Ashok Gadgil

Awards and Honors

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R&D100 Award
For invention of a novel, inexpensive, and robust technology for Fluoride-remediation of groundwater. R&D100 Awards, called the "Oscars of Industrial Innovation", are an international annual competition and celebrate the 100 top technology advances of the past year.


Leo Szilard Lectureship Award by the American Physical Society
Award recognizes application of physics for the benefit of humanity. Citation states "For applying physics to a variety of social problems and developing sustainable energy, environmental and public health technologies, as well as demonstrating how these could be scaled up, thus contributing to improved life for millions."
Elected Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of engineering that also have been of benefit to improving livelihoods in India.


Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, the International House at UC Berkeley, along with Wendy Schmidt
Citation states: "For contributions to a more sustainable and peaceful planet, and advancing a world of greater understanding."
National Inventor's Hall of Fame (NIHF)
Inducted into the Class of 2014 for work that "has helped 100 million people across four continents by making water safe to drink and by increasing the energy efficiency of stoves." The NIHF is an organization sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office under the US Department of Commerce.


2013 Tech Award for Economic Development
For the Darfur Stoves Project (now Potential Energy) which I co-founded, and for which I am the Board Chair and President, based on its large positive economic impact on the lives of the recipients of the Berkeley-Darfur Stoves. For more details, read the EETD News Release.
Reed-Elsevier "Environmental Challenge" Award, Silver Prize
For invention and development of ECAR Technology.
Alumni Leadership Award for 2013 by the IIT Kanpur Alumni Association of Silicon Valley
Citation states "In recognition of the impact of his work on lives of millions in the developing world."
Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
One of the highest honors in the engineering profession.
The 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water — Creativity Prize
This is the top prize in the set. Awarded for inventing an affordable, and effective treatment for arsenic contamination of groundwater using electrocoagulation.


Lemelson-MIT Award
Honored for lifetime achievements as the inventor and innovator who improves the lives of impoverished populations on the planet.
For more details, read the Lemelson-MIT press release and the Environmental Energy Technologies Division news release.
Zayed Future Energy Prize
Lifetime Achievement Award for impact, innovation, long-term vision, and leadership, relating to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and renewable energy.
For more details, visit the Zayed Future Energy Prize homepage and the LBNL News Release.


European Inventor Award
Dr. Gadgil and collaborator Vikas Garud were named the top winners in the Non-European category, for UVWaterworks. This is considered the most prestigious prize for innovation in Europe, with sponsorship from the EU and the European Patent Office.
For more details, visit the European Inventor Award 2011 winners page and the associated press release.
Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award
For having demonstrated a sustained contribution throughout his career to stimulating and inspiring innovative thinking in students in his own university and throughout academia.
Award presented by Olympus, based on the selection made by the non-profit National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).


"Sustainability Pioneer Award" from SAG/SAM of Zurich, Switzerland
For pioneering efforts with the private sector in support of sustainability on the planet.
One of the top 10 global innovators in water technologies selected by NASA and USAID.


The Heinz Award for the Environment
Award citation is for "Research, Innovation and Humanism".
2009-14 Distinguished Chair of Safe Water and Sanitation, UC Berkeley.
Outstanding Mentor Award
By the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.


Campus Sustainability Award
For "Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Campus Sustainability" by the Chancellors Advisory Committee on Sustainability. UC Berkeley.


Global Citizen Award by the United Nations Association of USA (East Bay Chapter)
For "individual efforts to ensure that your invention is in place and functioning ... thereby saving lives and improving the quality of life of the beneficiaries."
Popular Mechanics Magazine, "Breakthrough Award"
For the Berkeley-Darfur Stove.
UC Berkeley Chancellor's Award for Faculty Public Service
"For outstanding leadership and commitment to service-learning."


Honored by the Museum of Science and Technology, Chicago
As one of 40 living exemplars of the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci in modern America.


Trendsetter, Public Works Magazine
For inexpensive safe drinking water solutions for developing countries.
Outstanding Performance Award by LBNL
For invention and development of a method for arsenic removal from drinking water, using coated coal ash.


"Tech Laureate" award by the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose
In the health category, for development and implementation of innovative technology to improve societal health.
Outstanding Technology Transfer Award by the Federal Laboratory Consortium of DOE
For protecting against chemical and biological threats to buildings, facilities and occupants.


"World Technology Award"
In Energy category.


One of the 35 top American inventors featured in the book "Inventing Modern America", Brown, MIT Press.


Outstanding Performance Award by LBNL
For invention and development of Computed Tomography of indoor tracer gases.
Outstanding Technology Transfer Award by the Federal Laboratory Consortium of DOE
For UVWaterworks.


Featured scientist in MIT's "Inventor of the Week"


Featured scientist in Smithsonian Institution's program "Innovative Lives" at the National Museum of American History.


Discover Award
For the most significant invention in Environment category for 1995: "UV Waterworks," an inexpensive and rugged device to disinfect drinking water for developing world communities.
"Best of What is New — 1996" award by Popular Science Magazine
For UV Waterworks.


Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment
A 3-year $150,000 award by the Pew Scholars Program for work on Energy Efficiency Policy in Developing Countries.
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