Prof.C.R.Shanmugham is basically a Civil Engineer with a post graduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from Canada . He worked for more than 20 years in various capacities from Asst. Engineer to Superintending Engineer in Public Works, Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering departments of Tamilnadu Govt. Later he served as a Research Engineer, Professor and Dean, College of Agri. Engineering , Tamilnadu Agricultural University , Coimbatore for ten years. He then worked as a Project Co-ordinator in Tank Rehabilitation Project at Centre for Water Resources, Anna University and as a consultant to Water and Power Consultancy Services, New Delhi, Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad, International Water Management Institute, Colombo and NABARD, Mumbai. Presently he is working as Programme Officer, DHAN Foundation, Madurai.