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Prof. Neelesh Kumar Jain

Prof. Neelesh Kumar Jain
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1168-0617
Google Scholar ID: NHW6zSQAAAAJ

Prof. Neelesh Kumar Jain joined IIT Indore as Associate Professor in Jan 2010 and became Professor in Dec. 2013. He did PhD (2003) and MTech (1995) from IIT Kanpur with specialization in Manufacturing Science and BE in Mechanical Engineering from SGSITS Indore in 1993. Before joining IIT Indore, he served Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at IIT Roorkee during June 2004 to Jan. 2010; South Asia International Institute, Hyderabad during June 2003 to May 2004 and Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, New Delhi during July 2002 to June 2003. Prof. Jain extensively works on various aspects of advanced and hybrid machining and finishing processes, additive manufacturing, gear finishing, miniature gear manufacturing and micro-joining.. Following are worth-mentioning research contributions:

Development of electrochemical honing (ECH) and pulse-ECH process as an economical and sustainable alternative process for high quality finishing of different types of cylindrical and conical gears by developing four experimental apparatus, investigations on effects of parameters on surface roughness, surface integrity, micro-geometry, noise, vibration and wear characteristics and finishing productivity in gears finishing by ECH/PECH, modeling of MRR and surface roughness and identification of optimum process parameters.

Development of micro-plasma transferred arc (µ-PTA) wire and powder deposition processes for various meso-sized additive manufacturing (AM) of different metallic materials, knee implants from biocompatible materials, developing functionally graded materials (FGM) and shape memory materials (SMM), auogeneous joining of thin stainless steel sheets (thickness < 1 mm), joining of tailored blanks (i.e. joining of sheets of different materials and/or different thickness), and for repair of cracks in dies and gears. For this, he has led development of two experimental apparatus, investigations on effects of process parameters on width, height, dilution, microstructure, microhardness, abrasive wear resistance and HAZ of deposition, thermal modeling of multi-layer, multi-track and multi-material deposition by ALM and identification of optimum parameters of µ-PTA wire and powder deposition process.

Establishing WEDM as near-net shape manufacturing process for high quality meso-sized cylindrical, conical, and non-circular gears through extensive experimental research, modeling and optimization.

Development of abrasive flow finishing (AFF) process for high quality finishing of spur and bevel gears (under progress)

Development of design support system (DSS) for process selection and real-coded genetic algorithms (GA) based parametric of advanced machining processes, DSS for rapid prototyping (RP) processes and casting processes for non-ferrous materials.

Development of very economical experimental apparatus for abrasive jet machining (AJM) and ultrasonic machining (USM) processes as BTech projects.

Prof. Jain has played significant role in the development of temporary and permanent campuses of IIT Indore since Jan. 2010, Virtual Classroom (VCR) under National Knowledge Network (NKN) and Central Workshop. He has developed five state of art research and teaching labs at IIT Indore namely 1. Gear Research Lab; 2. Metrology Lab; 3. Advanced Manufacturing Processes Lab, 4. Machining Science Lab; 5. Manufacturing Process Lab. He played crucial role in conceptualizing, coordinating, securing funding and establishing DST-FIST Center of Excellence in Gear Engineering at IIT Indore in 2015. He is PI of DST-FIST project on Gear Engineering (2015-2020) and Coordinator Center of Excellence in Gear Engineering since Aug. 2015. Prof. Jain has served as Member of 1st Board of Governors of IIT Indore during April 2010 to July 2012. He has served as Acting Director of IIT Indore for a total duration of more than 18 months spanning on various occasions since 2010. He was 1st Dean, Academic Affairs of IIT Indore during 6th Oct 2010 to 30th May 2019 with reappointment in 2013 for 2nd tenure and in Oct 2016 for 3rd tenure. As DOAA, He has played significant role in developing course curriculum, academic procedures and regulations, and academic infrastructure for various BTech, MTech, MSc, PhD and dual degree programs of IIT Indore, orgranizing 9 orientation and 6 convocations of IIT Indore. He was member of BoG of NIT Raipur during July 2015-July 2018. He is member of Finance Committee of IIT Indore since Feb 2017.