Prof. Shashank Priya is currently a Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. Starting this year, he is serving as program director in National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining NSF, he served as the director of I/UCRC: Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS). Dr. Priya has made impact in the field of piezoelectrics, energy harvesting, magnetoelectric composites, and bio-inspired robotics. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 50 conference proceedings covering these topics. Additionally, Dr. Priya has published more than four book chapters, five US patents, and five edited books.
Dr. Priya has received several awards including: Turner Fellowship 2012, Dean’s Research Excellence Award 2011, AFOSR Young Investigator Award; Nominee for Outstanding Technology of the Year Award – 2007 presented by International Academy of Science, Independence, MO; Research Excellence Award 2006 presented by The University of Texas Arlington; Automation and Robotics Research Institute Outstanding Researcher Award 2005 presented by The University of Texas Arlington; Dr. R L Thakur Memorial Award of the year 2004 presented by the Indian Ceramic Society; TMS Shri Ram Arora International Award of the year 2002 (TMS stands for Metals, Materials and Metallurgical Transactions Society); Vidya Bharti, IIM gold medal for the year 1999-2000 (IIM stands for Indian Institute of Metals); and K. K. Mallik Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Science, India 1999-2000.
Dr. Priya is the past chair of the Electronics Division of The American Ceramic Society. He was also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society until 2012. He is the founder and chair of the Annual Energy Harvesting Workshop series and Energy Summit. The seventh workshop in this series was held on August 7 – 9, 2012. The second Energy Summit was held in Dallas in January 2013. Dr. Priya is currently serving as chief editor of a new journal “Energy Harvesting and Systems,” and as associate editor for a special issue on energy harvesting for the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. He serves on the editorial board of Integrated Ferroelectrics and on the advisory board of Journal of Dielectrics. He is also serving as the member of the Honorary Chair Committee for the International Workshop on Piezoelectric Materials and Applications (IWPMA). Dr. Priya has organized several symposiums at the established international meetings such as MS&T, Electronic Materials and Applications, and IWPMA.