Dr S. Ravichandran is the Principal of PGP College of Engineering and Technology. He has 32 years of industry, teaching and research experience. He obtained his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Pondicherry University, M.E.(Energy Engineering) from Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore and B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. Prior to joining PGPCET, he was Principal at Bharathiyar College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikal and RVS College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikal. He had earlier worked in various capacities at AMTEK Castings India Ltd, ELTEX Super Castings Ltd, MAGNA Electro CastingsLtd and CPC Ltd. He has expertise in handling high pressure automated moulding machines and production of safety critical castings such as disk brake, brake drum, brake cylinder body, crank shaft, etc for the automobile sector. He was a consultant for leading foundry industries in Coimbatore. He has vast experience in foundry production, process control, R & D and engineering education. He has published several papers in international and national journals and conferences. His major research accomplishments are in the field of energy optimization, energy modeling, energy audit, energy conservation and management for cost reduction in industries.