Shekhar Garde

Shekhar Garde
Name: Shekhar Garde
Title:Dean of School of Engineering, Elaine and Jack S. Parker Professor
Department Chemical and Biological Engineering
School Engineering
Center Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Center for Computational Innovations (CCI) Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA)
Bio Dr. Shekhar Garde is the Elaine and Jack Parker Chaired Professor and Head of Rensselaer’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received B. Chem. Eng. (University of Bombay, 1992) and Ph.D. (U. Delaware, 1997) degrees in Chemical Engineering. He received the prestigious Director’s post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he performed research from 1997 to 1999. He Joined Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor in 1999. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and to Full Professor in 2006. He was appointed Parker Chaired Professor in 2006 and as the Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering Department in 2007.

His research focuses broadly on understanding the role of water in biological structure-function, and specifically on hydration and water-mediated interactions using statistical mechanical theory and molecular modeling and simulation tools. He has published 80 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals which have been cited over 4000 times. He has received several awards including the prestigious CAREER Award by the US National Science Foundation (2001), School of Engineering Research Award (2003), Rensselaer Early Career Award (2004), and most recently the 2011 Robert W. Vaughan Lecturership at California Institute of Technology. Under Garde’s leadership, the Chemical Engineering department climbed in US News & World Report Rankings from 33 to 22.

Garde is also one of the leaders of the unique animation movie project called the “Molecularium”, which aims to excite the next generation about the world of atoms and molecules. He has pioneered integration of large-scale molecular dynamics simulations into Disney-Pixar style animation world. He is an executive producer of the Molecularium I-MAX/3-D-IMAX movies – Molecules to the MAX, which are currently being distributed nationwide. In 2011 he was honored with the Explore~Imagine~Discover Award by the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, in the Capital District, NY.
Education Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (University of Delaware, 1997) B.S. Chemical Engineering (University of Bombay, 1992)