Connecting Academia, Industry and Innovation

India-US Defence Acceleration Ecosystem

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to the inaugural workshop of the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) Academic and Startup Programming Partnerships. This workshop marks a significant milestone in our collaborative efforts between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Indian Ministry of Defense. As we gather here today, we are driven by a shared vision: to propel defence-industrial cooperation and ignite the flames of innovation in the realms of technology and manufacturing. At the heart of INDUS-X lies the Academic & Start-up Programming Partnerships, a visionary initiative that unites academic institutions, industries, academic associations, startup enterprises, and governmental organizations. Our collective aim is to forge innovation hubs that will serve as crucibles of sustained ingenuity. Through an array of meticulously planned activities, including workshops, technical exchange visits, and short-term training programs, we are steadfastly working towards this endeavour. This workshop, jointly hosted by the distinguished IIT Kanpur and The Pennsylvania State University, stands as the vanguard of a series of forthcoming initiatives. Its primary objective is to pave the way for bilateral programs within academic institutions, each meticulously designed to nurture defence innovations and startup ventures. Throughout the course of this workshop, we will shine a spotlight on existing innovation ecosystems, pinpoint opportunities for bilateral collaboration in cutting-edge domains such as AI, space technology, and cybersecurity, and formulate novel programs that serve as conduits for translating academic innovation into tangible defence systems.

In this crucible of intellect and innovation, we envision a future where academic prowess converges seamlessly with the pressing needs of defence, giving rise to groundbreaking solutions that safeguard our nations and propel our industries to new heights. We look forward to the rich exchange of ideas and insights that this workshop promises, as we collectively embark on this journey of academic excellence and technological innovation.

Meet Our 2023 Speakers

Prof. Abhay Karandikar

Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Dr. Ajay Kumar

Former Defence Secretary of India & Distinguished Visiting Professor, IIT Kanpur

Prof. Ankush Sharma

Professor-in-Charge of SIIC, IIT Kanpur

Dr. Nikhil Agarwal


Prof. Abhishek

Co-Founder and Director at EndureAir Systems & Professor at IIT Kanpur

Prof. Vijay Narayanan

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, INDUS-X Academic Collaborations Lead.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

President, The Pennsylvania State University and Co-Chair of AAU India-US Task Force

Dr. Barbara R. Snyder

President, Association of American Universities

Dr. Bindu Nair

Director of Basic Research, U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Ravi Pandey

Head of Technology transfer, at IIT Kanpur

Dr. Stephen J. Susalka


Mr. Rajinder Bhatia

President and CEO of Bharat Forge Defence and Aerospace.

Mr. Pavan Gill

Pacific North Regional Director, National Security Information Network, U.S. Department of Defense

Ms. Aastha Verma

COO, Tardid Technology Pvt. Ltd

Dr. R Shivaraman

Co-founder, Big Bang Boom Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Dr. Jeffrey Parker

CTO, Advanced Space Inc.

Dr. Christopher Roscoe

CEO, Ten One Aerospace Inc.

Co-hosted By

Agenda of the INDUSX


INDUS-X Workshop Report


Co-hosted by SIIC, IIT Kanpur & Pennstate University



For any queries -

Mr. Animesh Mishra

Manager, SIIC IIT Kanpur

E-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Vikash Prakash

Assistant Manager, SIIC IIT Kanpur

E-mail: [email protected]