Earth Institute, Columbia University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Infrastructure Programs, Millennium Villages Project
Vijay Modi is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department and the director of the Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University. While his early work was on heat transfer and micro-electro-mechanical systems, his recent work has been on energy infrastructure design & planning; solar energy; energy efficiency in agriculture and data analytics spanning from urban settings to remote rural settings. Modi is currently working closely with city and national agencies/utilities to understand how energy services can be more accessible, more efficient and cleaner. His recent project on mini-grids is providing a unique understanding of consumer behavior and business models for deploying energy solutions.