About The Head

About Prof. R. Nagarajan, The Head of Chemical Engineering

Dr. R. Nagarajan obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from IIT Madras, and a Ph.D. from Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) in 1986.

Between 1988 and 2003, Dr. Nagarajan was holding the position as Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM, Storage Systems Development Laboratory, San Jose, CA.   Dr. Nagarajan returned to Chennai during 2003, and served as G.S. Laddha Visiting Professor at A.C. College of Technology for one semester, prior to taking up his position as Professor at IIT Madras in February 2004. His teaching and research endeavours are focused on clean-room processes, nano-technology and ultrasonic process-intensification. He has won several awards, including Outstanding Younger Member Award, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), April 1990; Patent  (# 5,879,578) Issue Award, March 1999 several IBM Innovation & Performance Awards and Team Awards, etc…

From Feb 2009 to Aug 2012, he served as Advisor, Office of Alumni Affairs at IIT Madras, and since September 2012, has been serving as the Institute’s first-ever Dean of International & Alumni Relations. He has transformed alumni engagement with the Institute. Building the alumni community, fund-raising and enhancing IIT(M)’s relations with global academic institutions have been key achievements during his Deanship. The Institute raised a record Rs. 73 Cr in FY 2017-18, an all-time high contribution from a record number of donors. He has personally sponsored 10 student Awards. He has established 17 joint doctorate degree programs with leading global Universities. During his tenure as Dean I & AR, he has brought corporate professionalism to IITM with his approach to work and leadership based on setting a personal example. His passion for writing pop fiction is well known, and his extempore speeches have been well appreciated by the audience.

As a fitting recognition of his various academic and administrative contributions, the Institute has recently designated him as Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical engineering.

On 29th October, 2018, he has taken over the Headship in Chemical Engineering Department.


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