Atmanand M A

Visiting Professor

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  • Dr.M.A.Atmanand has 37 years of experience in field of ocean technology and retired as the Director of National Institute of Ocean Technology Chennai. He is currently working as a Visiting Professor in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras - Chennai. He is nominated as Chair Marine Systems Panel, Naval Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Govt. of India. He is the Governor's nominee to the Planning board of Bharathidasan University. He is elected as member of Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) Council. He is a former member of the Executive Planning Group and a former member of the Interim Decade Advisory Board for preparation of UN Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development [2012-2030] of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. He was elected as Chair of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Regional Committee for the Central Indian Ocean (IOCINDIO) of IOC, UNESCO [2016-2021].
  • An Instrumentation and Control Engineer by profession, he took his undergraduate degree from University of Calicut, Masters and doctorate degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He has presently coined specific courses based on his vast experience in Ocean technology and is sharing the same with the students. Previously, he has done pioneering work in the area of deep-sea technologies in India. He led a team of Engineers for the design and development of underwater crawler for deep sea operation. He and his team developed the in-situ soil tester which was tested at a depth of 5200 m in the Central Indian Ocean Basin. Dr. Atmanand has taken this challenge further to design and implement a work class Remotely Operable Vehicle (ROV) that can be used for assisting the mining operations, gas hydrates site for validation of presence of methane, pipeline inspection etc. This was later tested at a depth of 5289 m water depth. It was under his supervision that India's first Polar under water mooring observatory and Polar Remotely Operable Vehicle (PROV) was developed and tested. The mooring was established at Kongsfjorden in Arctic region. The Polar ROV was tested successfully at the Priyadarshini lake at Antarctica. He has also guided various indigenization programmes for Ocean observation and under water systems.

  • Technologies for the extraction of Poly Metallic Nodules from deep sea.
  • Development of Power and Control Systems for deep water Submersibles for depths up to 6000 meters.
  • Development of allied technologies for Underwater vehicles, which have become mainstay all such projects in India.
  • Power Generation modules for wave Energy and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
  • Development of underwater Systems and components like motor, fibre optic connectors etc.
  • Establishment of electronic support facilities and tsunami early warning systems.

  • Received the Life time achievement award from IEEE Madras for 2021.
  • Received the Dr D Srinivasan Endowment Award for the year 2021, instituted by the Ocean Society of India (OSI), for outstanding contributions in the areas of Ocean Engineering and Technology.
  • Received the International Society for Ocean and Polar Engineers award in 2020.
  • Received the prestigious MoES National Award of Excellence in Ocean Technology, in view of pioneering work done in the area of deep-sea technologies in 2020.
  • Received the team National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) National Societal Innovation Award in 2018, for Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle for Polar and Shallow Water Research in 2019.
  • Received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society, Presidential Award in 2016.
  • Received the team National Geoscience Award in 2010 from the Ministry of Mines for the work on Remotely Operable Vehicle under the category of Oil and Natural Gas Exploration.
  • Received the International Society for Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) Ocean Mining Symposium award in 2009.

    Current Courses

  • October 2020 till date - Visiting professor at IIT, Madras.

    Previous Courses

  • 37 years of experience in the field of Ocean Science and Technology.
  • March 1997 to September 2020 in National Institute of Ocean Technology Chennai India, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt of India.
  • February 1985 to March 1997 at Fluid Control Research Institute,Palghat, Kerala, India, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Govt of India.


