Indian American scientist wins Inventor of the Year Award

Dr. Rajiv Joshi
Dr. Rajiv V. Joshi; photo credit:

IBM researcher Rajiv Joshi recognized for pioneering work in improving artificial intelligence capabilities.

Prolific Indian-American inventor Dr. Rajiv V. Joshi has won the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s Inventor of the Year Award for his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence capabilities.

An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay alumnus, Joshi was presented the 2020 award “in recognition of the contribution that the invention has and/or will make towards society as a whole” early this month during a virtual awards ceremony.

A research staff member at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Joshi holds 235 US patents. His work focuses on the development of integrated circuits and memory chips.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and received the Industrial Pioneer Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2013 and the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award in 2018.

Joshi holds a B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay. He came to the US in 1977 to pursue a master’s degree at MIT and a doctoral degree at Columbia University.

According to Joshi’s biography, his novel interconnects processes and structures for aluminum, tungsten, and copper technologies are widely used in IBM for various technologies.

He has led successfully predictive failure analytic techniques for yield prediction and also the technology-driven SRAM (Static random-access memory) at the IBM Server Group.

Joshi has extensively worked on novel memory designs and commercialized these techniques. He received three Outstanding Technical Achievements (OTAs) and three highest Corporate Patent Portfolio Awards for licensing contributions.

A Distinguished Visiting Professor with IIT Roorkee, he has authored or coauthored over 200 papers.

Joshi was inducted into the New Jersey Inventor Hall of Fame in August 2014 along with the pioneer Nicola Tesla.

A member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Joshi served as the General Chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronic Design (ISLPED).

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