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Jayaraman, Sundaresan

Sundaresan Jayaraman

Kolon Professor

Functional Area(s):
Healthcare: Technology and Management
Enterprise Architecture and Modeling
Manufacturing Systems
Knowledge-based Decision Support Systems
Engineering Design and Development of Products and Processes
PhD, North Carolina State University
Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman is Kolon Professor in the Scheller College of Business and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his research students have made significant contributions in the following areas: (i) Healthcare Information Systems and Technologies including Wearable Biomedical Systems; (ii) Enterprise Architecture and Modeling Methodologies for Information Systems; (iii) Engineering Design and Analysis of Intelligent Textile Structures and Processes; and (iv) Design and Development of Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) for textiles and apparel. His group's research has led to the realization of the world's first Wearable Motherboard™, also known as the “Smart Shirt” ( This invention was featured in a Special Issue of LIFE Magazine entitled Medical Miracles for the New Millennium (Fall 1998) as One of the 21 Breakthroughs that Could Change Your Life in the 21st Century. In November 2001, TIME Magazine named the Smart Shirt one of the Best Inventions of the Year 2001. In July 2003, Newsweek Magazine featured it as one of the 10 Inventions That Will Change the World. The first Smart Shirt is currently housed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. In May 2006, he was named a First Prize Winner (out of 4,200 entries) in the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge conducted by The History Channel, The National Inventors Hall of Fame and TIME Magazine. In 2007, it was featured on a program entitled, “2057: The Body” on the Discovery Channel (

He received his Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University, in 1984, and the M.Tech and B.Tech degrees from the University of Madras, India, in 1978 and 1976, respectively. He was involved in the design and development of TK!Solver, the first equation-solving program from Software Arts, Inc., Cambridge, MA. Dr. Jayaraman worked as a Product Manager at Software Arts, Inc., and at Lotus Development Corporation, Cambridge, MA, before joining Georgia Tech in fall 1985.

Professor Jayaraman is a recipient of the 1989 Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF for his research in the area of computer aided manufacturing and enterprise architecture. In September 1994, he was elected a Fellow of the Textile Institute, (UK). His publications include a textbook on computer-aided problem solving published by McGraw-Hill in 1991 and eight U.S. patents. He has received nearly $8Million in research funding from a variety of sources including NSF, DARPA, US Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, US Department of the Navy, NIST, CDC, and industry. Dr. Jayaraman served as Technical Editor, Information Technology, for ATI Magazine (now Textile World) from 1995-2003. From May 2000 to October 2004, he was an Editor of the Journal of the Textile Institute and is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board.

Professor Jayaraman has served on six Study Committees for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council of the National Academies, and has been serving on an IOM Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace since its inception in 2005. In December 2008, he was appointed to the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design of the National Academies, and then in February 2011 to the newly-formed National Materials and Manufacturing Board. In October 2000, Professor Jayaraman received the Georgia Technology Research Leader Award from the State of Georgia. This award “honors an individual whose contribution to basic research extends the boundaries of a technology-related field. The contribution must be recognizable as a definite advance of knowledge or a significant technological development.”

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