Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas

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Dr. Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. He is the Director of Health Care Engineering Systems Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering with affiliated positions in the Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science Departments.

His research interests are in the areas of medical robotics and simulation, virtual reality in design, haptics and human-computer interaction. Dr. Kesavadas has been in the forefront of Virtual Reality and its application to medicine, since this field was in its infancy. A winner of multiple awards recognizing his visionary contributions, he developed the world’s first stand-alone virtual reality Robotic Surgical Simulator RoSS and also co-founded two start-up companies. He co-invented the HoST simulation environment for training surgeons on cancer treatment using da Vinci Surgical Robot for procedures such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy and cystectomy.

Dr. Kesavadas is the “Engineer in Chief” of the Jump ARCHES collaborative partnership between the College of Engineering at Illinois and health care providers at OSF HealthCare and at the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine at Peoria. Dr. Kesavadas also serves on the Curriculum Committee of the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, as well as being a member of the Simulation Technology Committee for American College of Surgeons (ACS), is a member of IEEE, and is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering.