Dr. B.L. Ramakrishna is the Diane and Gary Tooker Professor at the School of Engineering for Matter, Transport and Energy within the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1982 and joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 1985 after postdoctoral work at University of Zurich and Washington State University. He has been the director of the NSF-sponsored GK-12 project at ASU from 2001 to 2011 whose goal was to integrate seamlessly the educational efforts at the university and secondary school levels for strengthening the pipeline to recruit highly motivated and well prepared students into STEM careers. He is the director of Arizona State University’s Grand Challenge Scholars program, which has been recognized by the National Academy of Engineering. He is dedicated to preparing engineers that not only have the necessary engineering skills but also the cross-disciplinary knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, global perspective and a sense of mission needed to lead our country and the world to meet the great challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. He is active in the public understanding of science and advises Arizona Science Center on their exhibits and educational programs. The awards of fellowships from Germany and NATO were made in recognition of his expertise in international collaborations. The research questions that he is interested in lie at the crossroads of Biology and Engineering. He investigates biological supramolecular assemblies such as proteins, membranes, and DNA that are capable of incorporating inorganic solids and precisely engineer their size, shape, and orientation at the nanometer scale. The applications of the research on biosensor design and silicon-bio hybrid devices span a wide spectrum from mining, electronics, and health to defense. Dr. Ramakrishna is committed to bring about innovations in science and engineering education by the infusion of cutting-edge research through student-researcher partnerships, visualization based technologies, and leading-edge telecommunications.
Office of Sustainable Development
Bureau For Africa
B.L. Ramakrishna serves as a senior science and technology advisor in AFR/SD. The office provides intellectual, technical and strategic leadership on policies and priorities in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, energy, economic growth and governance. The specific responsibilities include, a) working with the team to design and guide the implementation of "Power Africa" - the recently announced Presidential initiative http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica b) assisting in the development of strategies, programs and relationships that support USAID's objectives in the energy sector (including especially renewable, mini grid and off grid solutions) as it relates to African agriculture, environment and economic growth and c) developing an academic engagement strategy for Power Africa through partnerships with universities in the US and across Africa that would lead to an enduring electrification of sub-Saharan Africa.