Interview with Dr. AO Surendranathan

What are your strengths?

Expert in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Field, Expert Teacher in the my Field.

May I know your weaknesses?

Not approaching any one for favors, Not self-advertising type.

What are your goals?

To attain the topmost position in my field, To help others.

Where do you want to be in next 5 years time?

In academics.

What 3 positive words would your colleagues/friends say about you?

Systematic, Helping Nature, Bankable.

Tell me about a time when something went well?

Result of S.S.L.C.

Tell me about a time when something went wrong and you dealt with it?

Result of A.M.I.E. Section A Examination.

What is your greatest achievement?

Acquiring Ph.D. degree.

What & who motivates you?

Self determination & myself.

What do you want to develop about yourself?

Helping others.

How do you handle pressure/stress?


What do you like to do outside of work?


What’s unique about you?

My physique.

Tell me about how a professional qualification you have obtained has helped you personally?

My acquiring Ph.D. degree helped me to become an Assistant Professor.

Tell me about a significant crisis you have faced?


How do you resolve conflict in the groups or teams that you are a part of?

By discussion.

Tell me about a time when you changed your priorities to meet others’ expectations?

Whenever I have to write recommendations for my students

Tell me about a difficult decision that you have made?

Quitting my first job

What significant problems have you faced in the last year?

Not being considered for various assignments in my Institute.

Tell me how you organize your work and schedule your time?

By prioritizing.

Describe a situation you were involved in that required a multi-dimensional communication strategy?

Organization of conferences.

Give an example of a difficult or sensitive situation that required extensive communication?

Giving attendance shortage to a student.

What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?

  1. Passing of A.M.I.E. examination in first rank because it was a creditable accomplishment.
  2. Passing of M.E. examination in first class because it was a creditable accomplishment.
  3. Getting Ph.D. degree because it was a creditable accomplishment.

Describe a time when you led or motivated others?

Motivated my Ph.D. students to apply for PDF.

Describe a situation where you were successful in getting people to work together effectively?

Revival of our Metallurgical Engineering Association after 4 years.

Describe a situation in which you were a member (not a leader) of a team and a conflict arose within the team. What did you do?

When two faculty members had difference of opinion in the allotment of courses. Talked to the member who was sad.

Tell me about a time when you were able to change someone’s view point significantly?

Political view point was changed in myself.

Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something that you disagreed with?

There was no such time.

What your researchers should develop in research?

Independence to carry on research.

May I know about your research students? How many members awarded with the degree PhD/M. Phil?


By considering all of your research students, who is the best researcher you would like us to know?

Dr. Rajashekhar Kurahatti

What is the greatest work done by your research students which have shown greatest impact in that field?

Work in polymer nanocomposites.

What type of research is going on in your laboratory?

Research in high entropy alloys.

Describe a specific problem solved by you?

Aqueous corrosion behavior of ductile irons.

What is an approach for a problem?

Study of the problem.

Give some commonly faced repercussions in your life with which you failed to meet your deadline?

Getting reminders in setting question papers.

In such situations what are the measures you have taken to avoid such repercussions when the same deadline is set in course of time?

Completing the task before the second reminders.

What are the qualities of an ideal student/ learner?


What are the qualities of an ideal teacher?


Which stage of education for a child is important?


Does nationalism has any impact in learning process?


Does one education system suit for all set of students across the world?


How to initiate problem based learning?

By giving problems to a group of students to solve.

What is the goal of education?

To develop into a human being in one’s thoughts.

What is the root cause of existing scenario of choosing education as an earning source than learning source?

Getting jobs based on degrees.

Role of emotional intelligence of a person?

Affects the neighbours.

How to define a success?

When the desired result is obtained.

How to handle failure?


Does a person daily routine has an impact in learning?


What is effect of technology on students?


How can we streamline usage of technology for better results?

By doing beneficial things.

Finally, what do you suggest the young/upcoming researchers?

Concentrate on your research.


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