Basavanahalli Raghunandan さん

Basavanahalli Raghunandan さん

Professor (Emeritus)

My research at Indian Institute of Science had drawn considerable amount of data from the excellent experimental work done by Professor Okajima in the College of Engineering, Hosei University. Prof Okajima who visited our Institute in 1980 encouraged me to apply for HIF to continue the collaboration. The experimental facility at Hosei was more sophisticated than the one I had and therefore I readily agreed. Besides I was excited about the prospect having Japan experience.

I learnt about microgravity combustion work at Hosei. The experimental setup was simple yet sophisticated. I had the opportunity to interact with many UG and Graduate students who discussed their research in Combustion, notwithstanding my limitations in Japanese language. I also examined the unsteady phase of single droplet combustion and the flame movement in that transient period. As a young researcher then, I was absorbing all the new ideas and concepts that helped in my professional work later.

I spent my entire professional life of nearly forty years in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science beginning as a lecturer and superannuating as the Dean of the Institute. I also served as an Adviser to the Director until last year. During my career, I had the fortune of spending considerable time abroad for professional work. I cherish my stint as Visiting Associate Professor/Professor at Hosei during 1988-1990. The rigor and perseverance needed for research that I cultivated at Hosei proved very valuable in my career. An MoU was signed between the two Institutions and several faculty and student exchanges resulted.