Dr. Ashok J. Gadgil -
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Mail Stop 90R3058
Berkeley CA 94720 (USA)
Phone: int+(1) (510) 486-4651
e-mail: ajgadgil at lbl.gov
||University of California, Berkeley, Physics
||University of California, Berkeley, Physics
||Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Physics
||University of Bombay, Physics, First Class Honors with Distinction
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory - University
of California, 1988 to date: Currently Senior Staff Scientist and Group
Leader in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, in the
Indoor Environment Program. Conduct
and lead theoretical research on transport processes affecting indoor
air and airborne pollutants including aerosol particles, volatile organic
chemicals, and radon and its decay products. Lead work on identification,
assessment and modeling of population exposures to airborne pollutants
including indoor radon. Lead research on energy efficiency opportunities
in high-technology ultra clean indoor spaces. Lead technology
research on disinfection of drinking water for developing countries. Conduct
technical and economic analyses of energy efficiency opportunities,
and policies to accelerate energy efficiency, in developing countries. Identify,
analyze, design and lead projects to capture specific opportunities
for energy efficiency in developing countries, particularly those with
significant beneficial environmental impacts.
Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New
Delhi, 1983-88: Fellow of the institute. Developed and
led research programs in renewable energy and electric end use efficiency.
In the renewable energy group, developed and led research programs
in technical and economic aspects of low temperature solar thermal
technologies, energy-efficient solid-fuel stoves, and other technologies. In
the electric power group, developed and led research programs on conservation
options for leveling the Indian electric load, particularly with respect
to lighting technology. Also evaluated research proposals and
managed outside research projects funded by TERI. During these
5 years, was the Principal Investigator for research projects worth
Rs. 2.45 million.
C.N.R.S / University of Paris, March through August, 1981:
Visiting Research Scientist with the Centre Nationale de la Recherche
Scientifique (C.N.R.S) of the French Government. Defined and
initiated a research project in solar thermal storage systems using
phase change materials, based on computer aided analysis and design
optimization of solar thermal storage system using phase change materials. Successfully
developed and validated a computer program for detailed numerical solution
of time-dependent convection and phase change in the irregular-shaped
cavities encountered in the problem. Trained C.N.R.S. scientists in
the use of the computer programs and advised them in their subsequent
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory - University of
Scientist in the Energy and Environment Division, Passive Analysis
and Design Group. Led research in the use of solar energy for
building applications focusing on convective heat transfer. Developed
a generalized analysis capability (both numerical and analytic) in
relevant domains of natural and forced convective heat and mass transfer. Developed,
wrote and validated two large computer programs for simulating time-dependent
two- and three-dimensional recirculating flows with heat transfer. These
formed the basis of several publications from the Group, and were also
installed on research computers in France and Sweden and Canada. Evaluated
outside research proposals, advised research colleagues on computational
techniques and heat and mass transfer, and closely worked with experimenters
for planning, designing, and instrumenting experiments.
AWARDS AND HONORS
||2004 Tech Award Laureate in Health, The Tech Museum of Innovation
(San Jose) http://www.techawards.org/ta_laureates.cfm
||Outstanding Technology Transfer to Industry Award
by the Federal Laboratory Consortium of DOE for protecting against
chemical and biological threats to buildings, facilities and occupants
||World Technology Award in Energy category (visit www.wtn.net for
||One of the 35 top American inventors featured in the book "Inventing
Modern America", Brown, MIT Press. See website: http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/ima/gadgil_intro.html
||Outstanding Performance Award by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
for development of Computed Tomography of indoor tracer gases.
||Outstanding Technology Transfer to Industry Award by the Federal
Laboratory Consortium for DOE for UVWaterworks
||Featured scientist in MIT's "Inventor of the Week". See
||Featured scientist in Smithsonian Institution's program "Innovative
Lives" at the National Museum of American History. See website: http://www.si.edu/lemelson/centerpieces/ilives/uvwater.html
||Discover Award for the most significant invention in Environment
category for 1995: "UV Waterworks," an inexpensive and rugged
device to disinfect drinking water for developing world communities.
||Popular Science Award for UV Waterworks in "Best of What is New
-- 1996" selected by the editors of Popular Science Magazine.
||Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment, a 3-year
$150,000 award by the Pew Scholars Program for work on Energy Efficiency
Policy in Developing Countries.
||Certificate of Merit from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory for outstanding
achievements in technology transfer and enhancing interactions
between LBL and industry.
