Ishwar K. Puri0000-0002-8713-4188
Ishwar K. Puri has served as Professor and Department Head of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech since 2004, where he also directs the Multiphysics Research Group. He is also a Professor in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, and a Research Professor in the Division of Biomedical Sciences of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1987 and his M.S. degree in 1984 both in engineering science (applied mechanics) from the University of California, San Diego, after obtaining the B.S. degree in 1982 in mechanical engineering from the University of Delhi. He served as an Assistant Research Engineer at the University of California, San Diego, from 1987 to 1990. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois in 1990, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to the rank of Professor in 1999. He served as Director of Graduate of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs from 1994 to 1997, and 1999 to 2000. He served as an Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2000-2001), and as Executive Associate Dean of Engineering (2001–2004). He served on the steering committee of the UIC Institute for Environmental Studies and facilitated UIC’s micro- and nanotechnology initiatives. Professor Puri has conducted research through major grants from NASA, NSF, DOE, US EPA, State of Illinois, the natural gas industry (GTI, IGT, GRI), and other industry. He established a European-US consortium to conduct engineering student exchanges at the undergraduate and graduate levels that were funded through the US Department of Education FIPSE program. He is the Author of over 200 archival and conference publications in the field of combustion and transport phenomena. He has edited a book on the Environmental Implications of Combustion Processes, a textbook on Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering, and another on Combustion Science and Engineering. Professor Puri is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a Distinguished Guest of the Swiss Leonard Euler Center of the European Research Community of Fluid Turbulence and Combustion in 1998 and 1999. He was a 1993 American Association for the Advancement of Science-Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Fellow, a 1992 NASA/Stanford University Center for Turbulence Research Fellow, and a 1991 Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He has served as a program and peer review panelist for the Department of Energy, US EPA, and NSF. He is also an Editor of the journal Experimental Heat Transfer. At Virginia Tech, he has been involved with a number of interdisciplinary and campus-wide initiatives. With his stewardship, ESM was the first department to develop a computational science and engineering program and houses the university’s graduate certificate in the area. He chairs a committee to develop a similar certificate in complex systems research. He serves on the Provost’s Race and Institution Task Force and the AdvanceVT campus climate committee. He has also assisted the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences by serving on its nano/bio focus group and various advisory committees.
Biography Updated on 19 March 2007