Anand Tanikella is currently the worldwide Vice President of R&D for Saint Gobain Abrasives based in Massachusetts, USA. Prior to this, Anand was the founding Director of Saint-Gobain Research India, the company’s 7th transversal R&D center in Chennai, India.
Anand joined Saint-Gobain in 1996 in USA as a Senior Research Engineer in Saint Gobain’s North American R&D Center in Northborough, MA in Boston area. He held various positions with increasing responsibilities during the past 25 years conducting break through R&D in technologies related to Ceramics, Abrasives, Plastics and various Construction materials. He is passionate about Technology management and bringing out profitable Innovations. Anand is passionate about influencing the Impact of Engineering Education on Industrial Innovation.
Anand received a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1996 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, India. He has authored numerous international journal publications and holds over 16 patent families with several in process. Throughout his career, he has been active in technology education and was a part time faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.