Ashok Gadgil, the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation and director and senior scientist, environmental energy technologies division, LBNL, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013. Gadgil was elected for his work in engineering solutions to the problem of potable water and energy for underdeveloped nations.
In honor of his NAE distinction, the department invited Gadgil to deliver its CEE Distinguished Lecture, the first in a revival of the tradition of a semiannual lecture by CEE faculty members on their research.
On April 30, Gadgil spoke on "Innovating Technologies for the Poorest Two Billion" to a packed auditorium of faculty, students, and friends.
From his substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation, particularly in developing countries, Gadgil described 2 recent technology innovations that could improve the lives of tens—possibly hundreds—of millions of people among the poorest 2 billion people on the planet. Both technologies have emerged in the last few years from focused, goal-driven research by teams of creative, hard-working researchers in the Gadgil laboratory and in the field.
The first technology innovation is the Berkeley-Darfur Stove, which is an inexpensive, fuel-efficient biomass stove for use by displaced women and girls in Darfur, Sudan. The second is Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR), which affordably removes arsenic from the groundwater supplies used for drinking water in Bangladesh and neighboring regions.
Gadgil repeated the lecture in CEE's Engineered Systems and Sustainability class. Watch "Innovating Technologies for the Poorest Two Billion."