Dr Preeti Aghalayam is the trending topic in the news headlines and IITs.

This article will explore Preeti Aghalayam’s age, husband, family, education, biography, and why she is at the top of every news headline.

Preeti Aghalayam Wiki, Biography

Dr Preeti Aghalayam is an esteemed alumna of IIT Madras. She has been appointed as the director-in-charge of the groundbreaking IIT Madras Zanzibar campus, which marks the first-ever offshore campus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology.

The first academic session of the IIT Institute will commence in October, and admission for the next session has already undergone.

This appointment is a testament to Aghalayam’s exceptional achievements and a historic milestone, as she becomes the first woman to direct any IIT institution. Read more on Preeti Aghalayam news

Her remarkable leadership and expertise are set to shape the future of IIT Madras’ endeavours and pave the way for further advancements in higher education.

Preeti Aghalayam – A Marathon Runner and a blogger

Apart from academic excellence, she is also a mother who is a marathoner and a blogger. Running is like a stress buster for her. Preeti writes about the tyranny of the rasam and her love for food, and life in the city.

Preeti Aghalyam Blog: Preeti is also a blogger, she posts all her rantings related to her day-to-day life on that blog. You can check her blog here.

Read: All About IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus

Preeti Aghalayam

Preeti Aghalayam Biography

Preeti Aghalayam is an IIT professor, marathon runner, mother, avid reader, writer, and now the first women director in chief of the IIT Madras Zanzibar campus.

Full NameDr Preeti Aghalayam
Age49 as of 2023
CasteAghalyam
SurnameAghalyam
Native placeHer mother’s home
EducationBTech in Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras, 1995 (IIT Madras Notable Alumni)
PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in New England, 2000
ProfessionProfessor in the Chemical Engineering department at IIT Madras
Known forDirector-in-charge of IIT Madras Zanzibar campus
HusbandNot Known
ChildrenOne daughter (16 years old)
Preeti Aghalayam Biography

Family

Both her parents were academics and Preeti used to hover around in their offices. She was encouraged from a young age. For a couple of years, she was the president of Chennai Runners.

Education

BTech Degree: Aghalayam is an IIT Madras notable alumnus who completed her BTech in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious institution, IIT Madras in 1995.

Doctoral Degree: She completed her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in New England in 2000.

As a Researcher: Aghalayam has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, Cambridge and faculty at IIT Bombay.

Research matter: Her research focuses on Chemical Reaction Engineering, and she is an expert in Underground Coal Gasification, Automotive Aftertreatment, and CO2 utilisation in hard-to-abate industries.

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“For me, the fact that it is the first IIT campus abroad is more important than me being the first woman to head an IIT. It is not just about breaking the glass ceiling for me. It is more of once an IITian, always an IITian.”

– Preeti Aghalayam

Career

As a Professor: Preeti joined IIT Madras in 2010, where she is currently a Professor in the Chemical Engineering department.

Aghalayam was recently acknowledged as one of the 75 Women in STEM by the Principal Scientific Advisor’s office.

And with the recent news, she is now the director of IIT Madras’ Zanzibar Campus, Tanzania.

While taking on the responsibility, Preeti said, “I am an alumnus of IIT Madras and doing something of this magnitude for the institute and for the country is such a big honour. Every time we visited Zanzibar as part of the IIT Madras contingent, we noticed that the representation of women on their side was quite significant. So, it was important that we do this mindfully,”

“Every time we visited Zanzibar as part of the IIT Madras contingent, we noticed that the representation of women on their side is quite significant. So, it was important that we do this mindfully and our effort will also be to have gender balance in the new campus” 

– Preeti Aghalayam

FAQ

Who is Preeti Aghalayam?

She is an alumna and professor at IIT Madras. Recently, she has been appointed as the director-in-charge of the IIT Madras Zanzibar campus

Who is the husband of Preeti Aghalayam?

Preeti Aghalayam husband’s name is not disclosed publically.

What is Preeti Aghalayam Age?

Aghalayam’s age is 49 as of 2023.

What is Peeti Aghalayam Surname?

Preeti Aghalayam surname is Aghalayam.