Distinguished Lecture – Professor Rajat Mittal (Johns Hopkins) – The (un)known-(un)knowns of COVID-19 transmission – an engineer’s perspective


COVID-19 spread across the world with a speed and intensity that laid bare the limits in our understanding of the transmission pathways of such respiratory diseases. Given the emergence of the Delta-variant and the resurgence of infections in many communities, the importance of communicating infection risk across scientific disciplines, as well as to policy/decision makers, is more important than ever.
Inspired by the Drake Equation that provides a framework to estimate the seemingly inestimable probability of advanced extraterrestrial life, Prof. Rajat Mittal and his team propose a relatively simple model for estimating the risk of airborne transmission of a respiratory infection such as COVID-19. In this Lecture, Prof. Rajat Mittal will talk about this model as well as the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Rajat Mittal is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine. Johns Hopkins University ranks #25 worldwide according to QS Top Universities (2021). He is the recipient of the 1996 Francois Frenkiel Award from the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, and the 2006 Lewis Moody, and the 2021 Freeman Scholar awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Physical Society, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

About the “The (Un)known-(Un)knowns of COVID-19 Transmission – An Engineer’s Perspective” Lecture:
– Time: 8.00pm, September 15, 2021
– Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 863 7466 7625
Passcode: 701809

About VinUniversity Distinguished Lecture Series:

VinUniversity is pleased to present a series of talks by well-known researchers and academics from leading universities. These senior faculty have had significant influence in the advancement of their discipline, and their vision and achievements in research, teaching and their engagement with industry have been deeply influential in setting the research agenda in their fields. The seminars are open to all community members. Attendance is free of charge and pre-registration is required. While some of the talks will go into some technical details, no special technical or business knowledge is needed to appreciate them! We hope you can join us to listen, be intrigued and inspired!

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