Optimization for Engineering Design
September 3rd to 7th 2012

Organized by:
Center for Continuing Education &
Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras

Sponsored by:
All India Council for Technical Education


Dr. Saravana Kumar received his PhD. from IIT Kanpur in 2004. He was an Assistant Professor at IIT Guwahati before joining the faculty of Engineering Design, IIT Madras in December 2008.
In general his research aims at development of representational and computational tools for virtual and physical prototyping applied to arrive at solutions to design problems. Specific research areas include CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies, Rapid Prototyping, Bio-inspired routes for various inverse design and optimization problems.
He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of functional and conceptual design, computer aided design, optimization and rapid product development.

Dr. Palaniappan Ramu received his PhD. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville. Prior to joining the faculty of the department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras in December 2009, he had stints at University of Notre Dame and the Caterpillar Champaign Simulation Center, Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Palaniappan Ramu has research interests in reliability/risk based design, treatment of uncertainties and optimization. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Design for X, Optimization, Finite Element Analysis, probabilistic and statistical techniques in engineering designs.

Dr.G.K.Ananthasuresh (B. Tech. IIT-Madras, 1989; MS, U. Toledo, 1991; PhD, Michigan, 1994) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. His previous positions include post-doctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA; Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA; and visiting professorships in University of Cambridge, UK, and Katholike Univesiteit, Leuven, Belgium.
His current research interests include compliant mechanisms, kinematics, multi-disciplinary design optimization, microsystems technology, micro and meso-scale manufacturing, protein design, micromanipulation and bio-design. He serves on the editorial boards of six journals and is a co-author of more than 190 papers in journals and conferences as well as one edited book, one textbook, and 10 book-chapters. He has seven patents, three granted and four pending. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award and SAE Ralph O Teeter Educational Award in the USA and the Swarnajayanthi Fellowship and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in India as well as seven best paper awards in international and national conferences.

Dr. C. Balaji (1990 -BE., College of Engineering, Guindy; 1992-MTech, IIT Madras; 1995- PhD, IIT Madras) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the IIT Madras. He worked with NIT Trichy and NIOT, Chennai before joining the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras in 1998. He has held visiting positions at IISc Bangalore and University of Colorado.
His research and teaching interests lie in thermodynamics, thermal engineering, and optimization of energy systems.

Dr. Anand Ramani Anand Ramani heads the CAE center of competency at Applied Materials (Bangalore, India). At Applied Materials, Anand has the responsibility of developing simulation competency in the design of Applied's products. Prior to this, he was a Senior Researcher with the India Science Lab. of General Motors and has about 15 years of experience in CAE. He earned his Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. At GM, his interests and specialization were in structural optimization, structural and multi-body dynamics and optimal control. In General Motors, he worked on developing and applying methods for the light-weight design of automotive structures and in identifying opportunities for improving vehicle dynamics performance using smart systems and smart actuation. Before he joined General Motors, he had worked on and managed a number of design analysis projects and development programs for the aerospace and automotive industries

Dr. Devadas Menon Devadas Menon received his B.Tech. and PhD degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is presently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras, engaged in teaching, research and consultancy in structural engineering. His technical publications include books titled "Reinforced Concrete Design", "Structural Analysis", "Advanced Structural Analysis" and "Handbook on Seismic Retrofit of Buildings". He is presently Chairman of the Bureau of Indian Standards CED 38 Committee on "Special Structures". He has given several talks and seminars on finding meaning and fulfilment in life through awareness and transcendence of one's ego-self. His writings on this theme include a book titled 'Stop sleepwalking through life!'.

Shreeram B Shreeram B received his Bachelors in Engineering (2002) from TCE and a masters degree in Engineering Design from Anna University in 2004. He is currently a Assistant Professor at Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology. He has worked with ASCO India ltd and Effico automation before his current assignment.