Professor Sadagopan is presently a member of the International advisory board of Sai University. He was formerly the Director (President) of IIIT-Bangalore (a Ph.D. granting University). IIIT’s represent a set of new generation universities started in India in the late 90’s with a special focus on IT; IIIT-Bangalore is one of the first such Institutes; as the first Director of IIIT-Bangalore, he is involved in the visioning, planning, and executing the growth of this Institute that is counted as one of the premier Institutes in India.
He obtained his MS & Ph.D. Degree from Purdue University, USA in 1979 and BE (Hon) Degree from Madras University, India in 1973. He had taught at IIT Kanpur (1979 to 95) and IIM Bangalore (1995-99)
His research interests include OR, Multi-criteria optimization, Simulation, and Enterprise computing.
Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK’s IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India, and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM. Sadagopan’s research work has appeared in several international journals including IEEE Transactions, European J of Operational Research, J of Optimization Theory & Applications, Naval Research Logistics, Simulation, and Decision Support Systems.
He has won numerous awards that include Fulbright Fellowship (1995), “Champion of humanity” Award of Hindustan Chamber of Commerce (2009), “Rotary Honor of Vocational Excellence” by Rotary Northwest Bangalore District 3190 (2013), Engineering Watch “Campus Preparedness” Award (2015), and Cisco NDTV “Digital Pioneer” Award (2016), BITES Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and Distinguished Alumnus Award (2019) from the College of Engineering, Guindy, to name a few.
Sadagopan consults extensively with some of the largest private & public sector corporations in India, in Computing, Communications, Software, Automotive, Oil, and Power industries as well as the social sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public sector corporations; he is also a member of the Board of Studies of several Universities / Trusts.
He is a Featured Columnist for Times of India (the world’s largest English Newspaper) and several magazines.