Narayanan Lakshmanan

Retired Director, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai

Areas of Interest:

Structural Engineering Concrete Structures Structural Dynamics Engineering Of Structures for natural and man made disasters Testing and Evaluation of Structures Wind Tunnel Testing and Wind Engineering Design of Special Structures Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures .


Structural Engineering, Concrete Structures, Structural Dynamics, engineering of structures against natural and man made disasters, Wind engineering and wind tunnel testing, Design of Special Structures, R&D relating to Structural Engineering, Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures

Consultancy Areas:

Testing and Evaluation of Structures, problems related to power plant structures including T.G pedestals, crusher supporting structures, conveyor galleries etc, wind tunnel testing and evaluation of chimneys, cooling towers, high rise buildings, complex structures; vibration problems, blast resistant design of structures, wind energy support towers, design of test floors, creation of R&D facilities for structural engineering.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, R&D Organizations

Major Professional Contributions:

Director, CSIR-SERC, National project coordinator UNDP-SERC Project on Engineering of Structures for Mitigating Damage due to cyclones, Member Expert Group that Brought out the first and second Vulnerability Atlas of India, Chairman CED37 Structural Safety BIS; Guided !2 scientists for PhD; organised number of Seminars, advanced courses, carried out over 12 major sponsored R&D programmes, published over 160 technical papers in international and national journals.

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Lecturer, IIT Madras 1970 -1975
  • Scientist CSIR-SERC Chennai 1975 -2008.
  • Director, CSIR- SERC 2001-2008.
  • National Project Advisor, CSIR 2008-2012.


Structural Engineering- Concrete Structures- Wind Tunnel Testing- Research and Development-testing and Evaluation - Disaster resistant design of Structures- Special Structures- .

Contact Information


No 16, 7th Street, Kambar Nagar, Chennai, 600082 Phone 044- 25507550 Mobile 09444401550

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  • B.E., Civil Engineering, ACCET, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu 1963-1968
  • M.Tech., Structural Engineering, IIT ,Madras 1968-1970
  • PhD., Structural Engineering, IIT,Madras , 1979


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, India Engineering Technology Shield - 2000
  • CSIR A S Arya UOR Award - Cyclone Disaster Mitigation
  • Outstanding Concrete Engineer, ICI Over 10 best technical paper awards

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated I: Civil Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2003

Year of Birth: 1946