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Dr. Krishna. B. Misra  

Ph. D. (Reliability Eng.), F.A.Sc., F.N.A.E., F.I.E., F.I.E.T.E., F.Sa.R. (U. K)

Principal Consultant

Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety Engineering

Founder and Ex-Head of  Reliability Engineering Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Ex-Director-Grade-Scientist, NEERI,  Nagpur, and Ex-Director NERIST, Itanagar.


Born on January 23, 1943 in Bakani, Jhalawar, (Rajasthan), India, Misra received his BE (Electrical) from MS University of Baroda, India in 1963 and ME (Power System Eng.) and Ph.D. (Reliability Eng.) degrees in 1966 and 1970, both from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India). Since 1963, he has taught and researched mainly at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and IIT-Kharagpur. He holds the position of a full professor since 1976. In 1983, he was appointed as Coordinator for InRs.10.2 million project on Reliability Engineering by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, which led to the establishment of Reliability Engineering Centre at IIT Kharagpur in 1983, of which he was the founder Head. In 1991, he also served as Dean, Institute Planning and Development at IIT, Kharagpur. He has been with Reliability Engineering Centre till his retirement in January 2005. In 1992, he was appointed Director-Grade-Scientist by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur. Also, he was also appointed Director of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST)by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 1995 and served this Institute from 1995-1998.

Professor Misra is the Chairman of Indian Bureau of Standards Committee LTD3 on Reliability of Electrical & Electronic components and Equipment. He has been Vice President of System Society of India and a member of IAQR National Council. For several years, he served as a member of Environmental Appraisal Committee (for nuclear power plants in India), Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, New Delhi.  In 1976, Prof. Misra was invited by the Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi to serve as the convener of the NCST working group on Reliability Engineering in India set up by the Government of India. This group submitted two reports (part I & part II) in 1978 on the Reliability Implementation Program for India. He also served as member of Task Force Committee on Reliability Engineering of the Department of Science & Technology, in 1979. He has served as member on Project Assessment Committee for National Radar Council, Department of Electronics, CSIR, UGC, etc. He also served as the Visitor’s nominee for Aligarh Muslim University for a term of three years.

Prof. Misra has also worked in the Federal Republic of Germany at four different institutions, viz., GRS, Garching, Technical University, Munich, RWTH, Aachen and Kernforschungszentrum, Karlsruhe. On invitation, he delivered lectures in USA and chaired sessions at several international conferences. He also visited several European countries on invited lecture tour, which included England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, etc.

 Prof. Misra is listed in Indo-American who’s who.



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