Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan

An Outstanding Islander

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Imagine, Innovate and Inspire
Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan moved to the Island University in summer 2009 as the director of the Plasma Engineering Research Lab (PERL) and assistant professor of engineering. Earlier he was a lead engineer for the General Electric Company stationed in Albany, N.Y. He is a University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate. Since his arrival he has focused on developing a state-of-the-art research program on campus in the field of plasma science and engineering. In fall 2010, Thiyagarajan was awarded a $700,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for pursuing research and develop novel portable atmospheric cold plasma technologies that can potentially be used in bio-medical applications including skin cancer treatment. This cold plasma technology research can open multiple avenues for a wide range of other potential civilian and combat care bio-medical applications such as hemorrhage control, wounds healing, infection treatment, dermatology, surgical sterilization, drug delivery and food processing. Thiyagarajan is collaborating with regional industries on research projects through the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. His goal is to “Imagine, Innovate and Inspire” students to pursue science and engineering fields as a faculty mentor for McNair Scholars program and the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program. Thiyagarajan initiated and serves as a faculty advisor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student chapter. He organized the annual Coastal Bend Engineering Competition in spring 2010, which provides junior high and high school students opportunities to learn, build and compete and work with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi mechanical engineering students. During the event, organized as a step toward South Texas Engineering Alliance competition, students construct catapults from assorted items. Thiyagarajan has published peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals. He is a six-sigma green belt holder and former CEO of an award-winning technology startup company.

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