P.V.M. Rao



Mehra Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Design

Head, Department of Design  

IIT Delhi  

New Delhi – 110016


Phone: +91 11 2659 6729

Email : pvmrao[at]design.iitd.ac.in




P. V. Madhusudhan Rao is professor in departments of mechanical engineering and design at IIT Delhi. He also serves as head of the department of design. He is a co-founder of Assistech lab in Khosla school of information technology, which works towards development of assistive technologies for empowerment of visually challenged. As a coordinator of IIT Delhi Design Innovation Center (DIC), he is also responsible for initiating and driving multiple programs in design, innovation & entrepreneurship. 

He obtained his bachelors in mechanical engineering from college of engineering, Osmania university, masters in mechanical engineering from IIT BHU and his Ph.D from IIT Kanpur. He was a guest researcher to US government's National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), USA Five times between 1996-2007. He was visiting scientist to Massachusetts Institute of Technology during summer 2005 and visiting faculty to Stanford University during Spring 2012.

His current teaching and research interests include product design & manufacturing, computer aided design & manufacturing, design for product life-cycle, and design of medical & assistive devices. He has authored more than 100 research papers in journals and conferences and serves on editorial boards of journal of computing and information science in engineering published by ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and journal of smart and sustainable manufacturing systems published by ASTM (American Society of Testing of Materials). He has also served on the editorial board of International Journal of Machine Tools & Manufacture (Elsevier) and BMJ Innovations (BMJ Publishing Inc). He has supervised/supervising 20 students for Ph.D theses and about 50 students for their masters theses. 

He has several patents and design registrations to his credit many of which have been commercialized. He and his team’s translational research efforts have led to successful products and solutions which are presently in the national and international market and have made an impact. Some of these products are among those selected for display at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design museum, National museum of Scotland and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation Discovery Center. He serves in multiple roles as chairman, part-time director and scientific advisor to more than a dozen start-ups.

He has carried out more than 50 sponsored research, consulting and innovation projects which were sponsored by organizations such as DST, MHRD, MeitY, DBT, INAE, BHEL, AIIMS, Government of Ethiopia, Boeing Company, Microsoft, Wellcome Trust (UK), EPSRC (UK), WHO, Omidyar Network, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He has served/serves on many academic, research and innovation committees of government of India which include DST, DBT, CSIR, ICMR, AICTE, BIRAC, MeitY, MSME, ministry of education, ministry of social justice and empowerment, ministry of railways, ministry of culture, ministry of commerce and industry, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Government of Gujarat. He has delivered more than 70 keynote/plenary/invited lectures and also contributed as a panelist in many panels including those organized by World Economic Forum, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE, UK), PAN IIT, CII, FICCI and National Innovation Foundation.

He has organized and co-organized multiple conferences and events which include Indo-Japan joint workshop on manufacturing (with IIT Kanpur), Inclusive manufacturing forum (with NIAS), India social good summit (with UNDP), National aeromodelling challenge (with Boeing), human powered vehicle challenge (with ASME), capacity building workshop for social entrepreneurs (with Harvard Business School & Tata Trusts), inclusive innovation conference (with Omidyar network), Indo-Russian  boot camp  for school children (with Niti Aayog), Student Innovation Bootcamps (with MIT), Biodesign Workshops (under Stanford India Biodesign programme) and Assistive Technology Conference (with Microsoft).

He is a Fellow of ASME. He is a recipient of Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship of INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering). He is also recipient of IIT Delhi’s K. L. Chopra Faculty Research Award in Applied Research category in its inaugural year. He has been conferred with of 2005 Vasvik Industrial Research Award and has received twice national award by Department of Science & Technology to scientists working on improving accessibility for the disabled. He has won many best paper awards for his papers in international conferences including ASME/IEEE conference.