Prof. K.R. Padiyar has been a Professor/Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from 1987 to 2013. Previously he was with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur from 1976 to 1987 where he became a Professor in 1980. He was also a Visiting Professor in Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar in 2014,He obtained B.E. degree from Poona University in 1962, M.E. degree form Indian Institute of Science in 1964 and PhD degree from University of Waterloo, Canada in 1972.

He has published over 200 papers and 8 books in the areas of Power System Dynamics and Control, HVDC Power Transmission and FACTS Controllers.. He has guided 30 PhD students. He has conducted short term courses on HVDC, FACTS, Voltage Stability and Custom Power Devices (to improve Power Quality), primarily for Engineers from Industry. He also gave a set of lectures on HVDC Power Transmission at University of Illinois, Urbana during summer of 1991. He was a Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley during the summers of 1982 and 1983. He was a Member of the Project Review Committee of the National HVDC Project in India.

He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and Life Fellow of IEEE. He was awarded the Dept. of Power Prize twice by Institution of Engineers (India). He is the recipient of 1999 Prof. Rustom Choksi Award for Excellence in Research for Engineering. He was ABB Chair Professor during 2001-03. He received ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ from Indian Institute of Science and its Alumni Association in 2014. He received the life time achievement awards by the Organizing Committee of National Power Systems Conference and System Society of India in December 2008 and 2010 respectively.