Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai

 
BSB 216A, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - TN 600036, India
pillai@civil.iitm.ac.in +91 44 2257 4303 / 4255
pillai@iitm.ac.in
Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai is an associate professor in the Dept. of Civil Engg. at IIT Madras. He earned BE degree in civil engg. from the M N Regional Engg. College (now MNNIT), Allahabad. Then, he earned MS and PhD in civil engg. at Texas A&M University (TAMU), USA and got passionate to combat corrosion of steel in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. The rigorous training at TAMU and Oregon State University helped him realize his dream of becoming a part of the IIT system. In September 2010, he joined IIT Madras and has been teaching in the areas of construction materials, concrete technology, and repair of concrete structures and engaged in the development and activities of the Construction Materials Research Laboratory (CMRL). He is running various projects focusing on steel corrosion and its impact on the durability and service life of concrete structures. In particular, he focuses on developing corrosion test methods, database, and tools for practicing engineers to promote service life-based design of concrete structures. Recently, he has been extending his research to cathodic protection and extension of the residual service life of concrete structures. He has co-authored 40+ journal papers and 60+ conference papers. Most of his projects contribute to face practical challenges and modify standards and specifications. He is also active in ICI, NACE, and RILEM and has been recognized for his contributions. He invests in motivating students and young faculty towards higher studies and better career paths; and in developing corrosion/durability related laboratories in other engg. colleges. He advises students to provide adequate importance to teaching, research, and service (co- & extra- curricular) activities and in enhancing technical writing/presentation skills. He believes all these are important to become future leaders in their chosen profession. He also believes that graduate study is just a stepping-stone to the long career ahead and should transform, if needed, and enable students to define suitable career goals and achieve them. If you can commit and dedicate your career to 'combating steel corrosion and extending the service life of concrete structures' and interested in joining his group, please feel free to contact him and explore possible research opportunities. Saving Structures from Corrosion

Earned Degrees



B.E. in Civil Engineering, 1999
Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College (now MN, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India


Awards and Honours

Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Award, NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019

Excellent Public Sector Laboratory (as part of the group of corrosion laboratories in IIT Madras), NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019

ICI Ultratech Award for Outstanding Young Concrete Engineer, Indian Concrete Institute, Tamil Nadu Chennai Centre, 2016

Former Students Association Scholarship, TAMU, Spring, 2009

Richard Gehle Memorial Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Fall, 2006

Departmental Merit Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Spring, 2006

Research Areas

 Development of corrosion test methods
 Condition assessment and service life estimation of concrete structures
 Cathodic protection of concrete structures
 Deterioration of bond in prestressed concrete systems
 Grouting of post-tensioned systems

Professional Experiences

 July. 2017 – Present : Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 Sep. 2010 – July. 2017 : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 Oct.2009 – Aug. 2010 : Post-doctoral Scholar, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
 Jun. 2009 – Oct. 2009 : Post-doctoral Research Associate, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
 Sep. 2008 – Jan. 2009 : Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
 Jan.2004 – Aug. 2008 : Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
 Jul. 2003 – Jan. 2004 : Research Associate, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
 Dec. 2000 – Jun. 2003 : Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, College Station, Texas

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