Dr. Ishwar K. Puri is dean of the Faculty of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also an affiliate member of the departments of engineering physics, materials science and engineering, and school of biomedical engineering.
Dean Puri has directed and mentored the Multiphysics Research Group (MuRG) whose members reside worldwide. For an academic genealogy of the group, which runs through noted scientists such as Theodore Von Karman, Ludwig Prandtl, Gustav Heinrich Wiedemann and the Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus,please click here, or here for a pdf version.
He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, which comprises many of Canada’s most accomplished engineers who have expressed their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of the country and its enterprises. He is also an elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He serves as chair of the Canadian National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS), and has served on the excutive committee of the international Global Engineering Deans Council.
In 2010, his alma mater, St. Xavier’s School, Delhi, honoured him with the Xaverian Excellence Award for his outstanding achievements, pioneering spirit, leadership and public service, and, in 2014, he recieved its Xaverian Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Puri has moved McMaster Engineering through the Innovation from Excellence bottom-up initiative. Its strategic priorities are to improve equity and inclusion by embracing diversity, recruiting exemplary citizen scholars, supporting their success as students, enhancing the sense of community, driving research and innovation, and focusing on educating the whole engineer.
The guiding principle for the Innovation from Excellence initiative is simple. There is no substitute for excellence. Through the bottom-up accomplishments of faculty and staff members and students, McMaster Engineering programs are ranked among the best in the world.
Prior to his appointment at McMaster, Dr. Puri was the N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Techwhere he served as Department Head of ESM for nine years from 2004 through 2013. During that period, he 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 is the author of over 170 archival publications and books. These publications have been cited over 5,000 times in the scientific literature per Google Scholar with an H-Index of 42 (i.e., forty two of his publications have been cited at least 42 times).
Dr. 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). Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Research Engineer at the University of California, San Diego from 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. 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).
While at UIC, he was a 1993 American Association for the Advancement of Science-Environmental Protection Agency (AAAS-EPA) Environmental Fellow, and a 1992 NASA/Stanford University Center for Turbulence Research Fellow.Dean Puri writes on matters of technology and society, and has also been a TEDx speaker.