Venkataramanan (Ragu) Balakrishnan
Venkataramanan (Ragu) Balakrishnan was born in India. He received the B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and the President of India Gold Medal from The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1985, graduating at the top of the University. He received the M.S. degree in Statistics in 1992, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, in 1989 and 1992 respectively, all from Stanford University. From September 1992 to February 1993, he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Information Systems Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. From February 1993 to August 1993, he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar and a Lecturer at the California Institute of Technology. From September 1993 to August 1994 he was a Research Associate at the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland. Since August 1994, he has been on the faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where is currently the Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Professor. For the 1999-2000 academic year, Professor Balakrishnan served as the Interim Director of Graduate Admissions for the School of ECE. During the 2003-2004 academic year, he served as the Assistant Head of ECE for strategic initiatives, as well as the Director of Graduate Admissions. From 2004-2007, he served as the Associate Head of ECE. From August 2007 through April 2010, he served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at Purdue. He served as the Interim Head of the School of ECE from January 2009 through April 2010, since when he has been serving as the Head of the School of ECE. In 2012, he was named the first Michael and Katherine Birck Head of ECE.
Professor Balakrishnan's research interests are primarily in the areas of control, and the application of convex optimization to problems from systems, control, robotics, communication and signal processing. He is a coauthor of the research monograph Linear Matrix Inequalities in System and Control Theory, SIAM, 1994. During 1999-2001, Professor Balakrishnan was the chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robust Control (under the IEEE Control Systems Society). He has served on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, and on program committees for the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, American Control Conference, and IEEE Conference on Control Applications and Computer-Aided Control Systems Design. Besides serving as a referee for numerous technical journals and conferences, Professor Balakrishnan was a guest-editor for a two-part special issue of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control on Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control Theory and Applications, published in November-December 1996. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic control (TAC) during January 2001-December 2003, and as an Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON) during 2000-2004. He has been appointed to the IEEE CSS Board of Governors for 2014.
Professor Balakrishnan received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR-YI) 1997. From the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, he received the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997, and the Honeywell Award for excellence in teaching in 2001. He was named a Purdue University Scholar in 2008. Professor Balakrishnan is a Fellow of the IEEE.