Mr Sakthivel Ramaswamy has been conducting some interesting workshops at our university lately and his work focuses on emerging areas in design and innovation fields, we decided to get in touch and to know more about him and his areas of research and work.
Sakthivel is from an eminent family in Chennai and has always lived a life close to nature. It was during his final year at School of Interior Design, CEPT University that he finally decided to explore nature and got into a lifelong relationship with nature. This exploration began with his research on bio-mimicry* that led him to the insights of high tech equipment mimicking nature and finally back to nature itself. On graduating from SID, he received the Best Graduating Student and Best Thesis awards. Then he went back to attend his family business in heavy industrial fabrications; he not only brought design changes, but also learned engineering aspects and developed technical solution for fabricating stainless steel double curve profiles of nuclear reactor components. After a few years, to pursue his masters in Emergent Technologies and Design at The Architectural Association he went to London where he completed a project on fiber composite adaptive systems.
Mr Ramaswamy has given lectures about his work on biomimetics and fabrications at many design as well as engineering conferences and institutes, presented them at leading exhibits including India Design and Acadia; his work has been published by many publications and journals: Evolo and Urban Flux. He has also done an Executive Certificate Program in Business Strategy and Innovation from MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Sloan School of Management, USA and a Certificate Course in Basic Pneumatics from Festo Didatics, India. After a long career in design, technology, business administration and bionics here is his opinion on some of our questions.