Sreenivasan is an experimentalist and is currently a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, where he also directs the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. He received his doctorate in aerospace engineering at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in Australia before moving to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He moved from Yale University to Maryland last January.

Sreenivasan, who is 55, has published over 150 papers in the fields of complex fluids, turbulence, combustion, cryogenic helium and nonlinear dynamics. He will begin his tenure at the ICTP in March 2003.