Virtual reality development
Uma Jayaram named Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow
Jayaram, who has been with the school since 1994, was cited by ASME for her "contributions to the development of virtual reality techniques for design, in particular assembly. She also has done seminal work in integrating various CAD/CAE systems by using advanced knowledge representation techniques, including ontologies and the evolving Semantic Web.”
Jayaram’s other research interests include environments for retention of design and information skills, CAD/CAM and Design Automation, and integrated frameworks for engineering tools. She has published influential articles in several journals. The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering awarded Jayaram the Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. She also played a significant role in the development of academic excellence in the design/manufacturing curriculum within the department and college.
In addition, she holds three patents and has co-founded several companies. She worked to establish the Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (VRCIM) lab with Sankar Jayaram and their research has provided U.S. manufacturing companies with globally competitive engineering technology. She is also a Sloan Faculty Fellow because of her commitment and contribution to engineering education.
Jayaram also is an affiliate associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991. She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.