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International Academic Partners

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India

The IIT Madras is among the foremost Indian centers for both higher technological education and basic and applied research.  Its self-contained campus is located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares in South Madras.  (http://www.iitm.ac.in/)


Dr. Krishnan Balasubramaniam Dr. Krishnan Balasubramaniam


Head Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

CNDE lab website

Dr. Krishnan’s Homepage


Dr. Ramachandriah Dr. Ramachandriah


Department of Civil Engineering

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli (NITT)



National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, India National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, India

The National Institute of Technology (formerly known as Regional Engineering College) Tiruchirappalli, situated in the heart of Tamil Nadu on the banks of river Cauvery, was started as a joint and co-operative venture of the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1964 with a view to catering to the needs of man-power in technology for the country. (www.nitt.edu)


Dr. M Chidambaram Dr. M Chidambaram




Dr. Premalatha Dr. Premalatha

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering


International Industry Partners


 Larsen & Toubro Limited, India (L&T) Larsen & Toubro Limited, India (L&T)

It is a professionally managed leader in India’s booming engineering and construction industry, with sales of $3 billion during 2004. The Engineering Construction Corporation (ECC) division’s headquarters campus at Manapakkam, Madras, is acknowledged as an “outstanding corporate campus” and is India’s largest construction organization.



  • Mr. G.D. Sharma – Vice President and Head (Human Resources)
  • Mr. K.P. Raghavan – Executive Vice President (Corporate Center)


General Electric Company General Electric Company

The John F. Welch Technology Center (GE) in Bangalore, India, has agreed to work with the research team in order to provide research projects for students. In addition, they have agreed to developing case studies based on this experience. We have developed active collaboration with Mr. Gopichand Katragadda, General Manager-Operations, Global Research, GE (http://www.ge.com/research/grc_3_3.html).  He visited Auburn University during November 2006 to discuss the active projects at GE. The student team and faculty members visited GE premises during summer 2007 and got an overview of the projects undertaken there