Report by Pragyan Das, Bhubaneswar : Dr Ranjan Dash, an Oriya boy has proved to become rarest among rares in earning name and fame not only for himself, but also for our state Orissa.
Ranjan is the son of Mrs Ambika Dash & Dr Benudhar Dash. His family lived in Hillapalli village of Sambalpur. Dr Ranjan Dash is the co-founder, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Y-Carbon, INC, a company based on his doctoral research at Drexel. Under his leadership, Y-Carbon was able to raise $1,200,000 in the last one and half year and created six jobs. Ranjan has over 8 years of work experience in different fields ranging from ceramic manufacturing and software development to research and development in materials science.
In 1998, he graduated with honors in B.E (Ceramics Engineering) from National Institute of Technology,Rourkela, India. Ranjan is an alumnus of the A.J.Nanotechnology Institute, where he did his research on the core technology that Y-Carbon is commercializing. He has a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering. He was the first student at Drexel University to pursue dual degree of a Ph.D. and MBA, both within 4 years.
He was awarded the 2006 Award for the Best Dissertation by a student in engineering and physical science of Drexel University. He was also awarded the 2007’s international Carbon Prize, sponsored by Elsevier, for his doctoral research. Recently, Ranjan received Drexel University’s 2009 Young Alummi Entrepreneur Award. Ranjan’s innovative work has resulted in a family of novel carbon materials which lead to 2009 R & D100 Award. Ranjan has published 10 journal papers and has 4 patents pending.
Ph.D. (Materials Science and Engineering) 2006
College of Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
Advisor: Prof Yury Gogotsi, Thesis: Nanoporous Carbons Derived from Binary carbides and their optamization for Hyodrogen Storage.
MBA : (Ceramic Engineer) 1998 National Institute of technology, Rourkela, India.
2007-Present Y-Carbon, Philadelphia, PA
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
2007 Max well Tenchnologies, San Diego, CA
2006 Fuel Cell Energy, Danbury, CT
2000-2002 Network Programs India, NOIDA, India
Member of Technical Staff
1998-2000 Tata Refractory, Belpahar, Orissa, India
Honors and Awards
2009 R & D100 Award, R & D Magazine
2009 Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award, Drexel University
2007 Best Thesis, Carbon journal (Elsevier) Award for Ph.D. thesis on carbon(worldwide selection).
2006 Best Thesis, Drexel University
2005 Best Poster, Annual Meeting of North American Membrance Society, Providence, RI.
2005 Best Poster, Electrochemical Soceity Meeting, Quebec, Canada.
He is the first youngest Scientist to achieve this Award. He achieves this award from his self confidence, hard working & blessing of God. Not only he is the proud of our state but also for the whole country.