Suresh V. Garimella, PhD
Suresh Garimella is Purdue University’s Chief Global Affairs Officer, and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Director of the National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center. He previously led Purdue’s Office of Engagement as Associate Vice President (2011-2013). He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, his MS from The Ohio State University in 1986, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Insitute of Technology Madras in 1985. His areas of expertise include micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, thermal management and energy efficiency in electronics systems, renewable and sustainable energy systems technology and policy, and global academic-public-private partnerships. Dr. Garimella has supervised over 80 PhD and MS students, and co-authored 500 refereed journal/conference publications and 18 patents and patent applications. Seventeen alumni from his research group are now faculty members in prestigious universities around the world. Dr. Garimella has held honorary faculty positions at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, Xi’an JiaoTong University in China, and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Modine Manufacturing Company.
Dr. Garimella served as Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 to 2011, in the International Energy Office. He explored pathways to a clean energy future, analyzing cross-cutting issues at the intersection of energy security and climate change. He was the State Department delegate to the Committee on Energy Research & Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and also participated as a Member of the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Science & Technology Working Group visit to Moscow in February-March, 2011. Most recently, he was appointed Senior Fellow of the State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), a regional partnership announced by President Obama at the April 2009 Summit of the Americas to promote clean energy, advance energy security, fight energy poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support strategies for sustainable landscapes and build capacity for climate change adaptation.
Dr. Garimella serves in editorial roles with several leading energy-related journals. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His efforts in research and engineering education have been recognized with the 2011 NSF Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, 2010 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, 2009 ASME Allan Kraus Thermal Management Award, 2004 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, 2012 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 1995 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, 1997 UWM Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 1992 Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, among others.