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

Nikhil Bugalia

224, Building Science Block, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras +91 44 2257 4264
Nikhil Bugalia is currently an Assistant Professor at the Building Technology and Construction Management division under the Civil Engineering department of IIT Madras. He graduated in Civil Engineering in 2013 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and had subsequently joined Fractal Analytics as a Senior Business Analyst. Post two years, he joined The University of Tokyo, Japan in 2015 to commence his Masters research in Civil Engineering. His research under the guidance of Dr. Koichi Maekawa examined the performance of Reinforced Concrete beams under long-term sustained loads. On completion, in 2017 he started his doctoral research focusing on the safety management of the Japanese High-Speed Rail, in the University of Tokyo under Dr. Kazumasa Ozawa. His doctoral research led to the development of a novel System Dynamics based simulation tool for guiding organizational policy for improving "near-miss" reporting behaviour of employees. Additionally, he identified a novel accident mechanism at organizational and regulatory level for Japanese High Speed Railways. His collaborative research projects had led to associations with the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and East Japan Railway company. His teaching engagements spans across the Saitama University, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies and The University of Tokyo. He currently serves as the secretary to the special interest group on "High-Speed Rail: Policy, Investments, and Impacts" for World Conference on Transport Research Society. With his latest position at IIT Madras, he is developing further on his research interests such as safety management for Railways and Construction sectors in India, as well as on broader areas of operations management of infrastructure projects. 

Earned Degrees

B.Tech, Civil Engineering, 2013
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Awards and Honours

Two times recipient of the prestigious , MEXT scholarship from Japanese Government,

Received Fractal Analytics, Good Samaritan team player award, 2014

Awarded from IIT-Kanpur Director , Academic Excellence Award IIT-Kanpur , 2011-12

Research Areas

 Safety Management for construction and railway
 Public Private Partnerships
 Infrastructure Operations, Management and Policy

Professional Experiences

 Mar 2021 – Present : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 Aug 2020 – Mar 2021 : Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
 Apr 2020 – May 2020 : Post-Doctoral research scholar, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
 Jun 2019 – Mar 2020 : Research Associate, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo
 Jul 2018 – Sep 2018 : Internship, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo
 Feb 2015 – Mar 2015 : Project Associate, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
 Jun 2013 – Jan 2015 : Senior Business Analyst, Fractal Analytics, India
 May 2012 – Jul 2012 : Internship, Vakil Mehta Sheth Consulting Engineers, India
 Jun – 2011 : Internship, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited, India

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