Rajeev J. Ram

Associate Director, RLE, Professor, MacVicor Fellow
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

CoalMap online tool shows what policy regulations and technological advancements can do for the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy.

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Rajeev J. Ram


Professor Rajeev Ram is the Principal Investigator for the Physical Optics and Electronics (POE) Group.

More than two dozen graduate and post-doctoral researchers have worked with Ram in the Physical Optics and Electronics Laboratory.  These students have gone onto leading semiconductor companies such as Intel, Sun, Samsung and Freescale as well as to tenured faculty positions at Cornell, the University of California, the University of Michigan, and MIT.

He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara and a BSc in Physics from the Californial Institute of Technology. Dr. Ram has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Award and Jamieson Award for teaching.  He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow – MIT’s highest honor for teaching. He is a long-term member and current Co-Chair of both the Energy Education Task Force and the Energy Minor Oversight Committee.


Physical optics and electronics, including the development of novel components and systems for communications and sensing, novel semiconductor lasers for advanced fiber optic communications, and studies of fundamental interactions between electronic materials and light.

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March 24, 2016
In global efforts to address climate change, electrical engineers have crucial role
In student energy seminar, Professor Rajeev Ram illustrates engineering solutions to energy issues.

January 4, 2016
Optoelectronic microprocessors built using existing chip manufacturing
High-performance prototype means chipmakers could now start building optoelectronic chips

September 16, 2015
A day in the sun
MIT Solar Day brings the MIT community together to preview the coming decades of solar energy innovation.

June 2, 2015
Bringing microgrids to rural villages
MIT team, working with villagers in India, designs peer-to-peer system to enable local power sharing

May 26, 2015
SuperUROP class of 2015 graduates with high accomplishment and promise
Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart thanks SuperUROP students for their research and innovation contributions; praises program's quintessential "MIT-ness"