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A One-In-A-Million Kind Of Colleague


DSC_4604 Dr. Lakshminarayan Rajaram (Mathematics, Tarpon Springs) recently received a prestigious Hind Rattan Award for 2014 in recognition of his outstanding teaching/research services globally and achievements in the fields of biostatistics, mathematics and public health.

The Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) is given to only 25 to 30 non-resident Indian citizens out of over 25 million people of Indian origin living outside India. The annual award recognizes those who raise the profile of the country through their outstanding services, achievements, and contributions.

The NRI Welfare Society of India that selects the recipients of this award consists of high profile ministers, members of parliament, former Prime Minister of India and eminent journalists. The advisory board doesn’t look for any one particular project or research but instead for the multi-faceted contributions made by the awardees in their fields of expertise that make India proud of them.

We asked Dr. Rajaram to share the work that he’s done that earned him this recognition:

EXPERTISE: Even though I have a Ph.D. in mathematics, over the last 15 years, I have acquired expertise in biostatistics, public health, biomedical research and computing, pharmacokinetics and principles of research methodologies through collaborative research and work.

I have been a math colleague of Dr. Rajaram for the past 12 years. He is first and foremost a gentleman, a man with integrity and will help his students in any way possible. He is a team player and I am very proud of him for winning this prestigious award. The mathematics department at the Tarpon Springs campus is strong because of the caliber of professors like Dr. Rajaram. Sandy Cohen (Mathematics, Tarpon Springs)


GLOBAL ACTIVITIES: As a member of the Global Citizen Safety and Security Working Committee of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) I have promoted education in my multi-disciplinary expertise through invited talks, workshops, or short but intense courses in countries such as Argentina, China, Ecuador, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, and West Africa.

In addition to serving as an invited member of International Scientific Committee of an International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering & Computing, I have given invited talks on such topics as:

  • Statistical Analysis of Social Media in Public Health in China
  • Safety of Medications and Vaccines in Spain
  • Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Trials: Statistics and Pharmacokinetic Principles in Holland
  • Education and Training in Clinical Research in Latin America in Argentina
  • Foundation Course in Biostatistical Methodologies in Clinical Research in Ecuador
  • Review of Survival Analysis Techniques to Analyze the Chronic Disease Data in Spain
  • Applications of Mixed Models in Clinical Trials in India.

Before I transferred up to the Tarpon Springs campus, I knew Raj mainly by reputation: an intelligent professor who sets high standards for his students on the one hand, a patient mentor who assists them to achieve those standards on the other. After working with him for a year, I have also found him to be warm and easy going colleague with a ready sense of humor. Around the break room, he and I have discussed his travels to international Biostatistics conferences, but I was unaware of the reputation he has built in that sphere. I was truly astonished by the global prestige of the award. Add humility to Raj’s list of his traits! Bill Hemme (Mathematics, Tarpon Springs)


RESEARCH: My individual and collaborative research with physicians and doctoral students have also been multi-disciplinary and have resulted in publications in such journals as:

  • Journal of Stochastic Analysis and Applications
  • Journal of Statistical Theory and Applications
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Journal
  • Journal of Applied Sciences in Environment Sanitation”, “Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Journal of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Rajaram’s love of teaching is demonstrated daily as he works with his students both in a class setting as well as in a one-on-one setting. This talent is shared globally as he travels the world sharing his knowledge of biostatistics with his international colleagues as well. His work with AIDS research in India is noteworthy. Whether he is lecturing in Spain to a group of doctors or in Stockholm training a group or researchers, he is the consummate blend of professionalism and a purveyor of knowledge. We are extremely pleased that Dr. Rajaram’s international contributions in the field of biostatistics have been recognized by the awarding of the 2014 Hind Rattan award. As with many of our colleagues, the caliber of his instruction and dedication to his students is of the highest quality. Beth Goodbread (Mathematics, Tarpon Springs)


VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT EDUCATION: In addition to being a tenured professor of mathematics in St. Petersburg College, I have affiliate faculty positions at the University of South Florida in the Departments of Global Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Epidemiology & Biostatistics as well as Associate Affiliate position in the Department of Education at Colorado State University.

Through these positions, I offer my time and expertise voluntarily to serve as a statistical advisory member of the Ph.D. committee of about 10 students in the past 5 years: 7 of them have graduated and 3 are currently working on the completion of their dissertation. As a statistical advisory member, I direct the doctoral students to design the studies, develop data collection procedures, choose the appropriate statistical techniques and interpret the results, and write the journal publications.


This is quite an accomplishment for Raj. Around the world, he has presented at various conferences and taught at prestigious institutions. He is well-deserving of the award. Raj is a great colleague who makes valuable contributions both in and out of the classroom. In addition to providing quality instruction in the classroom, he also helps our students in the Learning Support Commons on a regular basis. He works well with everyone. Jimmy Chang (Mathematics, Gibbs)


VOLUNTARY RESEARCH JOURNAL REVIEW: I offer my time and expertise voluntarily to review research articles submitted to these journals and make recommendations:

Acquiring expertise in multiple disciplines and outstanding services and contributions by promoting and providing education and research in the multi-disciplinary areas globally are the contributory factors to receiving the award. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to represent St. Petersburg College in all of my international activities. I especially thank Mrs. Beth Goodbread and Mr. Jimmy Chang for their constant encouragement & support.

Thank you, Dr. Rajaram, for sharing your outstanding work with us and Congratulations on this highly-deserved award!

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  1. In addition to being a very accomplished educator and one of the most brilliant mathematicians that I’ve met, Dr. Rajaram is a kind and wonderful person. I have had the pleasure of enjoying food and company with Raj, his son Ganesh, and his wife Ha. One can truly experience the goodness of a person in such settings. He is as quick to lend his support and intellect on student or professional matters as he is to engage in dialog about world issues and developments. I consider Raj a friend, and I am very happy for the recognition he received via the prestigious Hind Rattan Award for 2014. It is very much deserved! – Conferlete Carney, Provost Tarpon Springs Campus

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