Welcome to the ITBHU Chronicle, January 2012 Edition Interviews Section.
Mr. Pavan Raina (Chemical 1976), Vice President (Technology) with M/s Aquatech Systems (Asia) Pvt. Ltd, at Pune, Maharashtra.
@ Jan 20, 2012
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We are pleased to publish the interview with Mr. Pavan Raina, who has contributed to the research and development of membranes for water purification and other technologies.

Mr. Pavan Raina graduated with B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1976. He has over 35 years of experience in the manufacturing, R&D and process engineering fields with reputed chemical process industries in India.

After graduation, he started his career as a shift process engineer at Gwalior Rayon Industries Ltd., Nagda, Madhya Pradesh. Later on, he worked at J. K. Synthetics Ltd., Kota, Rajasthan; Nuchem Ltd. and Nuchem Weir Ltd., at Faridabad, Haryana. He is currently working as Vice-President (Technology) with M/s Aquatech Systems (Asia) Pvt. Ltd, at Pune, Maharashtra.

Mr. Raina’s technical career includes developing electro-dialysis technology commercially in India, and designing reactor for UF molding powder along with developing one step process of the same. He has several international patents for development of membranes.

Mr. Raina has authored several books in the past. He has published his most recent book titled “The Managing Art of management.” The book is being reviewed elsewhere in this issue of chronicle.

Yogesh K. Upadhyaya from Chronicle talks with Mr. Pavan Raina to find out more about his chemical engineering background.

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(Mr. Pavan Raina)

Mr. Pavan Raina can be contacted at: pavan_raina@yahoo.com.


Q-1: Welcome Sir. It is nice to know that you were involved in the pioneer research in the membrane Technology. Please explain the research work.

Pittsburg US based company M/s Aquatech International Corporation (AIC) is one of the leading international group in providing water and waste water solutions for the global need. Aquatech Systems (Asia Pvt Ltd) a subsidiary located in Pune started Indian operation almost 15 years back. Aquatech works with technological leadership and performance excellences as their vision and have their other offices in Middle East, Europe to serve different parts of the world.

13 years ago Aquatech thought to start R & D in Pune and I was given the new assignment and joined in 1998 December. I along with one assistant stared working in office area not more than 200 sq ft and with the first single goal of developing Electro-de-ionisation  (which is a membrane device for making ultra pure water for which is required for high pressure boiler, electronic industries and many other). Within first 12 months of hard work we were able generate a process with distinct features and subsequently awarded US patent without rejection of even one claim. Rest is history.

Today R & D has 20 research persons with PhDs, M. Techs, chemical engineers and scientists working on membrane based products and processes on water purification of different types.

We do basic research for developing membranes and their products thus we may be few of such company where we take up the basic research work till the end application.

On membrane front we started with ion exchange membrane used in electro de-ionization for EDI product (known as FEDI Fractional de ionization) for its unique characteristics for withstanding higher feed hardness.

We primarily took up the work in development of polymeric membranes. We have been working with polymers such as polysulphone, poly ether sulphone, PVDF as the base polymer material. We took up the work on developing fiber of ultra filtration (UF) range and in 4 years came up with product for ultra filtration designed module.  UF module is used for pretreatment for RO process or for removal of turbidity, colloids and bacteria / viruses. The fiber is also used in municipal water for drinking purpose. We get domestic water purifiers also using UF fibers.

UF fiber is hydrophilic fiber and has a wide range of application depends on its molecular cut off range and different polymers. We have developed flat sheet UF membranes and made membrane bio reactor (MBR) which is a product to purify waste water.

We have developed hydrophobic UF membrane which finds use in gas separation and trying to develop membrane distillation product which means separating pure water vapour from an impure or high saline water at 70 and 80 deg C without boiling. We are trying to develop NF membranes and many more variants of membrane and related products.

Good water availability is a global issue and finding its importance with each passing year and membrane based technology is one which gives the advantage of lowering the effluent generation, reduces the chemical consumption and has lower operating cost in total these technology are eco friendly. World is gradually accepted the change in technology and many of these products we are working are still in research state globally and we want to be the leaders in those.

The Company provides and encourages a free space to work.

