Building Technology, Construction Materials & Management (BTCM) Group

Department of Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600036, Tamil Nadu, India

Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Koshy Varghese

Room BSB 221, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, TN 600036, India. +91-44-22574257
Dr. Koshy Varghese is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering IIT Madras. He obtained his doctorate in project management from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a visiting eminent scholar at Arizona State University. He had obtained his MS in Structural Engineering from the same university. From the College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, he obtained BE with Distinction. He has received numerous academic honors, few in the list like, Distinguished Scholar Awards, numerous best paper awards, editor of reputed journals, core membership in various curricula, presidentship in international organizations, and Certificates of appreciation. He has been involved in developing a unique post-graduate program in partnership with the largest construction company in India, Larsen & Toubro. This program has been operational for 16 years and is widely recognized as a model for university-industry interaction. In addition to this, he has performed several key administrative responsibilities at IITM. He has mentored three start-up initiatives in the Institute’s research park. His research interests are primarily in the area of modelling and automating engineering processes using appropriate computational methods and tools. He has primarily focused on processes in three domains- construction design, construction planning, and urban sustainability assessment. He has been the principal investigator of several sponsored research projects. Many of these projects have been awarded based on submitting competitive proposals evaluated by the sponsoring organizations. Based on the capabilities of their research group Autodesk funded the establishment of the first Building Information Modelling laboratory in India at IIT Madras. 

Earned Degrees

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 1992
University of Texas at Austin, USA,

M.S. in Structural Engineering, 1987
University of Texas at Austin, USA,

B.Tech. in Civil Engineering, 1986
Anna University,

Awards and Honours

Project Management Institute(PMI) Distinguished Scholar Award, Scholarly contributions to area of Project Management, 2012

International Association for Automation & Robotics in Construction (IAARC) Tucker Hasagawa Award, contributions in area of Automation in Construction, 2012

World Construction Symposium (WCS) Best Paper Award, paper titled Design Process standardization for building projects in India, 2017

Member,EditorialBoard, International Journal of Automation in Construction, Since2007

Research Areas

 Automation in Construction
 Planning Fast Track & Concurrent Engineering Projects
 Sustainable Development
 Geographic Information Systems in Civil Engineering Applications

Professional Experiences

 2004 – Present : Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 2004 – 2005 : Visiting Faculty, University of Texas at Austin , Austin, TX 78705
 2002 – 2003 : Visiting Eminent Scholar, Arizona State University, USA, Tempe AZ 85287-1004
 2000 – 2004 : Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 1995 – 2000 : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 1993 – 1995 : Lecturer, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 1992 – 1993 : Post-Doctoral Fellow, Univ. of Texas at Austin,USA, Austin, TX 78713-7608

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