Dr. G. Sundararajan, obtained his B.Tech (Metallurgy) from IIT Madras in 1976 and M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. in 1979 and 1981 respectively. He returned to India in September 1982 and joined Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) as a scientist. He was at DMRL till 1997 and then was appointed as Director of International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) from September 1997 till December 2015. From February 2016, he has been serving as a Professor at IIT Madras. He has published more than 220 papers during the course of his career. His papers have been cited more than 6900 times resulting in a h-index of 43 and i 10. Index of 131.
During the course of his research career at DMRL and ARCI, Dr. Sundararajan has made outstanding contributions to the areas of tribological behaviour (erosion, sliding wear, abrasion) of metallic materials, composites and coatings, high temperature deformation and fracture behaviour of superalloys and other materials, laser surface modification (surface alloying cladding, transformation hardening) and laser materials processing (cutting, drilling & welding) of engineering materials and towards the development of novel coating, micro arc oxidation coating, cold spray coating and EB-PVD coating technology. He is also responsible for establishing Center for Laser Processing of Materials (now a part of ARCI), Centre for Solar Energy Materials at ARCI, Hyderabad and Centre for Fuel Cell Technology and Centre for Automotive Energy Materials at ARCI, Chennai. At ARCI, as its Director, Dr. Sundararajan had made notable contributions to be development, demonstration and commercialization of materials-based technologies. Over the last 10 years, over 25 technologies have been transferred to 35 private industries located all over India.