Rakesh Agrawal Elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Rakesh Agrawal
Professor Rakesh Agrawal, Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, was elected as a NAI Fellow.

December 2, 2013

Professor Rakesh Agrawal, Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The Academy selects members "who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society."

The NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony will take place on March 7, 2014 in Alexandria, VA at the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters, as a part of the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors.

Professor Agrawal joined the School of Chemical Engineering in Fall 2004, after a 24-year career at Air Products, where he conducted research in gas separations, process development, gas liquefication processes, cryogenics and thermodynamics. At Purdue, Professor Agrawal's research interests are largely in renewable energy areas. One important direction is to fabricate low-cost solar cells based on nanotechnology. Another thrust is efficient conversion of biomass to liquid fuel and maximizing liquid fuel from a given quantity of biomass. He is also involved in modeling to find the role of biofuels vis-a-vis other solar energy derived alternatives to propel the entire transport sector in a solar economy.

Dr. Agrawal holds 119 U.S. patents, nearly 500 non-U.S. patents and has authored 122 technical papers. In 2011 he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama, which is the highest honor for technological achievement in the United States. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.