  • P Sathish Kumar, S Venkatnarayanan, Vikas Pandey, Krupa Ratnam, Dilip Kumar Jha, S Rajaguru, G Dharani, R Arthur James, Atmanand, Malayath Aravindakshan, Multivariate approach to evaluate the factors controlling the phytoplankton abundance and diversity along the coastal waters of Diu, north eastern Arabian Sea, Journal Oceanologia, Volume 64; Issue 2, Pages: 267-275, Publisher Elsevier.
  • Krishnan Sudarvelazhagan, Kuchibhotla Srinivas, Murugesan Pradeep Kumar, Senthamari Raju Raguraman, Chullickal Raphael Deepak, Narayanamurthy Renganayahi Ramesh, Krishnan Amudha, Gidugu Ananda Ramadass, Malayath Aravindakshan Atmanand, Experimental Investigation Into Soil and Mechanical Pick-up Device Interaction in Nodule Mining of Deep Seabed, Marine Technology Society Journal, Volume 55; Issue 6, Pages 73-92; Publisher: Marine Technology Society.
  • Narayanmurthy Renganayahi Ramesh, Karuppiah Thirumurugan, Deepak Chullickal Raphael, Gidugu Ananda Ramadass,Malayath Aravindakshan Atmanand, Development and Subsea Testing of Polymetallic Nodule Crusher for Underwater Mining Machine, Marine Technology Society Journal, Volume 55, Issue 6, Pages 65-72, Publisher: Marine Technology Society.
  • J Santhanakumar, C Sureshkumar, Dilip Kumar Jha, G Rajaprabhu, P Venkateshwaran, R Sendhil Kumar, G Dharani, R Kirubagaran, Malayath Aravindakshan Atmanand, Comparative assessment of fish assemblages around open sea cages vis-a-vis common fishing ground, Journal of Earth System Science, Volume 130, Issue 3, Pages: 1-9, Publisher: Springer India.
  • R Srinivasan, Shijo Zacharia, V Gowthaman, Tata Sudhakar and M A Atmanand,Ocean current mapping with indigenous drifting buoys, Current Science, Vol 118, No 11, 10 June 2020 pp:1778-1781.
  • M A Atmanand, NIOT s Progressive Trends in Thermal Desalination, Journal of the Geological Society of India, 2020, 2020/1, Volume 95, Issue 1, Pages 5-8.
  • R Venkatesan, M A Atmanand, G Latha, Indian Arctic Multisensory Moored Underwater Observatory Book : Climate Change and the White World, 2020, Pages 11-17, Publisher Springer, Cham.
  • Narayanaswamy Vedachalam Raju Ramesh Vandavasi Bala Naga Jyothi Vittal Doss Prakash Gidugu Ananda Ramadass Malayath Aravindakshan Atmanand,Design Considerations for Strategic Autonomous Underwater Swarm Robotic Systems, Marine Technology Society Journal Volume 54 Number 2, March/April 2020 pp:25-34.
  • M A Atmanand, Ocean Technology Capacity Building in India, Journal of the Geological Society of India, 2019/11/1, Volume 94, Issue 5, Pages 447-452, Publisher Geological Society of India.
  • N Vedachalam, M Ravindran, M A Atmanand, Technology developments for the strategic Indian blue economy, 2019/8/9, Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, Volume 37, Issue 7, Pages 828-844, Publisher Taylor & Francis.


  • Devices and methods for conductivity measurement of liquids, K K Tejaswini, Dr Boby George, Dr Jegadeeshkumar, R Srinivasan, Tata Sudhakar, M A Atmanand, 201841031272 dated 21-08-2018.
  • An Anti-Biofouling System and a method thereof, Shijo Zacharia, Dhilsha Rajapan, Shibu Jacob, M A Atmanand, Patent no 400373, India.
  • A wireless based expendable temperaure-profiling system, Muthukumaravel, Gowthaman, Tata Sudhakar, M A Atmanand, No 390341, Application no 201641027237, India.
  • A Micro algal harvesting system, R Kirubagaran, K Thirupathi, M A Atmanand, G Dharani, N V Vinithkumar,Mary Leema Thilagam, D Magesh Peter, No C12M 1/42 2015, Germany.
  • A light weight Low frequency Band Width, (2-18kHz) Transmitter for Marine Applications, DhilshaRajapan, Rajeshwari P M, Gnanaraj A A , Raju Abraham, Atmanand M A, No 288881 2017, India.
  • Portable In-situ Soil Testerfor quickly and accurately assessing the load bearing strength of soft soils during experimental studies and soil sample testing, Muthuvel P,Sasikala T, Gnanaraj A A, Deepak C R Atmanand M A, No 319005 2019, India.
  • Crushing system, N R Ramesh, K Thirumurugan, V Sundaramoorthi, C R Deepak, M A Atmanand, No 1686/CHE/2015, 31 03 2015, India.
  • A Drift Tracking System for a buoy, R Srinivasan, ShijoZacharia, V Gowthaman,Tata Sudhakar, Atmanand M A, 5587/CHE/2014, 06-11-2014, India.
  • High sensitive broad band sonar receiver array with motion sensor for underwater imaging applications, ShijoZacharia, DhilshaRajapan, Kannan C, RajeshwariP M, Shibu Jacob, Atmanand M A, 1294/CHE/2013, 25-3-2013,India.
  • Depth Independent Sub-sea loadcell, C R Deepak, K Thirumurugan, B O Vishwanath, V Sundaramoorthi, N R Ramesh, M A Atmanand, 153/CHE/2013, 10-01-2013, India.
  • An Apparatus and the Functioning of Integrated Marine Surveillance System, R Venkatesan, M A Atmanand, G Vengatesan, S SundarJesuraj, M ArulMuthiah, 873/CHE/2012, 8-3-2012, India.
  • Tsunami Detection System TSUNAREC, Tata Sudhakar, ShijoZacharia, T Thamarai, V Gowthaman, G A Ramadass, M A Atmanand, Patent No 352188, Application No : 2806/CHE/2011, India
  • Digital two wire telemetry using Microcontroller, M A Atmanand, March 21, 1985 India 9075.
  • Automated Tsunami Test Rig, Tata Sudhakar, ShijoZacharia, T Thamarai, V Gowthaman, M A Atmanand, Patent No 385571, Application No : 2805/CHE/2011, India.

  • Dr M A Atmanand has published more than 160 papers including International Journals, International conferences, Book chapter, National Conference and others.
  • He has delivered more than 300 invited lectures in conferences.
  • He is Chair of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Technology committee on Cables and Connectors.
  • He is the founder Chair of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society in India.
  • He has also served IEEE Madras Section in various capacities.

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