Prof. N Siva Prasad obtained B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mysore in 1975, M.Tech and PhD from IIT Madras in 1977 and 1984 respectively. He joined as a staff member in IIT Madras in 1977, worked there in different positions and served as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering till June 2014. He held many responsible administrative positions at IIT Madras, the last one being Registrar, IIT Madras.
His areas of interest are Machine Design, CAD, FEM and Computer Graphics. He has guided 31 research projects leading to PhD and MS [by Research] degrees. A few research projects are in progress. His research areas include Finite Element Analysis using linear and nonlinear methods applied to problems such as Weldments, Seals, Composites, Robotics, Mechanical Design applications. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He has completed several sponsored projects and as a consultant helped a number of industries to develop their products. Currently he is principal coordinator for developing a vehicle for deep sea (6 km depth) mining. He has completed about 55 developmental projects for organizations such as BHEL, ISRO and BEL, which has led to indigenous development of components in critical applications. He has 4 patents; some of the patents are in production. He has adapted text books on Machine Design, Mechanics of Materials and Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) published by Tata McGraw Hill Book Company. Prof. Siva Prasad is a strong believer in continuing education programmes. He has organized many programmes for college teachers and employees of industries such as Tech Mahindra, BHEL, BEML, Caterpillar, FLSmidth, GE, KCP.
He visited UK with a British Council scholarship and Germany with DAAD fellowship. He also visited US, China, Thailand and Malaysia on different occasions and in various professional capacities. He spent two years in Universiti Malaysia Sabah as a Professor. He is a member of many national committees appointed by AICTE, UGC, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and other governmental bodies.
He is a founder member of Product Development Management Association (India) besides being a member of several other prestigious professional bodies. He served as Secretary, Association for Machines and Mechanisms for 10 years, and as an executive council member for Society for Automotive Engineers, Southern Chapter.