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Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani is currently Director of CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur. He assumed the office w.e.f. 16th March 2016 after taking lien from IIT Delhi. Before joining as Director, CSIR-CMERI, he was serving as JEE (Advanced) Vice Chairman (2014-2016) and Professor in IIT Delhi.

He did his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Rajasthan Technical University (formerly known as Govt. College of Engineering) Kota in 1992 and M.E. in Machine Design from IIT Roorkee in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1999 from IIT Delhi. 

For his research achievements, Prof. Harish Hirani had been accorded the prestigious "BOYSCAST fellowship". His three scientific papers have received the Best research paper award. He has also secured five patents. 

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 learners from all walks of life. 

With a robust 16 years of experience in teaching and research, Prof. Harish Hirani always aimed to inculcate the value of developing innovative products among Scientists/Researchers and learners for the benefit of Indian masses. To achieve these goals, he initiated courses on "Design Methodology" and "Design of Machines" to outline and describe all the necessary steps required from generating an idea for the solution of a problem until its final physical realization. 

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