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About Us

KARMA started as a technical company with the goal to serve society. In 2014 they had 3 members. In 2020, it consists of a closely knitted team of more than 30 highly dedicated individuals and provides employment to hundreds throughout the year in order to strengthen its workforce. It’s goal has always been to bring state-of-the-art technology in renewable energy as a cost-effective package for the world. Our popular motto is to “Bring Energy to Life and Livelihood”. KARMA aims to be a crucial player in the energy sector for years to come, collaborating with researchers around the world, including OneLab (MIT), and Rice University.

Our Team

Saroj Nayak, PhD

Dr Saroj Nayak is currently a professor and Dean (Faculty and Planning) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar. Nayak joined IIT with a leave of absence from Rensselaer, NY, USA on November 2012 and left his tenured professor position in 2014. Before joining the faculty at Rensselaer in 2000 Dr. Nayak was a Princeton Materials Institute Jr. Fellow at Princeton University. His research interests lie at the interface of physics, chemistry and engineering. Nayak has cofounded the first start up from IIT Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Renewable Energy Manufactures (KARMA) that focuses on solar energy technology. He is currently the managing director of KARMA since its inception.

Sasmita Nayak, MBBS, PhD

Dr Sasmita Nayak is an assistant professor at KIIT School of Biotechnology at KIIT University and an adjunct faculty at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences. She did her MBBS from SCB Medical College in Odisha following which she was a visiting physician at Department of Pediatrics, Ellis Hospital, USA and at the Department of Neurology, Albany Medical centre followed by a Ph D from RPI, USA. She is a director at KARMA since its inception.

Technical Advisors to the Board –

Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, PhD

He obtained his B. Sc. in Chemistry (1972) from Loyola College, Chennai, then M. Sc. in Chemistry from the IIT, Kanpur, and Ph.D. (1978) from Princeton University where he worked under the supervision of Herschel Rabitz. He then moved to California Institute of Technology, Pasadena where he was between 1978 and 1980, working with Prof. Rudolph A. Marcus. He returned to India in 1980 and joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as Visiting Fellow (1981) and Fellow (1983). In 1986 he moved to the Jawaharlal Nehru University as one of the first members of the School of Physical Sciences, and has been at JNU since then. In 2011, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He resigned the position in January 2015 returning to his substantive positions at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. After his retirement from JNU in 2018, he joined IIT Delhi as visiting professor where is still serving.

He was Vice President of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, as well as of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. He served as President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, during 2016–2018.

Pulickel M Ajayan, PhD

Dr Ajayan is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering at Rice University. He is the founding chair of Rice University’s Materials Science and NanoEngineering department and also holds joint appointments with the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Prior to joining Rice, he was the Henry Burlage Professor of Material Sciences and Engineering and the director of the NYSTAR interconnect focus center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute until 2007. Known for his pioneering work of designing and carrying out the first experiments to make nanotubes intentionally.