Dr. Smita Mohanty holds the position of Director (Principal Scientist) at School for Advanced Research in Polymers – LARPM - R&D Wing of Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), a premier National Institute under Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India. Dr. Mohanty completed her Ph.D and D.Sc in Chemistry (Polymer) from Utkal University Vani Vihar, Odisha. She has 16 years of Research experience in the areas of Synthesis of High temperature polymers, Biopolymers, Bio-based Polymers & Composites, Polymer Nanocomposites Plastics Waste Management & Recycling, Sustainable Energy Resources, etc. She has been the author of more than 150 Research Publications in International Journals and prime inventor of 6 Patents. She has successfully completed 25 R&D Projects and has delivered many consultancies to the Industries. She has supervised 15 PhD students in different areas of her expertise. She is the recipient of National Award on Petrochemicals and Downstream Plastics Processing Industry 2014 & 2012 respectively.