Kripa K. Varanasi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.Tech from IIT Madras, India and his SM (ME and EECS) and Ph.D from MIT. Prior to joining MIT as a faculty member, Prof. Varanasi was a lead researcher and project leader at the GE Global Research Center.

The focus of his work is in understanding the physico-chemical phenomena at interfaces and developing novel materials, devices, and products that can dramatically enhance performance in energy, water, agriculture, transportation, medical, and consumer devices. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has co-founded multiple companies such as LiquiGlide, DropWise, and Infinite Cooling for translating the technologies from his lab to market. Time and Forbes Magazines have named LiquiGlide to their “Best Inventions of the Year”.

Prof. Varanasi has received various awards for his work including NSF Career Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Heat Transfer Award, Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40, DOE’s National Cleantech University Prize, MIT 100K Award, ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering, and MIT Graduate Student Council’s Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising.

NameEmailPositionLocationAlum Since
Sami KhanEmail2019
Jolet De Ruiter2017
Susmita DashAssistant ProfessorIndian Institute of Science2017
Arindam Das2017
Brian Solomon2017
Dan SotoProject ManagerPoietis2017
Gibum KwonEmailAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Kansas2016
Taylor FarnhamEmailMechanical Design EngineerLiquiGlide Inc.2016
Sudarshan SarathyEmailAssociateStrategy&, part of the PwC network2016
Srinivas SubramanyamAdvanced Research ScientistEastman Chemicals2016
Nada BjelobrkEmailResearch OfficerSwansea University2016
Paris CoxEmailBoeing2016
Asli UgurEmailSenior ResearcherNational Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology TUBITAK2015
Sushant AnandEmailAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Illinois at Chicago2015
M. Nasim Hyder2015
Navdeep DhillonEmailAssistant ProfessorCalifornia State University, Long Beach2015
Adam PaxsonCEODropWise Technologies2014
Christopher LoveEmailPhD CandidateMIT2014
Gisele AzimiEmailAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Toronto2014
Rajeev DhimanResearch SpecialistTesla Motors2013
Konrad RykaczewskiEmailAssistant ProfessorArizona State University2013
Alex Slocum Jr.EmailPlastic Surgery ResidentMedical College of Wisconsin2013
Hyuk-Min Kwon EmailCoating Development EngineerDropWise Technologies2013
Yuehua CuiEmailProfessorChinese Academy of Sciences2013
J. David SmithEmailCEOLiquiGlide Inc.2012
James BirdEmailAssistant ProfessorBoston University2011