MTSE Courtesy Faculty

Dr. Ajay Puri

Prof. Ajay Puri is currently Chief Orthopaedic Oncology and Professor & Head of Surgical Oncology at the Tata Memorial Centre. He serves as President of the Indian Musculoskeletal Oncology Society, President Elect of the Asia Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and is a past Chairman of the Indian Orthopaedic Association (Oncology),

He is actively involved in clinical, biomedical and basic research and is the principal investigator in many studies. He is a member of the Global Steering Committee of the International Sarcoma Kindred Study (ISKS), the largest multi institutional international trial aimed at understanding the genetic background of sarcomas.

He has developed a low cost indigenous megaprosthesis that is now extensively used in the country and other Asian and African nations and has also popularised novel methods of biological reconstruction after oncologic resection. He serves on the editorial board of Bone & Joint-360, Sarcoma and Frontiers in Orthopedic Surgery and has published more than a hundred papers as well as numerous book chapters.


Prof. Brett Robertson

Since graduating from the University of Western Australia (UWA) with a PhD in peri-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation Brett has forged a strong career in health management and research administration.

In 2007, he founded Physical Solutions a dynamic and successful physiotherapy company in Perth, WA before joining one of Australia’s leading medical research organisations, the Ear Science Institute of Australia (ESIA) as Chief Executive Officer. Whilst at ESIA he actively managed the construction, tenanting and ongoing operation of the Institutes AUD20 million clinical and medical research building. He was also the driving force behind the development and establishment of the Institutes state-of-the-art AUD2.7 million surgical simulation and medical training facility.

Brett has over 10 peer reviewed journals articles and over AU$11M secured in competitive grant funding. He has attended leadership workshops at the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA on scholarship from the Harvard Club of Australia, and is currently studying at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a 40under40 winner (2015).

In 2015 Brett founded and established the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics [] with Professor Daniel Fick and Professor Riaz Khan. 


Prof. Daniel Fick

Professor Daniel Fick began his career at Sir Charles Gairdner and Hollywood Private Hospitals after completing his Medical Degree at the University of Western Australia. He expanded his training into several sub-disciplines of orthopaedics including computer navigated trauma and joint replacements as well as arthroscopic procedures of the hip, shoulder and knee.

Research is an integral part of Daniel Fick’s practice.  A list of his publications can be found at  Daniel Fick is an adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Curtin University, Perth, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas.

In 2007 Dan was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and today works in partnership with Professor Riaz Khan at The Joint Studio, and operates out of Hollywood Private Hospital, and St John of God Hospital Geraldton in private and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Geraldton Regional Hospital in the public sector. He has been a respected member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association since 2009 and is represented on the Medical Board of Western Australia. As a Surgeon Scientist, Dan has served as a reviewer on the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (BJJ) since 2007 and has published extensively whilst contributing to the Joint Studio's own continuous prospective arthoplasty database which also supports an AOA accredited international fellow.

In 2015 Prof Daniel Fick and Prof Riaz Khan established the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics with Associate Professor Brett Robertson. 

Image to be posted.

Dr. Craig Blue 

Dr. Craig Blue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state, and local governments working together to benefit the Nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. The nationwide Institute is sponsored by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $189 million from IACMI’s partners. IACMI is an Institute within the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, a White House initiative to help U.S. manufacturers employee leading-edge technology to become more competitive.Craig led the proposal for IACMI and assumed the CEO role at the official launch in June 2015.In addition to his position as IACMI CEO, Dr. Blue remains an Advanced Manufacturing executive leader at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Blue, a recognized leader and champion of applied research and development at ORNL, holds faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee, University of North Texas, and the Colorado School of Mines. His vision and comprehensive understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies led to creation of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL, as part of a $42 million portfolio of research sponsored by DOE. Current research activities of the Advanced Manufacturing Program comprise additive manufacturing, carbon fiber and composites, advanced manufacturing, low temperature materials synthesis, lightweight metals processing, roll-to-roll processing, magnetic field processing, energy storage, critical materials, and technology deployment.As Distinguished Research Scientist and Group Leader he was responsible for revitalizing and building of ORNL's materials processing activities to national prominence. While Deputy Director for the Materials Science and Technology Division, a $100M materials research division, he was responsible for driving the development of new applied programs. During nearly 20 years of experience in conducting research in materials and manufacturing technologies, Dr. Blue has authored nearly 100 open literature publications, been awarded 15 Patents, and 10 R&D 100 Awards. He has served by invitation on numerous scientific and technical review panels, committees, and convocations convened by the National Science Foundation and National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Blue has been honored by selection as ORNL Distinguished Engineer in 2003 and as Fellow of ASM International in 2009.

