Andrew Thangaraj

Electrical Engineering
IIT Madras
Chennai 600036
(+91) (44) 2257 4424


Andrew Thangaraj received his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India in 1998 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2003. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the GTL-CNRS Telecom lab at Georgia Tech Lorraine, Metz, France from August 2003 to May 2004. From June 2004, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, where he is currently a professor. From Jan 2012 to Jan 2018, he served as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. From July 2018 to July 2022, he served as an Associate Editor for Coding Techniques for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

Since Oct 2011, he has been serving as NPTEL coordinator at IIT Madras. He has played a key role in initiating and running NPTEL online courses and certification. He is currently a National MOOCs Coordinator for NPTEL in the SWAYAM project of the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

Since May 2020, he has been serving as Coordinator for the BS (Data Science) Program at IIT Madras. Since Oct 2022, he has been serving as Associate Chair for the Centre for Outreach and Digital Education (CODE) at IIT Madras.

For more details on the philosophy and impact of NPTEL and IITM's BS (Data Sience) program, see the keynote talk below in a G20 Education Summit held at IIT Madras Research Park in Jan 2023.