Ashok Gadgil

Ashok Gadgil

Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 486-4651
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Research Expertise and Interest
fuel-efficient stoves, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, developing countries, drinking water, buildings energy efficiency
Research Description

Safe and affordable drinking water for poor communities. Fuel-efficient biomass stoves. Energy efficiency in buildings. Indoor air quality. Technologies for developing countries.

In the News

March 4, 2014

Ashok Gadgil inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Dr. Ashok Gadgil is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for his water disinfecting device. The NIHF honors those who are responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible.

February 7, 2013

Two UC Berkeley faculty members named to NAE

Two faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, have been named to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE is considered one of the most prestigious professional distinctions accorded to an American engineer.

October 9, 2012

Arsenic water filter recognized with international prize

A team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab)’s Ashok Gadgil is the recipient of the 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. Gadgil, head of the Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division and a Professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, will receive the Creativity Prize on behalf of the team.

May 2, 2012

Ashok Gadgil gets $100,000 award for global innovation

The Lemelson-MIT Program has awarded Ashok Gadgil, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation. The award recognizes Gadgil, who is known for his work on affordable water disinfection systems and fuel-efficient cookstoves for developing nations, for “his steady pursuit to blend research, invention and humanitarianism for broad social impact.”

April 22, 2011

MBA students, Haas School faculty win sustainability research grants

The Haas School of Business’s Center for Responsible Business made an Earth Day announcement today (Friday, April 22) that several MBA students and Haas School faculty have won research grants to work on innovative sustainability projects dealing with reinforcing friends’ healthy habits to green supply chains and clean water.

Featured in the Media

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December 12, 2018
Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk
High levels of arsenic in drinking water puts millions of people in India at risk for serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and impaired cognitive development in children. Helping to address the crisis, civil and environment engineering professor Ashok Gadgil has been directing a team of scientists developing a cost-effective and efficient Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR) system to remove arsenic contamination from water. Professor Gadgil reports that monitoring of arsenic levels at their pilot ECAR plant has shown the purified water to be consistently below the WHO guideline for arsenic content. He also mentions successful test results at a facility on the Berkeley campus.