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Dr. Ravi Ravindran

Ravi Ravindran
BE, MSc, PhD, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 556423

Areas of Academic Interest

Lightweight alloys and composites

Materials for next-generation automobiles

Energy efficiency and material conservation

Life extension and recycling

Additive manufacturing of light alloy components

Development and fabrication of biodegradable magnesium alloys


Year University Degree
1982 University of Manitoba PhD
1970 University of Manitoba MSc
1967 Indian Institute of Science BE
1964 University of Madras BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course
ME8109 Casting and Solidification of Materials
MTL 300 Materials Science II
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals


In Ravi Ravindran’s award-winning research, he creates eco-conscious, lightweight materials for the transportation sector. In his classroom, he helps shape the future of the engineering profession. Underlying both is a passion for what he does. “My research and teaching are equally fulfilling,” he says.

Ravindran refers to his students as “extended family” and nurtures them at every stage of the academic journey. His attentiveness and commitment to student development are so inspirational, that all of his current PhD students have been with him since they were undergraduates, and many have gone on to win the prestigious NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship and to emerge as leaders in their field.

Their success is a point of pride for Ravindran. He speaks passionately about the impact of his students’ research on efficiency, energy and environment as if the work were his own – and in many ways, it is. Ravindran’s team approach means that everyone plays a role, empowering his students throughout the process. “What fun it is to help them find their own path,” he says.

Ravi Ravindran

“I don’t teach – I manage a learning process and inspire transformational growth.”

  • Distinguished Award for Contributions to Magnesium Technology and Automotive Applications (2016), Thermec Global Conference, Austria
  • Honorary Symposium “Innovation in Processing of Light Metals for Transportation Industries: A Symposium in Honor of C. (Ravi) Ravindran” (2014), Materials Science and Technology 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Research and Development (2012), Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Chancellor’s Award of Distinction (2012), Toronto Metropolitan University
  • The David Keith Chalmers MacDonald Memorial Lecture of Canadian Materials Science Conference (2011), The Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM-CMSC)
  • Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (1997, 2002), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997)
  • Sarwan Sahota Outstanding Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award (1995), Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Vandersluis, E., and Ravindran, C. “The Role of Porosity in Reducing the Thermal Conductivity of 319 Al Alloy with Decreasing Solidification Rate.” The Journal of Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (JOM), vol. 71, no. 6, 2019, pp. 2072-2077.
  • Lombardi, A., Sediako, D., Machin, A., Ravindran, C., and MacKay, R. “Transient Analysis of Residual Strain during Heat Treatment of Multi-material Engine Blocks Using In-situ Neutron Diffraction.” Materials Letters, vol. 157, 2015, pp. 50-52.
  • Lombardi, A., Ravindran, C., Sediako, D., and MacKay, R. “Determining the Mechanism of In-Service Cylinder Distortion in Aluminum Engine Blocks with Cast-in Gray Iron Liners.” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 45,2014, pp. 6291-6303.
  • Lun Sin, S., Elsayed, A., and Ravindran, C. “Inclusions in Magnesium and Its Alloys: A Review.” International Materials Reviews, vol. 58, 2013, pp. 419-436.
  • Near-net-shape Processing of Materials
  • Fellow, Engineer’s Canada, AAAS, ASM, CAE, CIM, IIM, INAE
  • Member, ASM, CIM, TMS, IIM, PEO
  • Past president, American Society of Materials (ASM) International (2013)
  • Past president, Canadian Academy of Engineering (2007)