Brief BIO-DATA of Prof. Nagesh R. Iyer FNAE, FIE

Prof. Nagesh R. Iyer is currently the Director of CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), Chennai and the Coordinating Director of CSIR Madras Complex. He is Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also addditionally Director, Engineering Services Division (ESD)/Engineering Coordination, CSIR and Acting Associate Director (Academic), Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR).

He has had throughout brilliant academic career obtaining his Master of Engineering & Doctor of Philosophy from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His performance in the R&D activities and outstanding contributions enabled him to get noticed at young age and rise quickly in CSIR-SERC; has over 35 years of experience in the computer-aided analysis and design of complex and large structures which include infrastructural facilities such as power plant structures, flyovers, bridges, natural draught RCC hyperboloid cooling towers, offshore & ship structures, critical components of Aerospace Structures, …


The major field of research of Prof.. Nagesh Iyer has been Computational Structural Mechanics and Performance Evaluation of Structures with strong bias towards efficient Structural Design. His fundamental contributions in adaptive finite element methods and performance evaluation techniques have been outstanding and are well referred in the literature. Most of his work is published in well rated International Journals and Conferences. He strived hard to ensure his research is translated into usable software, tools through design guidelines. He led a powerful group from CSIR laboratories and academic institutions in development of FINEART software which is considered as the best attempt in the development of FEM software in this country. Prof. Nagesh Iyer is placed in the topmost layer of the scientists in the field of Computational Mechanics.

Prof. Nagesh Iyer specializes in the area of Fatigue, Fracture Mechanics, Damage Mechanics, Damage Tolerance and Methods of Life Extension of structural components and large scale structures and performance evaluation & condition monitoring of structures, Innovative sustainable and/or new engineered materials and novel methodologies for retrofitting, Structure-Interaction studies; etc. PRof. Nagesh Iyer made critical contributions to this emerging area of national importance. The methods/procedures developed by him are valuable in evaluating newer large constructions and aging structures. His contributions are recognized with Fellowship by INAE and with Technology Prize by CSIR. Dr. Nagesh Iyer is such a committed scientific leader with an excellent human touch. The scientific community of SERC respects Dr. Nagesh Iyer who is the Head of the laboratory and also leader on several projects. 'Prof. Nagesh Iyer has exceptional qualities to carry the scientists of SERC along with him in achieving the objectives which CSIR is looking forward from such a premier research and development laboratory. He has been handling several large size projects of not only high cost but also of high impact value. He has the ability to lead scientific teams to successfully complete challenging projects. He has handled all the additional responsibilities given by CSIR with discipline, dedication and commitment. He is member/Chairman of several national and international committees.


+ The success in developing FINEART software and successful completion of R&D projects stand testimony to this. The integrated software Computer-aided Analysis & Design of Ship Structures (CODES-I) developed in 1980s is a unique effort in developing software for the specific requirements of the industry which has been hailed as one of the landmarks for computer-aided design of ship structures in India and the re-engineering of Navigational Span of Pamban Railway Bridge with out-of-box solution in 2008 is only of its kind!

+ Has traveled extensively abroad to leading institutions UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Cornell University, in the USA, University of Wales, Swansea, UK;TU Delft, Netherlands as UN Fellow and to Research Centre, Juelich, Germany, various universities/industries in Germany; Crackow University, Poland, etc

+ Out of 250 publications to his credit, he has published over 100 papers in National & International Journals; number of these are cited; rest at the National & International Conferences, and over 200 technical reports;

+ Is reviewer of papers of national & international journals, has obtained four Copyrights for software developed and filed 3 patents

+ Member/Fellow of many Professional Bodies - Institution of Engineers (India); Indian Association of Computational Mechanics; Indian Association of Structural Engineers, Indian Association of Wind Engineering, Computer Society of India; Instrument Society of India; …

+ Serving in several national & international committees as member/chairman; Recognized Guide for post-graduate & Doctoral candidates for many universities/IITs & IISc; representing as Chairman/member in many BIS committees including the Steering Committee of Civil Engg division;


Þ     Honours & Awards (partial)

+ Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering

+ Editor, Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE)

+ Member, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Engineering & Materials Sciences (IJEMS) (2011-2013)

+ CSIR Technology Prize for Engineering Technology for pioneering contributions & leadership in the development of advanced computational methodologies, modelling techniques & software for analysis & design of complex structures

+ Awarded the Aerospace Engineering Division Gold Medal by Institution of Engineers (I) for the paper on "Analysis for ship-water interaction effects"

+ Awarded Dr Ramaiah Prize for the best paper & Certificate of Special Mention number of times

+ Chairman, Asia Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering VIII (APCWE VIII), 2013


List of some of the Committees in which Prof. Nagesh R. Iyer, Director, CSIR-SERC, Chennai, & Coordinating Director, CSIR Madras Complex, is a Chairman/Member


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BIS-Civil Engineering Division Council

Principal Member


BIS-CED-13 - Building Construction Practices including Painting etc., Sectional Committee

Principal Member


BIS-CED-37 – Structural Safety including Loading Standards

Principal Member


BIS-CED-39.2 – Blast Resistant Design of Structures

Principal Member


Asia Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering VIII (APCWE VIII), 2013



CSIR Transformation Project Initiatives (ICT Project), CSIR



High Level Monitoring Committee for the Project – Setting up of a “World Class Drug Research Institute – CMM0015”



Engineering Apex Committee, CSIR



Governing Board, National Academy of Construction, Hyderabad, A.P. (NAC)



Governing Council, Institute for Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG), Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India



Governing Council & Governing Body, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Chennai



Executive Committee, Centre of Research, Anna university, Chennai



Board of Studies, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore



Advisory Council, Kalasalingam University



Technical Advisory Committee, Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society, Jammu



Technical Advisory Committee (TAC),  Governing Council,  Central Water & Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune



National Steering Committee for Mitigation Project - NDMA



Research Advisory Council, National Council for Cement and Building Materials



Research Councils of CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee, CSIR-NAL, Bangalore, CSIR-AMPRI, Bhopal, CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi



Management Councils of some of the CSIR labs



Work Review Committee, B.C. Division, PWD, Chennai



Supervisor, MS (by Research/Ph. D), Anna University, Chennai