ASME Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award Goes to Rajesh Rajamani

ME Professor and Benjamin Y.H. Liu / TSI Applied Technology Chair Rajesh Rajamani is the 2022 recipient of the ASME Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award — given biennially for either excellent sustained contributions or for an outstanding major, singular contribution in innovative applications or dynamic systems, measurement, or control in engineering practice. Rajamani's award was given for sustained contributions to fundamental research in the design of estimation algorithms for nonlinear dynamic systems and their applications to autonomous systems. The award is only given once in a lifetime to any one researcher.

Sensors on a bicycle to detect nearby vehicles

Examples of estimation projects Rajamani's lab has worked on include the development of a smart bicycle that protects itself by using low-cost sensors and estimation algorithms, and the development of a magnetic position sensor that has been commercialized through a startup company and is being utilized on MasterCraft boats in creating customizable waves for wakeboarding and wakesurfing. 

Diagram of Innotronics sensor

Rajamani was nominated for the award by ME Professor Will Durfee and CSE Dean Andrew Alleyne. The award will be presented at the 2022 Modeling, Estimation, and Control Conference.