Dr. Arvind Agarwal is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, USA. He also serves as the Director of Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI). He served as Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering and Computing at FIU from 2015-17. Prof. Agarwal obtained his B.S from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After his Ph.D., Prof. Agarwal worked in the industry as a Materials Scientist at Plasma Processes Inc., Huntsville, AL, USA, for three (3) years, before embarking on an academic career at FIU in 2002.
Research: Prof. Agarwal’s current research interests include advanced materials processing, surface engineering, ultrahigh temperature ceramics, carbon nanotube (CNT), boron nitride nanotube (BNNT), and graphene reinforced composites and coatings, nanoindentation and nanotribology, and mechanical properties of low dimensional and biological materials. His research has been continuously funded for 16 years by NSF, ONR, AFOSR, ARO, NASA, DOE and industries. Currently, he also serves as Co-PI of NSF funded Engineering Center (ERC) Cell-Met in partnership with Boston University and University of Michigan. Prof. Agarwal has published 274 technical articles, which includes 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book, and 7 edited books. His research has been cited more than 8100 times (H-index 47). He has delivered more than 150 presentations at national and international conferences including 35 keynote/invited lectures. Prof. Agarwal serves as a reviewer for more than 15 funding agencies including NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA and several European and Canadian funding agencies. He also serves as the Editorial Board member of 6 journals in the field of materials science and engineering. He has active research collaboration with more than 12 professors and researchers internationally (Switzerland, Germany, France, UK, India, Australia, China, Czech Republic).
Teaching and Mentorship: Prof. Agarwal has mentored 32 doctoral and post-doctoral, 13 masters and 26 undergraduate researchers in his lab. He has also mentored 14 K-12 students and 2 K-12 teachers in his labs. Prof. Agarwal has taught 6 graduate and 3 undergraduate courses. He has also conducted several short-term courses and workshops in the USA and internationally for working professionals and engineers. His students and mentees are employed as faculty members, national lab scientists, and senior engineers in the industry within the USA and other countries (China, India, Turkey). His students and mentees have won several awards within and outside FIU. Prof. Agarwal has also served as a mentor to several assistant professors at FIU, and there of them have won NSF-CAREER award.
Service: Prof. Agarwal has served his profession at national, international, and domestic levels. Prof. Agarwal has been active in professional societies (ASM, TMS, ACerS) in multiple roles. He has organized more than 15 symposia in the field of surface engineering, nanomaterials, and biomaterials. He has served on several committees including Advanced Materials Editorial Committee, ASM/IIM Visiting Lecture Award, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology Best Paper Award, and Surface Engineering committee. He is the Founding Faculty Advisor of FIU Materials Advantage (MA) student chapter. FIU MA Chapter was awarded (i) Chapter of Excellence (7 times), and (ii) Worlds Materials Day Award (6 times) in last 12 years worldwide. Prof. Agarwal has advised more than 200 students and helped them transition to leadership role through MA. Several of his advisee have become professors and started new MA chapter in their universities resulting in a ripple effect. Prof. Agarwal serves as a reviewer for more than 50 journals in the area of materials engineering, nanotechnology, biomaterials, and mechanics.
Prof. Agarwal has served on several FIU committee at the University, College, and the department level. A few of these committees are Honorary Award Committee, VP Research Advisory Council, College Curriculum Committee, CEC Faculty Council, CEC T&P Committee, and several faculty search & screen committees.
Administration: Prof. Agarwal served as Graduate Program Director of MME (2004-2008) and Associate Dean for Research for CEC (2015-2017). Since 2012, he serves as Director of Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI) at FIU which has more than 25 faculty users and 50 Ph.D. students in the area of nanotechnology, materials characterization and materials processing. Currently, Prof. Agarwal serves as the Chairperson of Mechanical and Materials Engineering department since October 2017.
Honors and Awards: Prof. Agarwal has received several honors and awards both at the national level and within FIU. Some of his major awards include National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious CAREER award in 2006 and Nanomaterials and Energy Prize (Best Journal Paper) in 2017. He received FIU President’s Council Outstanding Professor (now renamed as World’s Ahead Professor) in 2010 for sustained excellence in research, teaching, and service. Prof. Agarwal is also a recipient of FIU Faculty Excellence in Research Award (2008) and Excellence in Mentorship award (2010). Recently, he was honored by Provost’s Mentorship Award for Graduate students in March 2018. Prof. Agarwal was honored as elected Fellow of ASM International in 2012.