is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at IITM. He received the B. Tech
and accelerated PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian
Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), in 1983 and 1989, respectively. He
has held visiting research / teaching assignments at several US
universities, namely, University of California, Santa Barbara; Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; and University of South Carolina,
He has authored numerous
articles in journals, conferences and books, and has been awarded three
patents in the areas of semiconductor device modeling and process
development. His recent work is on modeling and simulation of power
devices, nano-devices, GaN HEMTs and solar cells.
He has received the 2006 Vikram Sarabhai Award
for research and a 2007 IBM Faculty Award for research and
teaching. He has acted as a consultant to industries for developing
manufacturing processes for semiconductor devices.
His contributions in the field of education include three
widely viewed online video
courses on Solid State Devices, Semiconductor Device Modeling and Introduction to Research (see links below). The latter is a
lecture-cum-activity oriented course to foster research skills among
research scholars. He initiated this as a compulsory course for all
research scholars in IITM and has conducted over 30 workshops country-wide.
He has also conducted solely or jointly over 80 Faculty Development sessions on various aspects of
“How teachers can make a difference” in institutions including
IITs, IISERs, NITs, and IIIT. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on
Education (first ever from India) in which he has authored three papers.
He is a recipient of the 2021 VLSI Society of India Best Faculty Award
for "contributions in the area of teaching, popularizing and creating
some of the best minds in Microelectronics in the last 30 years in
India," and the president’s nomination to the IIT Council for
“contributions in education, science or technology.”
He is a
member of the Governing Council of CeNS (Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences) and the
executive committee of AICTE. He is the Chairman of AICTE’s All India
Board of PG Education and Research.
He was a
member of the National Working Group on Nanotechnology set up by the
Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India, and the All India
Board of Undergraduate Studies of the AICTE.
He is Head of the Teaching Learning Center, and was
the Coordinator of the Educational Technology Cell, IIT Madras. He was the
Vice-Chairman of JEE 2006 and Chairman of JEE 2007 operations in the South
He is a strong espouser of holistic
education, and a multilingual – can read, write and speak –
Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, and can converse in – Thelugu,
Thamizh and to an extent, Sanskrit.
Solid State Devices, hosted on NPTEL and YouTube.
Device Modeling, hosted on NPTEL and YouTube.
Research, hosted on YouTube.
Follow no one, but
learn from everyone, and Acknowledge it too, hosted on YouTube