Prof. Dr. Suman Devadula

Prof. Dr. Suman Devadula

Associate Professor & Head of School


Prof. Suman Devadula is passionate about design, and how design-led innovation can systemically support sustainability. His distinguished contributions to research in design and sustainability have been recognized several times on national and international platforms.

He has over eight years of experience in the design industry (with John Deere in Germany and initiating Industrial Design and related development services at their India Tech. Centre) and academia (PESU) and adds significant value to the industry/institutions he works with. He is a member of IRC (ICoRD’21), DRS, ISSP, HDCA, Academic Council (MIT-WPU and SPPU), and serves as the Chairperson of BoS for MIT-WPU and SPPU involved in curriculum design and development for UG and PG Design programs. He also served as the Coordinator for the TG on ‘Technology, Innovation and Design’ of HDCA, USA (2015-18). He is a Certified Sustainability Associate from ISSP, USA and on Corporate Sustainability Reporting GRI G4.0.

He is an invited expert/guest on several trainings for professionals in Ideation, Design Thinking(AIF) and Agile, Design Thinking for Sustainability (Autodesk Foundation), Sustainability by Design (Indus University), Product Design for Healthcare (IIPH), Exhibit Design for Curators (NCSM), Sustainable Systems and Craft Studies (NIFT), Inclusive Design (NIF) and Prototyping for School students (NASA contest projects). Under his guidance, several students have won national and international design contests. While a student, he was elected General Secretary, IISc Students’ Council (2010-11) and was nominated student member on the DCC, CPDM (2006-07).

His research interests are interdisciplinary and span the areas of AI, design, cognition and sustainability with fifteen publications in international journals and conferences.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in Sustainability by Design, from IISc, Bangalore, a Post-graduate Diploma in Re-designing Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi, an M.Des. in Product Design from CPDM, IISc, Bangalore and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engg. from JNTU Hyderabad.

Qualifications: Ph.D. (IISc, Bangalore), M.Des. (IISc, Bangalore), B.Tech. (JNTU, Hyderabad)