Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Ravindra Gettu

Room 101A, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, TN 600036, India
gettu@iitm.ac.in +91 44-2257 8060/806, +91 44-2257 4252
Dr. Ravindra Gettu  is currently the Dean for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research, and V.S. Raju Chair Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from Northwestern University. In 1990, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, and later became the Director of the Structural Technology Laboratory of the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in the School of Civil Engng. of Barcelona. The areas of research of Dr. Gettu have been fracture mechanics of concrete and rock; nonlinear behaviour of cement-based materials; high strength, fibre reinforced and self compacting concretes; sustainability and the effective use of chemical admixtures. His research has been funded by public organizations, as well as the construction industry, helping him focus on applied research and technology transfer. He has co-authored close to 500 publications, of which more than 100 are peer-reviewed journal papers. He was honoured for outstanding contributions at the Gettu-Kodur Symposium on Advances in Science & Technology of Concrete, organized by the India Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, Mumbai, in 2018. He was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2018. He is the President and Fellow of RILEM, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Structures and Systems, based in France. He was elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering in 2019.  

Earned Degrees

Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, 1992
Northwestern University, USA

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, 1986
Marquette University, USA

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours), 1984
University of Madras, India

Awards and Honours

Honorary title , RILEM Fellow, 2012

Elected Foreign Member , Russian Academy of Engineering, 2019

Outstanding Concrete Engineer of Tamilnadu Award , Indian Concrete Institute Chennai Centre, 2015

Outstanding Concrete Technologist Award , Indian Concrete Institute, 2010

Research Areas

 Effective use of superplasticizers in concrete
 Behaviour of concrete with shrinkage reducing admixtures
 Characterization and application of self compacting concrete

Professional Experiences

 Mar 2018 – Mar 2021 : Dean, Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 May 2018 – Apr 2023 : Institute Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 since – Dec 2004 : Professor of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  May 2016 – Mar 2018 : Associate Dean, Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 2009 – 2012 : Head, Building Technology and Construction Management Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 2006 – 2009 : Chairman, Engineering Unit, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 1993 – 2004 : Director, Structural Technology Laboratory, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,
 2003 – 2004 : Research Faculty Member, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,
 1990 – 2002 : Visiting Scientist/Senior Researche, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,
 1994 – 1996 : Visiting Professor, Dept. of Constr. Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,
 1987 – 1990 : Research Assistant, Northwestern University, USA
 1986 – 1987 : Walter P. Murphy Graduate Fellow, Northwestern University, USA
 1984 – 1986 : Teaching Assistant, Marquette University, USA

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