.Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, greets UMD Distinguished University Professor Ashwani  Gupta during his formal induction to the Royal Academy of Engineering on November 28, 2023.

.Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, greets UMD Distinguished University Professor Ashwani  Gupta during his formal induction to the Royal Academy of Engineering on November 28, 2023.


Ashwani Gupta, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, has been formally inducted into the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

The induction took place in London on November 28, 2023, during a ceremony in which Anne, Princess Royal, greeted each elected new RAE Fellow.

Founded in June 1976 with support from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, RAEng is dedicated to the pursuit, encouragement, and maintenance of excellence in engineering, and to advancing the science, art and practice of engineering for the benefit of the public, according to the organization’s charter.  

Its overarching goal leading up to 2025 is to “harness the power of engineering to  build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone.”

Gupta, who joins 72 other distinguished engineers and technologists as Fellows this year, is a leading international authority on swirl flows and volume distributed combustion. He has also contributed to work on cleaner energy and power that has resulted in significant energy savings, near zero emissions and reduced CO2 footprint from industrial furnaces and power applications using fossil and alternative fuels.

His lasting contributions to green flame and distributed combustion development are now used worldwide in advanced industrial furnaces.In recent years, Gupta has received the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) 2020 Honorary Fellowship award, and the 2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He also received ASME Soichiro Honda gold medal, the 2021 ASME Dixy Lee Ray award, the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mechanical Engineering Division Ralph Coats Roe Award, and the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Air Breathing Propulsion Award.

He has been awarded higher doctorates (D.Sc.) from the University of Sheffield and University of Southampton, and honorary doctorates (Ph.D. Hons) from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, King Mungkut University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand, and the University of Derby, UK. 

Over the course of Gupta’s career, he has co-authored over 300 journal papers, 550 conference papers, three books, 18 edited books and 19 book chapters. In 2016, Gupta was elected to honorary membership/fellowship of ASME, the highest professional recognition bestowed by ASME. He is also the recipient of Thailand's Surindra Rajabhat University’s Golden Elephant Award in recognition of his scientific achievements and collaborative efforts.

He is a Fellow of AIAA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and a Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA).

Gupta is joined in this recognition by UMD alumni Dr. Harish Bhaskaran (M.S. ’02, Ph.D. ’06). Bhaskaran is currently a faculty member at Oxford University where he is a professor and associate head of mathematical, physical, engineering and life sciences. He is also co-founder of Salience Labs, a computer hardware manufacturing company that specializes in silicon photonic solutions for advancing AI applications.

December 19, 2023

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