Michigan Engineering’s Q&A with Karthik Duraisamy

Michigan Aerospace Professor attends the World Economic Forum to discuss geothermal energy at Davos

Karthik Duraisamy, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Michigan Aerospace, was invited to participate at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum last month in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. His participation at the Forum included a roundtable discussion of leaders from around the world, with a focus on geothermal energy. While in attendance, he proudly represented Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) and his start-up company, Geminus, which he recently announced brought in $13 million in Series A funding.

In this article from Michigan Engineering, Duraisamy shed light on some of the topics discussed at the Forum, including the current challenges facing the field, insights into the roundtable discussion on geothermal energy, and why this is the moment to focus on building it up. In his Q&A, he explained possible options for reducing the cost and the need for awareness around the benefits of geothermal energy. He also delved into his opinion on how computational modeling, digital twins, and AI can help improve efficiencies, using Geminus’s work as an example. 

Duraisamy is the director of MICDE, where he uses his knowledge of computational modeling and AI to offer computational solutions to challenges faced by science and society. Additionally, he is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, with his research interests focused on the development of computational models, algorithms and uncertainty quantification approaches with application to the aeromechanics of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, wind turbines, and hypersonic cruise vehicles.

Karthik Duraisamy’s interview with Bloomberg at Davos: