Dr. S.N. Balakrishnan

Dr. S.N. Balakrishnan is the second Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University and the Chairman of the Executive Council. His term as the Chancellor of the University began on April 8, 2014.    

A Curators' Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Balakrishnan heads the IST-Rolla an engineering firm focused on providing clients with the very best in research, development, and technology. He is also associated with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Sigma Gamma Tau.
Dr. Balakrishnan has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and has published numerous papers and guided post-doctoral and postgraduate students at the University. He has a strong research record in intelligent control and was first to develop optimal neurocontrollers for systems modeled by partial differential equations and systems driven by impulse inputs.

Dr. Balakrishnan’s contributions include developing a new closed form suboptimal control for non-linear systems called the theta-D control which approximates solutions to the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations; developing optimal control and filter solutions to spacecraft, helicopter, missile, aircraft, manufacturing and MEMs problems using neural networks; developing and implementing optimal temperature profile control, vibration control and aircraft control using neural networks. And formulating a new approach to guidance and control called the Integrated Guidance and Control (IGC) and which has shown its success in missile interception problems.

His research interests include control of aerospace and mechanical systems; flight and orbital mechanics; optimization; identification and estimation; numerical methods; stochastic processes; neural networks and wavelets. [View Full Profile]

Message from the Chancellor

We live in exciting times! Education is not just about the learning of facts anymore because the human mind is challenged with the expansion of the knowledge of our known universe like never before.

Shiv Nadar University is an institution of higher learning that works to seamlessly integrate research thinking into the everyday process of teaching-learning. We are a student centric university. Shiv Nadar curriculum has been so designed as to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the university to expose our students to ideas stemming from various schools in the process the degree programs. We believe in enriching and bringing out the potential of the logic side and the creative side of a human being through a holistic curriculum.

Shiv Nadar University is a national university dedicated to solving problems of national need and we certainly want our students to be exposed to and understand what India needs and develop the intellectual expertise to provide solutions. We have created an interdisciplinary graduate program on water science and policy that has been hailed as so novel and unique that it has drawn monetary support from a Canadian agency. Shiv Nadar University has MOUs with security and foreign affairs think tanks. Shiv Nadar faculty have been doing remarkable research and have already discovered a compound to reduce mercury poisoning. By the way, we have invested hundreds of crores in labs since we believe in experiential learning.

We want our students to be leaders in global companies and be solving global issues; we have signed MOUs with many prestigious universities in Europe, China, Australia and the U.S. Our students have already been going to China and are going to Australia, Canada and Italy on semester study abroad programs. We are creating more and more opportunities but with caution to make sure that the academics at those institutions are on par with ours.


If you are passionate about learning and are willing to work hard, yes, work hard to get a rewarding education at a place that provides opportunities to challenge your potential, then Shiv Nadar is the university for you. If you believe in freedom with responsibility and are academically serious, you will benefit most by attending Shiv Nadar University. If you want to explore various subjects taught by super faculty from the world’s best institutions, we have them at Shiv Nadar University eager to teach you and mentor you. Come to Shiv Nadar University...inquire, explore, discover, innovate.

We are pioneers in allowing undergraduate students to participate and contribute towards ongoing researches as we understand that cross-pollination of ideas across disciplines is one the few ways to challenge the existing framework of knowledge delivery.

Those of you who believe that you have what it takes to take the vision of Shiv Nadar University forward should come join us and I promise that we will find the best way to unleash your full potential.

If you want your son/daughter to go to a “new” University in India that offers a true universal education that develops a well-rounded, confident man/woman, Shiv Nadar University is ideal for your ward. Note that the rigor of education is high; responsible, self-motivated  and hardworking students will get the most and shine the most out of Shiv Nadar education. Yes, we are serious about academics though we have an enviable sports complex and incredible sport infrastructure. Our student athletes perform better academically than the others. While research is in our DNA, we constantly seek methods to make ourselves better teachers and work to facilitate and enhance better student learning.

Our goal is to make Shiv Nadar University a hub for researchers from all over the world to come and collaborate on their research and find solutions to problems facing mankind and make our students a part of that wonderful, challenging and rewarding experience.

I am an Aerospace Engineering professor in the US (see my bio on the website) and a dedicated faculty. I still love to watch planes take off because they are just so beautiful and subliminal.

I want every student to enjoy the field of their choice as much as I do and promise to do everything help students achieve their dreams. We at Shiv Nadar are dream facilitators!

At Shiv Nadar University we are always looking for talented researchers who also have a passion for teaching. The University is being built on the philosophy of advancing the state of the art in all disciplines being taught. To fuel such research, the University has invested a vast amount of money to develop best-in-class research labs and in other enabling infrastructure. We do have a very stringent selection process for getting the best students and we invite you to spark their interest in exciting areas of today and tomorrow. We are building the university with the best practices of global education that assures fairness and transparent metrics and a merit based career advancement. We invite the best and the brightest to join us in creating this New Age University. I can assure you that you will receive the best academic environment and encouragement to enjoy a satisfying and rewarding career. 

I look forward to creating a community of educators who are bound together by the shared vision of the University.