Head Mumbai Zonal centre of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
ISO 14001 EMS Auditor
Dr. Rakesh Kumar is Chief Scientist and Head Mumbai Zonal centre of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), part of CSIR (Council and Scientific and Industrial Research). He completed his M.Tech in Environmental Science & Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1987 and later got Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. He is also qualified ISO 14001 EMS auditor through RAB UK and EARA, USA. He is visiting adjunct Professor at CESE, IIT Bombay besides visiting faculty to Drexel University under Obama-Singh Education Initiative.
His main area of expertise is in development of appropriate technology for environmental quality improvement encompassing the field of air pollution, particularly vehicle pollution, hazardous waste management, waste water treatment and disposal besides Climate Change and Health related subjects. Urban environment management is an another area where numerous works related to carrying capacity, urban heat island effect, waste management and water sector analysis have been carried out.
He has been awarded the best scientist award, 1994 for NEERI and nominated for CSIR Young Scientist Award, 1995, 1996. He is also the recipient of Commonwealth Commission Award, UK, in 1994. He has been awarded with “Environmental Leadership Award” by US Asia Environmental Partnership and US-AID for the year 2005 for outstanding contribution in improving quality of life for the population of Asia.
In NEERI, he has been awarded with best patent for the year 2005-2006. He has been also awarded distinguished personality by MIDC in August 2007 for his immense help in providing environment friendly direction to MIDC policies. He has been also awarded for Best Patent for Technology Patent by NEERI in 2008-09.
He has been given an award for largest number of technology transfer for low cost waste water treatment -PHYTORID in the year 2012. He has been given VASVIK award for 2012 for his exemplary work for urban environment improvement and technology use for better environment.
He has ten patents on pollution control devices, of these two international patents, besides more than 75 papers in national and international Journals, 87 papers in national and international conferences. He has authored three Self Learning Books on various topics of Environmental Science and Engineering, one of them for Commonwealth of Learning, Canada.
He is member of various committees such as member of IAEA, Vienna on the use of radioisotope in surface water pollution studies, Auto Fuel Policy, GOI, Quality Committee of Indian Register of Quality System, IRS, various courts related PIL matter etc. He has worked on various assignments with many international agencies such as WHO, the World Bank, IAEA, UNEP, etc.