Laboratory of Mechanics and Rheology
Department of Mechanics and Systems
Polytechnics Engineering School
University of Tours, Tours, 37200
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Professor Narayanaswami Ranganathan was born and schooled in New Delhi He later
attended IIT Madras (1965 – 1970) where he graduated as an aeronautical engineer. He
worked with the Indian Civil Aviation Department (R&D Directorate) in New Delhiuntil 1976
when he migrated to Poitiers, France.
He completed his Docteur-Ingénieur qualification in 1979, and was awarded the Doctor of
Sciences degree from the University of Poitiers in the field of Solid State Mechanics in 1985.
Following this he stayed in Poitiers until 1996, working as an associate Professor at the E.N.S.M.A
Professor Ranganathan is currently Head of the department of mechanics and systems at the Polytechnics
Engineering school at the University of Tours. He is also the head of the laboratory of mechanics and
rheology at the university.
In 2005 he created CEROC, a hybrid research centre split between university and industrial research
focussing on cutting tools. This was followed be a second hybrid centre, CERMEL in 2007 which is a centre on
His research interests are in materials fatigue, nanocharacterization of material behaviour and fracture
mechanics and he has more than 100 research publications in these fields.
He has given talks in related fields all over Europe and the United states, and also at prestigious universities
like Cambridge University, University of Trondheim, Columbia University, University George Washington in
Missouri, University of Waterloo, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, SRM University, Anna University andVellore Institute
of Technology to name a few.
He was visiting professor at Ecole Polytechnique Montréal, Canada in 1993 and currently he is overseas
Professor at Anna University, Chennai.
He is also an amateur Carnatic music singer, hailing from the family of Kavi Kunjara Bharathi and