Guru Madhavan
Guru Madhavan
Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs, National Academy of Engineering
Washington , DC
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Guru Madhavan is the Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and senior director of programs of the National Academy of Engineering where he leads and oversees activities of broad scope and complexity focused on engineering practice, education, research, communication, and policies. His portfolio of work 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 National Academies’ Innovator Award, National Academy of Medicine’s Cecil Medal, AAMI–Becton Dickinson Award for Professional Achievement, Washington Academy of Sciences’ Krupsaw Award for engineering sciences and education, and has been named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum.

His publications include the nonfiction "Applied Minds: How Engineers Think" (W.W. Norton) that has been translated into many languages. For his books and lectures, he has received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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  • Being at sea is perilous. Any safety feature on a ship can backfire. Lew had known that well since his Navy days—he spent long deployments in the Western Pacific during the Vietnam conflict. Later, he worked in corporate public relations building a career in crisis management. Then he found himself in a crisis.In March 2019 Lew, in his 70s, and his wife set off to Norway for a 13-day cruise, In Search of the ­Northern Lights. The Viking Sky was fairly small by cruise ship standards—on this trip it carried 915 passengers and 458 crew members—but that’s how Lew wanted it. “Those big vessels are not a very pleasant experience. You’re herded around like cattle,” he told me.
    AuthorGuru Madhavan
    Release dateSummer 2020
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