Dr. B.L Ramakrishna

Advisor, Global Engagements

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials and Biosensors
  • Engineering Grand Challenges
  • Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Engineering
  • Innovations in Engineering Education


  • Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry, IIT Madras

Past Association:

  • Inaugural Director, Grand Challenges Scholars Program Network, National Academy of Engineering, USA
  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Arizona State University


Dr. B.L. Ramakrishna received his Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1982. Rama joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 1985 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2011–16 he was the Diane and Gary Tooker Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at ASU’s Fulton Schools of Engineering and a member of the humanitarian engineering faculty until his transition to emeritus professor in 2016. In 2013 he was selected to be a Jefferson Science Fellow and served as a Senior Science and Technology Advisor at the Office of Secretary of State for President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. In January 2017, he became the inaugural director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at the US National Academy of Engineering. He has also served as a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, at Arizona State University.