Dr. Rambabu Kodali
Prof. Rambabu Kodali obtained his BE, MTech (Mechanical) from MANIT Bhopal in 1980, 1984 and PhD Degree from IIT, Kharagpur in the year 1991. After submission of his PhD thesis at IIT Kharagpur in August 1990, immediately joined as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT, Delhi on 30th August, 1990. The title of PhD Thesis is “Knowledge-based System for Real-time Control of FMS”.
He joined BITS, Pilani in 1992 as an Assistant Professor, promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 1995 and 2000 respectively. He was also nominated as “Shri S.K Birla Chair Professor” at BITS Pilani – Pilani Campus in April, 2012. Prof. Kodali has worked in BITS Pilani as Group Leader (HOD) of Mechanical Engineering from 16th April, 1994 to 31st July 2010 and also Group Leader (HOD) of Engineering Technology from 16th April, 2004 to 31st July 2010. He has made significant contributions and completed research projects in Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS), Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, World-class manufacturing, Manufacturing Excellence and Innovative Product Design. Under his leadership, the Mechanical Engineering Group at BITS, Pilani achieved the distinction of being a DST-FIST supported Group (2002-2007) for development of lab for World-class manufacturing and UGC-SAP supported Group (2007-2012) for the thrust area: Innovative product design and development. He has developed and established the state-of-the-art FMS laboratory at BITS, Pilani.
He initiated and developed various on-campus academic programmes at BITS, Pilani such as: integrated first degree programmes in BE (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering (with Industrial Practice) and BE (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering and higher degree programmes in ME Design Engineering and ME Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He has also developed the curriculum for various off-campus work-integrated learning and collaborative Academic programmes.
His teaching and research areas are: Toyota Production System, Lean Manufacturing, World-class Manufacturing, Manufacturing Excellence, FMS, Manufacturing Management and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He has supervised 13 PhDs and has published over 200 papers in various international, national journals and conferences proceedings.
In 2012, Prof. Kodali became the Director of NIT Jamshedpur (An Institution of National Importance, Government of India) and completed successfully his five years tenure as a Director of NIT Jamshedpur from 3rd August, 2012 to 2nd August, 2017. In addition, he was the first Mentor Director of IIIT Ranchi from April 2016 to 2nd August 2017, who initiated the academic process of IIIT Ranchi at NIT Jamshedpur. In order to meet the challenges, he developed a Vision 2022 and a road map for NIT Jamshedpur with the involvement of stakeholders to achieve academic excellence and good governance with a holistic approach. Prof Kodali, started the Journey of excellence on 15th August, 2012 with a great vision and mission to achieve academic excellence and good governance of the Institute. He implemented best practises for good governance, academic excellence (including new academic programmes), students welfare, faculty welfare, institute and industry linkages, community welfare. In addition, he implemented the best practices (MoU with CPWD) for the development of institute infrastructure and completed the number of notable works at NIT Jamshedpur.
Prof. Kodali, implemented the Kakodkar committee recommendations for NITs to enhance the quality of higher technical education in NIT Jamshedur. With the support of MHRD, Government of India and the active involvement of the stakeholders, Prof. Kodali transformed the NIT Jamshedpur from good to great during his five years tenure.
He was former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar from 21st August of 2017 to 31st July, 2019 and also former Director of MITS Madanapalle (Autonomous) from 3rd October 2019 to 25th September, 2020.