Kripa Varanasi

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 and biological
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 companies such
as LiquiGlide, DropWise, and Infinite Cooling for translating the technologies from his lab to
market. His LiquiGlide start-up won the Audience Choice award at MIT 100K and first prize at
MassChallenge. 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,
ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievements in mechanical
engineering, APS Milton Van Dyke award, and MIT Graduate Student Council’s Frank E.
Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising. His Infinite Cooling start-up has won
several awards including first prize at MassChallenge, MIT 100K, DOE National Cleantech prize
among others.
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