Today we have 3 US patents in our name. We have 3 patents lined up in the process and many more would keep coming. With the success of FEDI and UF module product we have made an independent manufacturing company which is world class set up where the process design for manufacturing and machinery is also designed by us. The name of the manufacturing company is QUA Water Technologies and has marketing office in Netherlands, US and India to cater the world need.  Qua set up is the fruit of the labour of R & D. what better pleasure one can have except to see it grow and flourish!

Qua can be visited at www.quagroup.com

Q-2: Please describe your successful career in chemical process industries.

I preach to my young colleagues one thing “enjoy in the job” valid for working in any organization and at any level” if you do so you will contribute to the organization and acquire more knowledge which would be useful for your entire life and irrespective the company is big, small or any level of professional as you think.

I have enjoyed irrespective of my post, designation or remuneration I use to get.

Initial job at Grasim and J.K Synthetics were production job where I was designated assistant engineer. Production job was more for routine shift activities and getting the job done by the labour force. Here I came across various unit operations studied was the charm which I utilized for enriching my bookish knowledge but the challenge here was more to get the job done. I remember in my shift my boss sure nothing would go wrong where as the workers (who were supposed to be leaders of CITU union) were the people who ensure that every one performs well. I had learnt and did gel well with everyone up and down the ladder.

I wanted to get away from the shift which did not look easy in J K Synthetics and thus switched the line and joined Nuchem Ltd in R & D at Faridabad. I worked here for 17 long years. Though I did not find the company professionally managed but gave me lot of exposure on different technical fronts. Nuchem was primarily in manufacturing formaldehyde and molding products (urea, melamine and phenol formaldehyde). The company had many divisions and was also in making hydraulic presses, making pharmaceutical intermediates. They were one of the first to introduce melamine crockery. The company had started manufacturing MDF (synthetic wood).

My exposure in R & D were related to these products and much more. We worked on scale up studies for various pharmaceuticals such as phenobarbitone, theophylene, aminophylene mebendazole etc.  We worked on ibuprofen (analgesic). Before this oxyphyn butazone (many may have used by the name of Tendril). On molding power I got the opportunity to work on a design and the process. We developed unique reaction system which could deal with material in different state of liquid, solution and hard rocky material. This was to suit the state at different stage of reaction. I worked in standardizing a single step process v/s existing 7 steps. 

We had developed polycarbonate and were to make a manufacturing unit in Gujarat. Engineering interface with consultant for process design along with material and energy balance was a good experience. Studies related environment issues and safety were the key component as a deadly gas Phosgene was involved was interesting. Ground breaking for this plant coincided with Bhopal gas tragedy and so the project was shelved which was to use the same gas in the subject.

We had taken a knowhow of electro-dialysis (ED) from CSMCRI which was in very crude shape. I was involved in its development of membrane, module and standardizing its process. We did it in 3 years and came out commercial product and got a breakthrough in Water mission which was initiated by Rajiv Gandhi. Subsequently a separate division was formed as Nuchemweir for executing water treatment projects. I was handling entire show of ED of production application and engineering design, sales, after services.

How you got interested in research field?

Well entering R & D was not by choice but by fate. Ideally R & D cannot be considered as engineers’ domain and I have experienced that there are many ego conflicts between M. Sc and PhD’s. Engineer’s job generally would be compounded with this for taking the work to the logical end of product or process for industrial use. If a chemical engineer has a liking of chemistry R & D is a good platform where chemistry can be added with engineering skills which could be differentiating talent in a longer time. Chemistry has not been my favorite subject but you have scientist for the missing link to help because team work is only guarantee for any success. Here designing a pilot unit, defining and standardizing a process were very interesting.

Qualities essentially for success in R & D are all what is required for meditation that is patience, devotion and hard work. As an engineer basic knowledge of designing agitated vessel, heat exchanger and distillation column can be handy at pilot level and for a larger plant you have designer and vendors whom you can question. Not limiting to research but in any organizational function and for a satisfying output one needs to balance his scientific knowledge with values and your relation with others colleagues, , superiors, junior,   clients, vendors and that is attained by growing intelligence (buddhi) which is not well understood even today. I think philosophical mind does help in generating ideas and that only comes by not wasting energy in non productive activities in office and at home. Everything is available in the air and it is only we are not able to see and thus even the best wonders to be invented and discovered are hidden from in our eyes. One has to utilize the available opportunity and tune with the pure instinct and if is a good team worker he can achieve anything.

Q-4: You have also published several books.

