13 SOA RESEARCHERS IN STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S NEW LIST OF TOP 2
PER CENT OF WORLD SCIENTISTS
Bhubaneswar : Thirteen eminent researchers from Siksha ‘O’
Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed to be University here have found place in the world
ranking of top two per cent scientists drawn up by Stanford University of USA on
the basis of a subject-wise analysis conducted by it.
SOA had 11 researchers in Stanford’s list of top two per cent scientists
published in 2020 of which nine have found place again in this year’s roll. Four
researchers of the university —Dr. Manohar Mishra, Dr. Rajashree Dash, Dr. Akhyay
Kumar Patra and Dr. Sulagna Patnaik, have made it to the prestigious list for the
first time this year.
Dr. Mishra and Dr. Dash are Associate Professors in the Institute of Technical
Education and Research (ITER), SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology, while
Dr. Patra is Assistant Professor in the same institute. Dr. Patnaik is an ex-Research
Scholar in ITER. Nine of the 13 researchers are from ITER.
The nine researchers who have found place in the list again are Prof. Ashok
Kumar Mahapatra, eminent neurosurgeon and presently SOA’s Vice-Chancellor,
Prof. (Dr.) Pradipta Kishore Dash, Prof. Kulamani Parida, Prof. Lala Behari Sukla,
Prof. R.N.P. Choudhary, Prof. Goutam Rath, Prof. Niharbala Devi, Dr. Manoj Kumar
Nayak and Dr. Satya Ranjan Mishra.
SOA’s Founder President Prof. (Dr.) Manojranjan Nayak felicitated the
researchers in the university on Thursday congratulating them for the recognition
bestowed on them. “The university is proud of you,” he said.
Speaking to the researchers on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof.
Mahapatra also congratulated them. He emphasized the need for collective
research while exhorting the scientists to think of the society while pursuing their
research. “If research is done with awards and recognition in mind, it does not
benefit the common man. Researchers must work in public interest,” he said.
Among those who have found place in the list this year, Prof. (Dr.) Dash is an
eminent figure among nationally known researchers in the field of energy while
Prof. Parida and Prof. Sukla are from the area of Physical Chemistry and Mining
and Metallurgy respectively. Prof. Choudhary is from the field of Applied Physics
and Prof. Devi is currently engaged in research in the area of Mining and
Prof. Rath is presently working as Professor in the department of
Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, SOA’s faculty of
pharmaceutical sciences, while Dr. Nayak is an Associate Professor in ITER. Dr.
Mishra teaches Mathematics at ITER.
Prof. (Dr.) Dash, an alumni of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, who
was also the first Vice-Chancellor of SOA, is presently the Emeritus Professor in the
university and heading the Multi-disciplinary Research Cell. His area of expertise
includes renewable energy, signal processing, power systems, data mining, artificial
and computational intelligence, distributed generation and micro and smart grid.
Prof. Parida is presently working as Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and
Director of SOA’s Centre for Nano Science and Nano Technology. He has worked in
different capacities in the CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology
(CSIR-IMMT), Bhubaneswar, before retiring as Chief Scientist. Prof. Sukla is now
functioning as Research Professor and Director of SOA’s Bio-fuel and Bio-processing
Research Centre. He previously headed the Bio-resources Engineering department
at CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar.
Prof. Choudhary, who had earned his Ph.D from the University of Edinburgh,
UK, and was head of the department of Physics at IIT, Kharagpur, is presently
Professor of Physics at ITER while Prof. Devi has 30 years of research experience.
Focused highly on research, SOA has 16 research centres and 58 research labs with
most of the work aligned to national priorities.