Dr. Ashok J. Gadgil - Curriculum Vita

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mail Stop 90R3058

Berkeley CA 94720   (USA)

Phone: int+(1) (510) 486-4651

Fax: int+(1) (510) 486-6658
e-mail: ajgadgil at lbl.gov

Ph.D. 1979 University of California, Berkeley, Physics
M.A. 1975 University of California, Berkeley, Physics
M.Sc. 1973 Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Physics
B.Sc. 1971 University of Bombay, Physics, First Class Honors with Distinction in Physics

Professional Experience
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 research.  

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory - University of California, 1980-1983:
Staff 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.


2004 2004 Tech Award Laureate in Health, The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose) http://www.techawards.org/ta_laureates.cfm
2004: 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
2002: World Technology Award in Energy category (visit www.wtn.net for more information)
2001: 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
2000: Outstanding Performance Award by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for development of Computed Tomography of indoor tracer gases.
2000: Outstanding Technology Transfer to Industry Award by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for DOE for UVWaterworks
1999: Featured scientist in MIT's "Inventor of the Week".   See website: http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/inventorsA-H/gadgil.html
1998 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
1996: 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.
1996: Popular Science Award for UV Waterworks in "Best of What is New -- 1996" selected by the editors of Popular Science Magazine.
1991- 1994: 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.  
1991: Certificate of Merit from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory for outstanding achievements in technology transfer and enhancing interactions between LBL and industry.  

•  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-
•  Scientific 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.
•  Resource 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. 1996-98.
•  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).  
•  U.N. University Network group on energy policy in developing countries, member (1984-88).  
•  Commission of European Communities Secretariat's expert group on energy and development. Member (1984-1988).
•  Bureau of Indian Standards, Panel CDC10:3P1 "Solar Glazing Standards".   (1986-1988).  
•  Solar 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).  

•  Board of Directors, Blue Planet Run Foundation, 2002-
•  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 DC, 1993.  
•  Student Pugwash International.   Resource person/Mentor on Energy and Environment, 1992-
•  ACEEE 1992 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.   International Advisor.  
•  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 Society
Member: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
The Balaton Group (a select group of global environmental thinkers and activists).  
Life member: Solar Energy Society of India.

Founding Editor. SESI-Journal, the Journal of Solar Energy Society of India.   (1986-1988)
Associate Editor: Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources (2002-2007)
Founding Co-editor of ENews, an electronic bi-annual on energy-efficiency in the developing countries (1993-99).

Referee for the following professional journals:  
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 Resources.

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 .
•  Detector 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.
Concrete Solar Water Heater, India * , 1986.
Energy Efficient Bukhari (space heater), India * , 1986.

*Note:   Patents in India typically take very long to be granted.

•  WaterHealth International for science and technology issues related to drinking water disinfection (1997 onwards).

•  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 issues.   1996.

•  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 donations.

•  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.
•  U.N. 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.
•  Rockefeller Foundation 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 planning, 1991.
•  Rocky Mountain Institute for putting together a large-scale dissemination program for Compact Fluorescent Lamps in Bombay, India, with Indian institutional partners, 1990-91.
•  McKinsey and Company (The Netherlands) for estimation of supply curves of conserving carbon from economies of developing countries to offset Global Warming, 1989.  
•  IBP (a major oil company in India) for Market Potential Assessment of Advanced Evacuated Solar Collectors, 1987.  
•  Central Building Research Institute, (Government of India), for assessment of research program on building energy use and indoor thermal environment, 1986-88.  
•  World Bank and USAID (through Tata Energy Research Institute), on energy analysis for India, 1985-88.  
•  Government 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, 1986-87.
•  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 2001.

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.