Prof, R.P.Mohanty, former Vice Chancellor of SOA university and currently Chief Consultant of the University is a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering, M. Tech in Industrial Engineering & Operations research, MBA in General Management, Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering & Honorary D. Sc.
He is honored with the Fellowship of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, International Engineering and Technology Institute, Hong Kong, and Operational Research Society of India and also recipient of Life Time Achievement Awards from Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE), Institution of Engineers, and Association of Indian Management Scholars (USA) and MTC Global.
He is recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions such as; Lal Bahadur Shastri recognition for exemplary contribution2023 in the field of Academics and Institution building, Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis distinguished educator award from Operational Research Society of India, Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam award as the distinguished educator of India, Lillian Gilbreth Award for profound contributions to the field of Industrial Engineering from IIIE, Outstanding Academician of India from Indian Institution of Materials Management, Utkalshree Award for most outstanding contributions for knowledge creation and dissemination in Engineering and Management disciplines, Excellence in Research and Innovations Award from IIT Delhi and several other significant awards including Best Research Paper Awards.
During his 46 years of academic experiences in institutes of national importance in India and foreign universities combined with 10 years of Industry experience in top management position, he has published 17 Books, more than 350 research papers in reputed and scholarly peer reviewed indexed International & Indian Journals and Newspapers in addition to representing in the Editorial Boards of 17 prestigious international journals. Besides guiding 28 Ph.D research scholars several hundreds of master theses, he has also advised more than 25 large companies in India and abroad in the areas of Engineering and Management. He has successfully completed a number of Government and Industry sponsored research projects. He has led many professional associations in India as Chairman and President and as a board member in International Professional Institutions in the past. As a distinguished academic leader, he continues to be the Governing Board Member of several Universities and Professional bodies. Even now, he has kept himself consistently engaged in research activities in the emerging areas of advanced manufacturing and sustainable development. He is engaged very actively in empowering young researchers across the world to build high quality professionals both in academia and community of practice.
His innumerable value adding contributions in the field of technical education in terms of research publications, academic planning, administration, faculty/management/institutional development and guiding organization of several top ranking international and national conferences, workshops, symposia, colloquium etc. are well known to the world of academia and industry professionals. He is known internationally as an empirical researcher, a system scientist, an organization theorist, and an organization development expert.