Prof. Rajit Gadh


Prof. Rajit Gadh is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the founding director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center, the UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium, and the Connected and Autonomous Electric Vehicles Consortium. Prof.Gadh has over 25 years of experience in research and development, leading technology teams to investigate and develop advanced technologies and products. His work focuses on researching and developing innovative technologies for the next generation electric utility grid.


Prof. Gadh did his bachelor's at IIT Kanpur and M.S. degree at Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn his doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University, focusing on CAD/CAM, Feature Recognition, Computational Geometry, Artificial Intelligence/Robotics, and Visualization.
Prior to UCLA, Prof. Gadh taught for seven years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant, associate and full professor. He has also been a visiting researcher at Stanford University where he did his sabbatical from 1999 to 2000, and at the University of California, Berkeley where he served for a year after completing his doctorate degree.

Achievements and Honors

  • Best Paper (Bronze) Award, IEEE International Conference on RFID Technologies and Applications, 2013.
  • William Mong Visiting Research Fellowship in Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, 2008.
  • Lucent Industrial Ecology Award, National Science Foundation, 1997.
  • Lucent Industrial Ecology Fellow, AT&T, 1996.
  • Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1995.
  • Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, 1994.
  • Ralph R. Teetor Research and Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1993.
  • Eastman Kodak - ASME Best Technical Paper Award, ASME Design Automation Conference, 1993.
  • ALCOA Science Support Scholar, ALCOA Foundation, 1993 & 1994.
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1991.