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Vijay Modi
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; 
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Vijay Modi is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. He is also affiliated with the Columbia Earth Institute through the Earth Engineering Center. Modi is currently involved with the Earth Institute's projects in energy, rural infrastructure and development. He is also working with Prof. Klaus Lackner in the Center for Carbon Manangement.After obtaining his B. Tech. in mechanical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, Modi attended Cornell University where he completed his Ph.D. in 1984.  He joined Columbia in 1986 after two years as a post-doctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on gas turbines.   His energy-related investigations have examined thermal power generation, cooling towers, gas turbines, cogeneration for urban areas, solar energy resource assessment, MEMS based sensing and design of environmental systems for the energy and paper industries.  His early research at Columbia was on the optimum design of flow systems and the fluid mechanics of electrochemical systems.Modi's current research projects include energy and transport strategies for meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals; infrastructure priorities for economic and social development; the use of spatial data in energy technology choices; CO2 sequestration; and energy technologies for decentralized applications.Professor Modi won the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1996 and also the Greater Teacher Award in 1997 from the Society of Columbia Graduates. He has authored or co-authored more than forty journal publications. Prof. Modi currently serves as the Energy Policy Advisor to the Millennium Project and is one of the lead investigators directing the Millennium Villages Project of the Earth Institute.

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