John Dabiri is Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on science and technology at the intersection of fluid mechanics, energy and environment, and biology. Honors for this work include a MacArthur Fellowship, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Popular Science magazine named him one of its "Brilliant 10" scientists for his research in bio-inspired propulsion. For his research in bio-inspired wind energy, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listed him among its Technology Innovators, and MIT Technology Review magazine named him one of its 35 innovators under 35. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2018 he won the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, and he is an Advisor to X, the Moonshot Factory at Alphabet.
John received his B.S.E. summa cum laude in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2001, his M.S. in Aeronautics from Caltech in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a minor in Aeronautics from Caltech in 2005. He joined the Caltech faculty in 2005, was granted tenure in 2009, and he was promoted to full professor in 2010. During his 10 years on the Caltech faculty, he served as Chair of the Faculty Board and as the Dean of Students.