Senior Program Officer | Director of Studies, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Guru Madhavan

Guru Madhavan is director of programs of the National Academy of Engineering. His portfolio of work in health and medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has included leading the analyses for making prescription medicines affordable and developing a national strategy for cancer control in the U.S., directing a global health forum on infectious diseases, and conducting the research, design, and development of a systems analysis platform for prioritizing new vaccines and related interventions. A systems engineer by background, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He has served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy, and has been a strategic consultant for technology startup firms and nonprofit organizations. He has served as a vice-president of IEEE-USA and was a founding member of the Global Young Academy. Among numerous honors, he has received the Innovator Award and the Cecil Medal from the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession, and has been named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. He has co-edited several books including “Pathological Altruism” (Oxford University Press), and “Practicing Sustainability” (Springer), and published numerous refereed articles and scientific policy reports. He is author of “Applied Minds: How Engineers Think” (W.W. Norton) that has been translated into many languages.