Dr.Ashwin Mahalingam

Dr.Ashwin Mahalingam
Phone: +91-44-22574318
Email: mash@iitm.ac.in

IITM Scholar profile page

  • B.Tech in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 1998
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Stanford University, California, USA, 2000
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Stanford University, California, USA, 2006
Professional Experience
  • Design Engineering Intern, June 1999-August 1999, Intel Corporation, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Product Development Lead, May 2000-September 2001, GlobeRanger Corporation, Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Software and Strategy Consultant, June 2002-September 2002, gibGreiner AG, Munich, Germany
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, November 2001 to January 2006, Stanford University, California, USA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, March 2006 to 2007, IIT Madras
  • Assistant Professor, IIT Madras, 2007 – Present
Research Interests
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • IT in Construction Management
  • Cross Cultural Issues in large engineering projects
  • Sustainable Development
Recent Publications
  • Mahalingam, A, forthcoming. “PPP Experiences in Indian Cities: Barriers, Enablers and the Way Forward”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • Mahalingam, A., and Orr, R. 2008. “Confronting India’s Infrastructure Bottleneck: Practical, Collaborative Solutions to Increasing the Flow and Success of PPP Projects in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh”, published as the proceedings of the CRGP-IITM Roundtable on Public Private Partnerships held on 4-5 April, 2008 at IIT-Madras
  • Mahalingam, A., and Levitt, Raymond. E. 2007. “Institutional Theory as a Framework for Analyzing Conflicts on Global Projects”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 133, No. 7, July 2007, Pp 517-528
  • Mahalingam, A., and Kim, Julie. 2007. “Private Risk in Infrastructure”, Transnational Dispute Management, Vol 4, No. 2, April 2007
  • Mahalingam, A, 2006. “Unintended Consequencs of Vigilance Activities in Two Project Settings in India”, Asian Journal of Political Science, Vol 14, No. 2, December-2006, pp 163-188
  • Mahalingam, A., and Levitt, Raymond. E. 2005 “Understanding and Mitigating Challenges on Global Projects: The Role of the Freelance Expatriate”, presented at the Construction Research Congress, San Diego, California, USA,
  • Mahalingam, A., Levitt, Raymond. E. and Scott, W. R. 2005 “Cultural Clashes in International Infrastructure Development Projects: Which Cultures Matter?” Winner of the Best Paper award at the International Symposium on Procurement Systems CIB Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Research and Consultancy

Ongoing Consultancy Projects

  • Setting up an organization in India to use Information Technology for improvement of Construction Productivity, Acu-Crete, USA, 2006. Co-Investigators: Dr. Koshy Varghese, Dr. K.N. Satyanarayana
  • Developing a Socio-Economic Assessment for the development of the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road, 2007
  • Developing a Databook for benchmarking Indian Water Utilities (with the Asian Development Bank), 2007

Major Sponsored Research Projects

  • Improving Performance of Tsunami Rehabilitation Housing Projects, Socially Relevant Project funded through IC&SR, IIT-Madras. Amount – Rs. 75,000/-, 1 year duration commencing from June 2006.
  • Shaping the ‘Fuzzy Front End’: Risk Mitigation and Governance in the Infrastructure Planning Phase, Project on Knowledge Economy, 2007.
  • Evaluating the Applicability and Benefits of 4D-CAD in Indian Construction,sponsored by Autodesk, 2008.
  • Expectations and Experiences from PPP projects in Tamil Nadu, sponsored by the Tamil Nadu Urban Development Fund, 2008-09.
Student Guidance

Current  Ph.D Guidance

  • C. Rajesh – Design Management of High performance buildings

Current  M .S. Guidance

  • G. Kanagaraj – Developing a framework for Green Building design
  • Vidya Ramesh – Public Private Partnerships in Housing
Continuing Education