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Yedavalli named Platinum Jubilee Award recipient

Professor Rama K. Yedavalli This fall, Professor Rama K. Yedavalli was named the recipient of the Platinum Jubilee Award by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India, as part of its 2017 Platinum Jubilee Celebration. Presented by the university’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, this award honors outstanding IISc alumni who have made significant contributions to the aerospace engineering field.

Yedavalli earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical technology and his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from IISc Bangalore in 1974 and 1976 respectively. He is one of only 35 individuals from the IISc Department of Aerospace Engineering’s 7,000-member alumni base to receive this prestigious honor in the past 75 years.

During his 36-year academic career, Yedavalli’s research has significantly impacted the field of dynamics and control. His work has been funded by industry and government sponsors, including Boeing, Goodrich, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the Air Force Research Laboratory(AFRL), the Army Research Office, the Ohio Board of Regents, and many more.

His research explores many aspects of systems-level modern control theory. Yedavalli has made noteworthy contributions in robust control, distributed control, adaptive control, hybrid systems control and control of time-delay systems with applications in mechanical systems; and the estimation and faulty diagnostics of propulsion systems. He is the director of the Distributed Engine Control and Simulation Laboratory, which he helped to establish at Ohio State with support from the AFRL Propulsion Directorate.

 “A control system is like the brain of a human body,” said Yedavalli. “A system’s (for example a flight vehicle’s), stability and performance characteristics, such as pointing accuracies, tracking a desired trajectory, ride comfort, etc., are as good as the control algorithms we use. In our research group, we deliver efficient, intelligent control algorithms that promise not only highly satisfactory nominal performance but also are highly robust to the perturbations that occur in real life.”

He has published close to 200 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers, and he has served as an invited speaker several times. Yedavalli has graduated more than 35 master’s and PhD students, who are well placed in the work force, working at national and international universities and leading engineering organizations.

Prior to the Platinum Jubilee Award, Yedavalli was named the recipient of IISc’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Yedavalli will receive the Platinum Jubilee Award on Dec. 15, during IISc’s Alumni Conference in Bangalore, India. The award will be presented by Dr. Anurag Kumar, director of IISc, Bangalore.

More about IISc Bangalore’s Department of Aerospace Engineering

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is ranked 32nd in the Academic Ranking of the World Universities (ARWU)'s global ranking of aerospace engineering programs. The department was also the only one within IISc to be ranked in the top 50 in the world, according to ARWU.