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Arun Majumdar named inaugural dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

Arun Majumda (photo: Edward Caldwell/Stanford.edu)

PALO ALTO, CA – Indian American Arun Majumdar, an internationally recognized expert in advanced energy systems, new materials, electrical grids, and renewable energy, will be the inaugural dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability which launches on September 1, the university announced.

Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor, professor of mechanical engineering, senior fellow and former co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he co-chairs the George Shultz Energy and Climate Task Force.

Majumdar attended Mayo College in India, has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Bombay and got his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

Ann and John Doerr have given $1.1 billion to create the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. (photo: Edward Caldwell/Stanford.edu)

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the inaugural dean,” Majumdar said. “Building on the extraordinary leadership of Kam Moler and Steve Graham, we will not only harness the intellectual horsepower of our students, faculty, and staff across our campus, but we will also partner with external organizations around the world to co-develop innovative solutions and identify new insights through research and education. As is often said, we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. We must collectively figure out how to create a future where humans and nature thrive together.”

“I’m thrilled that Arun Majumdar has agreed to take on this critical role,” said Stanford Provost Persis Drell, who led an international search to identify an inaugural dean who is an eminent scholar and can advance the school’s focus on impact.

“I am delighted that Arun is willing to serve as inaugural dean of the Doerr School of Sustainability,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.”

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