Mr. Ravi Ravitharan

Director of the Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) at Monash University

Ravi Ravitharan has thirty years of experience in railway research, most of which has been in the management of applied research and technology development.

He is the Director of the Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) at Monash University in Australia, a world-renowned railway applied research centre. As the Director of a premier railway research centre in Australia, Ravi’s leadership impacts on technology development in the railway industry. Ravi Ravitharan was the National Executive Chairman of Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and in 2011 RTSA Life Membership was awarded for his services to the railway industry. Ravi was the recipient of the coveted RTSA Individual Award in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the Australian and international rail industry. Ravi has also been awarded the prestigious Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award in 2014 for the application of science and technology for the benefit of Australia.

Ravi is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive. Ravi is a Technical Advisory Panel member of Singapore SMRT and an advisory board member of Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure in Australia.