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Shriram Ramanathan.

The Rutgers Board of Governors appointed Shriram Ramanathan as the first holder of the Rodkin-Weintraub Chair in Engineering. The chair was established in 2018 through a gift from the Rodkin Family Foundation and a matching gift by an anonymous donor.

Ramanathan, who will join the faculty at Rutgers School of Engineering in the fall of 2022 from Purdue University, is widely recognized for his scholarly contributions and leadership in metastable semiconductors and device physics for artificial intelligence, robotics, brain-machine interfaces and adaptive electromagnetic materials and devices.

A professor in the School of Engineering at Purdue, Ramanathan received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a research staff member at Components Research Labs at Intel for over three years. He then served on the applied physics faculty at Harvard University for nearly a decade. Their group conducts research in oxide semiconductors for neuromorphic computing, optoelectronics and haptic intelligence, and collaborates with a broad set of research groups across engineering and natural sciences.

Ramanathan has a strong record of securing external funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and from the National Science Foundation, publishing more than 195 peer-reviewed articles in major research journals. He has delivered numerous invited talks and plenary addresses at international conferences, and has been invited to attend workshops organized by the United States National Academy of Sciences Keck Futures Program and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and has served as a Kavli Fellow Lecturer for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.