Dr. Priam V. Pillai

Faculty Name: Dr. Priam V. Pillai
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Department
Email: ppillai@mes.ac.in


  • Ph.D. 2011: Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • SM. 2007 Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • BS 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.


  1. 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 (16th February, 2009)
  2. “Conformable Antennas using Conducting Polymers” US Patent Application Number. 61/373343. US Patent Publication No US 2017 0301979 A1 Granted 19th October, 2017
  3. “Interconnection between Conducting Polymer Material.” US Patent Application Number 13/766,257. US Patent Publication No US20130197162, Granted on 18th April, 2016

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)

Personal Website and Social Media

Twitter: @priampillai
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/priam-pillai-86b70213/
Website: www.priampillai.com
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