I have done lots of scientific job am engineer by education and philosopher by nature. Since my schooling days I have been observing my world from a different perspective. Even while studying engineering I have been too good and simple (as others saw me) with no bad habit. If one would believe I did not utter a simple slang (gali) from my mouth. I was introvert, less talkative, less mixing but equally mixing with everyone with no discrimination of any kind from my side. I probably was so moral conscious that I feared of not making a single mistake that would affect me.  This was all in my nature and probably the cause of generating a philosophical attitude. But in the process I had developed a good quality in reading a person, and reacting with different type of people and bringing them at ease and opening a discussion which one may not like to do with others.

At time there were lots of things in my mind (away from normal) that I could share unless having a friend with similar liking. I started writing in the night and gradually the ideas started pouring itself. I filled many note books which I had a pride. That time computers were not popular and I got those types externally. The subject was not easily understood by others as my one sentence had more meanings and required to be understood. Beyond what was written matter in my mind started accumulating and once came to Pune and gradually started using computer I decided to recode the entire writing one again. It was simple to add, modify and thus completed my first book

1.     The Evolving Human And The Future World (published in 2006) :  One can read most of the content in link below http://books.google.co.in/books?id=Fso6x_Y5MksC&printsec=frontcover&dq=evolving+human+and+the+future+world&sig=gFxSYgLx63iCiRgeQJUu6_c_yFc&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=evolving%20human%20and%20the%20future%20world&f=false

This book describes about evolution of human being on the basis of mental growth and how we would have developed the social groups followed by different types of social system and how the present world has come in shape. Simple scientific tools are used, hypothesis made to show the trend we are following. Have tried to describe where US, India, Germany, Russia and many other countries stand on the day and probable path forward.

2.    The Mind and The Invisible Quest (published 2008).

My second venture was from the same writing content mentioned above but limited to a self and how mind of human functions and its capabilities. The capability actually is much more than a normal person knows. The book is full of human psychology absolutely in my perspective. It gives the clue how one can find their own potential, how one can try to evolve faster, how one can find more satisfaction and so on. 

I had a hard time in finding a publisher but in the end one Delhi publisher liked the concept which was unique and interesting.

Both these books were published by MDPPL (Publishing house of Delhi).


Both the books can be viewed in this publisher’s link apart from many more sites.

3.    Managing Art Managing made simple: (Published 2011 by leadstart Publication Pvt Ltd, Mumbai).

This is my latest venture which is recently released in Dec 2011. Comparing to the other two books it is much lighter in reading and useful for management studies, for any and every person junior or senior employee or employer. There could be something useful for everyone. The book is about managing techniques that are missed because of our own limitation and ego resisting us to grow and has come out of practical application. What are essential universal core values and how do they work in different circumstances, what is leadership and how can be it broadened how to make correct decisions are few of the topics.

The book is available in many online stores (such as flipkart.com) and even in oxford stores in seven Indian cities. It would be available in many others stores in time to come.

Flipkart link is written below for viewing the book.


  Q-5: Please tell us about yourself.

Born in Simla and moved to different places because of transferrable job of my father who was serving in narcotics, custom/ central excise departments in different phases of his life. My schooling was done in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Kota (Rajasthan) and Gazipur (UP). I wrote my first high school paper from Allahabad (UP) from UP board. Pre University was completed in Central Hindu School, Kamachcha Varanasi when my hostel life had begun. 1971 I entered BHU in chemical engineering and the association with the great university to remember throughout the life.

I was never known as brilliant but was disciplined in my studies in my capacity working hard with minimum distraction generally people get in early and young age. I have been influence by my parents significantly. I have seen my father working with such sincerity and honesty throughout the life serving govt. of India which is very difficult task which many people would know. He was a self made man could not make house of his own but all educated his children 4 (we are 4 brothers and 2 sisters) as engineers and doctors. He died when I had just joined the job and before retiring was a jolt for me. On the other side, my mother was simple spiritual lady and a true karm-yogi. She spent her life for wellbeing for her husband and her children having meals once a day and with very simple and minimum requirements for herself. When we were small, we joked with her asking for her qualification- she has been a scholar in literature which she never told. She not only adhered to the self discipline but was master of Hindu scriptures. Nobody rich or poor who came to our house went back without being served Prasad and tea/coffee. Everyone found comfort with her and came for the advice in the later part of her life. She was my guru as I got enlightened with passage of time. Some may wonder but I read GITA and RAMAYAN alternatively and repeatedly (few pages) and I also find technical solution from them in my day to day activities.

