New Faculty@IITD

Varun Ramamohan’s father was a scientist in a CSIR lab in Trivandrum in Kerala. Yet academics as a full-fledged career was not in his mind at an early stage of his life.

It was only during his final year of Production Engineering at NIT Trichy, that he developed a leaning towards academics.

“I had a few options but I thought on going abroad for higher studies,” he says.

His stint as a Consultant at Oracle in Bangalore and an internship at the Indian Institute of Science further catalyzed his desire to move to an academic terrain.

In 2008 he went to do his doctorate from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering where his research focused on the use of probabilistic modeling to improve the accuracy and precision of biomedical measurement systems. His work during the Ph.D bolstered his desire to move to academics.

After his PhD, he worked as a scientist at a nonprofit research institute in North Carolina but returning back to India was always in the back of his mind. So when he got an offer from IIT Delhi he grabbed it without a second thought.

Varun joined IIT Delhi in May 2017.

His current research is aimed at developing mathematical models of healthcare delivery systems and using these models to improve the performance of these health systems in terms of quality of patient care and cost. More specifically, he utilizes probabilistic modeling, various simulation techniques (discrete-event, Monte Carlo, and agent-based simulation), and optimization to solve problems in healthcare delivery and health economics in the Indian context. From a methodological standpoint, he is interested in optimization via simulation, especially in the context of the calibration of measurement systems.

He likes to read fiction and in particular enjoys reading science fiction and epic fantasy. Playing badminton is something else that he enjoys doing in free time.