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Work Experience

  • 2004 - current Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
  • 2000 - 2004    Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
  • 1993 - 2000    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
  • 1991 - 1993    Entrepreneur working on semiconductor product development (on leave from IIT)
  • 1983 - 1993    Senior Scientific Officer, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras


Foreign Visits

  • May - Jun 2004   University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Apr - May 2003   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA
  • May - Jun 2002   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA
  • Jan - Apr 2001   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA (on Sabbatical)
  • Jan - Dec 2000   University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (on Sabbatical)


Awards and Honours

  • 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" (2021).
  • President’s nominee in the IIT Council for contributions in education, science or technology (20192022)
  • President’s nominee in faculty selection committee of Central University of Tamil Nadu, IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad (2017–2021)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Education (2013 onwards; first ever from India since the inception of this journal in 1958)
  • IBM Faculty Award for Research and Teaching initiatives in nano-scale MOSFETs (2007)
  • Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for contributions to analytical modeling and numerical simulation of novel and short channel devices and development of new semiconductor processes (2006)
  • First student in IIT Madras to be admitted into the PhD program and appointed as a Senior Scientific Officer in the EE department directly after B.Tech, based on the B.Tech academic record (1983).


Other highlights

  • Our most frequently cited work on Field Plate GaN HEMT is cited as an example simulation by SILVACO on its website
  • My online NPTEL UG/PG video course on Solid State Devices is widely viewed across the world and arguably the most popular in India, from among videos on the same topic (Basis: unsolicited viewer feedback)
  • I designed and Initiated “Introduction to Research” as a compulsory course for all research scholars in IITM; conducted over 35 workshops on this topic in IITs, RRI, NITs, IIITs and other institutions; was the lead faculty for the first nationwide ISTE mega-workshop for 10,000 teachers conducted by CDEEP, IIT Bombay on this topic (2012).
  • I designed and conducted solely or jointly over 80 invited highly rated teacher training sessions on various aspects of How teachers can make a difference in 14 institutions including IITs, IISERs, NITs, IIIT.

·         As Chairman 2007 JEE operations in the south zone, I worked with the vice-chairman to cut-down the counselling duration from 12 hrs to 8 hrs / day by processing candidates in the order of their registration numbers rather than All India Rank (first in JEE history).

·         The entrepreneurial venture I undertook on lien (1991-1993) to develop the technology of special purpose diodes was one of the factors which encouraged IIT Madras to amend its leave rules by including a paid leave for entrepreneurial efforts. Others have utilized this facility later.

Click here for Publications in Journals and books, patents and video lectures

Significant Committees

  • Chairman, AICTE’s All India Board of PG Education and Research in Engineering and Technology (2020-2023)
  • Member, Governing council of CeNS (Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences)  (2021–2024)
  • Member, Executive committee of AICTE (2021–2024)
  • Member, AICTE’s All India Board of UG Studies in Engg. and Technol. as representative of the IITs in (20162019)
  • Member, UGC Audit Committee for Aligarh Muslim Univ. and Pondicherry Univ. (2016)
  • Member, BoD, CyberTech Systems and Software Ltd., Thane having a market cap of Rs.92.18 crore (2011 onwards)
  • Member, National Working Group on Nanotechnology formed by DIT, GoI (20052010)
  • Member, IIT Hyderabad Task Force (2009–2010)


MoUs for academic collaboration with

  • Ohio State University, USA  (2021)
  • GE India Technology Center Pvt. Ltd. (2008)


Journals Reviewed

  • IEEE Trans. Electron Devices
  • IEEE Electron Device Lett.
  • IEEE Journal of Electron Device Society
  • IEEE Trans. Computer-aided Design
  • IEEE Trans. Education
  • J. Appl. Phys.
  • Superlattices and Microstructures
  • Solid-State Electronics
  • IET Power Electronics
  • Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics
  • IETE Journal of Research
  • IEEE J. Electron Device Society
  • J. Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
  • IETE Technical Review
  • Semiconductor Science and Technology
  • Applied Surface Science


Conference Organization

  • Advisory Committee Member


2019  20th IWPSD, Kolkata

2017  19th IWPSD, IIT Delhi.

