Karthik Ramani is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He earned his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1985, an MS
from The Ohio State University, in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, in 1991, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a summer intern in Delco Products and as a summer faculty intern in Dow Plastics. He has been awarded the Dupont Young Faculty Award, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. In 2002, he was recognized by Purdue University through a University Faculty Scholars Award. In 2005, he won the Discovery in Mechanical Engineering Award for his work in shape search. In 2006, he won the innovation of the year award (finalist) from the State of Indiana. He has also developed many successful new courses. He serves on the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal of Computer-Aided Design and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. His interests are in digital and computational geometry, high-dimensional mathematics, shape search, and computer support for early design. The NSF-Computers and Information Science in Engineering, NSF-Partnership for Innovation, NSF-Innovations in Engineering Education, National Institute of Health (NIH), General Electric, and Siemens/Parametric Technology Corporation/Boeing are supporting his current work. He is also currently serving on the NSF Advisory Committee for Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. In 2006 and 2007, Professor Ramani won the Most Cited Journal Paper award from Computer-Aided Design, the Research Excellence award in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, and the Thomas French Award for outstanding educator from The Ohio State University. In 2009, he won the Outstanding Commercialization award from Purdue University and the ASME Best Paper Award at the International Design Engineering Technical Conference. He has published his recent work in the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in 2011 which forms the basis for the MLSS talk presented.