Q-6: Please tell us about your college days.

To describe my nature let me recall an incident of school. I remember an incident of Kota when I must have been in 5th standard in Sophia school (co-ed). Once boys were found making a gender related joke which was insulting to the girls. The teacher came to know and all the boys were punished except me as recommended by the girls. Today also if you ask any person knowing me, be me friend, relative or any other he is not likely to utter any nonsense for me. I am not sure it is good or bad but it is me that way.  

All 5 years I was in Limbdi hostel and funny thing was that first two years when 2 people were to share a room I had least communication with my partner but it suited both of us. I don’t interfere in other’s activity and create that trust also too soon. This attitude has helped me a lot in learning a human science and has been useful in the industries. I remember 3rd year or 4th year organic chemistry exam when paper was distributed entire hall people stood up suddenly (most of the thing were out of class) and it was of Prof. Trivedi. He was so nice person by heart-he would tell you to write something; if you don’t know about say, benzene you can write about toluene). I do remember sweets of Banaras which I enjoyed. I use to walk down to Vishwanath temple and rest it the garden and sometimes Sankat Mochan. I had not developed any sort of vices even what a young boy should one think. I do remember the nature, smell, chanting in Sankat Mochan was influencing me which I realized much later.

Even if I may not have enjoyed the way generally people enjoy their youth days my remembrance of those days gives me joy. Probably whatever today I have the intellectual wealth of science and self has got lot to do with my life at hostel and college. 

Thank you Mr. Pavan Raina.


Education of Mr. Pavan Raina:

*B Tech. (1976) in Chemical Engineering, from Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.


Additional links:

*Aquatech International


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Established in 1981, Aquatech is a global leader in water purification technology for the world’s industrial and infrastructure markets, with a focus on desalination, water reuse and zero liquid discharge.

We are uniquely positioned to offer our clients complete integrated solutions through our vast depth and breadth of technologies. Through our thermal engineering division, AquaChem ICD, we are one of few companies in the world with both thermal and membrane desalination capabilities. We also have the ability to offer both thermal and membrane processes for water reuse. We have done extensive work in the power, oil and gas, and infrastructure markets.

Headquartered in the United States, Aquatech has offices throughout North America. We also maintain a significant presence worldwide through subsidiaries in the Middle East, Europe, India and China.

Aquatech’s product groups include:

  • Raw Water Treatment
  • Ion Exchange
  • Membrane Processes (UF/RO/MBR)
  • Thermal Desalination (MED/MVC/MSF)
  • Wastewater/Effluent Treatment
  • Zero Liquid Discharge

With our worldwide presence, we are able to offer the advantages of global sourcing, EPC, O&M, and other onsite services suited to the logistical needs of project sites located throughout the world. We are also able to deliver projects on a BOOT basis.

Aquatech International Corporation

One Four Coins Drive

Canonsburg, PA 15317 USA

Aquatech Systems Asia

Survey No. 244/2

Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park

Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057, INDIA


*Nuchem ltd. Haryana


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Nuchem Limited is an environmental friendly diversified Company having its registered head office at Faridabad, Haryana. One of the ISO 9001:2000 certified Companies, Nuchem nearly 1000 employees, over 45,000 shareholders and 800 trade associates.

Nuchem Limited is a technology driven chemical engineering Company that uses a variety of chemical processes to produce primary materials that go into the manufacture of numerous products consumed by other industries: electrical, building & construction, lamination, pharmaceuticals, furniture, artifacts, consumer durables such as kitchen and tableware, machine building etc. Being a major player in the field of environment management and water, all its products conform to IS Standards and the corresponding British and American Standards.

Nuchem is a pioneer in manufacturing urea & melamine formaldehyde moulding powders. It is also the market leader in manufacturing and marketing of MDF in India under the brand `NUWUD'. It has India's largest agro & plantation based MDF manufacturing facility situated at Tohana, Haryana with installed capacity of 60,000 m3.

