M.N. SHETTY (PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada) was formerly a Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He also served as the Director of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, he is a life member of numerous professional bodies such as Indian Physics Association, ISTAM and Indian Institute of Metals. Dr. Shetty has received citations for academic excellence from different bodies, such as the Pride of India award from the Global Economic Council, and has been commended both by the Marquis International Who is Who in the World, USA and by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.