2016  4th IC Design & Manufacturing, IIIT, Kancheepuram.

2009  15th IWPSD, New Delhi

2006  4th ISSS NC on Microsystem, Smart Materials, Structures, VNIT Nagpur

2006  MATEIT, New Delhi

2005  ICMAT, Singapore

  • Organizing committee member


2020   Vertical section on Materials Processing Technology in Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (Vaibhav) summit,

2020  Smart Power and Renewable Energy Devices, in 4th IEEE EDTM, Malaysia

2011  Modeling and Simulation session, in 16th IWPSD, IIT Kanpur

2009  Modeling and Simulation session, in 15th IWPSD, New Delhi

2005  Microelectronics and VLSI session, in IEEE Indicon, Chennai.

2003  Joint Secretary of IWPSD, Chennai

1998  PC Member of VLSI Design, Chennai

  •  Technical Sessions Chaired


2020   Semiconductor materials and device processing, in Vaibhav summit organized by GoI

2020   GaN Power devices, in 4th IEEE EDTM, Malaysia

2011   Modeling &Simulation, in 16th IWPSD, IIT Kanpur

2009   Modeling & Simulation, in 15th IWPSD, New Delhi

2006   Nanoelectronics and Nanodevices, Spring meeting of ISE, Singapore

2005   Microelectronics & VLSI, in IEEE Indicon, Chennai

2003   HF Devices, in 12th IWPSD 2003, Chennai


New Courses / Labs Developed

  • Introduction to Research : India has a large technical manpower. If the impact of this manpower on the research front becomes commensurate with its size, India can be a major player on the global scene. However, research calls for specialized skills in thinking, experimentation, communication and management. A lecture-cum-activity oriented course has been developed to activate these skills among research scholars. The senate of IITM has approved this as a mandatory course for all research scholars in the institute; some other institutes have also initiated this course.
  • Special Semiconductor Devices : This is a graduate level elective course covering high field transport phenomena, and technology, modeling and applications of schottky diodes, transit time diodes, HBTs, HEMTs, CCDs and thermoelectric devices.
  • Semiconductor Device Modeling: This is a compulsory course for graduate students in the Microelectronics stream. It covers basics of semiconductors and operation and modeling of p-n junction, BJT and MOSFET. The course was developed along with another faculty member.
  • Microelectromechanical Systems: This is a graduate level elective course covering materials, micromachining processes; sensing and actuation mechanisms, signal conditioning; mechanics of cantilevers and diaphragms, scaling, and devices such as pressure sensors, microaccelerometers, microfluidics etc. The course was developed along with other faculty members of the microelectronics group.
  • Integrated Electronics Laboratory: This laboratory has a floor area of 90 ft x 45 ft, and is capable of accommodating 120 students at a time. Each workbench of this laboratory has the equipment required to do both hardware and software experiments. All undergraduate and some postgraduate laboratories in the curriculum are conducted here. Other faculty members have also participated in the development of this laboratory.
  • English Communication: This is a course offered by the humanities department on a selective basis to postgraduate students needing improvement in language skills. I proposed this course along with the "Introduction to Research" course as a package for raising the quality of research scholars, and the institute senate accepted my proposal.



  • Head, Teaching Learning Center, IIT Madras (Oct. 2019 onwards)
  • Chairman, JEE 2007 and Vice-chairman, JEE 2006 operations in the south zone
  • Coordinator, Educational Technology Cell, IIT Madras (March 2003-October 2004)
  • Head, Integrated Electronics Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department (July 2002 - April 2003)


Institute and Departmental Service  

  • Member, Board of Academic Research (2014-2016)
  • Chairman, New Faculty Evaluation Committee, EE Department (2007-2010)
  • Coordinator, NPTEL activities of EE department (2007-2012)
  • Coordinator, MS/PhD selection, Devices group for many semesters (2005-2014) 


Work Experience

Foreign Visits

Awards and Honours

Journals Reviewed

Conferences Chaired / Organized

New Courses / Labs developed

Administrative activities

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