Ramesh Agarwal, the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded the SAE International Award for Aerospace Innovation. 

The award recognizes individuals or teams who have demonstrated outstanding innovation in aerospace engineering, making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft or spacecraft and resulting in industry- or life-changing impact. Winners’ achievements must represent unique and original engineering applications or innovations that have had a demonstrable positive impact on aerospace, and they should have a distinguished career in aerospace with proven accomplishments in the innovative design or operational availability of aircraft or spacecraft. Agarwal will be presented with the award this spring.

SAE International is an association with more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

Agarwal applies computational fluid dynamics to solve problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and energy and environment. 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 the past 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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