Washington University in St. Louis


Ramesh Agarwal

The William Palm Professor of Engineering

Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University in 2001, Professor Agarwal was the Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Wichita State University from 1994 to 1996 and the Executive Director of National Institute for Aviation Research from 1996 to 2001. From 1994 to 2001, he was also the Bloomfield Distinguished Professor at Wichita State University.

From 1978 to 1994, Professor Agarwal worked in various scientific and managerial positions at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. He became the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow in 1990. From 1976 to 1978, Professor Agarwal worked as a NRC Research Associate at NASA Ames Research Center and as a Principal Research Engineer at Rao and Associates in Palo Alto, California from 1975 to 1976.

Over a period of 35 years, Professor Agarwal has worked in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and Electromagnetics, Computational Aeroacoustics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Rarefied Gas Dynamics and Hypersonic Flows, Bio-Fluid Dynamics, and Flow and Flight Control. More recently, he has devoted some of his efforts in nanotechnology and renewable energy systems - in particular wind, solar and biomass. He is the author and coauthor of over 300 publications and serves on the editorial board of thirteen journals. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many professional, government, and industrial advisory committees.

Professor Agarwal is a Fellow of twelve societies: American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Academy of Science of St. Louis, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and World Innovation Foundation (WIF). He has received many honors and awards for his research contributions including the ASME Fluids Engineering Award (2001), ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2006), Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award (2007), AIAA Aerodynamics Award (2008), AIAA/SAE 2009 William Littlewood Lecture Award (2009), James B. Eads Award of Academy of Science of St. Louis (2009), ASEE/AIAA John Leland Atwood Award (2009), SAE Clarence Kelly Johnson Award (2009), SAE Franklin W. Kolk Award (2009), AIAA Lindbergh Award (2010) among many others.


Professor Agarwal's current research interests are in flow control, rarefied gas dynamics and hypersonic flows, bio-fluid dynamics,energy from wind and biomass, carbon capture and sequestration, and energy efficiency of buildings.

Selected Publications

R. K. Agarwal, "Sustainable (Green) Aviation: Challenges and Opportunities," SAE Int. J. Aerospace, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2009, pp. 1-20.

E. Okpara and R. K. Agarwal, "Numerical Study of Steady and Pulsatile Flow through Models of Vascular and Aortic Valve Stenoses," CFD Journal, Vol. 17, 2009, pp. 205-220.

J. Cui and R. K. Agarwal, "Three-Dimensional Computation of a Synthetic Jet in Quiescent Flow," AIAA J., Vol. 44, No. 12, 2006, pp. 2846-2855.

R. K. Agarwal, K. Yun, and R. Balakrishnan, "Beyond Navier-Stokes: Burnett Equations for Simulation of Transitional Flows," Physics of Fluids, Vol 13, Oct. 2001, pp. 3061-3085.

R. K. Agarwal, "Computational Fluid Dynamics of Whole-Body Aircraft," Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 31, 1999, pp. 125-169.

Selected Research

Numerical Modeling and Simulation of CO2 Sequestration in Saline Aquifers, Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), WU, 07/01/09 - 06/30/12, $126,239.

"Computation of Hypersonic Shock Wave Flows of Multi-Component Reactive Gas Mixtures Using the Generalized Boltzmann Equation, AFOSR, 10/1/05-11/30/08, $278,643.

REU Site: Projects in Complex Fluids and Applications, NSF, 3/1/2006-2/28/2009, $219,232.

Development of Freshman and Sophomore Level Courses for a Nanotechnology Minor," NSF-NUE, 6/1/04 - 5/31/06, $97,696.

Modernization of Aerospace Engineering Curriculum, NSF DLR, 9/1/04-5/31/06, $99,701.

Contact Ramesh Agarwal
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1185
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Jolley Hall, Room 307
Phone (314) 935-6091
Fax (314) 935-4014
Email rka@wustl.edu
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PhD, Stanford University, 1975
MS, University of Minnesota, 1969
BS, Indian Institute of Technology, 1968

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