Prof. Ashok Misra is currently NASI (National Academy of Sciences, India) Distinguished Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Earlier he was Director IIT Bombay (2000-08); Chairman-India Intellectual Ventures (2008-16); at IIT Delhi (1977-2000) and at Monsanto Chemical Co. (1974-77). He obtained his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur (1968) M.S. from Tufts University (1969) and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (1974).
Prof. Misra is a Director on the Boards of Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd., Jubilant Pharma Ltd., Kirloskar Electric Company Ltd. and Higher Education Financing Agency. Earlier he has been on the Boards of Reliance Industries Ltd., National Thermal Power Corporation and Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. He has held several responsibilities with Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, including Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council and Chairman Board of Governors of IIT Roorkee.
He is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences India and was its President from 2006-08; a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering; Founder President of the Polymer Processing Academy; former President of the Society of Polymer Science, India; Founder President of IIT Alumni Centre, Bengaluru and member of a number of professional societies.
He has received several awards including: Distinguished Service Award, Polymer Processing Society (USA); Distinguished Service Award, IIT Delhi; Distinguished Alumnus Awards from all his Alma Maters; Indian Chemical Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Education & Research; National Systems Gold Medal; Qimpro Platinum Standard Award (Education); Chemtech CEW Awards (Education) and Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Memorial Award of Indian Chemical Soc. He has guided 22 doctoral students, co-authored a book, has 8 patents plus 7 in the process and over 182 international publications.