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principal1 Dr. A.V. Ratna Prasad obtained his B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from Velagapudi  Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engg College, Vijayawada in 1989, and M.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur in Jan 1991 and Ph.D from JNTU, Hyderabad in Mar 2007. He began his career at M/S Ashok Leyland Ltd., Chennai, as a Development engineer. Later, he joined VRSEC, Vijayawada as a Lecturer in the year 1992. Subsequently, he promoted as an Assistant Professor, Professor and also served as Head of Mechanical Engineering Department for 7 years and presently working as Principal, V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada since 2014. He is a recipient of National merit scholarship  throughout the Educational career.

 He supervised 15 Masters thesis and at present he is supervising 4 students for Ph.D under various universities and two Ph.D awarded under his guidance from A.U. & JNTUH. He has been actively involved in research work and brought about 82 Lakhs through various sponsored research projects funded by AICTE, UGC, DRDO & DST. At present he is handling a Major Project sponsored by DST under FIST Programme as a Principal Investigator for an amount of Rs 40.0 Lakhs. He also, organized several seminars, workshops, and International Conferences; most of them are sponsored by national funding agencies such as AICTE and DST.

He published more than 50 researchpapers, out of which, 25 in peer-reviewed International and National Journals which are SCI indexed having Impact factor (Thamson Reuters) and 20 in International Conferences. His papers were cited by more than 500 researchers across the world. He has received highest no of citations aware for one of his papers in ‘Journal of Materials and Design’ published by ELSEVIER, UK since 2010 in 2015 & 2017 and is placed in the cover page of the journal. He is also a receipient of 'Outstanding Contribute Award' from journal of 'Industrial Crops & Products', ELSEVIER, Netherlands, UK in 2017. He is also the reviewer for many papers published in International Journals such as International Journal of “Polymer Composites” ( John Wiley, USA), Journal of Composite Interface (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of “Reinforced Plastics and Composites” (SAGE Publications, USA), International Journal of “Materials and Design”, BIO-Resources Engineering, Industrial Crops & Products, Journal of Fatigue, Journal of sustainable built environment (ELSEVIER publishers, UK), Recent Patents on Materials Science (Bentham Science Publishers, USA), Book Chapter in the book titled “ Natural Polymers” (Published by Royal Society of Chemistry, UK), Indian Journal of Fiber & Textile research and many more.

Dr. Prasad is a recognized master trainer and resource person for National Board of accreditation, New Delhi and he mentored many institutions in preparation of Self Assessment Report on outcome based education and accreditation.

Universities visited abroad– He has visited University of Toronto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada and delivered expert lecture there. He presented papers in various International Conferences including Canada and also chaired sessions in many conferences.