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Shivakumar Raman

Director of ISE; David Ross Boyd Professor; Morris Pittman Professor; Samual Roberts Noble Foundation Presidential Professor

Contact Information

Office: CEC 124
Phone: (405) 819-3710


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Shivaji University


Dr. Shivakumar Raman is a tenured full-professor, David Ross Boyd Professor, S.R. Noble Foundation Presidential Professor and Morris R. Pittman Professor in Engineering and director of ISE at OU. He is an Elected Fellow of three major engineering societies: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Industrial and System Engineers (IISE). He has received the Oklahoma Innovator of the year award in 2009, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. He has been a faculty member at OU for 28 years.

As a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI, he has received funding for the University of Oklahoma from many external agencies, through 42 external grants, totaling well over $10 Million. He has received 12 separate grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His NSF, NASA, and US Air Force grants have focused on manufacturing process optimization, machining tribological interface modeling, and product/process metrology. He was the PI and Project Director of the Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) grant from the State of Oklahoma that investigated Shape Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (SEAM). This R&D effort focused on the use of advanced sensors and measuring instruments for metrology and reverse engineering of aircraft parts, and 3-D digital manufacturing. This project also led to the creation of a start-up company that employed several engineers and professionals. He has published 150 articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. His papers most frequently appear in journals that include Wear, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems, and ASME Transactions: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. 

He teaches two classes fundamental to the undergraduate curricula of the Schools of ISE and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME).  He has taught 4000 students, in 28 years through 100 total classes. He teaches in the areas of manufacturing processes, materials processing, and metrology. He has built three laboratories for instruction and research within the school. For undergraduate students, he has created a unique partnership with the Moore-Norman Technology Center to provide "hands-on" laboratory experience.  This partnership has been sustained for 25 years, and provides a full semester of laboratory experience to all ISE students.  In addition, he has developed several innovative curricula for the school such as the curriculum for integrating manufacturing enterprise decisions (CIMED) that cut across eight courses from sophomore to senior levels.  He has also directed an REU site on Sensors and Metrology for 10 years. 

He has served as the Scientific Committee Chair (Chief Editor) for the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) and also served on its Board of Directors (2008-2010). He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems and Journal of Manufacturing Processes (both of SME), and ASME Transactions: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering; and as an editorial board member for IISE Transactions (Journal of Design and Manufacturing), and International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing (KSPE). He has organized several symposia in advanced manufacturing processes and materials for ASME, SME and IISE. At OU, he has served as the chair of the research council as well as the honors and awards council.

He is a recipient of the IIE Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award (1998), SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1994), ASEE (Midwest) Section Outstanding Teaching Award (2000), SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award (1995), and the SME Dick Aubin Outstanding Paper Award (2008).  In 2008 he was recognized by the SIES institution in Mumbai, India as one of its 75 Eminent Alumni, at its 75th year anniversary celebrations.  At OU he has won the IISE Student Chapter's Outstanding Professor (five times), OU Regents' Award for Superior Teaching (1997), University of Oklahoma Students Association (UOSA) Outstanding Faculty Award (Engineering) (2000), and OU College of Engineering's Engineering Excellence Distinguished Lecturer Award (four times). He also was an invited participant to the Oklahoma Outstanding Professors Academy in 1999-2000.

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Research Activities

  • Form and geometry verification of parts in manufacturing, shape engineering
  • Adaptive methods for sensing and metrology in manufacturing
  • Tribology in machining and scalability, surface metrology
  • Modeling of machining processes for systemic functions and integration
  • Bio-manufacturing and osseo-metrology