PhD, California Institute of Technology, 1985
MS, University of California–Los Angeles, 1981
B Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, 1980
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Department Chair
Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor
Professor Biswas's research interests include aerosol science and engineering; nanoparticle technology; air quality engineering; environmentally benign energy production; combustion; materials processing for environmental technologies, environmentally benign processing, environmental nanotechnology, and the thermal sciences.
Professor Pratim Biswas is the Chairman of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as an Assistant Vice Chancellor of International Programs. He has more than 350 refereed journal publications, has presented several invited presentations nationally and internationally, holds eight patents and has spun off two start-up companies based on his inventions. He has advised and graduated approximately 50 doctoral students, all of who are accomplished with successful careers in academia, government and industry.
He has won several teaching and research Awards including the 2015 Cecil Award given for exemplary accomplishments in Environmental Engineering by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the 2013 David Sinclair Award given for outstanding contributions by an established scientist by the American Association for Aerosol Research; the Distinguished Faculty Award by Washington University in 2012; the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2011, the 1991Kenneth Whitby Award given for outstanding contributions by the American Association for Aerosol Research and the Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award of the College of Engineering in 1994. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Science, St. Louis in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research in 2009. In 2014, he was selected as a Fellow of the International Aerosol Research Assembly; and in 2017 was elected Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering Science Professors.
Professor Biswas has played a leading role at the National and International arena in the field of Aerosol Science and Technology by serving on several National Committees. He was the Conference Chair for the 15th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research, Chair of the Critical Review Committee of the Air and Waste Management Association, an Associate Editor of the Aerosol Science and Technology Journal, and the Technical Program Chair of the 7th International Aerosol Conference in 2006; and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Aerosol Research and was the Treasurer in 1998 and President of the organization in 2006-07. Professor Biswas is a member of the Steering Committee of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, and an Ambassador to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is the current Vice President (and President Elect) of the International Aerosol Research Assembly and the Chair of the International Aerosol Conference to be held in St. Louis in 2018. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerosol Science.
Professor Biswas is also the Director of the McDonnell Academy Global Energy & Environment Partnership (MAGEEP), a 33 University International Consortium; and a member of the Steering Committee for I-CARES (International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability). As Chair of the Department, with the faculty he has developed a strategic vision that has led to the growth of a high quality and very productive department.