Professor Majumdar received his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1989 respectively all in Mechanical Engineering. He taught at Arizona State University (1989-92) and UC Santa Barbara (1992-96) before joining UC Berkeley.
Prof. Majumdar has received many honors including the NSF Young Investigator Award (1992); the Melville Medal of the ASME (1992); the ASME Heat Transfer Division Best Paper Award (1993); and the ASME Gustus Larson Memorial Award (2001). His is a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Prof. Majumdar is well known for his pioneering work in Nanoscale Diagnostics (Scanning Probe Microscopy), Energy Conversion and Transport in Nanostructures, Optomechanical Microdevices, and Nano- Biomolecular Engineering. Of particular note is his recent work using micron-scale beams and microcantilevers to develop a specific test to detect Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), an extremely useful marker for early detection of prostate cancer.