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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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March 22, 2021

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Dr. Antony Michael Raj, PMP, Ph.D

Leader – Faculty Position/Academic Administration (Higher Education Management)

Tel: +91-944*******, Email: adk3x3@r.postjobfree.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antony-michael-raj-l-5083a837/

Career Objective

Looking for an avenue to contribute in Higher Educational Leadership at a suitable level, as I am equipped with demonstrated and combined experience in Academic Leadership, Educational Programs & Projects management and Technical & Academic Research.

To effectively disseminate the knowledge acquired through multi-disciplinary quality research, to the students and moulding them as world-class industry ready professionals with the aid of my academic administrative experiences.

Profile Summary

Administration: A seasoned leader with 27 years of experience in the Academic Arena and 3 years in industry with extensive contributions in Academic Administration of Outcome Based Higher Educational Programs, Liaising with Approving and Accrediting Agencies, Learning and Development, Research in Engineering and Educational Management, Strategizing, New Programs Planning and Implementation.

Faculty/Students: Students formation in academics, industry exposure, personality development and international exposure, Teaching Pedagogy, Faculty Development, Staff Policy, Staff recruitment, orientation and team building, Technology planning and implementation, Program management including the staff training, curriculum design and development, budget preparation, schedule management and implementation, Risk Management, Negotiation and Stakeholder management, Industry collaboration and students’ placement.

Industry: Production planning and implementation, inventory management, product performance analysis and development, process planning and cost estimation.

Profile Highlights

Curriculum Development / Program Management: 5 Years

Research in Higher Education Management and administration: 4 Years

Staffing management & Training: 10 Years

Stakeholder management: 3 Years

Leadership / Policy making: 6 Years

Scheduling and Coordination: 5 Years

Identifying programs, planning, initiating, monitoring implementation:8 Years

Lecturing as needed : 12 years

Organization Assessment & Academic Program Management: 8 Years

IT/Infrastructure Management: 4 Years

Leading Mechanical Engineering Department: 4 Years

Manufacturing Industry Experience: 2 Years

Technical Research : 3 Years

Liaison with accrediting & government approving agencies and higher educational institutions: 5 Years.

Functional Skills

Learning and Development

Project Management

Public Speaking

Operations Management

Research: Engineering Optimization and Experimental Design.

Education

Ph. D (Supply Chain Optimization), Department of Industrial Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India,2007.

M. S. (Mech) - Manufacturing System Integration by Research, University of Science, Malaysia, 1999.

B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), A. C. College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India, 1990.

P.G. Diploma (Operations Research), Pondicherry University, India, 2006.

All the above programs are verified international academic qualifications by WES (World Education Services) - Canada

Professional Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute (PMI), USA (PMP Number: 2111969).

Certified Learning and Development Manager, by Middle Earth HR (Acc. No. ICLDM12399).

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, by Grey Campus (Certificate ID: 196***********).

Online 6 weeks Coursera Course completed with distinction on ‘Introduction to Operations Management’ (Verifiable at https://www.coursera.org/records/YdsEEtbzsE48NGbe).

Various workshops and seminars related to higher education and pedagogical initiatives such as, on ‘Outcome Based Accreditation Process and Parameters’ by National Board of Accreditation (NBA), ‘Establishment of Entrepreneur Development Cells in Higher Educational Institutions in Tamil Nadu’, by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Career Highlights and Achievements

Progressing successfully in academic administration, for more than 13 years by being responsible for managing and upholding the academic learning system and for creating a learning environment with various types of pedagogical initiatives.

Accompanied and Lead the faculty team to implement outcome based education system (OBE). This include, identifying and acting on the curriculum strength and weakness, focussing on the different students’ groups through outcome measures individually, designing and implementing replicable instructional activity to achieve some clearly defined changes (affective, academic, social, or physical) in a selected group of learners. Successful in coordinating and managing the process and within 2 years the institution was able to obtain accreditation to all the five programs from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Govt. of India in September 2019.

Administered the development of new academic program and its implementation, planning academic schedule, preparing academic calendar, monitoring academic results and maintaining relevant records. Involved in improving the students’ admission, revenue generation and budgeting.

Networked with industries for enhancing students’ placement and internships. In collaboration with industries, introduced new value added courses and vocational courses to fulfil the specific skill needs of some industries.

Followed analytical approach in administration and data driven interventions in the Holistic Formation of students, their professional career plans, faculty evaluation, advising the management and in overall policy changing with regard to changing society. Data driven analytical approach towards students’ engagement actions and activities and on improving the overall performance of the slow learners.

