Mr Ashok Pandit who was appointed Managing Director of Tata Sponge Iron Limited, with effect from 5th January 2001, has to his credit an experience of over 13 years in industrial engineering at Kaiser Steel Corporation USA, 12 years practicing engineering at Tata Steel as well as heading the Tubes Division of Tata Steel, an independent profit center, as Executive in Charge for 7 years.
Having passed his senior cambridge examination from the Doon School/ Cambridge University in 1958, he did his B. Sc. (Hons) in physics from Utkal University, B.Sc. (Engg.) in mechanical engineering from Utkal University. B.S. Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington, Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and M.A. in Environmental Administration from the University of California, USA.
Closely associated with several executive committees and apex councils of various professional bodies like past Chairman of the India Management Board of the International Tube Association, India, ex-chairman of the Precision Tubes Division of CII, he is presently National President of the Indian Value Engineering Society (INVEST).
He was conferred the RS Murthy National Award in 1985, the Ramaswamy Cup for Best Industrial Engineer in 1987, the HK Firodia Gold Medal in 1991 and the highest honour bestowed by the Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)-the Lillion Gilbreth Award for promotion of the industrial engineering discipline in India and for the introduction of innovative ideas in industrial engineering in 1994. He is the only person to have won all eight professional national awards of IIE and that too within a span of 10 years.