Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani is presently the Director of CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur. He assumed the leadership of CSIR-CMERI w.e.f. 16th March 2016 after taking lien from IIT Delhi. Before joining as Director, CSIR-CMERI, he was serving as the JEE (Advanced) Vice Chairman (2014-2016) and as an Academic Leader for 17 years at IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi. Prof. Harish Hirani completed his M.E. from IIT Roorkee and PhD from IIT Delhi.

For his research achievements, Prof. Harish Hirani had been accorded the prestigious "BOYSCAST fellowship".   He has more than 150 research publications and more than 75  IPR granted as well as applied for in his credit.

His book on "Fundamentals of Engineering Tribology with Applications", published by Cambridge University Press has proven to be a success. He has organized and conducted more than 25 short term training courses for 1000+ engineering-faculty and 300+ industry-executives.

With a robust research experience of more than 25 years, 20+ years teaching experience in IITs and more than 7 years of academic & scientific administrative experience, Prof. Harish Hirani always strived to inculcate the value of developing innovative thinking among Scientists/Researchers and learners for realising substantial socio-economic impact. His R&D models of ‘Self-Sustainable Habitation Complex’, ‘Smart Village’, Pandemic Resilience for SMART Cities and ‘Cyclical Decentralised Waste Management cum Renewable Energy Facility’ has phenomenally influenced residents of the region towards embracing a ‘Green Way of Living’. To achieve these goals, he has paved the way for Democratic Inclusiveness in R&D management and Policy formulation. His approach has transformed the socio-economic status of thousands of locals in the North-Eastern states and has also encouraged numerous Women to participate in mainstream economic activities. Prof. Hirani envisions a Poverty-Free India which encompasses the eradication of health care access, educational access, economic sustainability and societal poverty, thus promoting the holistic development of Individuals as enshrined in the Constitution of India. Prof. Hirani being at the helm of affairs at CSIR-CMERI envisions an emboldened and socio-economically empowered India through Technology Innovations and Impact Investment. There has been an almost 500% rise in Technology Transfers since 2015-16, when compared to the preceding period. Dr. Hirani is also a firm believer in the principle of allocating Job Responsibilities in accordance with the Core Competencies of an Individual. This has led to substantial improvement in efficiency and productivity of potential individuals.

Dr. Hirani believes in systematic development of Socio-Economic Technologies utilising the existing technologies through society-centric innovations. This ideal of Dr. Hirani has been widely accepted across a wide spectrum of audience and Dr. Hirani has been invited by numerous Institutions/Organisations/Platforms of prominence to deliberate upon these perspectives.

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Educational career: B.E., M.E., Ph.D.