Most cited paper award
Computer-Aided Design 40 (2008) 409–410
Most cited paper award
The Publisher presents the second annual “Most Cited Engineering for his dissertation, he focused on developing
Paper Award” for Computer-Aided Design. Our most cited a three-dimensional shape-based search engine for CAD
paper award offers an alternative to committee-selected “best models. He then joined as Senior Design Engineer at Stryker
papers”. The only objective and transparent metric that is highly Endoscopy. He further went on to work as Product Design
correlated with the quality of a paper is the number of citations. Engineer at W.L. Gore and Associates. His nonacademic
We hope that the design of this most cited paper award will interests included traveling, cricket, vegetarianism, music and
ensure fairness and equal opportunity for all authors published also learning German. Natraj died in a car accident on New
in the Journal. It is our hope that this award will stimulate the Year’s Eve 2006 while visiting his alma mater. He is survived
best minds to release their best work. by his mother Vatsala Iyer and wife Emily Iyer.
Papers for this distinction are determined solely based on
the highest number of cites, excluding self-citations, received
for all journal articles published between the years 2005–2007
[data culled from SCOPUS reports (www.scopus.com) created
on January 15, 2008]. The winning paper, for the second year
in a row, is “Three-dimensional shape searching: State-of-the-
art review and future trends” by N. Iyer, S. Jayanti, K. Lou, Y.
Kalyanaraman, and K. Ramani, Comput. Aided Des., 37 (2005)
509–530. Iyer et al. was referenced 42 times between the date
of publication and December 31, 2007 when measured by the
We once again congratulate Drs. Iyer, Jayanti, Lou,
Kalyanaraman, and Ramani for accomplishing this great
Subramaniam Jayanti graduated from Purdue University, West
Lafayette, Indiana, with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
in August 2006. He is currently working as a computational
mechanics engineer in the application development group
at Third Wave Systems, Minneapolis. His research interests
include product design, CAD interoperability, and design reuse.
Natraj Iyer (1975–2006) was born in Thane, India. He received
his undergraduate degree in Production Engineering from the
University of Bombay, India. He completed his Masters and
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, West
Lafayette, Indiana. During his doctoral study, he was also
a fellow of Innovation Realization Laboratory at Krannert
Graduate School of Management. While working at the Purdue
Research and Education Center for Information Sciences in
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Kuiyang Lou is a Research Engineer at the Global Research summer faculty intern at Dow Plastics, Advanced Materials. He
Center of General Electric Company(GE). His research inter- was awarded the Dupont Young Faculty Award, the National
ests include computer aided design and analysis, knowledge- Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation Award, the
based process integration and optimization, shape representa- NSF CAREER Award, the Ralph Teetor Educational Award
tion and retrieval, artiﬁcial intelligence, and computing and in- from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Outstanding
formation systems in engineering. He received a BS in Material Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of
Science and Engineering from Changsha Institute of Technol- Manufacturing Engineers, and the Ruth and Joel Spira Award
ogy, China (1987), and an MS in Materials Science and Engi- for Outstanding Contributions to the Mechanical Engineering
neering from Tianjin University, China (1994). He continued Curriculum. In 2002, he was recognized by Purdue University
his study at Purdue University and earned an MS in Computer through a University Faculty Scholars Award and won the
Science and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2004. NSF Partnership for Innovation Award. In 2005, he won the
Discovery in Mechanical Engineering Award for his work
in shape search. He won the Innovation of the Year Award
(ﬁnalist) from the State of Indiana in 2006. He has developed
many successful new courses - including Computer-Aided
Design and Prototyping. He also serves as the chief technology
advisor at Imaginestics, that has launched the world’s ﬁrst on-
line shape-based search engine. His interests are in digital and
computational geometry, shape design and analysis, search and
conceptual design. In 2007, he was the recipient of Purdue’s
College of Engineering Wide Faculty Research Excellence
Award. He serves on the editorial board of Elsevier’s Journal
of Computer-Aided Design. In 2008 he is a visiting Professor
in Computer Science at Stanford University.
Yagnanarayanan Kalyanaraman is a Doctoral student of
Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette,
Indiana. His current research work is focused on developing
new 3D shape representations, used mainly for storing and
retrieval of 3D models. He is also working on creating new
tools for handling different tasks while dealing with huge
CAD model repositories. His other areas of interest include
product design and informatics, user interfaces, analysis in
CAD, artiﬁcial intelligence and pattern recognition.
Karthik Ramani is a Professor in the School of Mechanical
Engineering at Purdue University and also Professor by
Courtesy in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He earned his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology,
Madras, in 1985, an MS from The Ohio State University,
in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991, all
in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a summer
intern at Delco Products, Advanced Composites, and as a
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