Mechanical Engineering Department

Email: ppillai@mes.ac.in


  • Ph.D.
    2011: Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • S.M.
    2007: Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S.
    2004: University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Research and Consultancy

  • Development of Novel Instruments for Characterization of Polymeric and Biomaterials.
  • Development of Drone Technology for Applications in GIS and Remote Sensing.
  • Use of Big Data for Improving Educational Outcomes.


Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics, Smart Materials and Structures

Important Publications

  • Contribution towards Economic Survey of India Volume 2, 2016-17, A Government of India Publication with Ministry of Finance and Niti Aayog, Chapter 8: Industry and Infrastructure Pages 222-230, Work done in collaboration with IDFC Institute. more…
  • Pillai, P.V., Hunter, I.W. and Hernandez, E. “Application of Stochastic System Identification to the Study of the Compliance of Electroactive Polymers”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 2010, 81 (12). more…
  • Silberstein, M.N., Pillai, P.V. and Boyce, M.C. “Biaxial elastic–viscoplastic behavior of Nafion membranes”, Polymer, 2010, doi: 10.1016/j.polymer.2010.11.032. more…


  • “Conformable Antennas using Conducting Polymers” US Patent Application Number, 61/373343, US Patent Publication No. US 2017 0301979 A1 Granted on 19th October, 2017
  • “Interconnection between Conducting Polymer Material” US Patent Application Number 13/766,257, US Patent Publication No. US20130197162, Granted on 18th April, 2016
  • Provisional Patent Application: “A 3-axis machine for characterizing running shoe performance: Design and Testing” Gawlik, A., Gilbertson, M., Pillai, P., Folkers R., Slocum, A. and Wahab A. Submitted on 16th February, 2009

Awards and Recognitions

  • Recognized Post Graduate and PhD Guide University of Mumbai
  • University of Mumbai, Academic Award (2012)
  • Outstanding Service Award (2010) Boston Police Department and District Attorneys Office
  • Soldier Design Contest: Gore Innovation Award Winner (2010)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Winner (2006-2009)
  • MIT Harrington Fellowship Winner (2005)
  • Materials Science and Engineering Department Citation Winner (2004)
  • Intel Corporation Research Scholar (2004)
  • Intel Student Research Contest Finalist (2004)


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