Prof. R. Nagarajan
Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras;
Steering Committee Secretary, Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GDC)
Dr. Nagarajan is currently Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras and Dean of International & Alumni Relations. He obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from IIT Madras, and a Ph.D. in the same field from Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) in 1986.
From 1986 - 1988, he served as Research Faculty in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. During this tenure, he served as coordinator for research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy. From 1988 – 2003, Dr. Nagarajan was a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM Storage Systems' Development Laboratory in San Jose, CA, where he oversaw elimination of ozone depleting chemicals from IBM's manufacturing operations, and directed many ground-breaking efforts in the areas of chemical integration and micro-contamination control for hard disk drives.
Dr. Nagarajan returned to Chennai in 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 endeavors are focused on cleanroom processes, nano-technology and ultrasonic process-intensification. From 2009-2012, he served as Adviser, Office of Alumni Affairs at IIT Madras, and since October 2012, has been serving as the Institute's first-ever Dean of International & Alumni Relations.