Clemson University Feature Stories

New ME department chair brings national research perspective

Date Published: June 27, 2012

Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian - D. W. Reynolds Professor and new department chair for  mechanical engineeringClemson University’s College of Engineering and Science proudly announces the appointment of Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian as the D. W. Reynolds Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering. Most recently, Ramasubramanian was the lead program director for the National Science Foundation’s IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program. IGERT was developed to meet the challenges of educating Ph.D. scientists, engineers, and educators in the U.S. By introducing them to a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, IGERT is contributing to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged science and engineering workforce.
“Successfully leading the large and complex IGERT program has refined my educational philosophies, improved my strategic thinking, and helped me develop sound fiscal management skills,” observes Ramasubramanian. “But perhaps most importantly, my NSF experience has also given me a national perspective on cutting edge research areas and research funding trends across most NSF programs. “
Prior to becoming the IGERT program director, Ramasubramanian was a full professor at North Carolina State University, where he was the director of the mechatronics program in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. He also held an associate faculty appointment in the joint NCSU-UNC Biomedical Engineering Department. His research interests lie in developing new biomedical devices and procedures that improve health and quality of life. His efforts build on his expertise in biomechatronics, biomimetics, MEMS, and microfluidics. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Recently he was also elected to Fellow of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).
“We are fortunate to have someone of Ram’s background and experience coming to Clemson,” says R. Larry Dooley, interim dean of the college. “His vision for a collaborative ME department will allow us to continue attracting the best and brightest students, and faculty to our mechanical engineering program.”