Ramesh K. Agarwal, PhD
William Palm Professor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science
Dr. Agarwal has been particularly interested in understanding the public health impact of atmospheric and industrial pollutants (nano- to microscale particles on human health). Some of Dr. Agarwal’s research involves transport of contaminants in air and water in home and work environment. The study of these processes is important for coming up with remedial solutions.
Dr. Agarwal is studying low cost solutions based on nanotechnology concepts related to filtration and catalysis and has included some of the topics such as nanotoxicity, nanotechnology and Environment, and nano- and micro-scale filtration. Another area of interest to him is health education, health needs, health delivery and health economics. All these topics are inter-related and are particularly important in under-developed and developing countries.
Dr. Agarwal is particularly interested in India and US, having been exposed to these two countries for a long period of time.Though Agarwal has some perspectives which are contrary to the current policy approaches, he would like to try some of his ideas by doing some research using hard data and then writing the position papers.
"I see opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with the School of Medicine and School of Social Work, particularly in the areas of nanotoxicity and health services and policy."