Ashutosh Sharma is an Institute Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering and coordinator of Nanosciences Center at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. Ashutosh received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1987), his MS from the Pennsylvania State University (1984) and B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur (1982). Ashutosh’s research interests are in soft nanotechnology, functional interfaces, micro/nano-mechanics of soft matter, self-organized patterning, colloid and interfacial engineering, carbon MEMS/NEMS in energy, health and environmental applications, wetting, adhesion and thin films, areas in which he has coauthored over 250 papers. He is a recipient of numerous awards some of which are the Infosys Prize, TWAS Science Prize, Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation, J. C. Bose Fellowship, Bhatnagar Prize, Homi J. Bhabha Award of UGC, The Syed Husain Zaheer Medal of INSA, Distinguished Alumnus Award of IITK, etc. Ashutosh is a Fellow of all the Indian Academies of science and engineering and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).