Professor Joseph Anand Vaz
Anand Vaz was born in Mangalore, India. He received the B.E. (Mech) degree from the College of Engineering Poona, University of Poona, in 1985, M.Tech and Ph.D from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1988 and 1996 respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar since October 2007. He was also the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2009-2012, and also served as the Dean (Academic) till January 2017. He was a Professor at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), India, since 1999 and was an Assistant Professor at the same institution from 1993 to 1999. At SLIET, he had also handled responsibilities as Dean (Academics), Dean (Planning & Research) and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Workshop. He has also served with the Machine Tools division of M/s. Voltas Ltd., India, 1985-86, and with M/s. Sriram Diesels, Balanagar, Hyderabad, India, 1988. He has been an invited Professor to LAIL, Ecole Centrale de Lille, France, in 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2002 and 2000. He was awarded a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers in Japan by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and pursued research at the Department of Robotics, Ritsumeikan University, Japan, 2002-2004. He has been to the United States, France, Japan, Spain, UK, Israel, Italy and Malaysia for dissemination of research work. He has completed three sponsored research projects and is currently supervising 6 PhD scholars. He has been a reviewer for the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, IEEE transactions on Robotics, Journal of the Franklin Institute, Mechanism and Machine Theory, IASTED International Journal of Modeling, Simulation and Control. He is a member of the ASME, IEEE, Life member of ISTE and The Association for Machines and Mechanisms (AMM). He had founded the ASME student section at NIT Jalandhar in 2011 and continues to guide and encourage students as its Faculty Advisor. He was chairman of NCDDM 2007 at SLIET Longowal, has delivered several keynote lectures, and has chaired several conference sessions both in India and abroad. He has coordinated and organized several MHRD/AICTE sponsored faculty development programmes on Mechatronics, Modeling and Simulation, etc. His research interests are in System Dynamics and Control – especially using Bond Graph, Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation, Mechanisms and Machines, Simulation, understanding musculoskeletal actuation and systematic development of prosthetic devices for rehabilitation of hand impairment. He is also very passionate about teaching and has designed many innovative lecture presentations, experimental setups together with MATLAB based simulations.