Biosketch

Report covers: The National Academies Press

Report covers: The National Academies Press

Guru Madhavan is a biomedical engineer and technology policy adviser. He is a senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he has worked on major policy reports and products including Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited that significantly influenced the reauthorization of the America Competes Act signed by President Obama. He has also directed a global health program on microbial threats, and led the research, design, development, and global dissemination of a systems analysis tool to prioritize new vaccines and related interventions for development. He has served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a strategic consultant for technology startup firms and nonprofit organizations. He has given invited briefings at several state and federal agencies, the Capitol Hill, the European Commission, and the World Health Organization. 

Madhavan received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy. His honors include the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award, the American College of Clinical Engineering’s Thomas O’Dea Advocacy Award, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ Robert Stewart Engineering–Humanities Award, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s AAMI–Becton Dickinson Award for Professional Achievement, the IEEE–USA Professional Achievement Award, and the Washington Academy of Sciences' Krupsaw Award. He has also received the inaugural Innovator Award and the Cecil Medal from the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He was a founding member of the Global Young Academy, a voice for the young scientists around the world now with members in 70 countries. He has been named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum.

His publications include seven co-edited books. He is author of Applied Minds: How Engineers Think (W.W. Norton) that has been translated into many languages. His work has appeared or been featured in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Discover, Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Economic Times, Wired UK, BBC Radio, Public Radio International, and Sirius XM.


IEEE Service

  • Vice-President, Professional Activities and Member of the Board of Directors, IEEE-USA, 2015, 2016
  • Chair, IEEE-USA Student Professional Awareness Committee, 2013-2014 (Representative on IEEE Student Activities Committee)
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE-USA Student Professional Awareness Committee, 2012-2013 (Regions 1 and 2 Support Coordinator, previously)
  • Member, IEEE Public Visibility Committee, 2012
  • Director, IEEE Washington Section, 2010, 2011
  • Chair, PACE Activities, IEEE Washington Section, 2010, 2011
  • Chair, IEEE Binghamton Section, 2009
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE Binghamton Section, 2008
  • Vice-Chair, Engineering Management Technical Council, IEEE Binghamton Section
  • Chair, Student Activities and GOLD, IEEE Binghamton Section, 2006-2009
  • Corresponding Member, IEEE-USA Medical Technology Policy Council, 2005-2009
  • Corresponding Member, IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Law Committee, 2005-2011
  • Member, IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Development Committee, 2005-2010
  • Member, Region 1 Strategic Planning Committee, 2008
  • Founding President, Binghamton Bioengineers, IEEE State University of New York, Binghamton, 2004