Ashok Gadgil

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Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Gadgil is the Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at LBNL and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCB. Dr. Gadgil holds a Ph.D. in Physics from UCB and an M.Sc. in Physics from IIT/Kanpur. He has won numerous awards and honors for his inventions, including the Heinz Award for the Environment (2009), “Sustainability Pioneer Award” 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 specializes in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and design for development. He also has substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation – particularly in developing countries. He has several inventions in the realm of sustainable development, including 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 in the developing countries.

Area of interest:

Computational Fluid Dynamics of indoor air and pollutant transport; Simulation methods for complex non-linear systems; Energy efficiency in buildings; Drinking water treatment


Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and M.Sc. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

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