Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE)
Machine Design Section, IIT Madras, Chennai, India, 600036

Contact Information


Dr. Krishnan Balasubramanian

Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Professor-in-Charge, Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Head of Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE)

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Prof. Krishnan Balasubramaniam has been involved in the field of Non-destructive evaluation for more than Twenty Five years with applications in the fields of maintenance, quality assurance, manufacturing and design. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and also serves as the Head of the Centre for Non- Destructive Evaluation. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras (Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli, India) in 1984. He then graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia, from the department of Mechanical Engineering with a M.S. degree in 1986 and a Ph. D. in the year 1989. Before joining IIT in 2000, he was employed as an Associate Professor with the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at Mississippi State University.

His areas of interests include Nondestructive evaluation, intelligent manufacturing and in-process monitoring, structural health monitoring, and applied data analysis He has over 250 technical publications (including 102 refereed journal papers) and has directed 12 PHD student dissertations and 35 MS student theses.

He has also served as a consultant to many multi-national companies including GE, Corning Inc., BF Goodrich, Gillette, Caterpillar, Lockheed-Martin, Nipon TV, Karta Technologies, Sieger Spintech, etc. He is currently a consultant to US Air Force, Timken, Boeing, Astrium, Corning, HAL, Indian Navy, ARDE, GE, BHEL, etc. He is currently the Principal Investigator in several sponsored research projects funded by DST, DAE, ADA, ISRO and DRDO organizations.

He is an active member of ISNT, ASNT, SAMPE, ASME, UIA and ASA and has organized several international symposiums and workshops. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Non-destructive Evaluation, and as the South-East Asia Editor for the Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (Taylor and Francis). He is also in the editorial board of the Journal of Structural Longevity.


  1. 1989


    Drexel University
  2. 1986


    Drexel University
  3. 1984

    B.E (Mechanical Engineering)

    NIT, Trichy

Professional Appointments

  1. 1989-1990
    Research Assistant Professor
    Drexel University
  2. 1990-2000
    Associate Professor
    University of Missisipi
  3. 2000-Present
    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Awards & Prizes

  • 2015
    NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
    Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2015
    Awards for Excellence in RHD Supervision
    The University of Queensland (Nominated & Finalist)
  • 2014
    AIBN Ambassador
    The University of Queensland
  • 2012
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    Early Career Researcher Award
    The University of Queensland
  • 2007
    Graduate Student Award
    Pusan National University