Ishan Sharma- Defense Viva

Ishan Sharma, a student of the IITB- Monash Research Academy, successfully defended his PhD defense seminar on Monday, 7th November 2016.

Ishan’s project focused on two goals: optimizing carbon capture and sequestration in ammonia plants and reducing the fossil fuel need to power these plats. He worked on optimization methods for capturing carbon dioxide as well as reducing the amount of fossil fuel used to power ammonia plants.

This transition technology will allow us to continue using traditional but polluting sources of energy in an efficient and clean manner.

Ishan said ‘After the defense, honestly I have mixed feelings. Getting it over with is a huge relief. However, there is also the shock element that the life I knew for the past five-and-a-half years as a research scholar is over. The Academy’s Joint PhD program was a rewarding experience, primarily because of the valuable guidance I received from both of my supervisors Prof. Sanjay Mahajani (IIT Bombay), Prof. Andrew Hoadley (Monash University) and Dr. Greg Rigby (Orica)’

Prof. Andrew Hoadley said ‘Ishan Sharma presented work in his defense that shows that process engineering optimisation problems that were previously thought to be too difficult to solve because of the computing requirements can be solved using the Surrogate-Assisted approach that he has developed. Well done Ishan for your 5 years of work at the IITB-Monash Academy.”

Prof. Mahajani too reserved his praise for “excellent presentation”

We wish him all the best for his future endeavours!