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Arun Mazumdar appointed dean of Indian-American Stanford University

He will assume his new post on June 15.


Indian-American materials scientist, engineer and professor Dr. Arun Mazumdar has been named the first dean of Stanford University’s new school focused on climate change and sustainability. According to ‘Stanford News’, the first new school in 70 years of the university ‘Stanford Doorr School of Sustainability’ will open on September 1. Its aim will be to focus on a quick solution to the global climate crisis. Majumdar is currently the J. Precourt Provostial Chair Professor, Faculty Member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Fellow and former Director of the Precourt Institute of Energy.


He will assume his new post on June 15. Originally from Kolkata, Majumdar earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 1985 and his doctorate in 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was also the Deputy Energy Minister in the US from 30 November 2011 to 15 May 2012, but after that his nomination was withdrawn.

After leaving Washington DC, Mazumdar served as Vice President, Energy at Google where he built a team to build technologies and businesses on data, computing and the power grid. Majumdar joined Stanford in 2014. He was the founding director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board to the US Secretary of Energy. I am very honored and grateful to have got the opportunity.”

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