Mahadev has a BE in Environmental Engineering from Shri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore. Currently he is pursuing M Tech in Hydraulics from National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. As a part of the M Tech programme, he joined ATREE as an intern for two months. He is working on 'Water distribution network study on fate and transport of contaminant and its decontamination by pilot-scale tests' under the guidance of Dr Priyanka Jamwal.