Bachelor of Science in Engineering, College Engineering, Trivandrum, Kerala, 1961. Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, 1970.
Lecturer Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1964—1970, assistant professor, 1970—1977, professor, 1977—2002. Visiting professor Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2002—2003. Director engineering Amrita University, Coimbatore, 2004—2006.
INAE distinguished professor College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India, since 2007. Academic advisor Amrita University, since 2007.
Member top governing body Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2000—2002. Fellow: Institution Engineering and Technology, United Kingdom (international council representative 1993-1996, Achievement medal 2005), Indian National Academy Engineering (life), Society Manufacturing Engineers (life).
Married Padmaja M. Menon, February 12, 1967. 1 child Parvathy Balagopal.