Prof. E.G. Ramachandran Distinguished Lecture Series

The dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in association with Indian Institute of Metals Chennai Chapter organizes the  Prof. E.G. Ramachandran Distinguished Lecture Series every year.The Lecture series is supported by a generous donation by Mr. Pukhraj Jain, an alumnus of the dept.

Date Speaker Title
 April 17,2013 Prof. S. Ranganathan Imaging molecules and materials across time and space YouTube Link
 May 5, 2014 Mr. B. Muthuraman Industrial transformation YouTube Link
 May 8, 2015 Prof. D. Banerjee Materials in flight YouTube Link
 May 3, 2016 Padmashree Dr. C.G. Krishnadas Nair Indian aircraft industry – Networking with R&D and academic institutions for greater self-reliance in materials and process YouTube Link
 June 27, 2017 Prof. O. Prabhakar A Journey in Metallurgy YouTube Link
April 07, 2018 Prof. K. A. Padmanabhan  Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) for steel industry YouTube Link

About Prof. E.G. Ramachandran :. Professor E.G. Ramachandran was the first Professor and the first Head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT Madras and is considered as the architect of this foremost department in India. He obtained his BSc and MSc from University of Mysore in 1943 and 1944. He got his PhD in 1947 from University of Sheffield. After serving the Department of Metallurgy, IISc, Bangalore as a faculty member for 9 years and National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur as Assistant Director for 5 years, he was invited to IIT Madras in 1961 as the first Professor of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering. He was also Director-in-charge of IIT Madras for a brief period. Prof. Ramachandran was a Visiting Professor in Germany in 1968 and in 1977 as an Invitee of the DAAD and the United Kingdom during 1973-74 as a fellow of the Nuffield Foundation. Prof. Ramachandran has dedicated himself to teaching, research and development in Metallurgy in the country and has inspired generations of metallurgists, both old and young. Prof. Ramachandran was elected as the Chairman of the Industrial Metallurgy Division of the Indian Institute of Metals in 1978. The unique status, which his department held in the country and abroad in teaching, research and development work in industrial metallurgy, is eloquent testimony to the success of his efforts. Prof. Ramachandran has published more than 100 papers and is a co-patent holder for ten new metallurgical processes or equipment, some of which have been taken up by industry for commercial utilization. He was the President of the Indian Institute of Metals during 1980-81.

Update: Prof. E G Ramachandran passed away on February 14, 2018.


metsa-lgMetallurgical & Materials Engineering Student Association (MetSA) is a student body which handles the various departmental activities for the students of MME. The main aim of the MetSA team is to promote a departmental connection within the students through different activities; some of them include Industrial Visits, Fresher’s Night, Farewell, Informal Games etc. A major event which comes under MetSA includes annual technical festival of the department Amalgam.

Materials Advantage

material-lgMaterials Advantage (MA) is a combination of four professional bodies

  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
  • ASM International
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

MA Chapter of IIT Madras started in November 2002 as Students Chapter of ASM International. It is being managed entirely by students with enthusiastic office bearers. It has been very active in arranging lectures by eminent personalities, organising industrial visits, conducting conferences, Materials Quiz and motivating the school students to take career in the field of materials science and engineering through outreach activities. Since July 2005, this ASM student’s chapter was converted to Materials Advantage Chapter in its present form.


etchETCH is a departmental magazine which projects the departmental activities from faculties, students and alumni. Etching is a process in metallurgy, which opens up the microstructure of materials to us. Inspired from that, ETCH opens up to the students and alumni the fascinating research that is going on in our department and around the globe. Comprising the interesting stories of alumni and scientists, it inspires toddlers to take their first steps in research.

click on the links below for accessing the pdf of the files

Etch 15.2                Etch 15.1

Etch 14.2                Etch 14.1

Etch 13.2                Etch 13.1


amalgamAmalgam, popularly called as “Material Festival” is an annual technical event organised by Department of MME, IIT Madras. Amalgam consists of a variety of events, workshops, demonstrations and lectures designed to give you a flavour of the happenings in the depar tment. The events include Industry Defined Problem (IDP), paper and poster presentation, The Ultimate Metallurgist, Project X and many more. In addition, an initiative “Jaagruthi” has been taken to create awareness among the school children about the fascinating aspects of metallurgical and materials science.

Amalgam 2017 will be held from Feb 24-26. For more details click here : AMALAGAM 2017

In-House Symposium (IHS)

ihs-lgThe first in-house symposium of the department was held on April 1, 2006. The event was organized by Prof. Phani Kumar and Prof. V. Sarma. After being dormant for few years the event was brought back was  organized on January 27-28, 2016. The event was organised by an active team of students with active support from faculty members. About 25 oral papers and about 30 posters were presented by the students of the department in various sessions in IHS-2016, which were chaired by the faculty of the department. IHS gives a platform to the students of the department to showcase their research work in front of their colleagues and faculties and gain useful insights to progress ahead. The next event is scheduled for July 29-30, 2017. The abstracts book for IHS 2017 can be accessed here.