Paul Ezhilchelvan received his MEngg degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1983, and his PhD from Newcastle University in 1989 for his work on faulttolerant computer architectures and protocols. He became a Lecturer in 1991 at Newcastle University where he is currently a Reader. Throughout his academic career, Paul has excelled in research, research-led teaching, practising and disseminating modern teaching practices. He has thus far supervised 25 PhD students successfully on varied topics which include Replica Management for Fault-tolerance, Performance Evaluation, Consensus and Consistency protocols, and Cloud Computing. He currently supervises 4 PhD students and also acts as a scientific consultant to the largest graph database company Neo4J Inc.

Since 2008, Paul has been the Director of the MSc degree programme in Cloud Computing at Newcastle and his responsibilities include continuous updating of the curriculum to include emerging topics in the area of Cloud Computing and IoT. He also has a long and proven experience in curriculum development for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. He was the coordinator of the EU funded TEMPUS-JEP project (2002-04) whose objective was to prepare a modern curriculum for Kazakhstan Universities. He has just completed leading a project (2016-18) on implementing Interactive learning techniques in the teaching of Computer Science in Kazakh Universities; the project was funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Newton Fund.

Paul was honoured in 2017 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award for Academic Achievements by National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, from where he received his BEngg degree.