Dr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian


Dr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian
Department of Engineering Design
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - 600 036, Tamilnadu.
Phone: +91-44-2257-4117 (off)
              +91-44-2257-5618 (lab)
              +91-44-2257-4732 (fax)
Email: chanakya@iitm.ac.in

Dr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Design at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. While at IITM, he had founded the Rehabilitation Bioengineering Group (RBG), a team comprising physicians, health care professionals, engineers and basic scientists. This group works in disruptive medical device development, human factors in product and process development, and innovation management.

Dr. Balasubramanian mentors and advices for technology based start-ups (both that have been incubated from or utilize technologies developed in RBG), SMEs and automotive Tier-1 supplier’s. He has extensive experience in consulting to various industries in strategic management, new product development and productivity improvement. In most of these assignments, specialized tools developed in the lab to bring about disruptive and sustaining innovations in the local environment are used extensively. He also serves as a member of the Ergonomics Sectional Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Dr. Balasubramanian was the co-chairman from IIT Madras for the joint Executive MBA program on visionary leaders for manufacturing (PGPEX-VLM) along with two other leading Indian Institutes in Management and Technology, i.e., Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and IIT Kanpur for ten years from the conceptual time of start.

Prior to joining IIT Madras, he was a post doctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, USA. Before joining Yale, he was a research associate/ graduate student in the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, USA, Louisiana Tech University, USA University of Pittsburgh, USA and specialized in biomedical engineering and perceptional psychophysics. He has undergraduate training in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras.

Dr. Balasubramanian’s has mentored/ supervised many students who worked towards their advanced degrees by research. He has also published extensively in many peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.