I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University.   My research focuses on designing for sustainable product life cycles. Currently my focus is on, (1) methods & tools for sustainability-based decision-making in lifecycle engineering, and (2) design & evaluation of  technologies addressing sustainable development goals in developing world countries

Previously, I was a postdoctoral Associate in the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab  at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Feb 2016 - June 2017). There, I worked on end-user needs identification, systems design & optimization, and sustainability assessment of village-scale, solar-powered, electrodialysis brackish water desalination systems for providing access to clean drinking water in developing countries. I received my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in December 2015. At Purdue, I was working in the [C] Design Lab  on developing data representations for the product design process that  enable  environmentally conscious design.

I have over 20 peer-reviewed publications in conferences and journals, including the Journal of Mechanical Design, Computer-aided Design, Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. I also have two patent applications on sustainability-based visualization techniques in collaboration with TATA Innovation Labs, USA.  My work has received the best award in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) International Design Engineering Technical Conference.

 I have  taught courses on computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, and product design and received the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Teaching Excellence from Purdue University’s College of Engineering.

Recent Publications

  • Visual Analytics Tools for Sustainable Lifecycle Design: Current Status, Challenges, and Future Opportunities Abstract: The rapid rise in technologies for data collection has created an unmatched opportunity to advance the use of data-rich tools for lifecycle decision-making. However, the usefulness of ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 6:42 AM by Devarajan Ramanujan
  • A framework for visualization-driven eco-conscious design exploration Abstract: A large portion of design activity involves reuse of previous knowledge in order to solve new problems. Therefore, facilitating eco-conscious exploration of archived designs is needed for advancing ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2016, 7:42 AM by Devarajan Ramanujan
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  • Design patterns for visualization-based tools in sustainable product design Abstract: Most design activities involve exploring and comparing existing designs. Thus, adopting an eco-conscious approach in the design exploration process can aid environmentally sustainable product design (SPD). One approach ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 6:51 AM by Devarajan Ramanujan
  • shapeSIFT: Evaluating InfoVis Tools for Eco-Conscious Design Abstract: In this paper, we present the methodology and results from the evaluation of shapeSIFT: a multi-dimensional visualization tool for exploring part repositories in the context of eco-conscious ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 6:47 AM by Devarajan Ramanujan
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  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University WelcomeDevarajan Ramanujan is a new Assistant Professor in the Design Research group from 1 August 2017. Devarajan is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 6:58 AM by Devarajan Ramanujan
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