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Ravi Manimaran

Ravi Manimaran

Professor & Chair

Engineering Technology


M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering - West Virginia University, USA

M.S. Electronics & Control Systems - Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India

B.S. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering - I.E.T.E, India

Certified Teacher in Higher Education, Staff & Educational Development Assoc. (SEDA), United Kingdom

  • Austin Peay State University (APSU), Clarksville, Tennessee, USA (August 2019 - Present)
    • Professor and Chair, Department of Engineering Technology
  • Atlantic Cape College, Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA (October 2016 – June 2019)
    • Dean of STEM Programs
  • Essex County College (ECC), Newark, New Jersey, USA (August 2011 - August 2016)
    • Division Chair / Professor, Engineering Technology & Computer Sciences Division
    • Principal Investigator (PI), NSF STEP Grant, $150,000 (November 2011 - July 2013)
  • Black Hawk College (BHC), Moline, Illinois, USA
    • Asst. Professor (Electrical Track / Sustainable Energy) (August 2008 – July 2011)
    • Principal Investigator (PI) / Project Director, NSF/ATE (August 2008 – Nov. 2010)
  • Lake Michigan College (LMC), Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
    • Professor (Electronics) / Program Director (August 2002- July 2008)
  • Temasek Polytechnic, Tampines, Singapore
    • Lecturer / Course Manager – Temasek Engineering School (April 1997 – July 2000)
  • IBM Singapore Inc., Kaki Bukit Avenue, Singapore – Term Project                         
    • Failure Analysis Engineer – Hard disk Drive Manufacturing Division         
  • B.M. Birla Planetarium / Science and Technology Center, India 
    • Electronics Engineer - Planetarium / Science Center            
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, India   
    • Project Associate / Engineer – Wave Energy Project
    • Project Associate / Engineer – Microprocessor Applications Project      
VLSI, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array), and Industrial Automation Systems. Other areas of interest include Active Learning, Innovative Pedagogy, Higher Education Leadership and Accreditation including ABET.
  • On June 25-28, 2023, the following four papers were published and presented in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland.

    • Strategies for Continuous Improvement in ETAC of ABET Programs: A Novel Approach - Ravi Manimaran, Md. Ali Haider

    • Integration of Professional Publications in the Implementation of Industry 4.0 to Augment the Learning Experience in ETAC of ABET ET Programs - Ravi Manimaran, Mahesh Pallikonda

    • Research Problems: A Pathway to Introduce Industry 4.0 in Undergraduate Education - Mahesh Pallikonda, Ravi Manimaran

    • Building a Rotary Wing Aviation Program to Facilitate Integration of Military Veterans and Service Members - Charles Weigandt, Mahesh Pallikonda, and Ravi Manimaran

  • In Jan. 2020, APSU was awarded the Governor's Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) entitled, "Bridge to Work" Grant ($300,000). I am the Co-PI for the grant (Jan. 2020 - June 2022), along with Matthew Anderson, which impacts the high schools in counties of Houston, Stewart, and Montgomery. One of the deliverables is the Summer Manufacturing Institute.
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - Papers Reviewed 2019 - 2022

  • Text book Review: Electrical Engineering and Circuit Theory - Nov. 2021

  • Faculty Advisor for three STEM division students: two Engineering majors and one Biomedical Science major for NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Biomedical Materials, Devices, Therapeutics, and Emerging Frontiers, Summer 2019.

  • Faculty Brown Bag Series Presentation entitled "Innovative Teaching in STEM Education" focused on "Engaging the Learner in the Teaching and Learning Process" - Nov. 2015.

  • Poster presentation at the STEMtech 2014 Conference on the theme "Recruiting, Retaining, and Transitioning students into STEM programs" sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, Nov. 2014.

  • Conference presentation at the "Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, Nov. 2014.

  • Conference Presentation on the theme "Community College Perspective on STEM Education" at the Fifth Annual Urban Education Institute held in Greensboro, NC on March 2013. I shared the results of the NSF STEP Grant (2006-2013) and elucidated the findings as well as success stories.

  • Judge - "STEM Summer Camp Robotics Competition", First and Second Annual STEM App Competition organized by Congressman Frelinghuysen's Office, 6th Annual GSLSAMP and Bridges to Baccalaureate STEM Research Conference (Oct. 2014) at Rutgers University sponsored by the National Science Foundation, 43 rd, 44 th Annual Jersey Shore Science Fair held at Stockton University, NJ - 2018, 2019.

  • Honors Capstone Research / Hands-on Projects:

  • During 2013-16, several honors capstone research and hands-on projects have been successfully completed by students in the various engineering and computer science disciplines. 

  • The implementation of two NSF funded Black Hawk College (BHC) Sign Lighting Projects, one using solar panels and the other using solar panels / wind turbine (hybrid) - 2009.

  • Presentation and Demonstration of the NSF Simulator/Calculator to the Board of Directors - Fall 2009.

  • The local newspaper, The Dispatch / Argus, published an article titled “BHC Professor creates Educational Calculator for energy systems” that encouraged educators to obtain the free NSF learning modules for use in  community college / University classrooms. The article was picked up by a national organization, “ASEE first bell.” resulting in requests for the learning modules from all over the U.S. / Canada. Around 1000 benefitted.

  • National Public Radio (NPR), several local TV channels, and the newspaper carried stories about the two-renewable energy-powered BHC Sign Lighting Projects, generating interest in the local school districts and the community as a whole.

  • "Innovations in Engineering Technology Education" grant sponsored by NSF was assigned a booth at the 2010 ATE PI (Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigator’s) conference @ Washington DC on Oct. 2010 for the purpose of dissemination. I demonstrated / presented the Simulator / Calculator to the participants. Educators received a free copy at the conference. The Conference was sponsored by the AACC (American Association of Community Colleges).

  • Presented a paper titled “Innovations in Engineering and Energy Technologies” to an international audience at the 2010 STEMtech Conference, Orlando, Florida. The audience participated in the demonstration of an interactive, instructional tool that incorporates energy simulators and calculators. All conference participants received a free copy. The conference was sponsored by the “League for Innovation in Community Colleges”. 

  • Advisor for Senior Design / Research Projects: Digital Gearshift Indicator, Doorbell for the Deaf, Wrist Watch Alarm for the Deaf and Smoke Detector for the Deaf, April 1997 - July 2000

  • Presented a paper entitled “An Alternative approach to Digital Techniques Laboratory Instructions to Enhance Thinking” at the Annual Staff Development Conference, 1999