Prof. Ballal is an emeritus fellow at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at IIT Bombay. Prior to this, he taught at IIT Bombay for a period of about 35 years. He obtained his PhD degree from IIT Kanpur in 1979, and his Bachelor of Engineering degree from NITK (erstwhile KREC), Surathkal, in 1971. His research interests are primarily in the area of Iron and Steel making, and the related process engineering and mathematical modelling. He has consulted several big and small industries and governmental research institutions.
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