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Prof. Vineeta Agarwal
(Period of service 1982-2018)
Department of Electrical Engineering, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Prayagraj
Dr. Vineeta Agarwal, a leading expert of power electronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at MNNIT Allahabad, Prayagraj passed away on November 28, 2018, at an age of 58.
Vineeta Agarwal, born on 10th July 1960 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, completed her entire education from Allahabad. She obtained her B.Tech, M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from M.N.R. Engineering College, Allahabad, India in 1980, 1984 and 1993, respectively.
She joined the Institute in 1982 as a lecturer in electrical engineering department, where she rose up to level of senior most Professor of the department. Her research interests were in the area of power-electronics and its application in power systems, drives and renewable energy grid integration. She authored two books, and numerous papers, and one patent titled, “Genetic Algorithm Based Single-Phase to Three-Phase Cyclo-inverter with SVPWM”. She was involved with two DST funded projects, and organization of several short-term courses, faculty development programs, and workshops.
She traveled to many countries, as a researcher, and contributed as advisory board member, chairperson, Track chair, towards many international and national conferences. She was senior member of IEEE and reviewer of many journals including
- IEEE transactions on power electronics,
- IEEE transactions on Industrial electronics,
- IEEE transactions on Industrial Informatics and
- IEEE transactions on Smart grid.
Besides her impressive research, Professor Vineeta Agarwal earned a reputation as a caring teacher and mentor. She supervised 11 Ph.D. and more than 50 M. Tech thesis and B.tech Projects.
She received life time achievement awards VIFA-2017.
She had served as a head of department (HoD) and Dean (Research and Consultancy) of the institute. She was very popular amongst her students for her concern towards them. She was a universally acclaimed technocrat and researcher, and an inspiring communicator & motivator.
Her vision & relentless efforts will continue to live in our memories forever & will always motivate each one of us in the future. The Department of Electrical Engineering acknowledges her immense contribution to the community of students, colleagues and staff members of Electrical Engineering Department as a teacher, colleague, administrator and human being and expresses its gratitude to our departed colleague. Her untimely demise has caused an irrecoverable loss to the teaching and research fraternity. We express our heartfelt condolences to all the members of her family.