Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy is Marti Mannariah Gurunath Chair Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras. He is currently the Dean of the office for Global Engagement and is also a founding member of Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI. Prior to this, he was Professor of Chemical Engineering and co-director of the Process Control and Optimization Consortium (PCOC) at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX USA, Associate and full Professor at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY and Assistant Professor at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.
He was also a visiting professor at Purdue University, USA (2001), and spent summers as visiting researcher in other universities, namely University of Delaware, USA and University of Alberta, Canada. His major research interests are in the areas of Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), development of Sensor Placement (SP) algorithms for FDD, and Fuel Cells. He has worked in these areas for more than fifteen years and has published extensively.
A series of review articles on Condition Monitoring and Fault Detection and diagnosis that he published with co-authors has been cited more than 1400 times (Scopus database). He was the recipient of the Young Engineer Award for the year 2000 awarded by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) for outstanding engineers under the age of 32. He guided a B.Tech project “Qualitative Simulation in Process Engineering” that won an award as one of the most innovative theses at Bachelor’s level (all disciplines) awarded by INAE. His paper on fault diagnosis was awarded the CAST Directors’ Award for the Best Poster Presentation at the AIChE Annual meeting in Los Angeles, Nov 2000.
A paper that he co-authored was chosen by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for the Best Paper Prize, for the years 2002-2005, in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence Journal in the category - Application-oriented paper on Symbolic AI Approaches. His research has been funded by federal and state agencies such as the NSF, DOE, ACS-PRF, NYSERDA in the US and companies such as Honeywell, Nanodynamics and KBR.
In recent years, his group has been working in the area of computational microfluidics. Research work in this area has led to the formation of a start-up, SysEng LLC, in the US funded through a NSF STTR grant. With Prof. Shankar Narasimhan of IIT Madras, Rengaswamy co-founded Gyan Data Pvt. Ltd (GDPL), a high technology service and product development company located in IIT Madras Research Park. GDPL has been in existence from July 2011 and more details can be found in GyanData.