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Ram D. Sriram

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

100 Bureau Drive, MS 8263

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8263


Phone: (301) 975-3507

Fax: (301) 975-4482

Email: sriram att


Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. He was also the manager of the Sustainable Manufacturing Program. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. At MIT, Sriram initiated the MIT-DICE project, which was one of the pioneering projects in collaborative engineering and documented in the book entitled Distributed and Integrative Collaborative Engineering Design, Sarven Publishers, 2002.

Sriram has extensive experience in developing knowledge-based expert systems, natural language interfaces, object-oriented software development, life-cycle product and process models, geometrical modelers, object-oriented databases for industrial applications, health care informatics, bioinformatics, and bioimaging. He has consulted for several leading corporations all over the world. His client list (during his tenure at MIT) include Boeing, GE, NTT Data(Japan), NASA, Xerox Corporation, United Technologies, IIC (Spain).

Sriram has co-authored or authored nearly 250 papers, books, and reports, including several books. Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. In 1989, he was awarded a Presidential Young Investigators Award from the National Science Foundation, U.S.A.

Sriram is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member (life) of the Association for Computing Machinery, a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association.