Ramesh Agarwal, professor of mechanical engineering & materials science in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).

AAIA, an interdisciplinary organization of AI industries, aims to build a broad AI industry to promote developing and applying AI in different fields of science and technology. AAIA gathers top scientists in different disciplines that can be combined with AI, AI-related institutions, and entrepreneurs that have AI applications to drive innovation, development and application of AI.

Agarwal, who applies computational fluid dynamics to solve problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and energy and environment was chosen for his work in machine learning combined with genetic algorithm-based optimization for about two decades.

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

Previously, he worked in various scientific and managerial positions at McDonnell-Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis, finally as Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow (1978-1994); as an NRC Research Associate at NASA Ames Research Center (1976-1978); and as a principal research engineer at Rao and Associates in Palo Alto, California (1975-1976).

Over a period of 45 years, Agarwal has worked in computational fluid dynamics, computational magnetohydrodynamics, and electromagnetics, computational aeroacoustics, multidisciplinary design and optimization, rarefied gas dynamics and hypersonic flows, bio-fluid dynamics, and flow and flight control. He also has devoted some of his efforts in nanotechnology and renewable energy systems, particularly in wind, solar and biomass. He is the author and co-author of more than 600 publications and serves on the editorial board of more than 20 journals. Agarwal serves on many professional, government and industrial advisory committees and is a Fellow of nearly 30 societies including AIAA, ASME, IEEE, SAE, AAAS, APS, and ASEE. He has received the highest awards from AIAA, ASME, SAE and ASEE.


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