Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research
Devesh Ranjan serves as Georgia Tech’s Interim Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research, and is the Ring Family Chair & Professor in Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In this role, Ranjan oversees all interdisciplinary activities including the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs); Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRCs); the Pediatric Technology Center (PTC), the Novelis Innovation Hub; the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) and the Georgia Center for Medical Innovation.
He has held several other leadership positions including chairing ME’s Fluid Mechanics Research Area Group (2017 - 2018), serving as ME’s Associate Chair for Research (2019-present), and as co-chair of the “Hypersonics as a System” task-force at Georgia Tech. Devesh’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary area of power conversion, complex fluid flows involving shock and hydrodynamic instabilities, and the turbulent mixing of materials in extreme conditions, such as supersonic and hypersonic flows. He currently serves on the interim governing board of the Department of Defense-funded University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH).
Ranjan joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2014. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Ranjan was a director’s research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Morris E. Foster Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Texas A&M University. He earned a bachelor's degree from the NIT-Trichy (India) in 2003, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from the UW-Madison in 2005 and 2007 respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering.
Ranjan, a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and has received numerous awards for his scientific contributions, including the DOE-Early Career Award (first GT recipient), the NSF CAREER Award, and the US AFOSR Young Investigator award. He was also named the J. Erskine Love Jr. Faculty Fellow in 2015. He was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 2016 US Frontiers in Engineering Symposium. Ranjan is currently part of a 10-member Technical Screening Committee of the NAE’s COVID-19 Call for Engineering Action taskforce, an initiative to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Shock Waves and serves as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering.