Ravi Prasher is the Division Director of Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at LBNL. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Ravi joined LBNL in June 2015. Prior to joining LBNL, Ravi was the VP of product development of Sheetak Inc., a startup developing solid state thermoelectric energy converters. Ravi earlier worked as one of the first program directors at ARPA-E. At ARPA-E, Ravi created the BEET-IT (on cooling/heating of buildings) and HEATS (on thermal storage) programs. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Ravi was the technology development manager of thermal management group at Intel. He was also an adjunct professor in the school of engineering at ASU from 2005 – 2013. At ASU, Ravi’s research was funded by NSF and ONR.
Ravi has published more 85 archival journal papers in top science and engineering journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters and Journal of Heat Transfer. He holds more than 30 patents in the area of thermoelectrics, microchannels, heat pipes, thermal interface materials, nanostructured materials and devices. He has served on the Ph.D. committee of students at Stanford, UC Berkeley and ASU. He is a fellow of ASME and a senior member of IEEE. He was the recipient of Intel achievement award (highest award for technical achievement in Intel). He is also a recipient of outstanding young engineer award from components and packaging society of IEEE. He is on the editorial committee of Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources, Nano and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering and IEEE CPMT. He has given multiple invited talks all over the world on Nano to macroscale thermal energy process and systems. More information about Ravi’s research can be found on his group website, prasherlab.lbl.gov
Ravi obtained his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.