Sanjib Kumar Panda received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with 1st Class Honours from Sardar Vallabhabhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, India, in 1983. He was awarded the Gold Medal for securing the highest marks not only amongst the B. Engg. (Electrical) but also for securing the highest marks amongst all the B. Engg. (Civil, Mechanical and Electrical) students. He also earned a Masters of Technology Degree from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India in 1987. He was awarded the Gold Medal for securing the highest marks amongst all the M. Tech. (Electrical) students. Subsequently, he earned a PhD. Degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1991. He was awarded the Nehru Cambridge Fellowship and Overseas Research Studentship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for Cambridge University for his PhD studies, 1987-1991.
He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore as a Lecturer in 1992. He is currently serving as an Associate Professor. He has served as Director (Education) at the Design Technology Institute, a joint-venture between NUS and TU/e, The Netherlands and funded by EDB, Singapore. He has served as the Group Head of the Drives, Power and Control Group from 2007-2009. He was appointed as Area Director, Power & Energy Research Group of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NUS on 1st January 2010.
Dr. Panda has carried out extensive research in various areas of control of electric drives and power electronic converters. He has co-authored 1 book and published more than 175 papers in international refereed journals and conferences. His current research interests are in energy harvesting both at high power level as well as at very low-power level for wireless sensor nodes and networks, control of distributed renewable energy generation, assistive technology and mechatronics.
Dr. Panda has been very active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and presently a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has served in various capacities as Chapter Officer in the IEEE Singapore Section Joint Power Electronics and Industry Applications Society Chapter. He has served as the Chairman of the IEEE Singapore Section in 2004. He was the Organizing Chairman for the International IEEE Power Electronics and Drives Systems Conference in 2003 as well as the International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies in 2008. He is the recipient of the IEEE 3rd Millennium Medal. He was awarded the Best Volunteer Award by the IEEE Singapore Section in 2006.