Ramesh K. Agarwal

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Dr. Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science[1] at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). He is also the director of Aerospace Engineering Program, Aerospace Research and Education Center and Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory[2] at WUSTL. From 1994 to 1996, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Chair of Aerospace Engineering department at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. From 1996 to 2001, he was the Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and the executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University.[3] From 1978 to 1994, he worked in various scientific and managerial positions at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories (MDRL) in St. Louis. He became the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow in 1990.

Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968.

Over a period of 35 years, Professor Agarwal has worked in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), Computational Aeroacoustics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Rarefied Gas Dynamics and Hypersonic Flows, Flow Control, and Renewable Energy. While at MDRL, Dr. Agarwal and his colleagues developed advanced CFD codes that were used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of all categories of aerospace vehicles (transport and military aircraft, missile and launch vehicles, helicopters, and hypersonic space configurations). These codes were developed on state of the art supercomputers and SIMD and MIMD parallel computing platforms available at the time. For past ten years, he has devoted some of his efforts to renewable energy systems (wind, solar-thermal and biomass), energy efficient buildings and issues related to sustainable ground and air transportation.

Dr. Agarwal developed the third-order accurate upwind scheme in 1981[4] (has also been called the "Agarwal Algorithm"[5]) for the solution of Navier-Stokes equations, which for the first time showed the existence of multiple vortices in the corner regions of a 2-D lid-driven laminar cavity flow at high Reynolds numbers (~10,000). Dr. Agarwal is the co-developer of the Rahman-Agarwal-Siikonen (RAS) one-equation turbulence model. He has recently authored a book with his former student Dr. Zheming Zhang titled,"Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Geological Carbon Storage," published by Scholars Press, Germany, April 2014.

Dr. Agarwal is the author and coauthor of over 450 publications and serves on the editorial board of twenty two journals. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences in over fifty countries around the world. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many professional, government, and industrial advisory committees.


  • 1968 Bachelor of Technology (BS), Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
  • 1969 Master of Science (MS), Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1975 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Stanford University, Stanford, CA


  1. [1] http://mems.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx
  2. [2] http://research.engineering.wustl.edu/mems/CFDlab/index.html
  3. National Institute for Aviation Research 2000 Annual Report
  4. R.K. Agarwal, “A Third-Order-Accurate Upwind Scheme for Navier-Stokes Solutions at High Reynolds Number,” AIAA Paper 81-0112, 1981.
  5. W.W. Bower, “Application of the Agarwal Algorithm to the Three-Dimensional Reynolds Equations,” Proc. of the 10th IMACS World Congress on System Simulation and Scientific Computation, Vol. 1 (A84-11828 02-59), Montreal, 1983, p. 230-232.

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