Dr. Tridibesh Mukherjee obtained his first class degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Calcutta University in 1964. Further, he completed his Master's degree in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Sheffield, U.K.
Soon after his education Dr. Mukherjee joined the Special Steel Products Division of British Steel Corporation. Later, he joined Tata Steel as a Research and Development Engineer in 1971 and rose to occupy key positions such as Chief Metallurgist and Director Scientific Services. In 1988 he moved to the Operations department of the Company. During his tenure as A.G.M. (Iron and Steel) there was an unprecedented rise in the productivity of the blast furnaces. He was appointed as Sr. GM (Works) and subsequently as Vice President (Operations). Closely associated with major investment decisions of the Steel Company, Dr. Mukherjee is credited with transforming the vision of cost competitiveness into reality. He was appointed Executive Director on the Board of Tata Steel. He has served as the Deputy Managing Director (Steel) in the Company. At present, he is the Non executive Director of Tata Steel.
Dr. Mukherjee has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield, U.K. and an adjunct Professor at I.I.T., Kharagpur. An honorary member of the Indian Institute of Metals, he served as its President during 1991-92. Dr. Mukherjee is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He represents India on the Technology Committee of the International Iron & Steel Institute (IISI) and on the Alloy Phase Diagrams International Commission (APDIC).
Presently, Chairman of Wrought Steel Products Sectional Committee of BIS, Dr Mukherjee has also served as the Chairman of Research Council of Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Calcutta, and C.I.I. Bihar Council during 1999-2000. As Chairman of Tata Metaliks and Metaljunction.Com Private Limited and Director on the Boards of Tata Yodogawa, Tata Refractories, Timken India, JAMIPOL, Tata Advanced Materials Ltd., TM International Logistics Ltd., Tata Ryerson Limited and Tata Chemicals Limited, he has championed many new initiatives, providing these companies with a technologically competitive edge. Dr. Mukherjee is also a Member on the Board of Management of the Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad and Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela.
Dr. Mukherjee, who is actively involved in social activities around Jamshedpur, pursues hobbies and interests varying from numismatics to collection of fossils and minerals. He is also the President of the Jamshedpur Kennel Club.
Conferred with the Metallurgist of the Year Award in 1975, Dr. Mukherjee's contributions have also been recognised through several other awards; the Vasvik Gold Medal (1982), the Bhoruka Gold Medal (1985), the Visvesvarayya Gold Medal (1987), the Tata Gold Medal (1996) and the IIM Platinum Medal (1999). He was also a member of the Tata Steel team that won the prestigious Franz Edelman Award for Operational Research in April 1994. In 1998 he was conferred the Manav-Mitra Award by the Bharat Sevashram, Jamshedpur. In 2000, he received the National Metallurgist Award from the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, in recognition of original contributions made in the field of production, research, design, development and environment.