SpecialityDirector of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech & Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bio-Inspired Engineering
Director of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech & Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bio-Inspired EngineeringMory Gharib is the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bio-Inspired Engineering, and the Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech. Dr. Gharib is recognized for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and founder of several successful imaging and medical device technology companies. He has received over 90 U.S. patents in flow imaging, biomedical devices and imaging technology in general. Dr. Gharib has been responsible for technology transfer at Caltech for the past six years as Vice Provost for Research. He just completed his term as Vice Provost to serve as Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories. He was appointed as professor of aeronautics at Caltech in 1993. Dr. Gharib is the recipient of the 2016 G. I. Taylor Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and he received the American Physical Society’s Fluid Dynamics award in 2015. He’s a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering; and he’s a Fellow (Charter) of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. His group use Nature’s own design principles— apparent in fins, wings, blood vessels, and more—as inspiration for a myriad of inventions. They have studied fluid flows inside the zebrafish heart to develop efficient micropumps and more efficient artificial heart valves, and cactus spine to develop arrays of nano-needles, based on carbon nanotubes, for painless drug delivery. Gharib holds nearly 100 patents, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015.