Ishwar K. Puri

Ishwar K. Puri
McMaster University, Canada
Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Current Position:
Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Current International Activities:
GEDC Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

National/Regional/Global Interests:
American Academy of Mechanics, American Association for the Advancement of Science,

Academic Leadership Experience:
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, July, 2013 - Present,
N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech,
Department Head, Virginia Tech, 2004-2013. During this period, Prof. Puri 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 also facilitated comprehensive curricular revisions. These efforts increased the visibility and reputation of the department. Upon his departure, it was ranked fifth in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 in the undergraduate engineering physics/engineering science category.he served as an Assistant Research Engineer at the Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 1987-90.  In 1990, Dr. Puri was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to the rank of Professor in 1999.

Areas of Research:
Covers the diverse fields of transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, combustion, pollutant airborne emissions, self assembly, drug targeting, hyperthermia, nanostructure synthesis, energy and hydrogen storage, various aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology, mathematical biology (cancer stem cell hypothesis, tumorigenesis and angiogenesis, and disease progression), and bioinspired computational biology.

Selected Published Articles and Works:
1. Annamalai, K., Puri, I. K., and Jog, M. A. "Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering, Second Edition," Computational Mechanics and Applied Analysis Series, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2011. 1,142 pages. ISBN No. 9781439805725.

2. Annamalai, K., and Puri, I. K., "Combustion Science and Engineering," CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2007. 1,121 pages. ISBN No. 0-8493-2071-2.

3. Annamalai, K., and Puri, I. K., "Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering," Computational Mechanics Series, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2001. 818 pages. ISBN No. 0-8493-2553-6.

4.Puri, I. K., Editor, "Environmental Implications of Combustion Processes," CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1993. 313 pages. ISBN No. 0-8493-4423-9.

Murad, S., and Puri, I. K., “A thermal logic device based on fluid-solid interfaces,” Applied Physics Letters, 102, 193109, 2013.

Liangruksa, M., and Puri, I. K., “Phonon transport in an initially twisted polyvinyl acetate nanofiber,” Applied Physics Letters, 102, 191907, 2013.

Puri, I. K., “Review of "Thermodynamics, by S. Klein and G. Nellis,” AIAA Journal, 51, 1275-1276, 2013.

Puri, I. K., Subbiah E., Biswas M., and Li, L., “The Mechanism of the Initiation and Progression of Glioma,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, to appear, 2013.

Ghosh, S., and Puri, I. K., “Soft Polymer Magnetic Nanocomposites: Microstructure Patterning by Magnetophoretic Transport and Self-Assembly,” Soft Matter, 9, 2024-2029, 2013.

Pal, S., Balasubramanian, G., and Puri, I. K., “Reducing thermal transport in electrically conducting polymers: Effects of ordered mixing of polymer chains,” Applied Physics Letters, 102, 023109, 2013.

Awards and Accomplishments:
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Serves as the 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.

B. Sc., Mathematical Engineering, University of New Delhi, 1982
M. Sc., Engineering Science (Applied Mechanics), University of California, San Diego, 1984
Ph.D.,  Engineering Science (Applied Mechanics), University of California, San Diego, 1987