Kishor Munshi

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Professor, IDC, IIT Bombay
Director, CTech Labs Pvt. Ltd. SINE IIT Bombay

Educational & Professional Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi. (1969)
- Post-graduate Diploma (equivalent to Masters degree) in Product Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. (1972)
- R.D. Sethna Scholar at School of Industrial Design Engineering, Royal College of Art, London, England (1974)
- UNESCO Fellow at Technical University of Hanover, Germany, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France, Sottsass Associati, Italy. (1982)
- Founder member & past vice-president, Society of Industrial Designers of India (SIDI)

Fields of expertise:
Teaching, Research and Practice in the following areas
- Product Design,
- Product Detailing,
- Automobile Design,
- Design Methods,
- Design Mangement,
- Professional Design Practices

Significant & Recent Assignments:
- Head, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1996 -99)
- Full Professor and member Senate of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1986 - present)
- Guest Professor at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, department of Human Work Sciences (1998)
- Professor of Design Management at Middle East Technical University, department of Industrial Design
Professor,Oslo school of architecture and design ,Olso, Narway( 2003- )
- Coordinator, Product Design Programme at Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay (1990 - 1996) Offering programmes at Masters level in Design Management, Design Communication, Product Ergonomics, Product Development and Design Methods.
- Involved in research in the area of Development Policy, R&D Management, Interactivity, New Product Development, Methodology, Design-Ergonomics Integration and Pedagogy.
- Lectured on the above subjects at various universities abroad including University of California, L.A., University of Compeigne, France, Brunswick Polytechnique, Germany, Le Atelier School of Design, Paris, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok , Tokyo University of Art & Design, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), Haifa. Lulea University of Technology, Lulea Sweden, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
- Management Adviser and Design & Development Consultant to more than 40 industrial organisations including Crompton Greaves Ltd., L&T Ltd., IBP Ltd., Godrej & Boyce Ltd., Ponds India Ltd., HMT Watch Directorate, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Godfrey Philips Ltd. Cadbury India Ltd., Indian Railways (RDSO) etc. etc.
- Directed product design programmes for various successful innovative products and design programmes for international markets. Some of the products have sold more than million units. The first product of the range developed for L&T has received 'Good Design Award' (IF Award) at Hanover Engineering Fair in Germany. Invited by Swiss Office of Trade Promotion, Zurich to help Indian Rubberwood industry, develop products for European market.
- Supervised and guided more than 75 product design and development projects. Some of these sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology, Department of Electronics and Ministry of HRD, Government of India, Hino Motor Corporation, Japan etc.
- Setup a new product design & development facility at HMT Watch Directorate, Bangalore, as a part of corporate function integrating marketing requirements with R&D and production, and a panel expert for indigenisation programme at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, New Bombay. Management Adviser (Change Agent) for new product & strategies at Crompton Greaves Ltd. and 'Adviser to the President', Power Systems Group from 1996-2000. Introduced the concept of Methodology, Monitoring & Mentoring in their Technology Cells.
- Developed training programmes for industrial managers and conducted workshops on new product development at Tata management Training Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, Hindustan machine Tools, Crompton Greaves Ltd., Department of Electronics. BHEL. etc.
- Published articles/papers (some of these seminal in nature) in professional publications internationally. Presented papers in international conferences in Switzerland (Ergodesign), France (Interactivity), Hungary (Design for Traffic Safety), Japan (Water), Hong Kong (Design & Development) the Netherlands , Canada & Israel (Science & Technology Education) etc. Designs published in Modo, Italy, Design Journal, Korea, International Design Yearbook etc.
- Under international academic cooperation with universities abroad accepted students from University of Technology of Compiegne, France, to do their project work under my supervision.
- Member of various Government of India committees for making recommendations on technology transfer, technology upgradation, formation of Design Council, member Human Engineering Panel, DRDO, CII Technology Committee etc. & faculty selection committees for IITs and IISc. Member, Research Advisory Committee for GIAN (Gujarat Grassroots Augmentation Network)
- Award for Good design (Hanover IF) and design consulting (Government of India).
- Member, Selection Board for Civil Services 2004.





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