In 2012, Rajashekara was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s most prestigious organization recognizing engineering achievement, for his contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation.
By creating more efficient power systems based on renewable energy and that produce lower emissions, my contributions could help preserve precious resources.
Rajashekara has applied his knowledge of power electronics and technical expertise to create propulsion systems in automobiles, airplanes and industrial applications that run more efficiently, producing fewer emissions and using fewer natural resources.
He joined UT Dallas after several years with companies such as Asea Brown Boveri, General Motors Co. and Rolls-Royce Corp.
He joined Delphi, then a division of General Motors, in 1989 where he worked on propulsion systems for electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. He was the lead engineer on power electronics for the propulsion system for GM EV1, the first electric vehicle that was commercially available in the United States. He then became chief scientist for propulsion, fuel cell, and advanced energy systems. Rajashekara joined Rolls-Royce as the chief technologist for electric power and control systems.
“Power electronics is the enabling technology for propulsion that can make any system more efficient,” he said. “It is the key technology for development of renewable energy-based electric power generation.”
Rajashekara has given more than 100 invited presentations in more than 40 countries.
“There was a time when there was not a demand for power electronics professors in the United States,” said Rajashekara, who holds more than 30 U.S. patents. “People have awakened to the area of power electronics, and professors at research universities such as UT Dallas are poised to make contributions to society that last for generations.”
Rajashekara earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
He was an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Science and an adjunct professor at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.
Dr. Rajashekara is a fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and SAE International. His contributions have earned numerous awards, including induction into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame, the 2006 Gerald Kliman Innovator Award, 2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award and 2013 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award.