President, University of Vermont
“Suresh V. Garimella is the 27th president of the University of Vermont (UVM). Under his leadership, UVM has underscored its reputation as a premier flagship research university dedicated to providing an outstanding student experience and committed to fulfilling its land-grant mission.As president, Garimella has prioritized access and affordability for UVM students, freezing tuition five consecutive years, attracting record numbers of undergraduate applications, and enrolling the most diverse and talented undergraduate students in the university’s history.
Dr. Garimella is an enthusiastic leaderfor UVM’s research enterprise, which has distinctive strengths in scholarship and innovation that promote healthy societies and a healthy environment. In his years as president, external funding for research has grown over 50%, surpassing a quarter-billion dollars forthe first time, increasing UVM’s ranking among national research universities by 16 places. This momentum is fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at UVM that builds upon the university’s intellectual resources and capabilities through meaningful corporate and community partnerships.UVM’s success is inextricably tied to the success of Vermont. President Garimella has worked to build partnerships with elected officials and government leaders to identify shared priorities that advance the interests of the state and the university.
He champions collaborative programs such as Upskill VT, through which UVM provides cost-free career-building courses and training to Vermonters that complement the university’s role as an economic engine that adds more than 1000 graduates to the state’s workforce each year.”
A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Garimella is a highly cited scholar and researcher and a passionate educator and mentor. He has made seminal contributions to the field of electronics thermal management and energy efficiency at micro and nano scales, and in sustainable energy systems technology and policy. Garimella is a member of the National Science Board, which o versees the National Science Foundation and serves as an independent body of advisers to both the P resident and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering. He is co-author of o ver625 refereed publications and 16 issued patents, and has been recognized as an elected Fello w ofthe National Academy of In ventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.