Dr. R.S. Agarwal is the Emeritus Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. He has held several academic and administrative positions including Dy Director (Faculty), Dean of Industrial Research and Development and Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department at the same institute.
He has also been a consultant to various Indian industries as well as a visiting faculty in international universities. He has guided the Indian appliance, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning industry on non-ODS technologies during the changeover from CFCs.
Professor Agarwal has been with IIT Delhi for the past 37 years, actively contributing in teaching, research and development in the field of Refrigeration & Air-conditioning, Energy Efficient Technologies, Energy Conservation and Non-ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances) technologies for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He has published over 70 research papers in international journals and conferences. He was the Vice President of IIR commission B-2, Vice President of Indian Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of ASHRAE and ISHRAE. He was Chairman of the Bureau of Indian Standard Committee on Refrigeration & Air-conditioning and a reviewer of a number of journals.
Prof. Agarwal is currently the Co-chair for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Technical Options Committee (TOC) on Refrigeration, A/C and Heat Pumps as well as a member of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP).
He was honored by the Prime Minister of India for his valuable contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has been declared as the joint winner of Nobel Prize for Peace. Prof Agarwal has also received the Montreal Protocol Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) Champions Award in recognition of his extraordinary service to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). He has also been conferred with Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for his technical leadership in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning and in recognition of his exceptional global contributions in the first two decades of the Montreal Protocol.