• Research

    Advanced Electronic Cooling
    Two-Phase Flows
    Porous Media
    Synthesis and application of graphene and its derivatives and composites
    Biomedical Devices
    Emerging and Black Swan Technologies
    Cross-cutting technologies for sustainable communities
    Next generation engineering curriculum

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2006–Present, Virginia Tech, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Director & Lewis A. Hester Chair in Engineering
    1991–2006, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor
    2001-2002, University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Interim Dean
    1992–2006, Optical and Digital Electronics (CAMPmode), Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging for Microwave, Founding Director
    1999–2006, MicroElectronic Devices in cardiovascular Applications (MEDICA), Founding Co-Director
    1979–1991, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Thermal and Computational Engineering, Research Leader/Supervisor
    1976–1979, AT&T Engineering Research Center, Thermal Energy Studies Department, Member Research Staff

  • Awards and Honors

    2013 – Recipient of the 75th Anniversary Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division
    2008 – Fellow, Punjab Academy of Sciences
    2007 – Ralph Coats Roe Medal Award for lifelong contributions in communicating to the public the potential of engineering research for the betterment of society
    2003 – ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering 20 years or more following graduation
    2002 – ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, for outstanding contributions in Science and Practice of Heat Transfer
    2002 – Subaru Educator of the Year Award
    1998-1999 – Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Work
    1989 – Bell Labs Fellow, for outstanding technical contributions in advancing the manufacturing science of the thermally-based processes of condensation soldering and silicon epitaxial crystal growth in actual manufacturing practice
    1997 – ASME Fellow
    1988 – AT&T Technical Journal Great Boss Award
    1996 – The Journal of Electronic Packaging Peter A. Engel Best Paper Award, 1996


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1977
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, 1969
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, 1964

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Roop Mahajan

Lewis A. Hester Chair in Engineering