Biography

Ravi Pappu co-founded ThingMagic with four MIT classmates in 2000. He currently runs the Advanced Development Group there, which develops cutting-edge systems based on ThingMagic’s portfolio of RFID products and solving challenging RFID system optimization problems for its customers. Most recently, he led the design and implementation of the Tool Link system in collaboration with Ford Motor Company and DeWalt (more videos: clip 1, clip 2). He is also a visiting scientist at MIT’s Center for Biomedical Engineering, where he is working on a novel signal transduction scheme for DARPA’s RealNose Project – whose goal is to model, design, and develop a sensitive odorant sensor inspired by the canine olfactory system.

He received his Ph.D. from MIT for the invention of physical one-way functions. While at MIT, he co-created the first dynamic holographic video system with haptic interaction. He has published 25 papers, and is a named inventor on 13 US and international patents.

Ravi has been honored as one of Technology Review’s top 100 innovators under the age of 35. He received the Carl T. Humphrey Memorial Award from Villanova University and was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network in the Social Entrepreneurship category in 2006. In 2008, he was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 by the Boston Business Journal. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Overseers of Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Ravi co-conceived and implemented Asha For Education’s Work an Hour campaign in 1998. This event, now held annually, has raised over $1 million for education in India. He is also one of the founders of Design That Matters, a non-profit that harnesses university students to solve challenging technical problems in the developing world.

About this blog

The blog title – The Search – is inspired by a quote from Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer.

“The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.”