List of Indian Institute of Technology Madras alumni

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This is a list of notable alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Academia[edit]

Deans, directors, and presidents[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Timothy A. Gonsalves BTech 1976 1st Director of IIT Mandi [1]
Ramayya Krishnan Dean of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University [2]
Shashi Nambisan BTech 1984 Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Tennessee Knoxville; ex-Director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University) [3][4]
Gangan Pratap BTech 1974; PhD 1978 Former Director National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources; Honorary Professor, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1999 [5][6]
G Raghuram Director, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore [7][8]
Bhaskar Ramamurthi BTech 1980 Professor of Electrical Engineering; Director of the Institute at IIT Madras; Doyens of Madras [9][10]
Govindan Sundararajan BTech 1976 Former Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI); Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology -- 1994; Padma Shri [11][12][13]
B. N. Suresh MTech 1969 Founder Director (2007 - 2010) Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology; Padma Bhushan—2013; Padma Shri—2002; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—2004 [14][15]
Subra Suresh President of Carnegie Mellon University; former Director of the National Science Foundation; former Dean of Engineering at MIT [16]

Professors and scholars[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Anant Agarwal BTech 1982 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT; CEO of EdX; holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2014 [17][18][19][20]
Aditya Akella BTech 2000 Associate Professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; SIGCOMM Rising Star Award—2014 [21][22][23]
Animashree Anandkumar BTech 2004 Associate Professor, University of California Irvine; Principal Scientist at Amazon Web Services [24][25]
G. K. Ananthasuresh BTech 1989 Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology [26]
Hari Balakrishnan BTech 1993 Fujitsu Professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT; ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award—2017 [27][28]
Dipankar Banerjee BTech 1974 Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science [29]
Narayanan Chandrakumar M.Sc 1972 Chemical Physicist; Professor of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology—1996; J. C. Bose National Fellowship—2009 [30][31]
K. Mani Chandy BTech 1965 Simon Ramo Professor of Computer Science at the California Institute of Technology; A. A. Michelson Award of CMG (the Computer Measurement Group); Sherman Fairchild Fellowship; IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award for Computers and Communications; Fellow of the IEEE; Member of the National Academy of Engineering; 2014 Dijkstra Prize [32][33][34][35]
Atul Chokshi BTech 1980 Professor, Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore; Swarnajayanti Presidential Young Investigator Award; MRSI Medal; Metallurgist of the Year Award (Ministry of Steel & Mines); Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, G.D. Birla Gold Medal (IIM); IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award [36]
S. A. Choudum PhD 1974 Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras [37][38]
Siddharth Garg BTech 2004 Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New York University; Named one of Popular Science Brilliant Ten in 2016 [39][40]
Shyam Gollakota BTech 2006 Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington; Named one of Popular Science Brilliant Ten in 2016 [41][42]
Venkatesan Guruswami BTech 1997 Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; ex-faculty at University of Washington [43][44][45]
Viswanathan Kumaran BTech 1987 Professor, Indian Institute of Science [46]
L. Mahadevan de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Physics and Biology, Harvard University; MacArthur Fellow 2009; F.R.S. 2016 [47][48]
Pinaki Majumdar MTech 1990 Professor at Harish-Chandra Research Institute; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology -- 2007 [49][50]
C. G. Krishnadas Nair BTech 1964 Author; Metallurgist; Padma Shri Laureate; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1996 [51]
Ramarathnam Narasimhan BTech 1982 Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumni Award - 2016 [52]
Arvind Narayanan BTech 2004 Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University; PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technology—2014 [53][54][55][56]
Shanthi Pavan BTech 1995 Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras [57]
Mahadev Satyanarayanan Carnegie Group Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; Principal architect and implementor of the Andrew File System (AFS) [58]
V. Srinivasan BTech 1966 The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus, Stanford University; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—2001 [59][60]
Marti G. Subrahmanyam Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University [61][62]
Arun Sundararajan Professor at Stern School of Business, New York University [63][64][65]
Rusi Taleyarkhan BTech 1977 Professor, Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana [66][67]
Sridhar Tayur Ford Distinguished Research Chair and Professor of Operations Management at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University; founder, SmartOps and OrganJet [68][69]
Jayant B. Udgaonkar MSc 1981 Senior Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; J. C. Bose National fellow; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences - 2000; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2011; G. N. Ramachandran Gold Medal - 2011 [70]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
R. Prasanna Guitarist; Life Time Achievement Award, 2003 from Shankaracharya Shri. Jayendra Saraswathi swamigal of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham [71][72][73]
S. Sowmya Carnatic music singer [74][75]

