Ashis Kumar Samanta
Dr. Ashis Kumar Samanta is presently a professor and former Head of Department of the Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta, India. He was previously the chairman of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) TXD-07 Committee for Speciality Chemicals and Dyestuff; chairman, Board of Studies (BOS), Bachelor of Fashion and Apparel Design, University of Calcutta; and a regional board member for South East Asia for the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), USA. He was a Professor In Charge at the Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), India. From 2009 to 2011, dr. Samanta was a member of the Governing Council of IJT for three terms. He has also been a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology (ICAR-NIRJAFT); an expert member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Khadi and Textiles at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization (MGIRI); member of BOS for Bachelor of Design (Textiles), Viswabharati; member of the Ph.D. Committee in Textile Technology, University of Calcutta; and the former chairman/convener and co-chairman of the Textile Engineering Division, WBSC of IE(I). He served as the assistant director of the Manmade Textiles Research Association (MANTRA), Surat, from 1997 to 1998. He is an expert member of WG-31 on Natural materials for Textiles under ISO-TC-38 and attended the plenary meetings of ISO-TC-38. On behalf of BIS, Dr. Samanta collaborated with other experts to develop ten BIS Test Standards and five ISO Test Standards for natural dyes. He has run and completed sixteen research-and-development projects and two HRD projects. Dr. Samanta is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bharat Nirman Award in Jute and Textile Technology Education and Research in 2014; Eminent Engineer Award in 2019; Triguna Charan Sen Award in 1996 and 2014; Subject Paper Award in 2006; and a Special Merit Award in 2007, all from the Institution of Engineers (India) IE(I). He is the reviewer of many international journals including Textile Research Journal, Journal of Natural Fibres, Journal of Industrial Textiles, Journal of Textile Institute, Indian Journal of Fibre and Textile Research, Journal of Fibres and Polymers, Coloration Technology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of BioResource and Technology and Indian Journal of Natural Fibres. He is an editorial board member for five national and international journals. To date, he has mentored twelve Ph.D. students and is currently mentoring three more. His main areas of research are chemical processing and finishing including natural dyes, nanomaterials, and phase change materials. He has more than 300 publications, including 135 research papers, 55 technical articles, 108 conference papers, 10 book chapters, 11 training manuals, and 4 books, to his credit.