Sridhar Kota

Sridhar Kota

Founder and President, FlexSys Inc.; Former Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing, White House (2009-12); and Herrick Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan (United States)

Prof. Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Manufacturing Leadership at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Between 2009-2012 Prof. Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, he developed policy recommendations and implementation strategies to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and to foster innovation-based manufacturing and commercialization of emerging technologies. He played an instrumental role in initiating and leading President Obama’s National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

Prof. Kota is the Director of Complaint Systems Design Laboratory and has pioneered a new paradigm in engineering design exploiting elasticity. He authored over 200 technical papers and over 25 patents. He is the founder and President of FlexSys Inc., an engineering firm engaged in bio-inspired product design including shape-morphing aircraft wings.


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