Nuchem is among India's leading companies providing Waste Water and Effluent Treatment Systems. It specializes in removal of dissolved salts in water using advanced Membrane based technologies, seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination sewerage recycling and STP/ETP technologies are its forte. Today, Nuchem is firmly established in the forefront of desalination industry in India and is one of the few Companies in the world to successfully manufacture highly selective electro dialysis membranes.

The emphasis on growth through research and innovations has always reflected in Nuchem's philosophy. Its R&D Centre was setup in 1973 and is fuelled by an efficient team of well qualified scientists and technologists. The R&D Centre boasts to its fourteen patents and is regarded as the leading testing labs in Northern India.



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Dr. Jagdish C Agarwal (Industrial Chemistry 1945), Business/Management Consultant and Philanthropist
@ Jan 18, 2012
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We are pleased to publish the interview with Dr. Jagdish C. Agarwal, who is founder/CEO of the Jay C. Agarwal LLC at Boston, Massachusetts. The company is involved in business/management consulting. He has over 50 years of experience in management of technology for large minerals, coal, nonferrous metals, steel and energy companies. He has consulted for over last 30 years in business strategy.

Dr. Agarwal did his B. Sc. (Engineering) in Industrial Chemistry in 1945 from the College of Technology (now the Institute of Technology), Banaras Hindu University. (At that time there was no separate branch of chemical engineering, and Industrial Chemistry was considered as equivalent to Chemical Engineering). He did his PhD in Chemical Engineering (1946-1951) from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, New York.

After obtaining doctorate degree, Dr. Agarwal worked in different manufacturing and process operations in leading manufacturing industries. The list included working as Division Chief with United States Steel Corp., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; as Director, Development at Kennecott Copper Company, Lexington, Massachusetts; Vice-president, Amax Inc, Greenwich, Connecticut, etc. Dr. Jay Agarwal has more than 50 years of experience as a senior technical executive. He has worked closely with many Fortune 500 and multinational corporations to improve corporate growth

Dr. Agarwal has wide experience in financial and business/management consulting. He is currently working as Vice-President Emeritus of Charles River Associates, Boston, Massachusetts. He has also strategic interest in New England Industrial Group LLC at Harvard, Massachusetts. It is amazing to know that Dr. Agarwal is still active in professional work at the age of 85 years.

Dr. Agarwal is also a philanthropist and has donated large sum of charity to nearby communities. He donated a quarter-million dollar to Emerson Hospital at Concord, Massachusetts in 2008. He has also donated thousands of dollars to our alumni association (IT-BHU Global Alumni Association) for the student scholarships.

Yogesh K. Upadhyaya from Chronicle talks with Dr. Jagdish C. Agarwal to find out more about his career as financial management and his life as philanthropist.

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(Dr. Jagdish C. Agarwal)

Dr. Jagdish Agarwal can be contacted at: jayaga@aol.com


Q-1: Welcome Sir. It is nice to know about your achievement in financial/busing consulting field.

After I retired from Charles River Associates after 32 years as Vice-President, Technology assessment, I wanted to continue my work as business strategy consultant. I formed Jay Agarwal LLC to continue to provide the help to the large companies which I had done while at CRA

Q-2: Please describe your working with CRA and New England Equity Group.

I have consulted for:

·                     Various light metal companies in the production of aluminum, magnesium

·                     Several iron ore companies for strategy for marketing of iron ore

·                     Several steel companies to decrease their cost and improve their productivity

·                     Several copper and nickel companies to assess their new developments

This work was possible because I had worked in both ferrous and non ferrous industries

I formed the New England equity group as vehicle to invest in startup companies in Energy technology companies 

Q-3: What are the qualities needed for one to become financial or investment consultant?

You have to anticipate the coming markets and threats. One has to be honest with client and not pander but tell the truth as you see it and also explain why you are saying that so that there is reason for your conclusions

Q-4: Your earlier career included working with process industries in the field of mining and metallurgy.

I was always looking for the economic reasons for doing whatever we were doing. Therefore I became an expert in the intersection of technology and economics. The top management liked that and gave me a great start to interact at the highest levels of the companies.

These industries are capital intensive industries. The management was always receptive to ideas that reduced the capital requirements or increased productivity

Q-5: Please tell us about your college days.

