Illinois Tech Alumnus Manu K. Vora (M.S. CHE ’70, Ph.D. ’75) Completes First Fulbright Specialist Project

In 2016, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs appointed Manu K. Vora as a Fulbright Specialist for a five-year term. Vora completed his first Fulbright Specialist (FSP) Project at his Alma Mater, IIT (BHU) in Varanasi, India in March 2018.

Vora accomplished five key initiatives as part of his FSP Project at IIT (BHU), Varanasi, including:

  • Conducted “Risk Management for Organizational Excellence” Workshop for 21 attendees and received 100% overall satisfaction.
  • Delivered five sessions on “Recipe for Success at a University and in Professional Careers,” a Career Development Talk to 195 students.
  • Delivered five sessions on “Create Magic in the Classrooms for Students’ Engagement,” an innovative educational practice with 54 faculty members and research scholars.
  • Provided expert advice in advancing state-of-the-art curriculum for the establishment of a new School of Management Science and Engineering Program at IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
  • Provided relevant feedback to two Ph.D. research scholars in the Industrial Management area of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

During his India visit, he delivered his Career Development Talk at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Vile Parle, Mumbai, Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot, and Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service, Varanasi. He attended a meeting with the IIT Bombay Director’s Team regarding their World University Ranking project. He also delivered two talks at SIES Graduate School of Technology, Nerul, Mumbai” one to undergraduate students on “Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Nation Building” and the other to faculty members titled “Create Magic in the Classrooms for Students’ Engagement.” Overall, during the visit he delivered 11 sessions on career development to 1,200 students and professionals and shared five sessions on innovative practices for students’ engagement in the classrooms with 130 faculty members and research scholars.

Vora is the chairman and president of Business Excellence, Inc., USA since June 2000. He has more than 43 years of leadership experience guiding Fortune 500 companies in US Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework. For the last 25 years as an adjunct faculty member, he has taught an Operations Management course globally. He is connected with more than 80 educational institutes globally. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. (both from Illinois Tech in Chicago), and B. Tech. (Honors) in chemical engineering from IIT (BHU), and MBA with marketing management. He has delivered 770 presentations world-wide and published over 70 scholarly articles.