Ranjit Konkar

Ranjit Konkar


Head, Ph.D. Programme

Discipline Faculty, Product Design

Ranjit earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1993, M.S. from University of Toledo, USA, and B.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur. His educational specialization is in design and kinematic analysis of mechanical systems and Robotics. His skills include programming in a variety of languages. Ranjit was developer on Delmia’s IGRIP software at Bangalore.

At Product Design, NID, since 2007, Ranjit takes courses in many Industrial Design disciplines there. These courses include Materials and Manufacturing, Technical Studies, Simple Product Design, Collapsible Structures, UIUX, Kinetic Sculptures, Workshop Skills & Model Making, and Geometric Construction.

Ranjit has executed professional projects in the design of packaging for cement bags, design of material-handling trolleys and trays for a yarn plant, design of inverter and inverter cabinet, and design of welding gas regulators. Ranjit has also developed innovations in domestic and automotive domains.

Ranjit has consulted for ISB Hyderabad, has been judge at Tata Group’s innovation contest Innovista, and at Jindal Stainless’s Arttd’inox 3D Challenge. He has been on review panels of National Council of Science Museums, MSME’s Design Clinic Scheme, and National Innovation Foundation, He has been on faculty interview panels of Design Departments of IIT Hyderabad and WPU Pune, and on the M.Des Curriculum Advisory Panel for IIT-Roorkee. He was closing panelist at HSLU, Switzerland’s, SwissGradNet Discovery Conference No. 3 in 2021, and keynote speaker at Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia’s, International Conference on Social Design in 2022. He has been on jury panels of IIITDM Jabalpur, NID Haryana, and UPES DehraDoon.

Ranjit’s publications include Social Design in a Developing Country, Flattening the Curve … of Spirographs, Objectifying Product Design, Geometric Insight into Scalar Combination of Linear Equations, On Spherical Aberration in Concave Mirrors, and Incremental Kinematic Analysis of Mechanisms.

Ranjit’s interests include Animal Rights and Welfare, Veganism, Environment, Gandhi, Astronomy, Music, Films. Ranjit has conducted animal rights campaigns as trustee of Beauty Without Cruelty.