Brookhaven Lab Engineer Piyush Joshi Receives Accomplished Professional Award from APAHM

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Piyush Joshi

Brookhaven Senior Research Engineer Piyush Joshi was honored as a “High Accomplished Asian American Professional” at the 8th annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) celebration on May 14 at the Vajiradhammapadip Buddhist Temple and Thai Cultural Center in Centereach. 

A highly experienced and versatile electrical engineer with expertise in fields including energy storage and conversion systems, semiconductor physics, superconductivity, industrial automation, power transmission and generation, and magnetically levitated transport systems, Joshi serves as electrical group leader for the Superconducting Magnet Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has also mentored many high school and college students in science and technology fields.

“Teaching is my passion, said Joshi. “I love to mentor summer students at Brookhaven. This gives me the satisfaction of a positive contribution to society and the next generation”

Joshi joined the Lab in 1988 and, among other honors, he and his colleagues were recognized with one of the DOE’s most prestigious awards for successfully developing magnets to enhance the reliability of the Large Hadron Collider, a high-energy particle collider near Geneva, Switzerland, used for exploring fundamental particles and questions in physics. He was also the recipient of Brookhaven Lab’s 2015 Engineer of the Year award.

His accomplishments at Brookhaven include the development of an energy storage system using high-field superconducting magnets; the design, development, and patenting of the quench detection and control system of superconducting magnets; and the development and building of novel instruments, probes, and power converters for high-energy physics and particle accelerators and experiments.

Joshi received a B.S. in electronic engineering in 1981from SBM Polytechnic in Mumbai, India. In 1987, he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at NYU Polytechnic in Brooklyn, NY, and a doctorate at the same school in 1990.  He began his career in his native Mumbai as an electronic engineer for the Tata Electric Company, where he helped design and build AC and DC industrial motor drives for the steel and paper industries in 1981-82.  He subsequently spent several years at the Sharjah Power Station in the United Arab Emirates as an instrumentation and control engineer. Among other duties, he handled the maintenance and operation of gas turbines, steam turbines, turbo-generator sets, boilers, inverters, rectifiers, and a desalination plant.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, officially proclaimed by President Obama, is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The May date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers in May 1869.

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