Devarajan Ramanujan - Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am interested in applying design-based research, information visualization techniques, and life cycle analyses, for promoting sustainable development in developed & developing world contexts.

My PhD research focused on developing design methods & tools for environmentally conscious product design. I worked on methods for projecting results from environmental life cycle analysis (LCA) to early design, decision-making methods for integrating environmental assessment & design, and information-visualization tools for exploring product repositories and supply chains in environmentally conscious redesign.

At the GEAR lab, I am working on design for social & environmental sustainability in developing world contexts. Currently, I am researching the sustainability potential of desalination technologies for providing access to clean drinking water. Our current project with UNICEF & USAID focuses on developing & assessing solar-powered electrodialysis reversal plants for brackish water desalination in Gaza. I am also working on design methods for creating sustainable farm mechanization solutions for bottom of the pyramid farmers in India with Mahindra Tractors.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering (2015) - Purdue University
  • Honors and Awards

  • Estus H. and Vashti L. award for excellence in teaching, Purdue University College of Engineering (2015)
  • Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Scholar Development Award, ASME (2014)
  • College of Engineering travel award, Purdue University (2014)
  • Best paper award in Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference, ASME (2013)
  • Graduate student fellowship, NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference (2012)
  • Best research poster award, Environmental Science and Engineering Symposium (2011)
  • Publications

    See Google Scholar Page