Dr. Akanksha Menon is an Assistant Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, within the heat transfer and energy systems research area. Prior to this, she was a Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Her research was focused on transforming wastewater into clean water by harnessing solar energy, as well as developing new concepts for thermal energy storage. Dr. Menon received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where she developed polymer thermoelectric materials and devices for thermal energy harvesting and wearable electronics.
In 2018, Dr. Menon was selected for the inaugural “Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering” workshop held at MIT. Dr. Menon received the Sigma Xi Dissertation Award in 2019 and the MRS (Materials Research Society) Silver Award in 2017. She co-founded the Water Wednesday’s initiative at Berkeley Lab and served as the Co-President of the Energy Club @ Georgia Tech. She has also been featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of their Woman @ Energy series. Dr. Menon is a proponent of science communication – she has participated in DOE’s Restore Our Earth panel as a climate scientist, Falling Walls: Emerging Talents and the Berkeley Lab Research SLAM.