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Distinguished Alumnus Awardee 2020


Prof. Ashok Gadgil (MSC2/PHY/1973)


Prof. Gadgil is a Faculty Senior Scientist and was the Director of the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division from 2010-2015 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Gadgil specializes in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and design for development. His work experience expands to technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation, particularly in developing countries. His inventions such as the Berkeley-Darfur Stove (which is being deployed in Darfur by the nonprofit Potential Energy) and UV Waterworks, a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water, have been used extensively in developing countries.

Prof. Gadgil has won numerous awards and honors for his inventions, including the Heinz Award for the Environment (2009), Sustainability Pioneer Awardâ from SAG/SAM of Zurich (2010), The European Inventor Award, and the NCIIA Lifetime Award for teaching innovation (both 2011), and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the Lemelson-MIT Global Innovation Award (both 2012). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013. In 2014, Prof. Gadgil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The American Physical Society Forum on Physics and Society also conferred upon Prof. Gadgil its Leo Szilard Lectureship Award. Prof. Gadgil holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley. IITK conferred upon Prof. Ashok Gadgil the Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2020.



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