Prof. Amit Agrawal
Prof. Amit Agrawal is an Indian engineer and an institute chair professor at the department of mechanical engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He leads a group of scientists who are involved in the development of next-generation diagnostic microdevices.
Prof. Agrawal did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1996. He then briefly worked at Tata Motors from 1996 - 1998 before pursuing his PhD from the University of Delaware, USA and then postdoctoral from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He joined IIT Bombay in 2005 where he also holds a chair professorship.
Prof. Agrawal's research interests are in the fields of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer using experimental, theoretical and simulations tools. His lab works largely on development of innovative microdevices for various applications; theoretical development of higher-order continuum transport equations and related experiments; synthetic jet and microchannel based cooling of electronic devices; wake interaction from multiple bodies; etc. His lab has developed a microdevice for blood-plasma separation; also microdevices for three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing, and for maintaining constant wall temperature.The microdevice is truly novel because there is no filter/membrane or any active element therein; the separation rather happens passively as the flow occurs. He has authored 12 patents.
Prof. Agrawal was awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology for his contributions to engineering sciences in 2018 by CSIR, India.