Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan


Office : Room No 404, Machine Design Section
Lab: MDS 311, TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2)
Tel: (O/L) : +91 44 2257 4728/5695
Email :
Personal webpage: https://r2d2.iitm.ac.in


Dr. Sujatha graduated with her B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Madras in 1992, her MSME from the University of Toledo, USA in 1994, and after a long stint in the prosthetics industry, her PhD from the Ohio State University in 2007. She joined the faculty at IIT-Madras in 2008.

Dr. Sujatha’s work is in the areas of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Biomechanics and Mechanisms. She heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), which focuses on the development of assistive and rehabilitation devices that are biomechanically and economically suited to Indian lifestyles and conditions. R2D2 works towards commercializing the devices with industry partners or startups, having accomplished it successfully with the Arise Standing Wheelchair and NeoFly-NeoBolt: devices for seamless indoor-outdoor wheelchair mobility.

Dr. Sujatha’s team members have won awards at prestigious competitions for their projects and have several Indian and international patents granted/pending for assistive device designs. She is also co-inventor on several US and international patents for prosthetic designs from her prior work.

Awards & Honors

  1. R2D2 has been awarded the ‘Best Assistive Technology Initiative Among Educational Institutes’ by Assistech Foundation (ATF) – 2021
  2. Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan has been conferred the Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship for a period of 3 years starting Feb 01, 2020
  3. Presidential Fellowship, Ohio State University, July 2006 – June 2007
  4. University Fellowship, Ohio State University, September 2003 – August 2004
  5. Resolution passed in the Ohio Senate honoring work in prosthetics, October 1998 

    Full list of awards here….


Selected Publications

  1. J.S. Mohammed, S.S. Dash, V. Sarda, S. Sujatha (2021). Design Journey of an Affordable Standing Wheelchair. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2021.1892839
  2. T.M. Balaramakrishnan, S. Natarajan, S. Sujatha (2021). Biomechanical design framework for prosthetic feet: Experimentally validated non-linear finite element procedure. Medical Engineering and Physics. Volume 92, 64-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2021.04.006
  3. S. Sujatha, G. Bapat and S.S. Dash (2019) GRID: A Model for the Development of Assistive Devices in Developing Countries. Disability and Rehabilitation – Assistive Technology. 14(1), 82-90. DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1673838.

    Full list of publications and patents here…