Humanities and social sciences[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Nirmalananda Swamiji MTech 1996 Head of Adichunchanagiri Hills Math [76][77][78]
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj BTech 1967 Spiritual leader at Science of Spirituality; retired from Bell Labs in 1989 [79]
Balaji Sampath BTech 1994 Founder and Secretary of NGO Association for India's Development India Chapter [80]

Industry[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
T. K. Alex MTech 1971 Director at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, 2008–2012 [81][82]
Hemendra Aran CEO and founder, Aranca [83]
B. Jayant Baliga BTech 1969;

DSc (Honoris Causea) 2016

Inventor of the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor; National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award—2010; IEEE Medal of Honor—2014; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1999 [84][85][86]
Krishna Bharat Creator of Google News; Principal Scientist, Google [87][88]
Bhaskar Bhat BTech 1976 Managing Director, Titan Co. Ltd. [89][90]
Gururaj Deshpande BTech 1973 Founder of Sycamore Networks; Chairman at Tejas Networks; Distinguished Alumnus Awardee from IIT Madras in 1998 [91][92][93][94]
Kris Gopalakrishnan MSc 1977; MTech 1979 Padma Bhushan Laureate; co-founder of Infosys; President of Confederation of Indian Industry; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1998 [95][96][97]
Ramanathan V. Guha Inventor of RSS feed technology; computer scientist at Google; won the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Madras in 2013 [98][99]
Vic Gundotra Ex-Senior Vice President, Social for Google; widely believed to be the mastermind behind Google Plus; previously worked at Microsoft [100][101]
J P Haran Managing Director, Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd. [102]
Venky Harinarayan BTech 1988 Kosmix co-founder; won the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Madras in 2013 [103]
T T Jagannathan BTech 1970 Executive Chairman TTK Prestige; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1996 [104][105][106]
B. Suresh Kamath MTech 1982 Founder, Laser Soft Infosystems; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—2001 [107][108]
Jai Menon IBM Fellow; CTO and VP, Technical Strategy, IBM Systems and Technology Group; significant contributor to RAID technology; awarded Distinguished Alumnus award by IIT Madras in 2006 [109]
M G Venkatesh Mannar President of the Micronutrient Initiative; received the Order of Canada [110]
C. Mohan IBM Fellow at IBM Almaden Research Center and Former IBM India Chief Scientist; famous for his work on Database systems and in particular the ARIES technology; awarded Distinguished Alumnus award by IIT Madras in 2003 [111]
B Muthuraman BTech 1966 Managing Director of Tata Steel; Padma Bhushan Laureate; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1997 [112][113][114]
Prabhakar Raghavan Vice President of Engineering at Google; former head of Yahoo! Labs [115][116]
Anand Rajaraman Founder of Junglee and Kosmix.com with Venky Harinarayan; won the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Madras in 2013 [117][118]
Raghu Ramakrishnan Technical Fellow at Microsoft; former Vice-President and Research Fellow at Yahoo! Research; Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison; won the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Madras in 2007 [119][120]
Venkat Rangan BTech 1981 Co-founder and CTO at Clearwell Systems; served as Professor of Computer Science at University of California, San Diego [121][122][123]
Subramonian Shankar BTech 1971 Founder, American Megatrends; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—2000 [124][125][126]
V Sumantran BTech 1981 Former Executive Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive Ltd.; former Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland Ltd.; former Executive Director of Passenger Car Business and Engineering Research Centre at Tata Motors Limited [127][128]
P. S. Veeraraghavan MTech 1971 Director at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, 2008–2012; distinguished scientist at ISRO and Director, ISRO Inertial Systems Unit [129][130][131]
Prem Watsa BTech 1971 Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings, Toronto, Canada; Member of the Order of Canada; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—1999 [132][133][134][135]

Government and politics[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Pradeep Chandra Special Chief Secretary, Telangana State [136]
B S Sudhir Chandra BTech 1964; MTech 1965 Former Member Staff, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways, Government of India; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—2002 [137][138]
Raju Narayana Swamy IAS Officer; Secretary to Government, General Administration, Sainik Welfare, Kerala; former Commissioner of the Civil Supplies Department of Kerala [139][140][141][142]

Military and defense[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
S. Christopher PhD 1987 Secretary, Department of Defence R & D and DG @ DRDO; Defence Research and Development Organisation - Outstanding Scientist for 2012; IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award—2016 [143][144]
S G Vombatkere PhD Indian Army Major General; author [145][146][147]

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