Dr.Baldev Raj has assumed responsibilities as the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, one of India’s leading multi-disciplinary institutions. A distinguished scientist and former Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalapakkam, Dr Baldev Raj has helped advance several challenging technologies, especially those related to sodium cooled fast spectrum reactor with closed fuel cycle; a sustainable energy spectrum. He has also nurtured and grown excellent schools of global stature in nuclear materials and mechanics and nano science and technology. He has pursued his work in interdisciplinary domains of energy, cultural heritage, medical technologies, nano science and technology and education. He has been responsible for providing solutions to many unsolved challenges in Strategic, Security and Industry domains. He is known for overcoming the barriers of academic research and industry with acumens of leadership and experiences.
Dr Baldev Raj is known for mentoring hundreds of children, students, scientists and technologists, inspiring them to pursue high levels of professionalism in the pursuit of science and technology without losing sight of the need for exemplary ethical practices.