SERVICE ON NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) roster of experts
for the Global Environmental Facility, 1993 onwards.
Advisory Committee, Lemelson Foundation Initiative on
Invention and Innovation for Sustainable Development. 2003-
Advisory Committee: Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Environment
and Development, Bangalore, 2002 onwards.
Advisory Committee member. Smithsonian Institution,
National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the
Study of Invention and Innovation. 2000-2002.
Person for sessions of LEAD (Leadership for Environment And Development)
International -- a Rockefeller Foundation funded program to train the
next generation of leaders in developing and East European countries.
University of Campinas (Brazil), Environmental Studies
Center for the research program "Environmental Quality and Regional
Development in the Piracicaba-Capivari River Basin", 1995-1997.
Pew Program Initiative on Biodiversity and Pharmaceutical
Ethics. Founding member and Co-chair, 1993-95.
Program on Human Dimensions of Global Change, Working
Group on Industrial Transformations. Founding member. (1992-1999).
Global Energy Efficiency Initiative. Founding
member of the US Working Group. (1989-1999).
ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 4.10 "Indoor Environmental
Modeling", Corresponding member. (1991 onwards).
University Network group on energy policy in developing countries,
Commission of European
Communities Secretariat's expert group on energy and development. Member
Bureau of Indian Standards, Panel CDC10:3P1 "Solar
Glazing Standards". (1986-1988).
Thermal Research Advisory Committee, Government of India, Ministry
of Energy, DNES, (1987-1988).
Committee on Electric Lamps and Energy Conservation,
Government of India's Ministry of Industry. Founding member. (1985-1988).
OTHER SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY ACTIVITIES
Board of Directors, Blue Planet Run
Board of Directors, Pacific Institute,
(Water policy research) Oakland CA 2002-
Advisor on clean water in developing countries to Federation
of American Scientists, 1995- Co-Chair, Stop Cholera Consortium founding meeting, Washington
Student Pugwash International. Resource
person/Mentor on Energy and Environment, 1992-
ACEEE 1992 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. International
Environmental Research Forum, Stanford
University, member, 1992-
NATO Advanced Workshop on Models for Integrated Electricity
Resource Planning, Espinho, Portugal, 1993. Invited speaker.
Union of Concerned Scientists, International Symposium
on Science and World Affairs. Resource Expert/Mentor on energy
and environmental policy and development, 1993-
Industrial Ecology and Global Change. Office of
Interdisciplinary Earth Studies, 1992 Global Change Institute. Invited
participant and chapter author.
Fellow: American Physical
Member: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Balaton Group (a select group of global environmental thinkers and
Life member: Solar Energy Society of India.
SERVICE TO SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION
SESI-Journal, the Journal of Solar Energy Society of India. (1986-1988)
Editor: Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources (2002-2007)
Co-editor of ENews, an electronic bi-annual on energy-efficiency in
the developing countries (1993-99).
Referee for the following professional
Energy and Buildings, Energy, Energy Policy, Indoor Air, Health
Physics, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Int. J. of Heat and Mass
Transfer, ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, American Industrial
Hygiene Association Journal, Journal of Air and Waste Management
Association, ASTM Special Technical Publications, Annual Reviews
of Energy and the Environment, Annual Reviews of Environment and
Patents have been filed or issued for my following inventions:
A low cost drinking water disinfector, USA. Patent
6,602,425 issued August 5, 2003
Portable Emergency Relief Water Treatment Unit, USA. Patent
6,464,884 issued October 15, 2002
Apparatus for low cost water disinfection, USA. Patent
6,419,821 issued July 16, 2002
UV device to disinfect drinking water, USA. Patent
5,780,860 issued July 14, 1998 , India issued 2001.
