Dr. L. M. Das is a retired as a Professor from IIT Delhi. He holds a Ph D degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Delhi Dr Das has got a teaching/research experience of more than forty four years to his credit. His areas of research interest centrres around development of alternative-fuelled low emission engines/vehicles. He has supervised 34 Ph D theses and seventy seven M. Tech Projects. He has published more than 80 research papers in various international / national journals .He had several international research assignments in USA, France, England and Portugal. He had delivered invited lectures in India as well as in USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium Netherlands Thailand Moscow, Turkey, Philippines, Nepal and Srilanka.
He has been a member of several research/technical and scientific advisory committees of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Departmnet of Biotechnology, Indian Oil Research Lab etc.. He was a Member of Core group of Automotive Research,(CAR)and also a member of the Expert Committee for Auto-Fuel Vision and Policy 2025.He was the Convener of Technical Committee of World Hydrogen Technology Convention held in August 2009 at New Delhi .Presently he is also the Chairman of Sectional Committee of PCD 3 of Bureau of Indian Standards.
Prof Das had been the Principal investigator of several sponsored projects funded by MNRE, DST, General Motors (USA), European Union, UNIDO, Shell (England).He was the Principal Investigator of the UNIDO-sponsored academia-industry project consisting of IITDelhi, Mahindra and Mahindra and Air products(USA) in which world’s first hydrogen-operated three wheeler was launched in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in 2012.The ongoing phase of the project with extensive long term field trials is being funded by MNRE .Prof Das is also now coordinating another MNRE- sponsored project with Mahindra and Mahindra in which hydrogen-fuelled Minibus engine, after extensive lab tests has been developed and the Minibus is being field-tested.
He has been awarded “Rajiv Gandhi Samman” by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Orissa (2005) .In 2012, he has been awarded Lockheed Martin award for his R&D achievements. International Association of Hydrogen Energy has given him the ‘Outstanding Service Award” for his “Altruistic Contribution” to the “cause of Hydrogen Economy”. He has also been awarded T.N. Veziroglu award by Hydrogen Association of India (2013) and Biju Patnaik award by Odisha Science Academy for scientific excellence “in recognition of his original and creative contribution”( 2014)