Carnegie Mellon University

V.S. Arunachalam

V.S. Arunachalam

Collaborating Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Robotics Institute, Materials Science and Engineering


Carnegie Mellon 1992-


  • Dr.Engg. 1992, honoris causa, Roorkee University, India.
  • D. Litt. 1990, honoris causa, Annamalai University, India.
  • Ph.D. 1965, University of Wales, U.K.
  • M.Sc., 1958, Sangor University, India
  • B.Sc. 1956, Mysore University, India


Technology is an important ingredient for the growth of an economy. Technology diffuses through learning, work experience, and availability of the appropriate infrastructure. Professor Arunachalam's present program of research is aimed at understanding the various components that make up this infrastructure and the specificity of technology in determining growth. Such technologies can indeed form the 'core technology' for a society. The object is to understand the role of national and industrial policies and government 'intervention' in choosing technologies. Another issue is the problem of technology transfer and identifying the conditions necessary for successful transfer. Here again, the choice of technology will be studied in the context of national policies and priorities.

A related interest involves the problem of building infrastructure in developing economies, most notably electric power and telecommunications. Professor Arunachalam's research in these areas includes the choice of technologies, investment options, assessment of viability and evaluation of public good.


  1. V.S. Arunachalam and S. Mahajan, "The Role of Materials in Lightwave Communications," Zeitschrift Fur Metallkunde, December 1999.
  2. R. Tongia and V. S. Arunachalam, "India's Nuclear Breeders: Technology, Viability, and Options," Current Science, vol. 75, no. 6, 1998.
  3. V. S. Arunachalam and R. Reddy, "A Program for an Inter-University High Speed Data Network: A Report," Carnegie Mellon University, 1998.

Selected Honors and Awards

  1. Foreign fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.)
  2. Past president and fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests

Technology and economic growth, infrastructure development in newly growing economies, information technology.