Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, India, 1986. Master of Science in Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2001.
Senior science officer Indian Institute of Science, 2003—2009, associate faculty, Center Sustainable Technologies, since 2003, principal research scientist, since 2009. Visiting senior research associate Indira Gandhi Institute Development Research, Mumbai, 2002. Research fellow Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, 2003.
Energy specialist United Nations Development Programme, Bangkok, 2007. Visiting fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 2009.
Honorary advisor LEISA Network, non-governmental organization, Trichy, India, 2002. Steering committee member Indo-Norwegian Environment Programme, Bangalore, 2005. Member of Operational Research Society India (life.
Senior member 2000), Indian Society Ecological Economics (life), Regional Energy Initiative Asia (vice president 2007).
Married Veena Balachandra Patil. Children: Anjana Balachandra, Apoorva Balachandra.