A.R. Santhakumar is a former Dean and Chairman of Faculty of Civil Engineering, Anna University, and a former Emeritus Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He obtained his B.E. and M.Sc.(Engg.) from College of Engineering Guindy, and later as a Commonwealth Scholar he received his Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr Santhakumar has more than 45 years of teaching experience and has guided a number of Ph.D. students during his long teaching tenure at Anna University.
He is a leading consultant to several organizations and has designed a number of infrastructure projects such as bridges, novel buildings, towers, dams, and plants for public sector corporations, Indian Railways, and the Government of Tamil Nadu. His work on diagonally reinforced coupling beams has been incorporated in all codes of practice including IS: 13920.
He has received several awards during his illustrious professional career, including the prestigious ICI–L&T Lifetime Achievement Award.