Dr.Ravi Thyagarajan is a Science and Technology (S&T) acquisition professional and currently serves as a Portfolio Director in the Army Futures Command(AFC)/Department of Science and Technology Integration in Austin, TX. Prior to his current role, his most recent assignments were as the Senior Technical Expert in Materials/Product Lifecycle engineering at US Army Tank Automotive R&D Engineering Center (TARDEC), now the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) in Warren, MI and also as the Deputy Chief Scientist of TARDEC for over three years. He has also spent over 15 years in the automotive industry at Ford Motor and Visteon Corporation, where he was involved in all aspects of the product development lifecycle of automotive interiors.
Dr. Thyagarajan has provided technical leadership for almost 30 years in the areas of design, development, and analysis of ground vehicles and occupants, pertaining to structural optimization, ground vehicle crash/blast-worthiness, occupant safety, and light-weighting. His accomplishments have resulted in designs, tools and methodologies that have greatly benefited both the commercial automotive and defense vehicle sectors, and his pioneering research has led to significant subsequent advances by other engineers and scientists. His foundational work in modeling and simulation as applied to automotive interiors and ground vehicle survivability continues to be the standard operating processes in OEM and supplier companies, both commercial and military/government.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in ME from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mechanics from Caltech, Pasadena. He has four patents, written over 80 technical papers and is Co-organizer of SAE Congress sessions and Journal Editor for the SAE Journals. In 2013, he received the SAE Forest R McFarland Award. He has received the Army Materiel Command Systems Analysis Awards in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, 2015 and 2019, he was coauthor of research publications that won the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS) Best Paper Award. In 2017, he received the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and in 2018, Dr. Thyagarajan was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).