Giri is one of 38 academic scientists at 23 institutions to receive the honor this year.


Ashutosh Giri, Assistant Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems engineering at University of Rhode Island received a Young Investigator Program( YIP) award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Giri will use his three-year, $526,000 grant for his research titled 'Unraveling the Microscopic Dynamics of Coupled Energy States in Nanostructures'. He is one of 38 academic scientists at 23 institutions to receive the honor this year.

Established in 1985, the ONR YIP is one of the United States' oldest and most selective basic-research, early-career awards in science and technology.

The Young Investigator Award will fund his research on nanotechnology. The program supports the development of technologies to efficiently acquire, transport, and reject heat and enable higher power density electronic systems. This work supports the Navy's interest in advanced naval power and energy systems science and technology.

"It's truly a dream come true to have received such a prestigious award. This program provides an excellent platform to build a successful academic career" added Giri, who will focus on two different concentration areas ----- to enhance thermal transport through materials and interfaces in power electronic components and also to help him improve his understanding of phase change heat transfer and two-phase flow in order to enable improved electronic cooling system ------ during his research.

The award seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who have received their doctorate or equivalent degree in the past seven years and show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

The highly competitive Young Investigator Program provides early-career awards to outstanding early-career scientists and academics based on their achievement and potential for scientific breakthroughs. His grant supports lab equipment, graduate students, scholarships and other expenses critical to the research.

Giri received his undergraduate degree from Adelphi University, New York in Bachelors of Science in Physics, earned M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Virginia.

Since 2020, he is with the University of Rhode Island as an assistant professor.