Dr. Ashok Gadgil

Director of CERC-WET

Dr. Ashok Gadgil is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, and the Director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies (CERC-WET). Formerly he led the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as its Director. At CERC-WET, Profesoor Gadgil directs a consortium of more than 30 U.S. faculty researchers and scientists from several UC campuses, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Stockholm Environmental Institute to foster the research and development of technologies to use water more efficiently, to make more water societally useful, and develop strategies for energy generation and water management under future climate scenarios.

Dr. Gadgil holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley and a M.Sc. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. He specializes in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and design for development. He also has substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and water treatment and their implementation – particularly in developing countries.

Dr. Gadgil has more than 100 publications in refereed journals and books on technology, science, and the environment.

Dr. Gadgil has several inventions in the realm of technologies for sustainable development, including the Berkeley-Darfur Stove and “UV Waterworks,” a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water in the developing countries. He has received numerous awards and honors for his inventions, including Discover magazine’s 1996 Discover Award for most significant environmental invention of the year, the Heinz Award for the Environment (2009), “Sustainability Pioneer Award” from SAG/SAM of Zurich (2010), The European Inventor Award, and the NCIIA Lifetime Award for teaching innovation (both 2011), and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the Lemelson-MIT Global Innovation Award (both 2012), the Prince Sultan International Prize for Water (2013), and Szilard Lectureship Award of the American Physical Society (2014). In 2013 Dr. Gadgil was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering, and in 2014 inducted in the US National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.