Brahm Verma
Brahm Verma
University of Georgia
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Brahm Verma is professor emeritus and associate director emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering which was officially organized as College of Engineering at the University of Georgia on July 1, 2012.

Since the mid-1980’s he has championed for the then emerging discipline of biological engineering and served as the founding president (1995-97) of the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) – A Society for Advancing Biology-Inspired Engineering.

He has also created other organizations including the very successful Faculty of Engineering at the University of Georgia. The Faculty of Engineering conceptualized as a new kind of school/college of engineering with open borders and a self-organizing governance system influenced by living systems. The new UGA College of Engineering - “A College without Borders” - adopted the organizing principles of the Faculty of Engineering.

Dr. Verma received BS (1959), MS (1965) and PhD (1968) degrees in agricultural engineering. Since 1965 he has over 350 publications and presentations at professional meetings and 2 patents. He has published on similitude in engineering; mechanization/automation of greenhouse and nursery; modeling using artificial intelligence techniques; and information systems and decision methodology. He has received numerous awards, for example, best research paper awards, IBE Lifetime Visionary Award, ASAE/ASABE Fellow and IBE Fellow. The IBE Visionary Award is named after his wife and him (Brahm and Sudha Verma Visionary Award) to recognize visionary individuals in Biological Engineering.

In 2019, The University of Georgia honored him for his exceptional contributions in creating the UGA college of engineering with its highest award - the UGA President’s Medal.

In retirement, Dr. Verma remains engaged in graduate education and the advancement of comprehensive engineering at UGA. He is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy and UGA Emeriti Scholars - a group of distinguished retired faculty members who continue to contribute towards building academic stature of the University of Georgia.

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