Liaising with government, accrediting and approving agencies and other institutions for approvals, accreditations and knowledge acquisition on trends and best practices. Also involved in dealing with the parents on issues affecting their wards’ academic performance.

Faculty engagement to improve ASK, through analysis, design, develop, implement and evaluate model. Faculty training and development on the academic systems, students work assessment, choice based credit system etc. Completed a Project On Faculty Assessment Center for the Faculty in a University Affiliated Engineering College.

Research in Higher Education management using analytical tools such as experimental design, optimization; submitted a research paper for publication recently. Five International Journal technical and management research papers published and seven international / national conference Papers presented in India and abroad.

Co-authored the book ‘Engineering Metrology’, by Seon Publishers and presently working on ‘Optimization in Engineering Design’. Co-authored a chapter in the book ‘Innovative Design, Analysis and Development Practices in Aerospace and Automotive Engineering’, Springer, Singapore, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-***-**-****-6_24

Received, ‘Best Academic Administrator’ award from Venus International Foundation in June 2015, in recognition of my contribution in bringing up the SRM University – E&T, Ramapuram Campus.

Entrusted as Course Leader of Mechanical Engineering Programs offered by the Nottingham Trent University, UK, at Linton Institute of Technology, Ipoh, Malaysia at the age of 26.

Key Leadership Accomplishments

Lead the institution level team of 180 faculty members and supporting staff towards achieving the organizational objectives for more than 10 years. Contributed enormously in facilitating and guiding 8 core academic departments and 4 academic service departments in the institution that comprised of around 3500 students (a diversified population of different languages and religions from different states across India and a few from abroad).

Involved in identifying the correct set of competencies required for staff members to perform their roles and responsibilities using the appropriate set of assessment tools. Preparing the skill matrix, identifying the gap, developing training modules, planning and implementing them to bridge the gap, performance evaluation and development through the appraisal system are some of my key responsibilities.

As a member of campus level administration team, attended periodic review meetings on the Infra-structure development, Maintenance, Purchase, Housekeeping, Hostels, Security, Transport, Value added courses and Budgeting. Coordinated with other institution heads in the campus to revisit and update the campus policies and procedures in the above areas.

Member of Governing Council (GC) and the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC): Involved in creating awareness on quality aspects, coordinating and leading the organizational efforts towards outcome-based education (OBE). The activities also include preparation of reports for approval (Anna University and AICTE) and accreditation (NBA and NAAC).

Involved in improving the visibility of the institution among the stakeholders through national ranking framework and in facilitating the participation in media conducted surveys.

Directly involved in entrepreneurial activities as the ED cell coordinator-including creating incubation centres for young entrepreneurs.

Student’s disciplinary standing committee member of SRM group of institutions Ramapuram Campus, dealing the various disciplinary issues related to around 9000 students of 3 different institutions of the group within the campus.

Coordinated various outreach programs to the local community as well as the nearby class 10 to 12 school students through NSS (National Service Scheme), Eco Club, CGC (Career Guidance Cell) etc.

Earlier, as the Program Leader, facilitated a team of 40 Faculty members within the Mechanical and Manufacturing Group and developed new degree programmes with significant support from the academia and industry.

When I was a students’ faculty mentor, provided useful inputs for improving the existing programs’ objectives, outcomes and assessment schemes. Provided advice and support to more junior academic staff, and counselled the students keen on going overseas

As the Course Leader of Mechanical Engineering Programs affiliated to the Nottingham Trent University, UK while working for Linton College, Malaysia, I lead the department. And also liaised with various higher education institutions in Malaysia in relation to adherence of Quality assurance to Malaysian Higher Education System and European Framework (EQUIS).

In the service industry, involved in improving the process in each section of automobile reconditioning unit, in order to map the demand for serviced/reconditioned assemblies to the fleet of passenger vehicles.

Created an inventory management system for spring leaves of various dimensions, fasteners and other components of spring assembly section, using ‘Lotus123’ and trained the staff to manage inventory optimally.

Analyzed the vehicle tyre wear factors statistically based on historic data and provided useful measures to reduce wear in tyre retreading section.

In the manufacturing industry, supervised production operations of wire drawing and wire stranding of pre-stressed concrete wires and Aluminum Core Steel Reinforced wires. Also, supervised maintenance crew in three different shift operations. Also planned the production process in each shift and controlled.

Involved in estimating the cost of production in order to assist in working out the price whenever new order with different specifications comes in. Maintained spare parts inventory system under the direct guidance of works manager. Conducted time and motion study for improving the production environment.

At the earlier days of my career, I have also lead the group of staff for setting up the various laboratories of Mechanical Engineering.

