Ramesh K. Agarwal, Ph.D., is the William Palm professor of engineering in the department of mechanical engineering and materials science at Washington University in St. Louis. He is honored for: pioneering, high-impact research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer; innovative contributions to mechanical engineering education; and meritorious service to the mechanical engineering profession.
Dr. Agarwal was the Sam Bloomfield distinguished professor and executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University from 1994 to 2001. Earlier, he was with McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis, where he served as program director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow.
Over a period of 40 years, Dr. Agarwal has worked in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, computational acoustics and electromagnetics, computational materials science and nanotechnology, and multidisciplinary design and optimization. He has authored or co-authored more than 600 publications, and has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures in over 60 countries.
An ASME Fellow, Dr. Agarwal has been serving on the Fluid Engineering Division’s Fluid Dynamics and Computational Fluids Dynamics technical committees since 1988 and 1996, respectively. He also received these ASME awards: the Fluids Engineering Award in 2001, the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award in 2006, the Edwin F. Church Medal in 2011, and a 90th Anniversary Medal from the Division in 2016.
He is a Fellow of numerous other societies, the recipient of major national and international awards, and an honorary guest professor at universities in China and India.
Dr. Agarwal earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He earned his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in aeronautical sciences from Stanford University.
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