Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Arun Menon

STR-202, Structural Engineering Laboratory,
Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras
arunmenon@iitm.ac.in 0422574299
Arun Menon Arun Menon, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at IIT Madras, holds a first degree in architecture, and PhD in earthquake engineering from University of Pavia, Italy. His research interests are in structural aspects of historical constructions, earthquake behaviour of historical masonry structures and earthquake-resistant structural masonry, and author/co-author in these areas in about 75 technical articles. He currently coordinates the activities of National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures (NCSHS), a Ministry of HRD (Govt. of India) -supported research centre at IIT Madras. He was an Expert Member on the International Coordinating Committee (BICC) for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagan, Myanmar, and currently is a Member, Expert Advisory Group to International Conservation Committee (ICC) for Vat Phou UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos PDR. He has been involved in conservation projects in India (Rashtrapati Bhawan, IIM, Ahmedabad, Madurai Meenakshi Temple), Bhutan (Tango Monastery, Wangdue Phodrong Dzong), Myanmar (Bagan) and The Philippines (San Sebastian Basilica, Manila). 

Earned Degrees

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), 2000
Bharathidasan University (REC, Trichy), National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli - 620015, TN, INDIA
Dissertation title: Designing for the Visually Challenged (Guide: Prof. Wilson Fredrick)

Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Civil Engineering, 2001
IIT Madras, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai - 600036, TN, INDIA
Dissertation title: Earthquake Damaged Monuments in the Bhuj Earthquake (2001) (Guide: Prof. M.S. Mathews)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Earthquake Engineering, 2003
ROSE School, University of Pavia, ITALY, University of Pavia, Faculty of Engineering Via Ferrata 5, 27100 Pavia, ITALY
Dissertation title: Seismic Hazard Analysis of the Archaeological Site of Jam, Afghanistan and Structural Assessment of the Minaret (Guide: Prof. Giorgio Macchi; Prof. Carlo G. Lai)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Earthquake Engineering, 2007
ROSE School, University of Pavia, ITALY, University of Pavia, Faculty of Engineering Via Ferrata 5, 27100 Pavia, ITALY
Dissertation title: Out-of-Plane Seismic Response of Unreinforced Masonry (Guide: Prof. Guido Magenes)

Awards and Honours

Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA), IIT Madras, 2016

Best Outgoing Student (Academic Profile), Regional Engineering College Alumni Association (RECAL), Tiruchirappalli, 2000, 2000

Architect Kharche Endowment Award for Best Architecture Thesis, REC, Tiruchirappalli, 2000

Research Areas

 Structural Safety of Historical Monuments
 Seismic Behaviour, Assessment and Retrofit of Existing Masonry Structures
 Seismic Design of Masonry
 Seismic Risk Assessment of Structures at Urban Scale
 Traditional Knowledge Systems in Constructions

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