Alexander J. and Valentina Severinsky 125th Anniversary Colloquium: Dr. Guruswami Ravichandran

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
1202 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Anahita Ganapathi
301 405 1364

Imagining and Inventing the Future of Mechanical Engineering

Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran

Division of Engineering and Applied Science

California Institute of Technology 

Caltech engineer, scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Theodore von Kármán once famously said, “Engineers create the world that never was.”  Indeed, mechanical engineers are continually transforming and reshaping the world around us in ingenious ways for the benefit of society. Their contributions to technologies have resulted in applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to medical devices to aerospace. Many of the recent innovations have been enabled by an interdisciplinary approach and the convergence of mechanical systems, sensing, information, and artificial intelligence.  The talk will describe how a focused and engineering science-based approach can lead to breakthroughs.  Illustrative examples of such advances and what they foretell about the future are presented.  Thoughts and observations regarding directions for research and education that can lead to new knowledge and future innovations in mechanical engineering are discussed. 

Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran is the John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Otis Booth Leadership Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. His awards include A.C. Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, Warner T. Koiter Medal from ASME, and William M. Murray Lecture Award from SEM. His research and teaching interests are in the mechanics of materials.

Audience: Clark School  Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Staff  Post-Docs  Alumni  Corporate  Parents and Family 


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