Ravi is the Associate Lab Director of the Energy Technologies Area. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ravi joined Berkeley Lab in June, 2015. Previously, he was vice president of product development of Sheetak Inc., a startup developing solid state thermoelectric energy converters. He relocated to India for a while to develop these technologies for the rural Indian market. Ravi earlier worked as one of the first program directors at the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). While there, he created the Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEET-IT) and the High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage (HEATS) programs. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Ravi was the technology development manager of the thermal management group at Intel. He was also an adjunct professor in the school of engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) from 2005-2013, where his research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.
Ravi has published more than 120 archival journal papers in top science and engineering journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters, Joule and Journal of Heat Transfer. He holds more than 35 patents in the area of thermoelectrics, microchannels, heat pipes, thermal interface materials, nanostructured materials and devices. He has served on the Ph.D. committee of students at Stanford and ASU. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was the recipient of an Intel achievement award (the highest award for technical achievement in Intel). He is also a recipient of the outstanding young engineer award from the components and packaging society of IEEE. He has served on the editorial committee of Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources, Nano and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society and ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He has given multiple invited talks all over the world on nano to macroscale thermal energy processes and systems. More information about Ravi's research can be found on his group website, prasherlab.lbl.gov
Ravi obtained his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Prasher Honored With Heat Transfer Award - June 17th 2022
Ravi Prasher, associate laboratory director of the Energy Technologies Area and senior scientist in the Thermal Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), will receive the 2022 Heat Transfer Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The prestigious award, established in 1959, recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through teaching, research, practice and design, or a combination of such activities.
Each year, the ASME selects one winner in each of three categories: the science of heat transfer, the art of heat transfer, and the general subject of heat transfer. Prasher has been selected as the recipient in the science category "for fundamental contributions to the science of heat transfer, phase transitions, and chemical reactions, and for engineering novel technologies for thermal management of electronic systems and decarbonize energy systems."
The award will be formally presented at the Heat Transfer Luncheon during the 2022 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in November in Columbus, Ohio.