Vijay K. Dhir, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Chair
Dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Vijay K. Dhir, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was named Dean of UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in March 2003. He has worked to make UCLA Engineering a hub for interdisciplinary research. In recent years, the School has won seven competitive research centers from the federal government and private industry that will bring more than $100 million dollars to Southern California to spur research and development on emerging technologies.
Dr. Dhir joined the faculty at UCLA in 1974. Dr. Dhir served as vice chair of the UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 1988 to 1991, and was chair of that department from 1994 to 2000. From July 2001 to February 2002, he served as the school’s associate dean for academic and faculty issues and as Interim Dean from February 2002 to March 2003.
In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering – among the highest honors awarded to engineers – for his work in boiling heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety. Dr. Dhir received the 2004 Max Jakob Memorial Award, the first person from UCLA to receive the award since L.M.K. Boelter, the founding dean of the School. He is a fellow of ASME and the American Nuclear Society.
Dr. Dhir has been the senior technical editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Journal of Heat Transfer since 2000. He is on the advisory boards of several other journals. He is author or co-author of more than 250 papers published in archival journals and proceedings of conferences.
Dr. Dhir received his Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab Engineering College and his Master of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1972.
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