Program/Project Accomplishments

Directed the Academic standards of accrediting agency (NBA-National Board of Accreditation) and successfully completed the project of acquiring the accreditations with highest grades in all the programs at two of the recent institutions (LICET and EEC) - 2 Years.

Lead the team to plan, schedule, implement and maintain the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System in SRMU and EEC – 10 Months.

Lead the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) involved in the overall quality control and quality assurance processes and in creating the evaluation systems. I managed to direct the team to bring LICET under NIRF national ranking framework - 2 Years.

In SRMU, lead the team of staff involved in the in-house development and effective implementation of the academic element of ERP system in the campus in order to help in ensuring quality education system – 15 Months.

As the member of Academic Council of SRMU, involved in improving the existing programs, revision of regulation and in developing new programs with courses, objectives, outcomes, assessment schemes, human and material resources, QA systems etc. – 6 Months

As member of Board of Studies of school of Mechanical Engineering, designed, developed and delivered curriculum for a postgraduate program – 1 Year.

Positions Held

Since July 2018 to Till date Principal, Loyola ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET), (a Jesuit Institution), Loyola College Campus, Chennai, Affiliated to Anna University, Chennai, India. (www.licet.ac.in/)

June 2016 to Jul 2018 Vice Principal - Administration and Programs and Head of Mechanical Engineering, Easwari Engineering College (EEC) Affiliated to Anna University, Chennai, India.

Aug 2007 to May 2016 Vice Principal – Academics and Administration (9 years), Faculty of Engineering and Technology, SRM University (SRMU), Ramapuram Campus, Chennai, India.

Jun 1999 to Aug 2007 Senior Lecturer (3 years) and Asst. Professor (5 years) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India.

Sep 1994 to Jun 1999 Program Leader and Lecturer (5 years) – Linton Institute of Technology, (For Programs offered by Nottingham Trent University, UK), Ipoh, Malaysia.

Jan 1993 to Jan 1994 Graduate Apprentice Trainee at the Vehicles Reconditioning unit of Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation, India.

Dec 1991 to Jan 1993 Graduate Engineer, Modi Steel Wire Manufacturing Co., Chennai, India.

Jun 1990 to Dec 1991 Lecturer - Hindustan Institute of Engg.Technology, Chennai, India.

Work Experiences (27 years in teaching and 2.5 years in Industries)

Academic Experiences

Since July 2018 Professor and Principal, Loyola ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET), (a Jesuit Institution), Loyola College Campus, Chennai, Affiliated to Anna University, Chennai, India. (www.licet.ac.in/)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Facilitating and guiding the 5 core academic departments and 3 academic service departments that comprised of around 250 Faculty members and 4500 students (a diversified population of different languages and religions from different states across India) leading to future directions of the institution as a whole.

Administering the departments to implement the academic programs of LICET in accordance with the regulatory requirements, to excel in academics, students formation, research and consultancy through motivation, guidance, empowerment and periodic review with a focus towards achieving the mission of LICET.

Implementing and monitoring the Outcome Based Education (OBE) education for continual improvement of quality; leading the faculty team, planning and scheduling, coordinating, monitoring and reviewing the various actions and activities related to OBE and preparing the team for audit by National Board of Accreditation.

Planning and preparing the academic calendar and monitoring its implementation.

Faculty evaluation, appraisal, one to one interaction, counseling, identifying skill gaps, planning, and organizing faculty training and development programs regularly.

Leading the team for introducing new programs at both UG and PG levels as per the changing societal needs and available resources.

Working in coordination with the ICAM (France), the partnering institution for implementing the four pillars namely, Academics Performance, Professional Practice, Personality Development (Students Formation) and International Exposure.

Liaising with internal and external stakeholders namely, faculty members, students, parents, ICAM France (the partnering institution), Anna University (the affiliating university), DOTE, AICTE, NBA, UGC, MHRD, industries, print and social media and so on, in order to ensure smooth administration and continual improvement.

Implementing the mentoring system, empowering the faculty members through mentor training and motivation, measuring the outcome for improvement.

Monitoring the functioning of Alumni, Technical Associations, professional societies and Industry Institution Interaction cell, Intellectual Property Rights Cell, institution innovation cell etc.

Visiting industries, networking, exploring the possibilities of collaborations, collaborating and following up, for students’ placement and internships and faculty research and consultancy.

Following the procedures, norms and formalities of various government approving and accrediting agencies by liaising with the Jesuit top management.

Chairing the weekly meetings with the heads of departments and other officials.

Twice a year, convening the joint steering committee meetings with the partnering institution (ICAM) and convening the governing body meetings of the institution in coordination with the Director.

