Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman


College of Management &

School of Polymer, Textile & Fiber Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0295

Tel: 404/894-2461 :: Fax: 404/894-8780




Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman is a Professor of Textile Engineering with a joint appointment in the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his research students have made significant contributions in the following areas: (i) Enterprise Architecture and Modeling Methodologies for Information Systems; (ii) Engineering Design of Intelligent Textile Structures and Processes; (iii) Design and Development of Knowledge‑Based Systems (KBS) for textiles and apparel; and (iv) Multimedia Educational Systems. His group's research has led to the realization of the world's first Wearable Motherboard, also known as the “Smart Shirt” (www.smartshirt.gatech.edu). 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 on public display at the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention in Washington, DC.


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). In April 1997, he received the Georgia Outstanding Manufacturing Researcher of the Year Award from Georgians for Manufacturing. His publications include a textbook on computer-aided problem solving published by McGraw-Hill in 1991 and seven U.S. patents. He has received over $6Million in research funding from a variety of sources including NSF, DARPA, US Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, US Department of the Navy, NIST 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, one of two leading refereed journals in the field of textile science and engineering, and is currently on the Editorial Advisory 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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