In 1941-2 BHU was very tense place. World war was in full swing and Gandhiji was agitating for independence after the war and the British government under Churchill refused to grant that wish. The British Indian army occupied the BHU in August of 1942 and closed the university. It reopened after three months. There was shortage of food and fuel. All the servants were spies. Radhakrishnan was vice chancellor and was paid no attention. The students (including me) were destroying the telephone wires and telling the villagers not to pay taxes. It was a mad house. No petrol driven cars or motor cycles.

College of Technology was formed in 1943 and Morvi hostel opened. I was in room number 20. Dr Godbole was the principal- a nice man.

Thank you Sir.


Education of Dr. Jagdish Agarwal:

*B. Sc (Engineering) 1945, in Industrial Chemistry from Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

*MS in Chemical Engineering in 1947 from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute

*PhD (Chemical Engineering) in 1951, from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, New York

*Certificate from Harvard Business School in Technology Management in 1975



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Dr. Jagdish C. Agarwal with his wife, Enid (November 2011 photo)



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Dr. Jagdish C. Agarwal inaugurating IT-BHU 2011 Global Alumni Meet at Chicago on 17 Sept. 2011.


Indian New England Online


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Issue Date: January 16-31, 2008, Posted On: 1/25/2008

Concord resident donates $250k to area Hospital


He donated the money, he said, as a way to thank the hospital, give back to his community and help patients suffering from diabetes, which currently afflicts nearly 21 million people in the United States.

Agarwal was born in what is now Karachi, Pakistan, grew up in Delhi, and came to the United States in 1946 for graduate studies in chemical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in New York.

“I left soon after World War II was over,” he recalled, noting that he was against the war because the British had conducted it on India’s behalf.

"I wanted India to declare war," said Agarwal, who was active in the Indian National Congress while a teenager in college.

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CONCORD, Mass. — Jagdish C. Agarwal isn’t quite ready to attribute his acts of kindness to having met Mahatma Gandhi while a student in India during the 1930s and 1940s. But those encounters couldn’t have hurt.

Agarwal, 82, recently donated a quarter million dollars to Emerson Hospital for the creation of its new Elizabeth Smith Agarwal Diabetes Center, which is named after Agarwal’s late wife.

His wife was a diabetic patient at Emerson, the hospital that served the couple since they moved to Concord in 1969.

“They took good care of her," Agarwal said of the hospital. “I decided to donate some money to Emerson — they needed a diabetic learning center. So it was my choice to give a quarter of a million to start that.”


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Sign for the future Diabetes Center.


"We wanted independence from Great Britain, so we could fight the war for ourselves," he said. “If the war was to be fought for the sake of saving humanity against German fascism and Japanese imperialism, then it had to be fought by everybody.”

After attending university in the United States, he met Elizabeth Smith, who was the secretary of the graduate school at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

“She was taking care of all the foreign students who were coming into graduate school for postgraduate study,” he recalled of his future wife. A year later the two married, and he became a citizen in 1954.

At the time, few Indians lived in the United States, which was still deeply segregated.

“When I came to the U.S. in 1946, there were hardly any Indian professionals,” Agarwal said. Still, he said he never faced discrimination.

“I was determined not to face any discrimination…. In the late 1940s, early 1950s and 1960s, people from India were sort of a curiosity. So I didn’t have any problem what-so-ever.”

After earning his masters and Ph.D, Agarwal went on to work at Fleischman Laboratories in New York, later moved to Pittsburgh for a job at United States Steel in the 1950s, became vice president of technology for Amax in Connecticut 15 years later and moved to Concord in 1969, where’s he stayed ever since. He currently consults for CRA International in Boston.

Agarwal is an avid sports fan — who follows both the Red Sox and the Patriots — and travels the world for his work in chemical engineering and natural resources development. He owns 32 patents related to the production of metals and is active in many professional organizations, such as the American Institute of chemical Engineers.

An octogenarian grandfather, he still plays tennis and golf and follows politics closely.

Some of his political and world views, he said, were shaped by the writings of Gandhi, whom he met while at Banaras Hindu University after starting his studies there when he was 14.


“I met him a number of times. I first met him in 1937, [then in] 1939 in Bombay…. The last time I met him was in the winter of 1941,” he said.

“His leadership influenced my political and religious views,” Agarwal said, adding that he is religiously liberal and fiscally conservative.

When asked if Gandhi influenced his decision to donate to Emerson hospital, he said he wasn’t sure if that was the case.

