Balakrishna Rao

Assistant Professor

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, USA
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, USA
Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering, University of Mumbai, India

Email: balkrish[at]
Phone: 4660 (+91 44 2257 4660)
Fax: 044 2257 4732
Office Location: Room #116
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Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, IIT Madras, 2008 – present
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, Purdue University
  • Research Assistant, Purdue University, USA
  • esearch Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, USA
  • Design Engineer, Mukand Iron and Steels Limited, Mumbai, India

Areas of Research

  • Unusual applications of machining
  • Synthesis of nano-crystalline bulk forms through the severe plastic deformation (SPD) process
  • High speed manufacturing; Self-excited vibrations in manufacturing
  • Modeling and simulation of manufacturing process
  • Sustainable manufacturing and innovations

Publications(Last 5 Years)

  • P. Iglesias, A.E. Jimenez, M.D. Bermudez, B.C. Rao and S. Chandrasekar, “Steel machining chips as reinforcements to improve sliding wear resistance of metal alloys: study of a model Zn-based alloy system,”, Tribology International, 65: 215-227, 2013. (39th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology Special Issue)
  • B.C. Rao, “How Disruptive is Frugal?,” Technology in Society, 35(1): 65-73, 2013
  • B. Rao, C.R. Dandekar and Y.C. Shin, “An Experimental and Numerical Study on the Face Milling of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy: Tool Performance and Surface Integrity,” Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 211(2): 294-304, 2010
  • B.C. Rao, “On the Methodology for Quantifying Innovations,” International Journal of Innovation Management, Volume 14(5): 823-839, 2010
  • B.C. Rao, “Methodology for Adapting Metal Cutting to a Green Economy,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 224: 1193-1205, 2010

Awards & Patents


  • B.C. Rao and R. Bhinge, “Development of a Pedal Powered Water Filtration System,” India: 3046/CHE/2013
  • H. Murthy, P. Ghangrekar and B.C. Rao, “Preparation of a Dog-Bone Shaped Micro- Specimen fpr Testing of Mechanical Properties,” India: 4196/CHE/2013