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Ashok Gadgil

Ashok Gadgil is the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Distinguished Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In addition to his research on indoor environmental health and safety, Dr. Gadgil has a long record of creating innovative solutions to problems in the developing world.  On his own time and with few resources, he has helped poor households in developing countries access compact fluorescent lamps; invented a method to disinfect drinking water for poor communities; and designed, tested, and disseminated thousands of fuel-efficient stoves to refugee women in Darfur. Currently, he is field-testing a low cost and technically reliable method to remove arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh and nearby regions.

Dr. Gadgil is recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Heinz Award in 2009 for his research, innovation and humanitarianism, and the World Technology Award for Energy in 2002. More recently, he was awarded the “Sustainability Pioneer Award” by the Zurich-based Sustainability Asset Management Group in 2010, and currently he is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Dr. Gadgil greatly enjoys teaching and communicating the joy of innovation to his students.  He has inspired many graduate students and developed a course at UC Berkeley on how to invent and scale innovations for sustainable societies.  Some Dr. Gadgil’s work appears in two award-winning documentaries, “Me and Isaac Newton” (1999) and “FLOW –For Love Of Water” (2008).