Viswanathan, Vimal

Vimal Viswanathan

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering




Preferred: (408) 924-3841

Office Hours

By appointment only

Office Location: Mechanical Engineering Office Suite - E310


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010

B-Tech, Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut, India, 2005


Research Interests:

Primary research interests: Design Theory & Methodology, New Product Development

Current research areas: design creativity, design automation, additive manufacturing, design of assistive/rehabilitation devices, energy harvesting devices, engineering education

Other roles @ SJSU

Director - Innovations in Design Engineering & Analyses (IDEA) Lab

Faculty Advisor - ASME student chapter

Faculty Advisor - Spartan Racing

Faculty Advisor - The Spartan Hyperloop

Past Academic Positions:

  1. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA - Department Chair (2021 - 2023)
  2. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA - Assistant Professor (2016 - 2020)
  3. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL - Assistant Professor (2014-2016)
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology - Post doctoral researcher & part-time instructor (2012-2014)
  5. Texas A&M University - Instructor (Senior Design) (2012)

Most Recent Publications:

(For a complete list, please visit the link below)

* indicates student co-authors

  1. Vadla, M., Agumbe-Suresh, M., and Viswanathan, V.**, 2024, “Enhancing Product Design through AI-driven Sentiment Analysis of Amazon Reviews using BERT,” Algorithms, 17 (2), 59, Available at

  2. Keles, O., Brubaker-Gianakos, V., Viswanathan, V., and Marbouti, F., 2023, “Experimental Learning of Engineering Concepts in Immersive Virtual Learning Environments,” Journal of STEM Education, 24 (2), Available at

  3. Machado*, M. D., Viswanathan, V., 2023, “Design and Characterization of a Single Lever Bicycle Brake with Hydraulic Pressure Proportioning,” Applied Sciences, 13, 1767, DOI: 10.3390/app13031767 .

  4. Dei Rossi*, J., Keles, O., and Viswanathan**, V., 2022, “Fused Deposition Modeling with Induced Vibrations: A Study on the Mechanical Characteristics of Printed Parts,” Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(18):9327.
  5. Pham*, H.; Bandaru*, A.P.; Bellannagari, P.; Zaidi, S.; Viswanathan, V., 2022, "Getting Fit in a Sustainable Way: Design and Optimization of a Low-Cost Regenerative Exercise Bicycle," Designs, 6 (3), pp. 59, DOI:
  6. Fusilero*, P., Reyes*, A., Trejo*, R., Viswanathan**, V., Madireddy, I., Vemuri, A., and Zaidi, S., 2022, “The Design Evolution of a Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Device for Leg Muscle Rehabilitation,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), Columbus, OH.

  7. Weaver, M., Merzdorf, H., Jaison, D., Viswanathan, V., Douglas, K.A., Hammond, T., and Linsey, J., 2022, “Sketchtivity, an Intelligent Sketch Tutoring Software: Broadening Applications and Impact,” ASEE Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  8. Runyon, M., Viswanathan, V., Talley, K., Hammond, T., and Linsey, J., 2021, “Mechanix: An Intelligent Web Interface for Automatic Grading of Sketched Free Body Diagrams,” ASEE Annual Conference, virtual conference.
  9. Mokadam*, A., Shivakumar*, S., Viswanathan, V., and Agumbe-Suresh, M., 2021, “Online Product Review Analysis to Automate the Extraction of Customer Requirements,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) – Design Theory & Methodology (DTM), virtual event.
  10. Bose*, A., and Viswanathan, V., 2021, “Mitigating the Piston Effect in High-speed Hyperloop Transportation: A Study on the Use of Aerofoils,” Energies Special Issue on Hyperloop and Associated Technologies, 14 (2), pp. 464, DOI: 10.3390/en14020464, available here.
  11. Viswanathan. V., and Linsey, J., 2020, “Designing with Examples: A Study on the Role of Familiarity, Warnings and Physical Modeling,” Journal of Engineering Design, DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2020.1851356.
  12. Solomon, J., Hamilton, E., Viswanathan, V., and Nayak, C., 2020, “A PROTOCOL Based Blended Model for Fluid Mechanics Instruction,” Journal of STEM Education, 21 (3), pp. 19-27, available here.


    Courses at SJSU:

  • ME 20 - Design & Graphics
  • ME 101 - Dynamics
  • ME 136 - Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (coordinator)
  • ME 154 - Mechanical Design I
  • ME 195 A &B - Senior Design Project (coordinator)
  • ME 256 - Product Design (coordinator)
  • ME 265 - Computer Aided Design for Mechanical Engineers


List of publications: Click Here

Visit Dr. Viswanathan's lab webpage here.