Kesavadas appointed first director of Illinois' Health Care Engineering Systems Center
Kesavadas earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and he is co-founder of Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, which launched world’s first comprehensive virtual reality robotic surgery simulator to train surgeons to operate the da Vinci™ surgical robot. As director, he will lead the development of the new center and its research program. He also will serve as “Engineer in Chief” of the Jump ARCHES collaborative partnership between Engineering at Illinois and OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine at Peoria.
Since 1996, he has been a faculty member at the University at Buffalo where he founded the UB Virtual Reality Laboratory. As a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, he has pursued research in medical robotics and simulation, virtual reality in design, and haptics and human-computer interaction.
In addition to his director role at the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, Kesh has a faculty appointment as professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering.