Professor Damodar Acharya received his Ph.D. (in 1975) and M.Tech. in IE & OR (in 1972) degrees from IIT, Kharagpur, and B.Sc.(Engineering) degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honours (in 1970) from NIT, Rourkela. Professor Acharya has about thirty three years of diversified experience - twenty eight years of teaching and research experience at IIT, Kharagpur, and five years of experience in academic administration as Vice-Chancellor, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela, and Chairman, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. At IIT Kharagpur, he held several important positions, such as Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Chairman of JEE, Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, and Chairman of Vinod Gupta School of Management.
As an academician, Professor Acharya has the distinction of supervising more than thirty Ph.D. students, and publishing more than 85 papers in journals of repute. He is a consultant to many world-class companies, such as Tata Steel, General Motors, Hindustan Lever, and Tata Chemicals.
His areas of interest and research include Operations Research, Production Planning and Control, Supply Chain, and Maintenance Management. He is a Fellow of both Indian National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences (India), and Member of several professional bodies.