Dr P.Shankar is a prolific researcher cum teacher with National and International credentials. He obtained his Bachelors degree in Metallurgical Engineering from PSG College of Technology and PhD from Indian Institute of Science. He worked on CVD deposition of Diamond films for his post doctoral research at University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. He has served as senior scientific officer at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research for nearly 19 years before shifting to a full time position in educational institutions since 2008.
During his tenure at IGCAR, Kalpakkam ( Department of Atomic Energy), he has made several pioneering contributions in the field of characterization of advanced nuclear materials and in the development of novel surface engineering processes that are in use in our nuclear reactors. He has over 80 publications in refereed journals and atleast another 60 presentations in Conferences. He has 2 patents and is coauthor of 3 books.
He has worked as Principal at Saveetha School of Engineering, Saveetha University, Chennai and Amrita University, prior to assuming his current position as Principal, Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology, Chennai campus of Vinayaka Missions University. His passion for education and to motivate students has been the driving force for him to take up full time responsibility as Academic administrator giving up a coveted post at Atomic Energy. He has been instrumental in introducing innovative changes in regulations to make the students industry ready and globally competitive.
He has won several awards including Young Metallurgist award (by Indian Institute of Metals), Young Engineer Award (by Indian National Academy of Engineers), Shiksha Bharathi Puraskar Award, Mother Teresa Excellence Award, etc. He has visited several countries on invitation including USA, Europe, Australia, Korea, etc. He has served as member of DST Indo-Brazil-SA trilateral nano initiative.
His vision is to implement new strategies and directions in higher education to strengthen the intellectual capacity of our Nation.