The honor comes from the ASME Design Engineering Division’s Mechatronics and Embedded System and Applications (MESA) Technical Committee. Ravani has received this award, the highest given by a technical committee, “for a cumulative contribution to the field of Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications.”
Ravani earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, at Louisiana State University. His master’s degree and PhD, also in mechanical engineering, were completed at Columbia University (1978) and Stanford University (1982). After industry jobs at TSR Corp. and IBM, he became a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he remained until 1987. He then joined the UC Davis College of Engineering, where he rose to chair the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from July 1996 through July 2001.
He also is a member of the graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering and Forensic Science and Engineering, and briefly served as interim chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additionally, he is co-director of UC Davis’ Advanced Highway Maintenance & Construction Technology Research Center.
From 2010 through ’14, he served as a consultant for the TSR Corp. of Davis.
His research interests include kinematics and dynamics; advanced stress analysis and design; computer-aided design and computations; collision mechanics and biomechanics; the forensic evaluation of accidents and trauma; and mechatronics and intelligent transportation systems.
Ravani was elected an ASME Fellow in 1997, and his many other ASME honors include the Gustus Larson Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mechanical Engineering, the 2004 Dedicated Service Award, and the 2005 Machine Design Award for Research Contributions in Kinematics and Computer-Aided Design.
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