Courses handled for lecturing and leading to discussions: The Production Planning and Control, and The Lean Six Sigma.

Motivating and Guiding students’ innovative, in-house and industry collaborated projects and organizing project competitions.

Introducing, encouraging and practicing various pedagogical initiatives, such as model based teaching, brainstorming, mind mapping and flipped classrooms.

Supervising research scholars for PhD degree.

Jun 2016 to Jul 2018 Vice Principal - Administration, Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering, Easwari Engineering College (SRM Group Institution) Affiliated to Anna University, Chennai, India.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Involved in the process of admitting the students from schools to the various engineering programmes. This includes

•Conducting seminars on a regular basis to the school students on what is engineering, what attributes are required for a graduate, different engineering disciplines and the career opportunities in engineering.

•Conducting project competitions for schools students in order to inspire them towards engineering education.

•Conducting preparatory courses on basic principles of engineering for the newly admitted students.

In charge of students’ discipline, developing related policies, procedures, rules and regulations, monitoring implementation, handling the disciplinary issues, forming enquiry committee and implementing the recommendations as per college norms.

Guiding the first year students to participate in various project competitions to show case their understanding about the basic principles of engineering.

Leading, coordinating, monitoring and reviewing the various the actions and activities related to Outcome Based Engineering (OBE) education.

Monitoring the implementation of teaching pedagogy to ensure the outcome in the form of applying, analyzing, evaluating and finally creating abilities of the students.

Coordinating and reviewing the students’ industrial training during the summer and winter vacations and leading the faculty team to guide the students to undertake industry projects subsequent to the training.

Monitoring the functioning of Alumni, Technical Associations, professional societies and Industry Institution Interaction cell, Intellectual Property Rights Cell etc.

Member of Governing Council (GC) and the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC): Involved in creating awareness on quality aspects, coordinating and leading the organizational efforts towards outcome based education. The activities also include preparation of reports for approval (Anna University and AICTE) and accreditation (NBA and NAAC), designing self-appraisal format for faculty and facilitation of participation in media conducted surveys.

As an additional responsibility, administered the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Lead the Mechanical Engineering team for NBA accreditation and succeeded.

Conducted, 5 minutes daily Quality Circle meeting to plan for the day and conducted, weekly staff meeting to review the week’s activities and plan for the next week.

Liaising with industries for collaboration and facilitating the student’s recruitment process. Established an industry sponsored 3-D Printing Laboratory.

Leading and coordinating the entrepreneurial activities and providing mentorship for the students in converting their projects into ventures.

Conducting skill gap analysis, planning placement training, introducing value added courses, evaluating and providing career guidance.

Courses handled for lecturing and leading discussions:

•Basic Engineering to I year B.E. students

•Engineering Graphics and AutoCAD to I year B.E. students

•Optimization in Engineering Design (Postgraduate students)

Guiding UG and PG students’ innovative, in-house and industry collaborated projects

Practicing various pedagogical initiatives (model based teaching, brainstorming, mind mapping, flipped classrooms etc.), to enhance students’ learning experience.

Providing personal counseling to the slow learners, giving them suitable study materials and mentoring them.

Supervising research scholars for PhD degree.

Aug 2007 to May 2016 Vice Principal – Academic (Independent Charge) and Professor - (8.8 years), Faculty of Engineering and Technology, SRM University, Ramapuram Campus, Chennai, India.

Campus Level Administrative Responsibilities:

Facilitating and guiding the activities of 9 core academic departments and 6 academic service departments in the campus that comprised of around 250 Faculty members and around 4500 students (a diversified population of different languages and religions from different states across India and a few from abroad) and monitoring their performances and outcomes.

Review of activities and plan of action related to Memorandum of Understanding with Industrial Organizations, Faculty and Students’ Research and Consultancy, Professional Societies, Clubs and Forums with the respective coordinators of the Departments.

Students Results Analysis and Corrective Action, monitoring Teaching Learning process, Special classes, Extra classes, Students’ Attendance and Report to parents

Continuous student Assessment for Academic Excellence, corrective actions based on student feedback and grievances and student Counseling

Responsible for Industrial visits, Internships and Projects.

Department-wise regular Academic Audit to review the activities including Research and Consultancy, Organizing conferences, workshops, seminars, science exhibition, open house etc., Continuing education and outreach programs.

Faculty appraisal – Faculty Counseling - Planning and organizing faculty training and development programs regularly.

Monitoring the functioning of Alumni, Technical Associations, professional societies and Industry Institution Interaction cell, Intellectual Property Rights Cell etc.

Participating in the campus level admin review meetings oninfra-structure development, Maintenance, Purchase, Housekeeping, Hostels, Security, Transport and Value added courses.

Monitoring the effective implementation of the academic element of ERP system in the campus in order to ensure quality education.

As the campus is an ISO certified institution, monitoring, improving and reviewing existing systems in place at the campus based on ISO principles.

Forecasting the requirements for future developments, including in the budget and taking steps to acquire them.

Participating in and contributing to the 3 major stages of the development of equity and diversity policies and procedures framework as part of student service (such as pre-complaint counseling, complaint investigation, and providing final decision)

Liaising with media and looking over the publications of B Tech/ M Tech/MBA programs related documents to the media.

University Level Responsibilities:

Being the member of Academic Council of SRM University, Contributing for improving the existing programs and developing new programs with courses, objectives, outcomes, assessment schemes, human and material resources, QA systems etc.

As a member of Board of Studies of school of Mechanical Engineering, contributing in designing, developing and delivering curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate level courses.

Coordinating with other campuses of the University to establish good relationship for the benefit of overall academic quality improvement.

As the member of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), involved in creating awareness on quality aspects, organizing discussions and promotion of quality circles and monitoring quality measures of the university. The activities also include, accreditation process, preparation of reports for approval and accreditation, input to curriculum development, designing self-appraisal format for faculty and facilitation of participation in media conducted surveys.

Academic Responsibilities as a Faculty Member:

Lecturing and leading discussions in:

•Fundamentals of Engineering Design (Undergraduate students)

•Basic Engineering (Undergraduate students)

•Computer Aided Design (Undergraduate students)

Guiding students’ innovative and in house projects of UG and PG students which are carried out in collaboration with organizations such as IEI, RuTAG of IIT etc.

Formulate teaching strategy, coordinate teaching load, staff performance and development.

Directly involved in ED Cell activities of the campus in coordinating activities and personnel guidance to students in converting their projects into ventures.

Conducting orientation program for faculty members under probation.

Implementing innovative student focused teaching resources, including utilization of synchronized video presentation as well as activity based concepts learning through self-developed equipment.

Compiled and presented project outcomes on external and internal client projects.

Research supervision for external and internal scholars.

Jun 1999 to Aug 2007 Eight years, that includes 2 years as Senior Lecturer and 6 years as Asst. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India.

Responsibilities:

•As a class coordinator, responsible for providing useful inputs for improving the courses of existing programs’ objectives, outcomes and assessment schemes.

•As in charge of Guest lectures, Interacting with industries and arranging knowledge series lectures in order to prepare them well versed in a particular field which encourages them to do innovative projects in that field.

•As in charge of knowledge resources, keeping track of publishers for new publications and procuring new books and journals in coordination with other faculty members to enhance the resources required for research and projects and for topics beyond curriculum.

•Lectured and lead discussions in:

Operations Research for UG students

Computer Integrated Manufacturing for UG students

Process Planning and Cost Estimation for UG students.

Engineering Graphics for I year students

Manufacturing Technology laboratory for UG students

•Supervising the student’s projects under UG and PG level.

Advising and providing support to faculty members on probation.

Counseling the students keen on going overseas and organizing bridging courses for them.

Organizing secretary of TECH 2005 and 2006, the national conference on competitive manufacturing.

External examiners of various technical institutions UG and PG level students’ projects and laboratories.

Class adviser for the class strength of 60 students each semester through their presence in the campus.

Sep 1994 to Jun 1999 Lecturer and Course Leader (5 years) – Linton Institute of Technology, (For Programs offered by Nottingham Trent University, UK), Ipoh, Malaysia.

Administrative Responsibilities:

As the acting Course Leader, facilitated a team of 15 Faculty members within the Mechanical and Manufacturing Group.

Developed new degree courses with significant support from the academia and industry.

Advised the students on the various pathways or admission processes for gaining entry into preferred program (Higher National Diploma (HND) /B.Sc) for Nottingham Trent University (UK) and Hertfordshire University (UK) Courses.

Combined and mapped technical skills, general skills and graduate attributes in several contexts into the preferred programs.

Provided advice and support to more junior academic staff, and counsel the students keen on going overseas.

Organized bridging courses for the prospective students before they proceed with the preferred programs in UK.

Ensured proper support for learners through high rate of student retention.

Participated in and contribute to the three major stages of the development of equity and diversity policies and procedures framework as part of student service (such as pre-complaint counseling, complaint investigation, and issuing of a final decision).

Academic Responsibilities:

Lectured and lead discussions in:

Fundamentals of Engineering Design for HND and UG students

Basic Engineering Principles for UG Students

Liaised with various higher education institutions in Malaysia in relation



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