About CZeroC Organizers

Carbon Zero challenge is a renewable energy innovation competition for college students, early stage entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. It is a pioneering initiative by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in collaboration with the US Consulate General in Chennai, the Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) and Shaastra, to identify innovative and indigenous solutions to India’s unique energy problems. The contest is supported by Polaris, a Virtusa Company.


Dr Indumathi M Nambi is the Principal Coordinator of CZC from IIT Madras.

She spearheads the entire project and manages it strategically.

Dr Indumathi M NambiProfessor, Environment and Water Resources Division, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, is the Principal Coordinator of CZeroC.Dr. Indumathi Nambi  has been instrumental in visualising this competition in September 2016, and leading this initiative since its inception.

She holds a Ph.D in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, NY. She has been a Post-doctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining IIT Madras.

K.Sivaraman,  mechanical engineer from IIT Madras has over 3.5 decades of experience (most part with ITC Ltd’s Packaging and Printing Business) spanning engineering, maintenance, manufacturing and operations, projects, customer service , environment, health, safety and sustainability.He hadvoluntarily contributed to the growth of Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) for over a decade as an Office Bearer. Currently, he  is driving Industry Projects initiative of IWMA as Advisor. In addition, he carries out consultancy in environment field and works with select start up companies.He is a CII certified Sustainability Assessor .He helped create and execute Carbon Zero Challenge Competition along with IIT Madras.

Dr Sriram Krishnan is one of the key members of CZC Steering Committee since its inception. He also mentors and guides projects. Although located at Boston, USA, he constantly monitors the progress of Carbon Zero Challenge and provides critical inputs. He assists the team at every stage of the contest – like devising proper structure for judging applications, monitoring teams’ progress and organizing the events in a structured way.

Dr Sriram has held  key positions in organisations such as like Mc Kinsey, SunEdison, Photon Consulting. He currently holds the position of Director at National Grid  in Greater Boston Area, USA. Dr Sriram holds a B.Tech from IIT Madras, M.S. and Ph.D., from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.


Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. Founded in 1959 with technical and financial assistance from the former government of West Germany, it was the third IIT that was established by the Government of India.Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has, for the third consecutive year, emerged as the top-ranked engineering institute in the country (https://www.nirfindia.org/2018/EngineeringRanking.html) .


IIT Madras is hosting the Carbon Zero Challenge. This includes receiving submissions, shortlisting teams, finding mentors, facilitating funding and conducting the final demo event.

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Shaastra is the annual technical festival of IIT Madras, currently in its 19th edition. It is the largest technical fest of its kind in India and has the distinction of being the first ISO 9001:2008 certified student-organized event in the world.Shaastra attracts participation from all over India, and seeks to provide collegiate students with a platform to showcase their scientific and engineering talent.Since its inception, Carbon Zero Challenge has been partnering and working closely with Shaastra.

Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA) is a not-for-profit NABET accredited organization established in 2002 with an initial strength of 35 members from various industries. It has now grown to a membership of over 2500, comprising of large, medium, small, micro industries as well as few educational institutions. The membership is spread across engineering, textile, automobile, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and leather sectors.

Apart from periodic review of landfill site operations, IWMA conducts seminars, training programs and provides consultancy and problem solving services to industries in field of environment in partnership with institutions such as IIT Madras, CSIR-CLRI, Anna University, NEERI, NIOT. IWMA also conducts school programs such as Young Environment Scientist, Enviro and society initiatives such as E-waste collection.IWMA provides organizing support to IIT Madras to conduct Carbon Zero Challenge.