He did say, however: “There’s a long tradition of charity giving in India, so this is nothing new for me and my family. But I hope that people from the subcontinent of India who do well here… will do likewise.”


Charles River Associates, Boston, Massachusetts


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About CRA

Charles River Associates (CRA) is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and business management expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world.

With proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, CRA consultants have provided astute guidance to clients in thousands of successful engagements. We offer litigation and regulatory support, business strategy and planning, market and demand forecasting, policy analysis, and risk management consulting.

Our success stems from the outstanding capabilities of our consultants, many of whom are recognized as experts in their respective fields; our close relationships with a select group of respected academic and industry experts; and from a corporate philosophy that stresses interdisciplinary collaboration and responsive service.

Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.


Jagdish C Agarwal

Vice-President Emeritus, Boston

Practice areas

Mining, Metals, & Materials

Energy & Environment


D. Chem. Eng., Polytechnic Institute of New York


Jagdish C. Agarwal, Vice President, has more than 40 years of experience as a senior technical executive with CRA and, previously, with U.S. Steel, Kennecott Copper, and Amax. His wide range of experience includes acquisition and market analyses, technology management, waste management, environmental engineering, business strategy, new product and process development, patent assessment, coal conversion, gasification, and technical and economic feasibility assessments for the metals and materials, chemicals, and energy industries. Dr. Agarwal has provided expert testimony and support in several antidumping actions.


Profile of Dr. Jagdish Agarwal in New England Equity Group



Dr. Jagdish Agarwal

Dr. Jay Agarwal has more than 50 years of experience as a senior technical executive. He has worked closely with many Fortune 500 and multinational corporations to improve corporate growth. He has also held positions as Director of Development at Kennecott Copper / Peabody Coal, Vice President at Amax Corporation, and Division Chief of Process Analysis at US Steel.

Dr. Agarwal's areas of expertise include technology management, business strategy, and technical and economic feasibility assessments. As a potential investor, he is an expert in improving the profitability and timely commercialization of new products and processes.


Intellectual Property, Scale up and Commercialization Strategy, Manufacturing, Business Management, Market Assessment, and Operations Management.


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Polytechnic University of New York.


About New England equity group, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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New England Equity Group is an equity investment firm that focuses on companies that utilize chemical engineering technology. We typically invest in companies where our financial resources and management expertise produce increased productivity, corporate growth, and a high return on investment for the funding parties.

We have more than 80 years of combined experience in the management and marketing of technological innovation. Our principal investors are Dr. Jay Agarwal and Rob Reintjes.

Our investments are made either in partnership with individual investors, angel groups or venture capital firms. Using this approach, we are able to provide financing from $100 thousand to $2 million.

New England Equity is a “skin in the game” investor - not a consulting firm. We invest our own money in every deal, and only invest in companies within our area of technical expertise. (See Industry Sectors ).


Jagdish C. Agarwal’s profile in LinkedIn




Dr. Jagdish C. Agarwal has published over 200 articles in print. But they may be too old. Most recent articles are in Iron and Steel society publications in the area of injection of natural gas to decrease coke consumption and increase production rate



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US Steel Corporation


About U. S. Steel

United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 31.7 million net tons. The company manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries.


Kennecott Utah Copper


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As one of the largest copper mines in the world, our desire to be the mining company of choice drives us to set and reach high environmental and safety standards that benefit our employees, our neighbors, and the community we call home.


Peabody Coal


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The Right Company. The Right Investment. The Right Vision.

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) is the world's largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in clean coal solutions. With 2010 sales of 246 million tons and nearly $7 billion in revenues, Peabody fuels 10 percent of U.S. power and 2 percent of worldwide electricity.


Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, Phoenix, AZ United States


Established in 1993 through the merger of Cyprus Minerals Company and Amax Inc., Cyprus Amax Minerals Company is the largest U.S.-owned mining company. Cyprus Amax is the world leader in the production of molybdenum and lithium and a leading producer of copper and coal. Cyprus also produces iron ore and gold. The company operates in 24 states and on six continents, conducting base and precious metals exploration worldwide.


Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, New York


    Polytechnic Institute of New York University


Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 156-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship: i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to its main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU-Poly has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi. 

NYU-Poly's Mission

To excel as a leading high-quality research institution engaged in education, discovery, and innovation with social, intellectual, and economic impact in the New York region, the nation, and the world.

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Campus of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, New York


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