B.L (Rama) Ramakrishna
B.L. (Rama) Ramakrishna Director of the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program Network

Dr. Ramakrishna is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University (ASU), where he was on the faculty for more than 30 years. Most recently he was the Diane and Gary Tooker Professor at the School of Engineering for Matter, Transport, and Energy in the ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering. He launched the ASU GCSP in 2009 and led or co-led it until 2013, when he took a Jefferson Science Fellowship at the US State Department. In 2014 he returned to ASU, where he helped establish a Humanitarian Engineering Program. From 2001 to 2011 he was director of ASU’s NSF-sponsored Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Project, Down to Earth Science, whose goal was to bring cutting-edge research in the physical, life, and engineering sciences to K-12 teachers and students in order to strengthen the pipeline for recruiting highly motivated and well-prepared students to STEM careers. He is active in efforts to enhance public understanding of science and engineering and advises Arizona Science Center on its exhibits and educational programs. He served as a senior science and technology advisor in the African bureau of the USAID Office of Sustainable Development during his Jefferson Fellowship, and has been recognized with fellowships from Germany and NATO for his expertise in international collaborations. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1982 and joined the ASU faculty in 1985 after postdoctoral work at the University of Zurich and Washington State University.