Dr. M. S. Ananth served as the director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras from 2001 to 2011. He is an alumnus of Alagappa College of Technology, Chennai where he completed his Bachelor’s in Chemical engineering with a gold medal. Subsequently, he obtained his M.E. and Ph.D.(1972) degrees from University of Florida, Gainesville. His doctoral work at the University of Florida was on molecular thermodynamics, and his advisor was Professor Keith E. Gubbins, a famous British-born internationally renowned scientist, who figures in the list of “hundred great chemical engineers” in America after the post-war years, and who is a distinguished professor at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Dr. Ananth has been a visiting faculty at Princeton University(1982–83) and a visiting scientist at National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado(1990–91). He has been a Visiting Scientist in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado (1990–91), in RWTH, Aachen, Germany (Summer 1983 and Summer 1999) and a Visiting Thermodynamics Expert in Aspen Tech, Massachusetts, USA (Summer 1991). Dr. Ananth has held various senior positions such as Head of the Department, Dean of Academic Courses and Dean of Academic Research. Dr. Ananth is the head of NPTEL’s Project Implementation committee. He also serves on the Board of companies including Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Neyveli Lignite Corporation and Medlab Asia.

M. S. Ananth’s Interview – Discussion on Technology Enhanced Learning