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Agarwal to receive SAE International Medal of Honor

Ramesh Agarwal, the William Palm Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, will receive the 2015 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Medal of Honor at the organization's World Congress April 21-23 in Detroit.

Ramesh Agarwal

The Medal of Honor, SAE's most prestigious award, recognizes an SAE International member for his or her unique and significant contributions to SAE International.

Agarwal, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, has been on the Washington University Engineering faculty since 2001, bringing with him two decades of industry experience at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories (now Boeing Co.), the National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita, Kan., and NASA Ames Research Center. His research focuses on computational fluid dynamics and electromagnetics, flow control, hypersonic and rarefied gas flows, microfluidics and bio-fluid dynamics. He also focuses on nanotechnology, carbon capture, storage and utilization and renewable energy systems.

Last year, he was the science principal investigator among a group of Missouri collaborators to win a $750,000, three-year grant from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), with matching funds bringing the total award to $1.125 million, to develop new turbulence models for aircraft and turbomachinery.

He has received numerous honors and awards for his research contributions. This year, he received the highest award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Reeds Aeronautics Award for the advancement of Aeronatuics and Astronautics. Others include the 2014 SAE Excellence in Engineering Education (Triple E) Award; the 2013 SAE International Leadership Citation; the Institute of Engineering and Technology Heaviside Medal in 2012; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award; Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerodynamics Award; James B. Eads Award of Academy of Science of St. Louis; American Society for Engineering Education/AIAA John Leland Atwood Award; SAE Clarence Kelly Johnson Award; SAE Franklin W. Kolk Award and the AIAA Lindbergh Award, among many others.

Agarwal earned a doctorate from Stanford University, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.



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