science & Engineering) from IIT Bombay. He was awarded the Marie Curie research grant (COFUND scheme) for pursuing post-doctoral research in Paul Scherrer institute (PSI), Switzerland (2013-2015). His primary research interest is corrosion/SCC of nuclear structural materials in simulated nuclear reactor water chemistry (SCC initiation and growth), hydrogen embrittlement, flow-accelerated corrosion, providing metallurgical support (failure analysis, material selection) and delivering lectures on corrosion related topics. In recognition to his work he has received the “Best M.Tech thesis award” and “Excellence in corrosion science and technology” from NACE International India Section, Best PhD thesis award from IIT Bombay, Mumbai, DAE individual and group awards and has number of publications in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. T M Sridhar Member


Dr. T. M. SRIDHAR is assistant professor and Headi/c, Dept. of Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras. He pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Gurunanak College, Chennai, completed his Masters and doctoral degree in the department of Analytical Chemistry University of Madras, honoured with Best Ph.D Thesis award 2001-02 by NACE International (USA), India Section. His major research areas are Coatings, Corrosion, Surface modification, Biomedical Engineering – Bioceramics, Dental materials and sensors, He was also honoured with the prestigious U.S. Department of State (DOS) sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) USA. One among the 5 participants across India. He received N M SAMPAT Award 2014 from the Electrochemical Society of India, IISc Campus, Awarded with Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Awards by NIGIS (NACE International), Mumbai (2021). He has published around 60 research papers in International Journals with high impact factor and citations. 26 papers in Books and proceedings, around 250 plus papers at international conferences, webinars and several at national conferences and has attended 15 workshops. He has a citation index of 2400 plus and H index of 19 and i10 index of 29. He has also been the Convener, Organizing/Advisory committee member of several international and national conferences. He has completed and ongoing funded research projects from national agencies (Deputy Coordinator UGC-SAP-DRS, DST-SERB, IUC-DAE, IGCAR, AICTE and AERB). He is a life member of several professional societies – NACE, SBAOI, SAEST, BMESI, ISTE etc and is an office bearer in several of them.

Dr. T Subba Rao


Prof. Toleti Subba Rao is currently the Professor of Biological Sciences, as well as the Director of the Centre for Research, Innovation, Collaboration & Policy at Sai University, OMR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu-603104. Before joining Sai University in 2022, Prof. Rao had served at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India for 34 years from 1988 to 2022, as Scientist – H, & Head – Biology Group, as well as Professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute, DAE, Mumbai. Prof. Subba Rao is an internationally acclaimed academician and researcher who is listed in the top 2% of the world’s influential researchers, according to a study published by Stanford University, USA. As a researcher with over 210 research papers and 2 patents, he has accomplished many targets for Department of Atomic Energy. Prof. Rao is a co-investigator in many joint research projects with Anna University, Alagappa University, and the University of Madras. Besides, in education, he has the highest academic degree D.Sc. from Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu. Prof. Rao is also well known for establishing a major national coordinated research program on Thermal Ecology in the country. For his accomplishments, Dr. Rao has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Chennai, and a Fellow of the Applied Biotechnology Society of India. Nine Ph.D., scholars have graduated so far under his supervision and are working in academic institutions, and industries in India and abroad. Prof. Subba Rao's research and leadership contributions have been recognized with over 6 awards and honours in the country and abroad. Prof. Rao serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of a few journals and as a reviewer for many international journals. Dr. Rao has delivered over 60 Plenary, Keynote, and Invited lectures all over the world. Besides his regular teaching and research activities at Sai University, Prof. Subba Rao serves as a member of multiple committees related to Education, Research, and Innovation programs.

Prof. VS. Raja


Prof. VS. Raja is Emeritus Fellow in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He also held visiting positions as Professor/Researcher at several universities/Institutes in USA, Germany, France and Japan. Prof. Raja’s research interests span of structure-property-corrosion topics mostly focused on localized corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking of light metals. He made seminal contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of stress corrosion cracking of aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloys and steels and stainless steels. His work has unraveled the complex interplay of electrochemistry, surface chemistry of films and the metallurgy of the alloys towards stress corrosion cracking that formed the basis for developing alloys with outstanding SCC resistance. Prof. Raja has supervised over 35 Doctoral and 120 Masters’ students. He is the lead editor of the book “Stress Corrosion Cracking: Theory and Practice” published by Woodhead publishers and Co-author of the book on “Corrosion Failures: Theory, Case Studies and Solutions” published by John Wiley and Sons. Published over 250 papers in international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings and holds four patents and delivered over 100 plenary, keynote and invited lectures international and national conferences and Institutions of repute and numerous talks in workshops. Prof. Raja is Editor Corrosion Science Journal, had served/serving the Editorial advisory boards of Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, Materials and Corrosion and Corrosion Reviews and other Metallurgical Journals. He has been member of Research Advisory Committees of several leading National Research Laboratories of CSIR and DRDO. Prof. Raja received several national and international awards including, MASCAT award by The Electrochemical Society of India (2003), Excellence in Teaching Award by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2008), Meritorious Contribution Award of NACE International India Section (2009); VASVIK award for industrial research (2014), Impactful Research Award by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2016), Prof. S.P. Sukhatmate Excellence in Teaching Award by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2016), ASM-IIM North America Lecture Award (2016) and Technical Achievement Award by NACE International USA (2017). Institute Chair Professor (2011-2013, 2014-2017, 2017-2020 & 2021-23), HH Mathur Award for Excellence in Applied Sciences (2023). He is Fellows of NACE International, USA (2011), Indian Institute of Metals (2014) and The Electrochemical Society of India (2017). He is the 1st vice president of international corrosion council (2017-2020), represented by over 68 countries.

Vartika Uprety


PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: As a Cathodic Protection Consultant with 6+ years of experience, I have built a successful career centred around corrosion control and cathodic Protection systems. My extensive knowledge and hands‐on experience have allowed me to assist a wide range of clients, of various oil and gas companies in India, in preserving their assets from soil side corrosion. Key Skills and Competencies: Design & Engineering: Proficient in “Front End Design Engineering” (FEED) of coatings & cathodic protection systems tailored to specific assets and environments, ensuring effective corrosion protection . Project Management: Skilled in overseeing CP projects from inception to completion, including budgeting, scheduling, and coordination of resources. Technical Reports and Documentation: Proficiency in preparing detailed technical reports, corrosion risk assessments, and mitigation plans for end clients. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: M/s K.B Singh & Associates, Noida , UP (India) Consultant – Coatings & Cathodic Protection [June, 2017 – Present]  Lead cathodic protection projects, managing a team of few engineers and technicians.  Lead Engineer in preparing front end design engineering (FEED) of coatings & cathodic protection of cross‐country pipeline, city gas distribution network, plant piping, above ground storage tanks & mounded storage vessels.  Conduct on‐site inspections, monitor CP system performance, and generate detailed technical comprehensive reports.  Preparing tender documents for end clients like HPCL, BPCL, GAIL.  Expertise in reviewing post commissioning survey reports of AC/DC interference survey, CIPL, CAT, DCVG & Coating Conductance Surveys).

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