Title: Engineering Educator
Company: Michigan Technological University
Location: Houghton, Michigan, United States
Dr. V.C. Rao Komaravolu, Engineering Educator at Michigan Technological University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.
Dr. Komaravolu became involved in his career because he always wanted to be a teacher. He was influenced by his father, who was a teacher as well. Once he began his career in engineering, he tried to get a job at a power plant but received an opportunity to teach at an educational institution. He tied both influences together, earning a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and began his first teaching position in India in 1968. Dr. Komaravolu first earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University in 1965. From there, he earned a Master of Engineering in 1968 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Continuing with his education, Dr. Komaravolu received a DAAD Fellowship from the University of Karlsruhe from 1981 to 1982 and from the University of Stuttgart in 1989.
The highlight of Dr. Komaravolu’s career was being instrumental in training engineers for the Ford Motor Company. He taught as an instructor for Ford as well from 1998 to 1999. Dr. Komaravolu is proud of his ability to teach various subjects as well as his options to teach in both the industrial and academic sectors of engineering. Additionally, his career flexibility has allowed him to travel the world. Dr. Komaravolu began his professional career in 1965 as a technical teacher trainee for the Ministry of Education. In 1968, he joined the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and remained on the faculty there until 1989. While working at IIT Madras he held a position as Programs and Publications officer for the Regional Center for Energy Heat and Mass transfer, which was instrumental in conducting several energy related workshops and seminars in the Asia Pacific region under the sponsorship of UNESCO. During this, he also held the positions of assistant lecturer, lecturer and ultimately assistant professor. From there, he moved to Michigan and took a job with the Michigan Technological University in 1989, starting out as a visiting assistant professor, then earning a lecturing position. Dr. Komaravolu left the university in 1999, and he held a position at the Ford Motor Company for a year as a C3P instructor. From there, he went to India as a technical consultant to SDRC (Structural Dynamics Research Corporation), where he remained from 1999 to 2006, conducting C3P training to Ford Engineers at Ford Establishments in Asia Pacific.
Dr. Komaravolu returned to Michigan Technological University in 2007 as a principal lecturer and remains in that position to this day. While at Michigan Technological University he held a position as a PACE coordinator (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education). PACE is an organization that provides opportunity for inventions and creativity in the students, office located in GM Warren, MI, and with GM, Autodesk, HP, Oracle, and Siemens and several other companies as partners.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Komaravolu has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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