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TARDEC Thrust Area 3 Co-LeaderRavi Thyagarajan

Ravi Thyagarajan, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Expert, Materials/PLE
Product Lifecycle Engineering
6501 E. 11 Mile Rd., Bldg 200A,
Warren, MI 48397-5000

Dr. Ravi Thyagarajan is a Science and Technology (S&T) acquisition professional in the research and development of military ground vehicles over the entire product lifecycle. He currently serves as the Senior Technical Expert in Materials/Product Lifecycle engineering in the Ground Systems Engineering Support Directorate at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). In his current role, he is responsible for setting the engineering and research direction for materials-related initiatives such as Light-weighting, Additive Manufacturing, Multi-material joining, Materials development, as well as Modeling and Simulation in support of the same.

His most recent assignment was being the TARDEC Deputy Chief Scientist for over three years, where he was responsible for managing the basic research program portfolio. He also served on the Deputies Council chartered to be the focal point for making timely and informed enterprise-level business decisions aligned to strategic priorities and transformation.

Dr. Thyagarajan started his civilian career as a Senior Technical Specialist in TARDEC/ Analytics where he was the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Lead for several underbody blast programs such as the Occupant-Centric Platform (OCP) Technology-Enabled Capability Demonstrator (TECD) – a key S&T project for the Army focused on increased force protection and warfighter survivability.

His research pursuits are in the areas of structural lightweighting/optimization, occupant protection, blast modeling/design, and fast-running modeling methodologies. He has received the Army Materiel Command Systems Analysis awards in 2010 and 2012 for his pioneering work in the innovative use of M&S for Underbody Blast events, in Theater Reconstruction, and in the design of countermeasures for mitigating blast effects. In 2013 and 2015, he was coauthor of research publications that won the Best Paper Award at the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS). He is also a Member of the Army Acquisition Corps, and is a Certified Acquisition Professional as Systems Engineer, Program Manager and S&T Manager.

He spent over 15 years in the automotive industry at Ford Motor and Visteon Corporation, where he was involved in all aspects of product development of automotive interiors. His automotive experience includes leadership roles in concept-to-launch product design, human factors/ ergonomics development, as well as in the standardized application of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools during the nominal design engineering process. He received several awards for his pioneering efforts, including the President’s level Customer-Driven Quality award.

Dr. Thyagarajan received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He has three patents, written over 60 technical papers and is Co-organizer of SAE Congress sessions as well as a Journal Editor for the SAE Journals. In 2013, he received the Forest R McFarland Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for his outstanding contributions in the planning, development and dissemination of information through technical exchanges.

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