Jayathi Murthy Named Chair of Mechanical Engineering Department at Cockrell School of Engineering

June 14, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Jayathi Y. Murthy, a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, has been named chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jayathi Murthy

Murthy, the first woman to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department, begins her position Jan. 1, 2012.

"Jayathi brings a wide array of experience and strategic insight to her new position as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department," said Gregory L. Fenves, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering. "We are excited to have her join our leadership team."

In addition to her faculty role at Purdue, Murthy has been director of the National Nuclear Security Agency's (NNSA) Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems (PRISM) since 2008. As director, Murthy has led research involving large-scale simulation of micro-electro-mechanical systems. The research center is funded by NNSA, part of the U.S. Department of Energy.

"During her tenure as director of PRISM, Jayathi has led many interdisciplinary and collaborative projects that complement our mission at the Cockrell School," Fenves said. "Also, her years working with the growing engineering software company Fluent Inc. offers our students real world perspective on commercialization of technology."

As chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Murthy will oversee the education of about 1,400 undergraduates and 320 graduate students, and work with about 63 faculty members.

Murthy's research interests focus on the development of novel and broadly applicable computational techniques for flow, heat and mass transfer. Recent work has addressed sub-micron thermal transport and the development of numerical techniques for micro-electro-mechanical systems, micro- and nano-electronics and for emerging energy technologies.

For more information, contact: Maria Arrellaga, communications director, Cockrell School of Engineering, 512 471 7330.

8 Comments to "Jayathi Murthy Named Chair of Mechanical Engineering Department at Cockrell School of Engineering"

1.  S. Subbiah said on June 14, 2011

Congratulations, Jayathi, this is a testament to your considerable skills!

2.  H F Boysan said on June 14, 2011

Many congratulations to Jayathi Murthy !

3.  Sergio Vasquez said on June 16, 2011

From all I have met in my career in CFD you are the star! Congratulations Jayathi.

4.  anonymous said on June 16, 2011

Do we really need someone not familiar with the department to run it? This seems like a ridiculous decision.

I'm sure she does have considerable skills; however, she doesn't understand this department or its students. Wouldn't it be better to appoint a chair from the faculty already present? They at least know this department relatively well.

5.  Guillermo E. Aldana said on June 20, 2011

Outstanding talent & Diversity - The University landed a great asset.
Guillermo Aldana ('02)

6.  Dave said on June 23, 2011

Wonderful appointment! Congratulations UT for being open to women, global talent, and excellence. That's what makes Texas the powerhouse. "Anonymous" poster - please get out of your cocoon.

7.  Guillermo Aldana said on June 26, 2011

Dear anonymous,
What the department needs is a new set of eyes. Familiarity does not imply success. The ME at UT Austin faculty is one of the best in the country- adding another peer of the caliber of Dr. Murthy to that team, can only strengthen it.
The University of Texas is a powerhouse - and Dr. Murthy will only catapult it to the next level.

8.  Rajeev Madan said on March 23, 2012

Jayathi,
Congratulations on being named the chair of ME department and distinguished alumnus (IIT-K). We are proud of you! I am sure your skills will be of immense benefit to the department.

Rajeev Madan