Prof. R. K. Sinha received M.Sc. degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, in 1984, and Ph.D. degree in the area of Fiber Optics and Optical Communication Technology from the IIT, Delhi, India, in 1990. He had held various research and academic positions at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore during 1991, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani during 1992-1994, REC (now NIT), Hamirpur during 1994-1998 and at Delhi College of Engineering-DCE (now Delhi Technological University-DTU), University of Delhi during December 31, 1998 to July 01, 2015.
Prof. Sinha has taken over the charge of Director, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh with effect from July 02, 2015 maintaining lien with his position as a Professor of Applied Physics since October 2002 & Chief Coordinator of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)-Centre of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) in Fiber Optics and Optical Communication since its inception in 2005 at Delhi Technological University-DTU (Formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi). He is the author / co-author of 275 research publications in the leading national and international journals (120) and referred conference proceedings (155), 04 Book chapters, 02 Books and filed 02 patent. He has supervised 16 Ph.D. theses and over 20 R&D projects sponsored from Government and Private Organizations. He has served as (i) Dean (Academic-UG) during January 2015-June 2015 (ii) Dean (Industrial Research and Development) during 2008-2010, (iii) Head, Applied Physics Department during March 2009 to July 2012 and (iv) Chief Warden during 2003-2006 at DCE/DTU Delhi. Prof. Sinha has also served as (i) Director (Additional Charge) of CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI), Piliani during November 2015 to March 2016 (ii) Director (Additional Charge), CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh during April 2016 to January 2017.
Prof. R. K. Sinha has been awarded (i) The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) Biman-Behari Sen Memorial Award for outstanding research in the area of Telecom Grade Optical Fibers and Optoelectronic Devices Optics in 2012 (ii) Emerging Optoelectronics Technology Award [(CEOT-IETE, India)]-2006 for outstanding research work in the area of Nano-photonics, (iii) S. K. Mitra Memorial Award for Best Research Paper in IETE Technical Review 2002 on Nanostructure Electron Waveguides and Devices and (iv) his coauthored research paper has won several Best Research Paper Awards which include Swarna Jayanti Puraskar (Gold Medal) from the National Academy of Sciences in the area of Nano-scale Optical Devices for the year 2001, Reliance Technology Awards 2010, SPIE 2014 best research presentation award and OSI-2014 second best poster presentation award.
Prof. Sinha is a Fulbright Scholar-recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship to acquire first hand knowledge of Higher Education Systems and Practices of USA covering over a dozen US universities and higher educational institutions as an International Educational Administrator in 2013. He was Keynote Speaker in International Conference-NOPT in Singapore in February 2010. He has also been awarded (i) National Science Council Taiwan Fellowship-2009 to pursue collaborative research and deliver invited talk on Photonic Crystal based Nano Photonic Devices (ii) Indo Swiss Bilateral Research fellowship-2009 to initiate collaborative research in the area of Nano Photonic Devices with EPFL Switzerland and DTU, Delhi, India (iii) Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K) Fellowship-2008 to carry out research on Photonic Crystal Waveguides and Devices at Glasgow University, UK (iv) the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invited Fellowship- 2007 to carry out research work on Multicore Photonic Crystal Fibers at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (v) Prof. Sinha is awarded UKIERI Fellowship from British Council of India to initiate collaborative research between leading universities of UK and his organization in the year 2006 (vi) He was academic visitor of Stanford University in 2002 and academic visitor of MIT, Harvard University and Boston University in 2005 (vii) ICTP-Visiting Scientist Fellowship-1991 at ICTP, Trieste, Italy, IROST Fellowship 1992 and Visiting Scientist position at University of Campinas in Brazil in 1995 (viii) a recipient of Japanese Govt. Scholarship in 1989-1991 to work at Osaka University and Kobe University in Japan.
Prof. R. K. Sinha is a Fellow of SPIE- The International Society of Optical Engineering, Fellow of the IETE, and a Fellow of Optical Society of India, a Member of The Optical Society (OSA, USA), a Member of IEEE and a Member of The Photonics Society of IEEE. Professor Sinha is also Faculty Adviser of SPIE-DCE Chapter and OSA-DCE Chapter at DTU, Delhi. Earlier, Professor Sinha has been actively involved in supervising several innovative projects on the design and development of unmanned and autonomous vehicles and in the establishment of Knowledge and Innovation Park with focus on student led innovation and product development.