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Dr. Ishwar K. Puri


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dean of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Associate Member

Department of Engineering Physics

Transport Phenomena; Heat Transfer, Energy Storage; Fluid Mechanics; Self Assembly & Nanostructure Synthesis; Combustion & Pollutant Airborne Emissions; Mathematical Biology; Bioinspired Computational Biology
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Specific Research Activities

  • Thermal fluid science
  • Nanoscale heat transfer
  • Magnetic fluids and magnetic nanoparticles
  • Biosensors
  • Sensors
  • Magnetic self assembly
  • Atomistic simulations including molecular dynamics
  • Mathematical biology of disease


B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) University of Delhi, 1982; M.S. (Applied Mechanics) University of California San Diego, 1984; Ph.D. (Applied Mechanics) University of California San Diego, 1987

Did you know…

In 2013, he helped found and mentor of Nanospin, a startup that developed a cooling system for computers and electronic devices using a liquid dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles to dissipate waste heatthat led to the formation of the McMaster Engineering Computational Infrastructure Research Centre.


Dr. Ishwar K. Puri is dean of the Faculty of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. At McMaster, he is also an associate member of the departments of engineering physics and materials science and engineering, school of biomedical engineering, as well as founding academic director of the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC). 

Professor Puri 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 has directed and mentored the Multiphysics Research Group (MuRG). The academic genealogy of the group runs through noted scientists such as Theodore Von Karman, Ludwig Prandtl, Gustav Heinrich Wiedemann and the Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

Dr. Puri writes on matters of technology and society, and has also been a TEDx speaker.




Annamalai, K., Puri, I. K., and Jog, M. A. "Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering, Second Edition," Computational Mechanics and Applied Analysis Series, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2011. 1,142 pages. ISBN No. 9781439805725; Annamalai, K., and Puri, I. K., "Advanced Thermodynamics Engineering," Computational Mechanics Series, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2001. 818 pages. ISBN No. 0-8493-2553-6.

Annamalai, K., and Puri, I. K., "Combustion Science and Engineering," CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2007. 1,121 pages. ISBN No. 0-8493-2071-2.

Puri, I. K., Editor, "Environmental Implications of Combustion Processes," CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1993. 313 pages. ISBN No. 0-8493-4423-9.

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Dr. Puri is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).