PhD Student and Rotman Institute Member
Prior to joining Western, I received my B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shiv Nadar University (India) in 2015, M.Eng. degree in Engineering Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University (USA) in 2016, and a M.A. degree in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University (USA) in 2019. My transition from engineering, where I worked on the mechanics of (a) stretchable electronic devices and (b) traumatic brain injuries, to philosophy was motivated by two reasons. First, I was interested in the relationship between the brain, body, and environment (B-B-E) from a philosophical viewpoint, and how the B-B-E system can help inform our understanding of self, mind and behavior. Second, I was interested in tackling conceptual and methodological issues arising in the mind-brain sciences through an interdisciplinary framework, by combining perspectives from philosophy, science, and engineering.
Ravikumar, V., Yi, N., Vepachedu, V., & Cheng, H. (2017). Transfer printing for cyber-manufacturing systems. In: H. Song, S. Jeschke, C. Brecher, & D. Rawat (Eds.), Industrial internet of things: Cybermanufacturing systems (pp. 671-690). Switzerland: Springer.
Ravikumar, V. (2019). Can Scale Replace Level in Scientific Practice?”, Graduate Student Colloquium Series, Western University.