the MHRD, on Technology Enhanced Learning involving many technical institutions in the country.

Dr. Ananth’s research interests are in molecular thermodynamics and mathematical modeling. He has published several papers in international journals and is a referee for many journals in chemical engineering. He has been awarded the Herdillia prize for excellence in basic research in chemical engineering by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the R.W. Fahien Alumni Award for “Distinguished Professional Contributions” for the year 2003 by the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Florida. He is a fellow of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is a consultant for many chemical industries in South India.


Clemson University’s 14th president, James F. Barker, is first and foremost an architect. He came to the office with a clear blueprint of Clemson’s future in mind—to become one of the nation’s top public universities. To achieve this vision, Mr. Barker led the development of 10-year goals and an action plan built around collaboration, focus, relevance, and academic quality.

The results speak for themselves: Today, Clemson is considered an academic rising star, more than doubling research in just 3 years, launching major new economic development initiatives, dramatically increasing the quality of the student body, and rising to a number 27 ranking among the nation’s top public universities. For his leadership, Mr. Barker has been honored with the Buck Mickel Award for Business and Community Leadership by the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Anderson Independent-Mail’s Pointing the Way Leadership Award, Greenville Magazine’s The Cliff’s Business Person of the Year Award, and the Order of the Palmetto—the state’s highest civilian honor. He also was inducted into the Boys and Girls Clubs Hall of Fame.

Mr. Barker has emerged as a national leader in academic and public service arenas. He currently serves on the NCAA Board of Directors, chairing the Division I Committee, and is past-president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the region’s accrediting agency, which recently honored him with the James F. Rogers Meritorious Service Award. He was awarded the Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III and has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from S.C. State University and Mars Hill College. He also has served on the Truman Scholars selection committee, was a Cambridge University visiting scholar, and is a member of the Shaw Group Board of Directors, serving on the Audit Committee.

Mr. Barker is a recipient of the National Distinguished Professor Award of

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