Vijay Modi

Vijay Modi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University and the Director of the Modi Research Group as well as the Infrastructure Sector Coordinator for the Millennium Villages Project.

Prof. Vijay Modi is leading the Earth Institute’s efforts that cut across energy, rural infrastructure and development. He is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1984 and worked as a post-doc at MIT from 1984 to 1986 before joining the faculty at Columbia University. He earlier led the UN Millennium Project effort on the role of energy and energy services in reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Currently, he is focused on three projects: leading the infrastructure team for the Millennium Villages Project (10 countries, 14 sites across sub-Saharan Africa); developing planning and decision-support tools for infrastructure; and looking at the food-energy-water nexus in Indian agriculture.

Prof. Modi’s areas of expertise are energy sources and conversion, heat/mass transfer and fluid mechanics. In addition to the projects above, he leads projects in: Energy technologies for sustainable development; energy infrastructure, design & planning; solar energy; energy, food & water nexus; technology & intervention; adoption, diffusion and impact assessment. His primary geographic regions are India and Africa. Prof. Modi also works on projects in CO2 sequestration (with fellow Earth Institute Faculty Member, Professor Klaus Lackner), fuel cells, distributed sensing/control of flow, and heat transfer.