Smokeless Ashtray to capture side stream cigarette smoke,
USA. Patent 5,678,576 issued October 21, 1997 .
for Impending Electronic Failures from Aerosol Deposition, USA. Patent
5,307,018 issued April 26, 1994
Energy Efficient Device for Exhaust Hoods, USA. Patent
5,277,653 issued January 11, 1994 .
Solar Collector for Rural Applications based on Stabilized Mud, India
* , 1988.
Novel Integrated Solar Water Heater, India * , 1987.
Water Heater, India * , 1986.
Energy Efficient Bukhari (space heater),
India * , 1986.
*Note: Patents in India typically take very long to be granted.
for science and technology issues related to drinking water disinfection
Asian Development Bank and Industrial Development Bank
of India to define and strengthen capabilities of the latter for granting
industrial loans for energy efficiency and environmental management.
(through LBNL) 1997-1999.
LEAD International (a Rockefeller Foundation supported
program to develop Leadership for Environment And Development) for
training mid-career professionals from developing and formerly planned
economies, in energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation
University of Campinas (Center for Research on the Environment)
for a large multi-disciplinary project for assessing impacts of development
on the environment in the basins of rivers Priacicaba and Capivari,
and exploring mitigating options for the future.
Tides Foundation as Director of projects to:
- conduct energy analysis to provide efficiency alternatives
to environmentally risky and economically costly power
projects in two developing countries, 1991-1994.
- undertake and support technology transfer for UV disinfection
of drinking water to developing countries, 1994-96,
- design and develop a maximally renewable and energy-efficient
but cost-neutral energy scenario for the city of Manaus,
Brazil, 1994-96, and
- support interventions in the interest of protecting
public goods during the privatization of energy utilities
in Brazil, with an emphasis on Amazonia, 1997-98.
These projects have been variously funded by W. Alton Jones Foundation,
Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and private
Global Environmental Facility (GEF) as reviewer of country
proposals submitted to GEF for funding national energy efficiency projects,
and projects to reduce GreenHouseGas (GHG) emissions.
Development Program as Mission Leader for identification and proposal
preparation of an energy-efficiency project on behalf of Venezuelan
Government for submission to GEF, 1992.
for assessing the potential for providing project pre-planning assistance
to Mexican institutions for a large-scale compact fluorescent lamp
dissemination program, 1991.
New England Power Service
Company for a review of the environmental costing methodology adopted
by the New England Electric System for least cost integrated resource
Rocky Mountain Institute for putting together
a large-scale dissemination program for Compact Fluorescent Lamps in
Bombay, India, with Indian institutional partners, 1990-91.
and Company (The Netherlands) for estimation of supply curves of conserving
carbon from economies of developing countries to offset Global Warming,
IBP (a major oil company in India) for Market
Potential Assessment of Advanced Evacuated Solar Collectors, 1987.
Building Research Institute, (Government of India), for assessment
of research program on building energy use and indoor thermal environment,
World Bank and USAID (through Tata Energy
Research Institute), on energy analysis for India, 1985-88.
of Afghanistan through UNDP for the New and Renewable Energy Center
at Kabul, 1985.
Orissa Renewable Energy Development
Agency (India) for design and fabrication of solar thermal devices,
University of Kashmir for setting up the goals
and structure of their Center of Energy Research, 1985.
Research advisor to doctoral students. *
Research mentor to 6 completed and 3 current doctoral dissertations. *
Research mentor to 5 completed masters dissertations. *
* In all cases,
the student also had a faculty co-mentor in his/her degree granting institution. However,
I played a major role in guiding the student's research.
I co-teach a graduate seminar each Fall at UC Berkeley in Civil and
Environmental Engineering on "Technologies for Sustainable Societies," since
External thesis examiner for Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
(India), 1988-89, the Center of Energy Studies, I.I.T. Delhi (India),
1985-88, University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1995, University of
Durban-Westville (South Africa) 1999-00.
67 refereed archival journal papers,
94 conference papers,
and 27 research reports.