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.

 Currently, I teach the Innovation Project course - a Master's level course  IT Product Development at the Department of Computer Science. I will be starting a  Master's  course on Sustainable Design and Production at the Department of Engineering in the Autumn semester.  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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