Dr. Nishith Ranjan Mandal, Retd. Prof. IIT/Kharagpur

Designation:HOD (Transport & Infrastucture Consultant)

Educational Background

Qualification:   Ph.D, 1985,  Technical University of Gdansk, Ship Research Institute, Poland. B.Tech (Hons), 1976, IIT  Kharagpur.

Area of Interest :  Ship production, Computational Weld Mechanics and Welding Technology, FRP Composite applications.


Career History & Experience

Retd. Professor, Department of Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture, IIT Kharagpur. Joined Kharagpur as a member of Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture faculty on Apr.1987 Superannuated on Nov.2017.

He was Dean of Students’ Affairs from Apr.2012 – Apr 2015.

He was posted as Managing Director of Science & Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park, IIT Kharagpur for the Dec.2004 to Oct.2007 as additional activities

He was Lecturer, Institute of Shipbuilding Technology, Vasco-da Gama, Goa from May 1986 to Apr.1987

He was Naval Architect, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. for a period of three years  graduation from IIT Kharagpur from Jul.1976 to Aug.1979.

Spent six years in Poland doing my Polish language and Ph.D studies from Sept.1979 to Dec.1985.


Research Projects

Undertaken several industrial consultancy as well as sponsored research projects involving techniques, weld distortion analysis, distortion control and mitigation as well as development of stir welding of marine grade aluminum alloys sponsored by various Govt. and private agencies.


Research Publications

About 80 research papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences.



  • Aluminum Welding“, 2nd Edition, 2005, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, ISBN 817319-637-0.
  • Welding and Distortion Control“, 2004, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, ISBN 817319-552-8, simultaneously published by Alpha Science International Ltd., Pangbourne,U.K.  ISBN 1-84265-177-3 and ASM International, USA, ISBN 0-87170-800-0.
  • Welding Techniques, Distortion Control and Line Heating”, 2009, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, ISBN: 978-81-7319-971-4.
  • “Ship Construction and Welding”, 2017, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. ISBN 978-98110-2953-0.



Awarded fellowship under Royal Society of Edinburgh International Exchange Programm

Elected Fellow of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 2006.

Elected Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (India), 2001.

Certified and designated Member of American Welding Society, 1991



Design and Fabrication of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Road Side Crash Barrier, (Filed).

Design and Fabrication of Stiffened Plate Panel of AA5083 by Friction Stir Welding, (Filed).


Additional Skills & Interests

Amateur radio enthusiast, call sign VU2ROA.

Solar thermal and tidal energy