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Dr. Ramesh Rajagopalan to Receive the 2004 SAE Cliff Garrett Turbomachinery Engineering Award

Warrendale, PA, Nov. 17, 2004 - Dr. Ramesh RajagopalanDr. Ramesh Rajagopalan has been selected to receive the 2004 SAE Cliff Garrett Turbomachinery Engineering Award. The award will be presented on November 2, 2004 during the Power Systems Conference, at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada.

This award promotes developments in turbomachinery engineering as well as the presentation of SAE papers within the field. It honors Cliff Garrett and the inspiration he provided to engineers by his example, support, encouragement, and many contributions as an aerospace pioneer. To perpetuate recognition of Mr. Garrett's achievements and dedication as an aerospace pioneer, SAE administers an annual lecture by a distinguished authority in the engineering of turbomachinery for on-highway, off-highway, and/or spacecraft and aircraft uses.

Dr. Rajagopalan is presently the Senior Fellow Discipline Lead for Control and Diagnostic Systems. He overseas the technological development of gas turbine controls and diagnostics software and processes and also the technical career development path in the Controls and Diagnostics Systems group at Pratt and Whitney.

Dr. Rajagopalan joined Pratt and Whitney Canada in 1997 and moved to Pratt and Whitney (East Hartford, CT) in 1999. While at Pratt and Whitney, he has developed and patented several new control techniques and process improvements for the development of electronic engine control software. Prior to that, he was a tenured Associate Professor in the Centre for Industrial Control at Concordia University with research focus on modeling and real-time control of dynamic systems. During his tenure as a faculty from 1992 to 1999, Dr. Ramesh Rajagopalan received over C$600,000 funding from the FCAR and NSERC funding agencies and also from the industry to carry out research and development activities in the areas of robotic deburring and guidance control of autonomous transit vehicles.

Dr. Rajagopalan has authored 38 technical papers. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and SAE. In 1996, he received the SAE Ralph Teetor Educational award and currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Rensselaer at Hartford. He holds a bachelor's degree (honors) from the College of Engineering, Guindy, University of Madras in India, and master's and doctoral degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University in Canada. His research interest includes autonomous vehicles, dynamic system modeling and control, robotic deburring, image processing and real-time control.