John Lienhard

John H. Lienhard V is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Food and the Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT. During about three decades on the MIT faculty, Lienhard’s research and educational efforts have focused on water purification and desalination, heat and fluid flow, and experimentation. He has also filled a number of administrative roles at MIT. Lienhard’s research on water purification includes a broad range of thermal and membrane based technologies and has a strong focus on energy efficieny. Lienhard has directly supervised more than 70 graduate theses and is author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. His awards include the 1988 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 SAE Teetor Award, a 1997 R&D 100 Award, the 2012 ASME Globalization Medal, and the 2015 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award. Lienhard holds more than a dozen US Patents, many of which have been commercialized in the water industry. Lienhard is the co-author of textbooks on heat transfer and on measurement and instrumentation. He has also received several awards at MIT for his teaching.