Modi is currently Professor
and Chair of Mechanical Engineering. He
is also affiliated with the Earth Institute through the Earth Engineering
Center. After obtaining his B. Tech. in mechanical engineering
Institute of Technology in Bombay, he joined Cornell University where he
completed his Ph.D. in 1984. He joined Columbia in 1986 after two years
a post-doctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
where he worked on gas turbines. He is currently involved with Earth
Institute efforts on energy, infrastructure and development. His current
research projects include: Energy and transport for meeting the Millennium
Development Goals, infrastructure priorities for economic and social
development, use of spatial data in energy technology choices, CO2
sequestration and and energy technologies for decentralized applications.
His past energy related work encompasses thermal power plants, gas turbines,
solar energy resource assessment, wind speed measurement and sensing and
design of environmental systems for the energy and paper industry. Prof.
Modi won the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1996 and
the Greater Teacher Award in 1997 from the Society of Columbia Graduates.
Prof. Modi is author/co-author of more than forty journal publications.