Bhavna Hirani is the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on facilitation of partnerships between researchers at the University and external stakeholders including government labs and industry. Bhavna works with the ARI leadership team to coordinate strategic initiatives and identify and create new programmatic opportunities.
Bhavna has a Ph.D. in analytical and inorganic chemistry from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She has a Master’s in Polymer Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and an undergraduate degree in Textile Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India.
Bhavna worked in the Office of Public Engagement at the University of Illinois from 2013-16. She gained experience in facilitating partnerships that make use of knowledge and resources at the University to address the needs of society. Bhavna coordinated several engagement programs for the Office and enhanced the culture of community engagement on campus. She developed new initiatives to build institution-wide engagement across disciplines on campus.