Ashok is an Institute Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology. He is currently on deputation as Advisor to the Minister of Power and MNRE, Government of India.
Ashok was a faculty member at Washington State University before joining IIT Madras.
His group TENET has designed a large number of technologies in many sectors. He conceived and built the first Research Park (IIT Madras Research Park) in India which houses over 165 companies. He leads IITM Incubator which has incubated 120 companies so far.
Ashok has been a Board Member of a number of private and public companies. These include State Bank of India, TATA Communications, BSNL, Bharat Electronics, Mahindra Electricals, Sasken, Polaris, NRDC, BIRAC, Intellect, Tejas, TTML, IDRBT, and HTL. He is currently Chairman of the Technology Advisory Group at SEBI.
Ashok received the Padma Shri in 2002, and the title of “Dronacharya” for his contributions to the cause of entrepreneurship. He is a fellow of IEEE, INSA, NAS, IAS, INAE and WWRF. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Maine and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.