Look around you. Everything that you see, is an innovation that changed the way the world works.

From building bridges to coming up with machines that solve the world’s biggest problems, the engineering minds of India have always gone the extra mile.

Today, we celebrate these ingenious minds and applaud their ‘never say die’ attitude.

1. Vinod Dham

Also known as ‘Father of the Pentium Chip’, Vinod Dham is credited for being the brain behind the development of the Pentium processor during his time at Intel in 1993.

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2. Chandra Kumar Patel

In 1963, a laser was invented to cut and engrave on materials such as plastic, among many others. The invention was unique in itself. Today, he holds 36 US patents in this field.

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3. Anil Kakodkar

Anil Kakodkar is known for his contributions to nuclear reactor systems, non-fossil energy sources, radiation processing of food and healthcare.

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4. Anuradha Acharya

In 2013, after a series of work opportunities in the coding and IT sector, Anuradha Acharya founded MapMyGenome to expand India’s understanding of the human genome and data on the same.

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5. Girish Bharadwaj

A mechanical engineer from Aramboor in Karnataka, he was instrumental in building a suspension bridge. India’s first 97-meter long hanging bridge was built in just three months with Rs 1 lakh and he went on to build 147 more such bridges.

6. Shakuntala Bhagat

She was also known as India's first female civil engineer and lived up to the applause she received through her startup Quadricon launched in 1970. She worked on the design and construction of 200 bridges in India as well as the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

7. Ritu Karidhal

Ritu Karidhal collected newspaper clippings as a child that tracked space activities and for the ISRO’s Mangalyaan. She was responsible for implementing an advanced independent manual system as a project manager of the Mars Orbiter Mission.

8. Sharada Srinivasan

Particularly known for her work in archaeometallurgy, Srinivasan was awarded the Padmashri in Archaeology by the Indian government in 2019. In 2021 she was one of three women to be chosen for the Indian National Academy of Engineering’s Woman Engineer of the Year award.

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9.Chewang Norphel

In 1966 when posted in Zanskar, a backward and remote area in Ladakh, as Sub Divisional Officer, he noticed that the locals here suffered due to lack of water. So, he came up with the idea of using artificial glaciers and built these himself. Today, this “Ice Man of India” has created 10 artificial glaciers in Ladakh.

10. Shoaib Dar

He started the Pi Jam Foundation in 2017, which aimed at promoting digital literacy among rural children. The NGO has so far provided 400 computers to 15,500 kids in 51 schools around Telangana, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.