He also has been awarded a US patent on the use of piezoelectric devices in active suspension systems. Naganathan has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the NIT, Tiruchirappalli, formerly known as Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli. Other awards include Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, UT Outstanding Teacher Award, UT Outstanding Researcher Award, SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, ASME Outstanding Regional Faculty Advisor Award, and TST/TSPE Engineer of the Year.
Naganathan earned his bachelor's degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the NIT, a master's degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Clarkson University, New York and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He is a tenured professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering with expertise in the areas of smart material systems and structures, robotics, vibrations and control, and microcomputer applications in electromechanical systems.
Under his leadership, the College of Engineering has achieved record high student enrollments, registering an increase in the undergraduate enrolment every fall semester for the last eight academic years, a university announcement said.
Naganathan also has worked to elevate the college's mandatory co-operative experience program- one of only eight in the US - exceeding 15,000 placements in partnership with more than 1,600 employers in more than 40 states in the US and in more than 30 foreign countries