Ramsharan Rangarajan

Ramsharan Rangarajan

Associate Professor

PhD, Stanford University, 2012
MS, Stanford University, 2009

BTech, IIT Madras, 2006

+91 80 2293 2589

Research Interests

Finite element methods for moving boundary problems, Mechanics of slender elastic structures, Computer vision techniques for mechanical measurements, Flexible robotics


  • ME 242 Solid Mechanics
  • ME 290 Mechanics of slender elastic structures

Selected Recent Publications

  • Rangarajan, R. (2017). On the resolution of certain discrete univariate max–min problems.Computational Optimization and Applications, 68(1), 163-192.
  • Rangarajan, R., & Lew, A. J. (2017). Provably Robust Directional Vertex Relaxation for Geometric Mesh Optimization.SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 39(6), A2438-A2471.
  • Rangarajan, R., & Gao, H. (2015). A finite element method to compute three-dimensional equilibrium configurations of fluid membranes: Optimal parameterization, variational formulation and applications.Journal of Computational Physics, 297, 266-294.
  • Rangarajan, R., Chiaramonte, M. M., Hunsweck, M. J., Shen, Y., & Lew, A. J. (2015). Simulating curvilinear crack propagation in two dimensions with universal meshes.International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 102(3-4), 632-670.
  • Rangarajan, R., & Lew, A. J. (2014). Universal meshes: A method for triangulating planar curved domains immersed in nonconforming meshes. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 98(4), 236-264.

​​Sponsored Projects

  • A geometric mechanics approach for precise control of deployable structures, STC, 2017-2019
  • Case studies in the mechanics of slender elastic structures, SERB, 2017-2020
  • Finite element approximation of a phase field model for quasistatic brittle fracture, VSSC, 2016-2018
  • A variational approach to registration with local exponential coordinates, Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems, 2016-2017

Additional Information

  • Product Design Engineer, Apple Inc, 2012-2014
  • Finite element developer, MSC Software Inc, 2015