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Dr. Manu Santhanam

Dr. Manu Santhanam is a professor in the Building Technology and Construction Management Division, Department of Civil Engineering, and currently Dean for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT Madras. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1994. He joined Purdue University for a Master’s program to explore wider research opportunities. Professor Manu joined Sika Corporation, USA as Senior R&D Chemist in May 1996 and served for more than 2 years. Later, he pursued his doctoral research at Purdue University, USA. He joined back his alma mater, Purdue University, as an instructor in May 2001 for short period. In October 2001, he joined IIT Madras as an Assistant Professor in the BTCM division of the Department of Civil Engineering. He became Associate Professor in March 2009 and was promoted as Professor in July 2013. He teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses mainly in the areas of construction materials, concrete technology, non-destructive testing, and characterization of construction materials. His research domains cover cement chemistry and multi-scale characterization of concrete including non-destructive testing, assessment of deterioration mechanisms in concrete and masonry structures, 3D printing of concrete structures, concrete durability and use of supplementary cementing materials. He is also a part of the National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures (NCSHS) in IITM which focuses on scientific methods for the conservation of heritage structures. He is actively involved in several research projects funded by government and private agencies on the design, durability studies, and development of performance specifications for high-performance and self-compacting concrete. He has co-authored more than 70+ international journal publications, 30+ national journal publications, and about 70 conference papers on construction material properties and performance. His contributions extend to several book chapters which he co-authored with national and international researchers. He is also active in various professional associations such as ACI, ICI, and RILEM and has been distinguished as a RILEM fellow in 2019. He is also a member of the Editorial Board in leading international journals on construction materials such as Advances in Cement Research, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (Associate Editor), Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, and Journal of Cement and Concrete Composites.



  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA, 2001

  • M. S. in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA, 1996

  • B. Tech in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, 1994


Research Interests

Ultrasonic imaging of concrete, Use of lower grade limestones in concrete, Optimization of 3D printed concrete, Concrete 3D printing mixture design and rheology, Assessment of deterioration of masonry units in heritage structures.


Awards and Honours

  • Prof. V. Ramakrishnan Award for Outstanding Young Researcher in Concrete Technology, Indian Concrete Institute, 2006.

  • Young Engineer Award, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), 2008

  • Tamil Nadu Centre Ultratech Award for Outstanding Young Concrete Engineer, Indian Concrete Institute, 2011.

  • Corps of Engineers Prize from Institution of Engineers (India), 2011.

  • Fosroc Award for Outstanding Concrete Technologist, Indian Concrete Institute, 2018.


Professional Experiences 

  • July 2013 – onwards: Professor, IIT, Madras

  • Mar 2009 – July 2013: Associate Professor, IIT, Madras

  • Oct 2001 – Mar 2009: Assistant Professor, IIT, Madras

  • May – Aug 2001: Instructor, Purdue University, USA

  • May 1996 – Nov 1998    : Senior R&D Chemist, Sika Corporation, USA

Contact Details

Phone: +91-44-2257 8060/8061, Mobile: 9710490310


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