Ph.D, B-Tech

Dr. Ganesh Sundaram joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2006. He has a wide variety of interests, education and experience, and is a strong proponent (and example) of interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Sundaram received his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and continued as a Junior Research Fellow and graduate student at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

He was selected for the prestigious Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Junior Research Fellowship in 1993, but chose instead to go to the University of Texas at Austin, USA. From 1993 to 2000, he worked as a teaching and research assistant at University of Texas where he received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2000. His dissertation focused on Theoretical Solid State and is titled, “Wave packet dynamics in slowly perturbed crystals: Gradient energy and Berry-phase corrections.”

While in the USA, he worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin Global Communications, after which he conducted independent research on Computer Simulation, Graphics and Animation using Java. Dr. Sundaram has publications in refereed journals and has used Java to develop a Carrom game that has been published on the web.

Dr. Ganesh Sundaram currently serves as Assistant Professor (Sl.Gr) in the Department of Physics, School of Arts & Sciences, Amritapuri. While at Amrita, he continues to promote interdisciplinary studies and is currently advising Electrical Engineering students on their projects.


Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title


J. Freeman, B. Shankar, and G. Sundaram, “Inverse kinematics of a dual linear actuator pitch/roll heliostat”, in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2017, vol. 1850.[Abstract]

This work presents a simple, computationally efficient inverse kinematics solution for a pitch/roll heliostat using two linear actuators. The heliostat design and kinematics have been developed, modeled and tested using computer simulation software. A physical heliostat prototype was fabricated to validate the theoretical computations and data. Pitch/roll heliostats have numerous advantages including reduced cost potential and reduced space requirements, with a primary disadvantage being the significantly more complicated kinematics, which are solved here. Novel methods are applied to simplify the inverse kinematics problem which could be applied to other similar problems. © 2017 Author(s).

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