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John E. Dooley
Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs
Virginia Tech

John E. Dooley is Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs. He provides management, leadership and vision to the comprehensive range of programs and services related to the university's outreach and international missions, including oversight to Continuing and Professional Education, Outreach Program Services, Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center, Service Learning Center, Upward Bound, Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, Economic Initiatives and Marketing Research, Office of International Research, Education, and Development, Center for European Studies and Architecture, Southside Outreach Programs, and the Commonwealth Campus Centers in Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke, and Abingdon. Before assuming his current responsibilities in May, 2003, Dooley was Associate Provost for University Outreach (2001-2003), Assistant Dean of the College of Human Resources and Education (1996-2001), Associate Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension (1995-2001), Executive Director of the Virginia 4-H Foundation (1991-1995), and Director of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center (1982-1991).

His professional achievements include the development and leadership of several economic and community development initiatives that have contributed to the well being of individuals, families, businesses and communities across the Commonwealth. He leads a major effort in Virginia's Southside region to strategically distribute the University's research activities as a catalyst for the transformation of a depressed economy due to decline in the tobacco, furniture and textile industries.

Dooley has been an active member of the Virginia Tech community through several committees and special projects. His service activities include the Task Force on Disciplinary and Honor Systems, the University Steering Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Self-Study, and the University Advisory Council on Strategic Planning and Budget. He has also been faculty advisor to several student organizations.

In addition to his bachelors degree in elementary education from Alderson-Broaddus College (West Virginia), Dooley earned a masters and Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. Both graduate degrees are in higher education administration.


Syamal Gupta
TCE Consulting Engineers Limited

Syamal Gupta is a Fellow of the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (London) FI Mech E, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Gupta has been with the Tata Group since 1955 when he started his career with Tata Steel, Jamshedpur after graduating in mechanical engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. In 1972, he was deputed to Singapore as the Managing Director of a greenfield project, the Tata Precision Industries Pte Limited and to promote the Tata Government Training Centre. Subsequently, Mr. Gupta returned to India to take over as the Managing Director of Tata International Limited (formerly Tata Exports Limited) in 1982.

Currently, Mr Gupta is a Director on the Board of Tata Sons Ltd, the holding company of the Tata group and is also the Chairman of Tata International Limited, Tata Elxsi Limited, Tata BP Solar India Limited and Tata Advanced Materials.

He is on the board of several overseas companies including Tata Africa Holding (SA) (Pty) Ltd, South Africa, Tata South East Asia Ltd Hong Kong, Tata (UAE) FZE, Dubai, Tata Incorporated USA among others.

He is on the Presidential Advisory Councils of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Ghana.

He is a member of the Commonwealth Business Council and a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Council and Chairman of the CII Africa Committee.

Mr Gupta has been actively promoting collaborative initiatives in the field of higher learning particularly those with leading universities of the UK and the US. He is the Founder-Chairman of the Imperial College India Foundation a not-for-profit company set up to facilitate exchange of higher education and cutting edge R&D between India and the UK. He is also on the Board of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.

He is an Honorary Consul General of Namibia.


A P Mull
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
TCE Consulting Engineers Limited

Mr Mull obtained his degree of Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering in 1967 and Master of Technology (Structures) in 1969 from IIT, Mumbai. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers ( India ), Fellow of the Indian Geotechnical Society, and Member of ACI. He has experience of working in USA, Belgium, Italy, Uzbekistan and Iran.

Mr Mull has actively initiated multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to planning and execution of projects. In his long stint in TCE, he has been responsible for the management of different type of projects - rehabilitation/ reconstruction, integrated infrastructure, public health, roads, bridges, flyovers, buildings, hotels, hospitals, thermal power plants, pharmaceutical, industrial and chemical plants, marine works, etc.


Ishwar K. Puri
Professor and Department Head
Virginia Tech
Engineering Science and Mechanics

Professor Ishwar K. Puri has served as Professor and Department Head of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech since 2004, where he also directs the Multiphysics Research Group (MuRG). He is also a Professor in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

He obtained his Ph.D. (1987), and M.S. (1984) degrees in Engineering Science (Applied Mechanics) from the University of California, San Diego after obtaining a B.Sc. (1982) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delhi. He served as an Assistant Research Engineer at the University of California, San Diego from 1987-90. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to the rank of Professor in 1999. He served as Director of Graduate of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs from 1994-97, and 1999-2000. He served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2000-01), and as Executive Associate Dean of Engineering (2001-04). He served on the steering committee of the UIC Institute for Environmental Studies and facilitated UIC's micro- and nanotechnology initiatives.

Professor Puri is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was a Distinguished Guest of the Swiss Leonard Euler Center of the European Research Community of Fluid Turbulence and Combustion in 1998 and 1999. He was a 1993 American Association for the Advancement of Science-Environmental Protection Agency (AAAS-EPA) Environmental Fellow, a 1992 NASA/Stanford University Center for Turbulence Research Fellow, and a 1991 Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He has served as a program and peer review panelist for the Department of Energy, US EPA, and NSF, and other Federal, State, and private agencies and organizations. He is an editor of the journal Experimental Heat Transfer and an associate editor of International Journal of Reacting Systems.

Professor Puri has conducted research through major grants from NASA, NSF, DOE, US EPA, State of Illinois, the natural gas industry (GTI, IGT, GRI), and other industry. He established a European-US consortium to conduct engineering student exchanges at the undergraduate and graduate levels that was funded through the US Department of Education FIPSE program. His students are placed in major corporations and at universities. He is the author of over 230 archival and conference publications in the field of combustion and transport phenomena (e.g., related to emissions, self assembly and magnetic drug targeting, and hydrogen storage). He has edited a book on the environmental implications of combustion processes, a textbook on Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering and another on Combustion Science and Engineering. Copies of some papers can be obtained by sending Dr. Puri an email message. Some simulations and experimental observations can also be viewed.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Puri has been involved with a number of interdisciplinary and campus-wide initiatives. With his stewardship, ESM was the first department to develop a computational science and engineering program and houses the university's graduate certificate in the area. He chairs a committee to develop a similar certificate in complex systems research. He serves on the Provost's Race and Institution Task Force and the AdvanceVT campus climate committee. He has also assisted the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences by serving on var


R Srinivasan
Deputy Managing Director
TCE Consulting Engineers Limited

A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (1967) and a post-graduate in Heat Power Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1969). Mr. Srinivasan joined Tata Power Companies in 1969 and after a brief stint at their Trombay Thermal Generating Station, shifted to TCE in 1970.

Mr. Srinivasan has handled various assignments in TCE over the last 35 years in Engineering, Project Management, Commercial and Business Development both in India and overseas.

Currently stationed in Bangalore and serving the organization in the capacity of Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Srinivasan is widely travelled both within India and overseas. He is a life member of the Indian Nuclear Society.

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