INAE Young Engineer Award


Purpose of the Award

To recognize outstanding achievements/contributions made by Young Engineers with strong potential for future professional growth impact in any branch of engineering.


Any citizen of India not older than 35 years holding the first tertiary degree in engineering/technology as on 1st of January 2022. However, lady nominees are eligible for age relaxation of five years for the award.


A nomination is valid for one year only. A candidate may be nominated three times in total subject to age not exceeding 35 years. Exception is in case of women nominees for up to 40 years.


Evidence of excellence in engineering research, product/process, design, technology development and transfer specific contribution submitted for consideration of the Award should have been carried out in India.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are invited from young engineers working in academia, R&D laboratories and industry. The sponsor must be either a Fellow of INAE or Head of the Organization/ Institution where the nominee is working. The nomination is to be submitted to INAE by INAE Fellows or Head of an Organisation /Institute where the nominee is working through any of the following two methods:

   I. INAE Digital Platform

         (a) By INAE Fellows

The provision for Fellows to submit nominations online has been provided, through login facility of INAE Fellows at INAE Digital Platform for which the link is as under.

         (b) By Head of the Organization/ Institution who are Non INAE Fellows where the nominee is working

The provision to submit nominations online through INAE Digital Platform has been provided. The link is as under.


II. Email to INAE: In case of persistent issues in submitting the nominations through INAE Digital Platform, the scanned copy of the nomination to be forwarded by email to INAE Office, New Delhi at ID:

Last Date for Nomination

The last date for the receipt of nominations was March 31, 2022.

The Award

The Award shall consist of a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh and a citation. All INAE Young Engineer Awardees will also become INAE Young Associates on the conferment of the Award and shall continue to be “INAE Young Associates” till attaining 45 years of age. The decision of the INAE Council in all concerned matters shall be final.

Number of Awards

Upto 15 awards are to be conferred each year.

Selection Procedure

The Award is instituted to identify, recognize and encourage young and promising talents in India who have made and are likely to continue to make outstanding contributions impacting engineering research and design, technology development and transfer. The short listed nominees will be invited to make a presentation followed by an interaction with the Selection Committee on dates to be announced later.

Presentation of the Award

The awardees will be invited for the INAE Annual Convention being held in December each year wherein they would be conferred with the Award and also inducted as INAE Young Associates.

Instructions to submit Nominations Online

Instructions for INAE Fellows Click here to view

Instructions for Non INAE Fellows/Head of the Organization/ Institution Click here to view

INAE Young Engineer Awardees 2021

Dr Sri Harsha Kota, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Environmental Engineering)

Dr Puneet Kumar Patra, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Mechanics)

Mr Pankaj Malhotra, Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai (Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance, Prognostics and Health Management; Reliability Engineering; Time Series Analysis)

Dr Abir De, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Complex Networks)

Dr Neha Khatri, Senior Scientist, Department of Optical Devices & Systems, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Chandigarh (Optical system Design and fabrication for Soft X-Rays, Infrared Optical elements, Molecular Dynamic Simulation based modeling, Ultra precision machining of optics, improving the figure and finish accuracy in nanometric range)

Dr Sourav Mondal, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Fluid Flow and Mass Transport)

Mr Sri Harsha Nistala, Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Pune (Industrial Analytics; Agglomeration (Sintering & Pelletization); Thermodynamic modelling; and Process Modeling & Simulation)

Dr Abheejeet Mohapatra, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Power network operation, planning and protection in the presence of renewable energy sources

Dr Manas Kumar Jena, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (Power Systems Engineering)

Dr Manan Suri, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Electronics & Communication Engineering)

Dr Niraj Kumar, Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, Rajasthan (Plasma assisted Microwave & sub-THz source)

Dr S Mathavaraj, Scientist – SE, U. R. Rao Satellite Center, ISRO, Bengaluru (Space Trajectory Design; Guidance; Navigation and Control design of Space Vehicles)

Dr Samadhan Ananda Pawar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Synchronization, Complex Systems, and Control of Instabilities)

Dr Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Assistant Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)

Mr Pushkar Varshney, Senior Research Manager, Life End Processing, Refining Technology, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Research & Development Centre, Faridabad (Refining Technology)