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Dr. Melur “Ram” Ramasubramanian

D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor & Department Chair (On IPA assignment to the NSF as Program Director for the Engineering Research Centers Program (ERC))

Office: 100 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-5620
Fax: (864) 656-4435

Dr. Ramasubramanian joined the department in 2012 as D. W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Chair. He also holds a joint appointment with Bioengineering. Prior to arriving at Clemson, he was the lead program director for the IGERT program at the National Science Foundation from 2009-2012 as an IPA from NC State University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where he built his academic career rising through the ranks from 1994-2012. From 1987-1994, he was a Research Associate in Corporate R&D, James River corporation (now, Georgia-Pacific Corporation). His research interests are strongly interdisciplinary to include mechanics of manufacturing processes and short fiber composites; bio-manufacturing and tissue engineering including microfluidics; biomimetic materials and systems; mechatronics; and biomedical devices. He is a Fellow of ASME, TAPPI, AIMBE, and a Senior Member of IEEE and EMBS.


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 1987
Miami University, Oxford, OH, M.S. in Applied Sciences, 1983
National Institute of technology, Durgapur, India, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1981

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“Grand Challenges in Interfacing Engineering With Life Sciences and Medicine”, B. He, G. C.Y. Peng, E. J. Perrault, M. K. Ramasubramanian, M.D. Wang, J. Wikswo, G.Z. Yang, and Y. T. Zhang, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 60, No. 3, 589-598, March 2013.

“A Three-dimensional microfluidic approach to scaling up microencapsulation of cells”, Sameer Tendulkar, Emmanuel Opara, M. K. Ramasubramanian et al., Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 14: pp. 461-469, 2012.

“A scalable microfluidic device for the mass production of microencapsulated islets”, Sameer Tendulkar, Emmanuel Opara, M. K. Ramasubramanian, et al. Transplantation Proceedings, Barry Kahan, Editor-in-Chief, Nov.43(9):3184-7, Elsevier, 2011.

“A Simplified Mechanics Model for the Creping Process in Low-Density Paper Manufacturing”, M. K. Ramasubramanian, Z. Sun, and G. Chen ASME J. Manufacturing Sci. Eng., Vol. 133, October, 2011.

“Sensor systems for high speed intelligent sorting of waste paper in recycling”, M. K. Ramasubramanian, R. A. Venditti, P. K. Gillella, Tappi Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 33-39, 2012.

“A Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling and Experimental Study of the Mixing Process for the Dispersion of Synthetic Fibers in Wet-Lay Forming”, M. K. Ramasubramanian, Donald Shiffler, Amit Jayachandran , Tappi Journal, March 2010, pp. 3-13, 2010.

“A capacitive displacement sensing technique for early detection of unbalanced loads in a washing machine”, Melur K Ramasubramanian, Karthik Tiruthani, Sensors 2009, 9(12), 9559-9571, 2009.

"An Integrated Fiberoptic-Microfluidic Device for Agglutination Detection and Blood Typing" M. K. Ramasubramanian and Stewart P. Alexander (Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp 217-229, Feb 2009.

“Mechanics of a Mosquito Bite with Applications to Microneedle Design”, O. M. Barham, V. Swaminathan, M. K. Ramasubramanian, IOP Journal on Biomimetics and Bioinspiration, Vol. 3, Issue 4, Article Number: 046001, Dec 2008.

“Visible/Near-Infrared Spectrophotometric Blood Typing Sensor for Automated Near-Patient Testing”, M. K. Ramasubramanian, S. Anthony and J. Lambert (Applied Optics, Vol. 47 Issue 22, pp.4094-4105 (2008)).

 Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian