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Dr. Ramesh Agarwal, Washington University-St. Louis Professor, Honored with SAE International Medal of Honor

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 4, 2015 -

Dr. Ramesh K. Agarwal, William Palm Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, is the recipient of the 2015 SAE International Medal of Honor. Dr. Agarwal will receive his medal at the Awards and Recognition Ceremony during the SAE 2015 World Congress, which will be held April 21-23 in Detroit.

The Medal of Honor, established in 1986, is presented annually and is SAE International’s most prestigious award. The award recognizes an SAE International member for his or her unique and significant contributions to SAE International and is funded through the SAE Foundation.

Over a period of 40 years, Dr. Agarwal has worked in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and Electromagnetics, Computational Aeroacoustics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Rarefied Gas Dynamics and Hypersonic Flows, and Flow and Flight Control.

From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he worked in various scientific and managerial positions at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis.  He was named Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow in 1990; from 1976 to 1978, he worked as a NRC Research Associate at NASA Ames Research center.

Dr. Agarwal is the author and co-author of more than 450 publications and serves on the editorial board of more than twenty journals. He continues to serve on many professional, government, and industrial advisory committees; and is a Fellow of 18 societies including SAE International, AIAA, IEEE, ASME and ASEE. In 2014, he was the first “non-Chinese” elected an International Fellow of the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and he is the recipient of many awards including the SAE International Clarence "Kelly" Johnson Aerospace Design and Development Award and AIAA Reeds Aeronautics Award.

An active member of SAE International for 22 years, Dr. Agarwal received a PhD in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975; an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. 

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