As vice president for research and innovation and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Mridul Gautam leads the articulation and implementation of a shared vision for research and guides the administrative division focused on developing world-class research and discovery, the careers and competitiveness of faculty, and the institution’s capacity as a high-impact research university and economic cornerstone of Nevada. Dr. Gautam also serves as President of the Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation. Prior to joining the University in 2013, he served as associate vice president for research at West Virginia University (WVU) as well as the vice president for the WVU Research Corporation.
Under his leadership, Research & Innovation provides the highest quality of services and infrastructure to enable faculty, students and staff to excel in their research, scholarly and creative endeavors and to advance innovation and commercialization. The division helps build interdisciplinary collaborations, assist researchers in obtaining and managing extramural funding, and maintain a safe, healthy and ethical environment in which to conduct research. The division is committed to facilitating connections with industry and fostering regional entrepreneurship and collaboration through an innovative ecosystem, anchored by the Nevada Center for Applied Research and the University of Nevada, Reno Innovation Center—Powered By Switch.
Dr. Gautam is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on several national committees including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' Council on Research Executive Committee and its Research Task Force on Laboratory Safety, Board of Directors of the University Economic Development Association, Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA States, and Board of Directors of the Desert Research Institute Research Park, and he is a member of the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. As a member of the University’s President's Council, Dr. Gautam advises on major policy issues and addresses state and national issues of compelling interest to the University’s research community. Dr. Gautam is an internationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of heavy-duty mobile source exhaust emissions, aerosol sampling, and particulate matter measurement, characterization, and control. He has over 27 years of experience in initiating and managing large interdisciplinary and multi-institutional programs and has served as a principal investigator and/or co-principal investigator on over $80 million in funded research. Dr. Gautam has published more than 400 technical articles including refereed journal articles, symposia/published proceedings and published abstracts of papers presented at professional meetings. In addition to having a licensing agreement to his credit, he is a recipient of the Outstanding Aerosol Paper Award through the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award through the Society of Automotive Engineers, and several Outstanding Researcher of the Year awards at WVU. Dr. Gautam received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1989.