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Alumnus recognized for mechanical engineering contributions

April 7, 2010

Ravi Prasher, an Arizona State University alumnus, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of his innovative research.

Prasher earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in 1999.

Fellow status is the highest elected honor of membership within the society, bestowed on those who have made significant contributions in mechanical engineering.

He is well-known for his research and development of advanced electronics thermal management technologies and nanoscale thermal energy transport. His work has led to successful applications in thermal management in electronic packaging. Today he holds more than 25 patents in these areas.

Prasher is continuing his association with ASU as an adjunct faculty member. He also conducts research and develops graduate-level courses with Patrick Phelan, a professor in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, and Materials Engineering.

Phelan says Prasher is among the few people able to maintain high profiles in both academia and industry.

“He is very productive, and has published a tremendous number of high-quality journal articles,” Phelan said.

Prasher has authored and co-authored 60 archival journal publications in areas of electronics and nanoscale thermal energy. He has participated in numerous international conferences and worked on many initiatives to address challenges and solutions in the thermal management field.

He has held leading positions with Intel Corp., and in 2009 won Intel‘s most prestigious technical achievement award. He recently joined the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (known as ARPA-E), a new organization within the U.S. Department of Energy.

Prasher is program director for the ARPA-E Thermal Devices for Energy division. He is responsible for creating programs and investing in teams that focus on high-risk/high-payoff energy research and development.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a non-profit professional organization that promotes the practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences.

The society develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.

Written by Jessica Graham

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