Dr. Suresh Garimella is Associate Vice President for Engagement, and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at Purdue University where he is Director of the National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center. 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 thermal management and energy efficiency in electronics systems, micro- and nano-scale engineering, 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 over 500 refereed journal and conference publications and 15 patents and patent applications. Fifteen alumni from his research group are 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 serves in editorial roles with several leading energy and thermal sciences-related journals. He is a 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, the 2010 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, the 2009 ASME Allan Kraus Thermal Management Award, the 2004 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, the 2012 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor, the 1995 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Research & Creative Activity, and the 1997 UWM Distinguished Teaching Award, among others
State Department Profile
Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy (IEC)
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EEB)
As a part of his Jefferson Science Fellowship, Dr. Garimella 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 (CERT) 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 2011. He has also been serving as 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.