 Krishnan K. Sankaran


Ph.D                   Metallurgy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978

M.Tech               Physical Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1972

B.E.                    Metallurgical Eng, Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, India, 1970


2003-2014          Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

1997-2002          Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

1978-1997          Research and leadership positions, McDonnell Douglas Corporation

2013 -                 Adjunct Professor of Materials Sci. & Eng, Univ of North Texas, Denton, TX

2009 -2011         Adjunct Professor of Materials Eng, Missouri University of Science & Tech.

1991-1998          Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Eng, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Expertise and Activities

Materials, processes and related disciplines germane to aerospace products from their conception through design, manufacture, service and retirement.  Collaboration with University of North Texas faculty on research in alloy and process development.  Designed and taught a graduate level course, “Physical Metallurgy of Structural Alloys” at Washington University in St. Louis.  About 50 scientific publications and invited presentations.  Received four US patents in the areas of aerospace materials and processes.

Professional Honors and Affiliations

  • James B. Eads Award (2005) and Fellow (2007), Academy of Science, St. Louis
  • Member of the Research Advisory Council, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007-2014
  • Invited Participant to "Sustaining America's Competitive Edge" Workshop sponsored by NSF, NIH and NIST, Washington, DC, 2006
  • Member of AIAA, ASM International and The Metallurgical Society.
  • Member, Research Board (2002-2007) and Council (2007-2013), The Welding Institute, UK
  • Honorary Member, Indian Institute of Metals (2012).  Honorary membership limited to one hundred living persons.

 Prof. R.V. Ramanujan

Prof. R. V. Ramanujan is at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Materials and a Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Science. He received his Master of Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). At CMU, he was the recipient of a Fellowship from a U.S. National Science Foundation grant. He earned his Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honors) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Ramanujan is/was Editor or Editorial Board member of Nanomedicine, Materials Science and Engineering B (Advanced Functional Solid State Materials), Materials Science and Engineering C (Materials for Biological Applications) and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. He has served on the Magnetic Materials Committee of TMS (Chair), Awards Committee of TMS, Phase Transformations Committee of TMS (USA), Program Committee (IEEE, Magnetics Society), IEEE (Magnetics Society, Singapore Chapter) and the Public Sector Funding Review Panel (Singapore). Ramanujan was previously employed at Advanced Devices and Materials (USA), University of Birmingham (U.K.), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA). At NTU, he has received the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ramanujan is an Adjunct Professor in South China University of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, University of Mumbai and the Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (India). His main areas of research are magnetic nanotechnology, multifunctional materials and materials for extreme environments. 


 Prof. Riaz Khan

Professor Riaz Khan qualified from Guy's Hospital in London, and completed his orthopaedic training in Cambridge. He undertook a Fellowship in Perth, Western Australia, and returned there as a consultant in 2005 where he has been practicing ever since. He works in partnership with Associate Professor Daniel Fick at The Joint Studio, and operates out of Hollywood Private Hospital, and St John of God Hospital Geraldton. 

Riaz Khan is an Adjunct Professor of medicine at Notre Dame University, Fremantle, an adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Curtin University, Perth, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. He is a surgeon scientist who has published extensively and has raised over AUD$1 million in research grant funding.  He has delivered over 50 invited presentations to learned societies and has served as a reviewer on the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (BJJ) since 2005 and the Journal of Arthroplasty since 2013. The Joint Studio has its own continuous prospective arthroplasty database and supports an AOA accredited international Fellow.  In 2015 Prof Riaz Khan and Prof Daniel Fick established the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics with Associate Professor Brett Robertson. 

 Image to be posted.

 Dr. Srikumar Banerjee

Prof. Srikuma Banerjee is Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai;  Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar  Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kharagpur and Chancellor of Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai and Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and University of Delhi. He served as the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy during 2009-2012 and as Director, BARC during 2004-2010. 

His major research contributions are in the areas of phase transformations in zirconium and titanium alloys, effect of radiation on order – disorder transitions and tailoring microstructure and texture of nuclear structural materials through thermo-mechanical processing.  He has over 350 research papers, coauthored a book titled Phase Transformation: Examples from titanium and zirconium alloys and co edited six books.  He is currently engaged in research in advanced nuclear fuel cycle, policy for sustainable energy and metallurgy of actinides.

His honour include Acta Metallurgica outstanding paper award (1984), Bhatnagar prize in Engineering Sciences (1989), Humboldt Research Award (2003), Indian Nuclear Society award (2003), Padmashri (2005), Distinguished Materials Scientist of the year (2008), National Metallurgist award (2008), MRSI – C.N.R. Rao Award for Advanced Materials (2011),  Presidential Citation of American Nuclear Society (2012) and W.J. Kroll Medal from ASTM (2012).  He is recipient of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from eleven universities and institutes. He is a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Sciences Academy, Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, India and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).