Vijay Modi is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. (Ph.D. Cornell 1984, postdoctoral work MIT 1984–1986). His expertise is in the field of: energy sources and conversion, heat/mass transfer, and fluid mechanics. His current areas of research interest are related to: energy infrastructure, CO2 sequestration (with Prof. Lackner in Earth and Environmental Engineering), fuel cells, distributed sensing/control of flow, and heat transfer.