Radhakrishna G Pillai Main


Room No.353,
Third Floor, NAC II
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai 600036. Tamil Nadu, INDIA
indunambi@civil.iitm.ac.in +91-44-22574289
Dr. INDUMATHI M. NAMBI is a Professor in Civil Engineering Department. She obtained her M.E. in Environmental Engineering (1993) from the Center for Environmental Studies, Anna University and her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999) from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA, and became a faculty member of IIT Madras in 2005. Her research focus has been primarily in the water quality sector - specifically groundwater, industrial wastewater treatment, and restoration of water bodies. She has published over 85 peer-reviewed research articles and guided more than 12 PhDs and several Master’s students. She also serves in several expert committees at the National and State level including Jal Jeevan Mission, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Remediation of contaminated sites with NCEF. Prof Indumathi believes in developing engineers who are trained holistically which motivated her to take an active part in the development of the new Minor stream on "Sustainable Environmental and Infrastructure Systems". She has established and served as PI and governing board of Centre for Urbanization Buildings and Environment (CUBE) sponsored by the Govt. of Tamilnadu and Centre for Technology Development Demonstration and Dissemination sponsored by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. Prof Nambi has been promoting the conversion of research ideas from Lab to Practice through Problem Directed research, projects, and entrepreneurship. She has conceptualized, raised funds, and organized the ‘Carbon Zero Challenge’ 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, a national-level contest on Energy and Environment innovation and entrepreneurship. The contest provides a platform to students/ early age startups from across the country to ideate and innovate in the cleantech domain for the greater good of society and incubates startups to become job-creators. Prof Indumathi is the Director of Samudyoga Waste Chakra, a startup focused on providing sustainable waste management solutions through cutting-edge innovative and carbon-reducing technologies for solid wastes and wastewater. She is the founder of Water Chakra, aimed at recovering water and nutrients from urine, using waterless urinals since 2018.  

Earned Degrees

Ph.D Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1999
Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA , 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, New York 13699

M.E Environmental Engineering, 1993
Center for Environmental Studies, Anna University, Chennai, Anna University, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

B.E Civil Engineering, 1991
College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai , Anna University, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025

Awards and Honours

Expert Committee Member, Solid Waste Management (2015 to 2018) , Chennai Corporation, Government of Tamil Nadu, India 2015- 2018 , 2018

Expert Committee Member, Reverse Osmosis Plants , Chennai Metro Water and Sewerage Supply Board, Tamil Nadu, India 2016, 2016

Research Areas

 Ground water – Contaminant fate and transport.
 Remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater – Chromium,Petroleum compound pesticide & micro pollutants
 Hazardous chemicals – Risk assessment and management
 Water Treatment, Wastewater reuse, Solid waste managment
 Industrial Waste Water Treatment – Electro plating, tannery and textile.
 Environment Impact Assessment
 Electro Chemical methods for contaminated water & Soil
 Biogas from food waste .
 Microfuel cells coupled waste water treatment & Chromium recovery.
 Petro Chemical waste & waste water treatment
 Removal of antibiotics & antimicrobial resistance in water system

Professional Experiences

 2015 – present : Professor, Indian Institute of technology Madras, Chennai, India.
 july 2012 – 2015 : Associate Professor, Indian Institute of technology Madras, Chennai, India.
 june 2005 – june2012 : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of technology Madras, Chennai, India.
 june 2003 – May 2005 : Senior Research Associate and Consultant, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, , Chennai, India.
 January 2000 – November 2002 : Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, U.S.A
 october 1993 – July 1994 : Design Engineer, Larsen & Toubro Inc., ECC, Manapakkam, , Chennai,India

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