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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Health and Medicine

Washington, DC

Research Interests

Biomedical systems engineering, strategic policy advising and systems analysis (global public health, infectious diseases, vaccines, general scientific issues), history, philosophy, and communication of engineering.


Guru Madhavan is a biomedical engineer and senior policy adviser. He is a program director at the  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. He has led the research and development of SMART Vaccines—a novel multi-stakeholder software tool to help prioritize new vaccine development. Madhavan received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He 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. Madhavan is a vice-president of IEEE-USA and a founding member of the Global Young Academy. Among numerous honors, he has been named as one of the “New Faces of Engineering” in USA Today and as a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. Madhavan has received the Innovator Award and the Cecil Medal from the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Madhavan has co-edited several books including “Pathological Altruism” (Oxford University Press), and “Practicing Sustainability” (Springer), and published numerous scientific policy reports. He is author of “Applied Minds: How Engineers Think” (W.W. Norton, 2015) that has been translated into many languages.

Recent Milestones

Feb 2019
Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Director of Programs, National Academy of Engineering
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC

Twitter: @BioengineerGM


IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award

AAMI/Becton Dickinson Professional Achievement Award, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award, The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The National Academies Innovator Award

The Cecil Medal, National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)

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