Summit Speaker: Arun Majumdar
Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Almy and Agnes Maynard Chair Professor, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley
Professor Arun Majumdar is the Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Almy and Agnes Maynard Chair Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) in 1985, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, for research conducted in the laboratory of Professor Chang-Lin Tien. After being on the faculty of Arizona State University (1989-92) and University of California, Santa Barbara (1992-96), he began his faculty appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley on January 1, 1997 and currently holds a joint appointment with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Professor Majumdar serves as the Director of the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute. He is also a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He served as the founding chair of the ASME Nanotechnology Institute, was a member of the Council of Materials Science & Engineering of the Department of Energy, and is currently Chair, Advisory Committee of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics, Micro/Nanoscale Thermophysical Engineering, and Nano Letters.
A member of the US National Academy of Engineering since 2005, Professor Majumdar was a recipient of the Institute Silver Medal (IIT-B) (1985), NSF Young Investigator Award (1992-97), ASME Melville Medal (1992), the Best Paper award of the ASME Heat Transfer Division of ASME (1993), Gustus Larson Memorial Award of the ASME (2001), Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT-B (2002), and the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (2006). He is a fellow of ASME and AAAS.
Professor Majumdar's research interests are in the broad area of energy conversion and storage in solid-state materials and devices, heat and charge transport in nanostructured materials, and electrochemical and biomolecular phenomena in micro- and nanofluidic devices.