Piyush Chaunsali


Assistant Professor

Dept. of Civil Engineering
Building Science Block (BSB) 218
IIT Madras, Chennai 600036
Phone: +91 44 2257 4256
E-mail: pchaunsali [at] iitm [dot] ac [dot] in

Research Interests

  • Cement chemistry and concrete durability
  • Processing-microstructure-performance relationships of low CO2 cements
  • Thermodynamic modeling of cementitious systems
  • High volume utilization of aluminosilicate by-products in infrastructure materials


  • Ph.D. (2015), Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • M.S. (2010), Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, USA
  • B.Tech. (2007), Civil Engineering, NIT Warangal, India

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor (May 2018-Present), IIT Madras, Chennai, India
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2015-2018), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Graduate Engineer Trainee (Dec 2007-Nov 2008), Delhi International Airport Ltd., GMR Group, India
  • Junior Engineer (July 2007-Nov 2007), Gammon India Ltd.


  • Kaufman Teaching Certificate, MIT, 2016
  • Listed among Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students, UIUC, Spring 2015 
  • Conference Travel Award, Graduate College, UIUC, 2014
  • Chester P. Siess Award, Civil Engg., UIUC, 2013
  • Ravindar K. and Kavita Kinra Fellowship, Civil Engg., UIUC, 2010-2012
  • Merit Scholarship, NIT Warangal, 2004-2005

Research Group

  • S. Vaishnav Kumar, Ph.D. Student (June 2018- )
  • Tom Damion, Ph.D. Student (July 2018- )


  • Modern Construction Materials, July-Nov 2018 (with Prof. Gettu)
  • Advanced Concrete Technology, Jan-May 2019 (with Prof. Manu Santhanam and Prof. Pillai)
  • Concrete Technology, Jan-May 2019 (with Prof. Gettu)






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