The Ken Kennedy Institute's October Member of the Month: Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Vice President for Research; Professor, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Physics and Astronomy

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

The Ken Kennedy Institute's October Member of the Month: Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Vice President for Research; Professor, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Physics and Astronomy. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, a condensed matter physicist and materials scientist with more than 25 years in academia, industry, national labs and government service, was named Rice University’s vice president for research on August 15, 2022. Ramesh oversees the institution’s internal and external research ventures, and he partners with Rice’s senior leadership — together with deans, faculty and staff — to bolster the university’s research infrastructure, and propel productivity and impact to new heights.

What is your favorite book?

Of Penitence and Sin by Meera Ramesh.

What are you most looking forward to with your position?

Helping faculty in their research.

How do you explain your research in one sentence?

Impacting humanity through fundamental science.

What is your favorite aspect of your research?

The discovery part as well as collaborations.

How do you see computation and data advancing in the future?

How many ways can I think of… Computing is going to become intimately intertwined with human existence.


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