About Jayathi Y. Murthy:
Jayathi Y. Murthy is Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, with 190 faculty members, and more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Murthy is also a distinguished professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department.
UCLA Samueli is recognized around the world as a leader in engineering education, research and service. Established in 1945, the school has developed generations of rigorously trained engineers and been a home for solutions to challenges in critical fields including energy, sustainability, healthcare, communications, transportation, infrastructure and information technology. As the first woman dean at UCLA Engineering, Murthy has made expanding access to a UCLA engineering education a top priority. This includes deepening relationships with area community colleges, increasing outreach to underrepresented minorities and easing the transition for transfer students. She also led the effort to establish WE@UCLA – a program that supports the full participation of women in engineering.
Murthy’s research interests include nanoscale heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, and simulations of fluid flow and heat transfer for industrial applications. Recently, her focus is on sub-micron thermal transport, multiscale multi-physics simulations of micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS), and the uncertainty quantifications involved in those systems.
Before joining UCLA Engineering as dean in January 2016, Murthy was chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and held the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Memorial Chair in Engineering. From 2008 to 2014, Murthy served as the director of the Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems (PRISM), a center of excellence supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Murthy was an early employee of New Hampshire-based Fluent Inc., a developer and vendor of the world’s most widely used computational fluid dynamics software. She led the development of algorithms and software that still form the core the company’s products.
Murthy received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. from Washington State University and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where she was named a distinguished alumna in 2012. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the author of more than 300 technical publications. She is the recipient of many honors, including the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in 2016 and the ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division Clock Award. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
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