Ishwar K. Puri

About Me

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri is the N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech. He has served as Department Head since 2004. Professor Puri also directs and mentors the Multiphysics Research Group (MuRG). (For an academic genealogy, please see

He has helped move the ESM program into new convergences at the intersections of the life and physical sciences, and engineering mechanics, and promoted transformative scholarship, particularly through several new faculty hires. He has facilitated comprehensive curricular revisions of the ESM undergraduate and graduate programs in keeping with its new vision.

Puri is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He serves as Secretary of the American Academy of Mechanics. In 2010, his alma mater, St. Xavier's School, Delhi, honored him with the Xaverian Excellence Award for his outstanding achievements, pioneering spirit, leadership and public service.

He is the author of over 300 archival publications and conference presentations, and book chapters. These publications have been cited 2000 times in the scientific literature per Google Scholar with an H-Index of 22 per Google Scholar, 21 per Scopus, or 19 per ResearcherID, and an i10-index of 68. Puri's technical contributions have been in the field of transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, and combustion (e.g., related to emissions, self assembly and magnetic drug targeting, nanoscale thermal and mass transport, hyperthermia, nanostructure synthesis, energy and hydrogen storage), mathematical biology (e.g., related to the cancer stem cell hypothesis, tumorigenesis and angiogenesis, and disease progression), and bioinspired computational biology. Of these, nearly 135 are archival journal papers.

He has edited a book on the Environmental Implications of Combustion Processes, written a textbook on Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering, now in its second edition, and another on Combustion Science and Engineering. He is an editor of the journal Experimental Heat Transfer.

Puri obtained his Ph.D. (1987), and M.S. (1984) degrees in Engineering Science (Applied Mechanics) from the University of California, San Diego after obtaining a B.Sc. (1982) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delhi (Delhi College of Engineering). He served as an Assistant Research Engineer at the University of California, San Diego from 1987-90.

Thereafter, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1990, promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to the rank of Professor in 1999. He served at UIC as Director of Graduate Studies of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs from 1994-97, and 1999-2000; as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2000-01) and as Executive Associate Dean of Engineering (2001-04); on the steering committee of the UIC Institute for Environmental Studies; and helped facilitate UIC's micro- and nanotechnology initiatives.

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