IIT BombayLehigh has established a new partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay that will facilitate academic and student exchanges, as the university continues its efforts to grow and expand international opportunities for both faculty and students.

Founded in 1958, IIT Bombay is a globally ranked technical and research university in Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai, India. Among its academic divisions are departments focused on aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

Seeds for the partnership were planted by Mayuresh V. Kothare, the R. L. McCann Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh, who graduated from IIT Bombay in 1991 and received its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2020.

The agreement will allow for the sharing of best practices and expertise in engineering and technology. Participating students and faculty from Lehigh and IIT Bombay will come together for joint studies, research and training activities, and other educational programs.

Potential areas of opportunity include molecular modeling and catalysis, civil and structural engineering, microscopy and materials science, industrial engineering, and technical entrepreneurship.

The partnership sets the stage for a joint degree program and cooperation with the IIT Bombay Research Park.

As Lehigh broadens its global reach, says Provost Nathan Urban, IIT Bombay will be an important partner, given the quality of its programs and the reputation of its graduates.

CREDIT: Photo courtesy of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay