Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Piyush Chaunsali

Room BSB 218, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, TN 600036, India
Dr. Piyush Chaunsali is an Assistant Professor in the Building Technology of Construction Management Division of the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. Before joining IIT Madras, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He obtained his Ph.D. (2015) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), M.S. (2010) from Clarkson University (USA), and B.Tech. (2007) from NIT Warangal (India), all degrees in Civil Engineering. During his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, he was a recipient of Ravindar K. and Kavita Kinra Fellowship, and Chester P. Siess research award. He is an associate member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committees 201 (Durability of Concrete), 223 (Shrinkage-Compensating Concrete) and 236 (Material Science of Concrete). He is also a member of Indian Concrete Institute and RILEM. He currently serves as an editorial board member of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. He is broadly interested in processing-microstructure-performance relationship of alternative cementitious binders and thermodynamic modeling of hydration of cementitious materials. His research group aims at developing low-energy pathways to develop low CO2 cements such as calcium sulfoaluminate cement and alkali-activated binders using locally available materials and industrial by-products.  

Earned Degrees

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, May 2015
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, United States of America

M.S., Civil Engineering, July 2010
Clarkson University, USA, United States of America

B.Tech., Civil Engineering, May 2007
National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India, India

Awards and Honours

Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP), MIT, 2016

Listed among Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois, 2015

Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois, 2014

Chester P. Siess Award, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 2013

Ravindar K. and Kavita Kinra Fellowship, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 2010-2012

Merit Scholarship, NIT Warangal, 2004-2005

Ranked among Top 2% Students Appearing in All India Engineering Entrance Examination, , 2003

Research Areas

 Sustainability and Durability of Infrastructure Materials

Professional Experiences

 May 2018 – Present : Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Chennai, India
 July 2015 – April 2018 : Postdoctoral Associate, Materials Science and Engg, USA
 July 2015 – April 2018 : Affiliate of Tata Center, Technology and Design, USA
 Dec 2007 – Nov 2008 : Graduate Engineer Trainee, GMR Group, India
 July – Nov 2007 : Junior Engineer, Gammon India Ltd, India

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