Kaushik Rajashekara

Kaushik Rajashekara

University of Houston
IEEE Region
Region 05 (Southwestern U.S.)
Technical Area
Land transportation, EV, fuel cell, and hybrid vehicles, Autonomous vehicles and intelligent transportation
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Kaushik Rajashekara received his B.Eng., M.Eng, and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He also holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, USA. From 1977 to 198, he worked as an assistant professor/senior scientific officer at the Indian Institute of Science. From 1985 to 1987, he was a visiting associate professor at the University of Quebec, Trois-Rivieres, Canada working on Photovoltaic utility interactive systems. From 1987 to 1989, he worked at Viteq Corporation in the area of uninterrupted power supplies for computers. In July 1989, he joined Delphi Corporation, which was a division of General Motors (GM). At Delphi and GM, he held various technical and managerial positions, and managed a team of engineers that was responsible for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. He was also Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist for propulsion and advanced drive systems. In May 2006 he joined Rolls-Royce Corporation, USA as the chief technologist for electric power and control systems for More Electric and Hybrid Electric aircraft. In August 2012, he joined as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since September 2016, he is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in University of Houston. His research interests are in the area of power/energy conversion, Transportation Electrification, renewable energy, and Subsea electrification Prof. Rajashekara was elected as a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2012, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2015, a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2013, a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2021 for his contributions to electrification of transportation. He has also received a number of awards including Global Energy Prize, IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies, IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award, IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, IEEE IAS Gerald Kliman award, IEEE PELS Vehicle and Transportation Systems Achievement Award, SAE Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal, and induction into Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indian Institute of Science, Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of SAE International. He has published over 250 papers in international journals and conferences, has 35 U.S. and 15 foreign patents; and has written one book, and contributed individual chapters to 8 books. He has given over 200 invited presentations (including many keynotes) in over 50 countries in universities, international conferences, and other major technical events.

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Position History:
  • 2023-Present   Fellows Evaluation Committee Member (Fellows Committee)
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  • 2019-2025 Distinguished Speaker
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