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Dr. Michael Ohadi

Dr. Michael Ohadi currently serves as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His focus includes heat/mass transfer enhancement and process intensification utilizing innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques. 

Ohadi is on leave from his role as a professor of mechanical engineering and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). During a previous leave from UMD, Ohadi served in various positions at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, including the founding Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Provost, and Provost and Acting President. Ohadi’s research involves active and passive process intensification of single phase and multi-phase fluid/thermal systems utilizing innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing (IDMM) techniques. His research has been sponsored by both government and industry. For the past 20+ years he has led an industrial consortium in Advanced Heat/Mass Exchangers and Process Intensification techniques, with member companies from the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Ohadi earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has won numerous awards from both societies. He is the 2014 recipient of Univ. of Maryland System Board of Regents Excellence in Innovation Award and recipient of 2016 ASHRAE E.K. Campbell Award of Merit.