Dr Madhukar Garg is an acknowledged expert in petroleum refining and petrochemicals and has been instrumental in developing and commercializing large number of technologies in the Indian refineries. A graduate from Nagpur University and a post graduate from IIT Kanpur, he did his Ph.D. with Prof H R C Pratt at University of Melbourne in Solvent Extraction. He served Engineers India Limited in the Research and Development Centre for 18 years until 1994 and then Technip KTI for four years before joining CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum in 1998. He has been the Director of the Indian Institute of Petroleum for 13 years from 2003 to 2016 and officiated as the Director General of CSIR during the year 2015. His areas of specialization include solvent extraction, process integration, advanced control, simulation, and modeling, besides the ability to conceive research ideas and take them to commercialization.
Dr Garg’s extraordinary industrial research track record includes 26 Solvent Extraction based technologies developed and commercialized, 16 breakthrough technologies in Refining and Petrochemicals, 15 successful implementations of Pinch Analysis and 8 Path Breaking developments in Simulation and Modelling. He has 44 Indian and 23 International patents to his credit and is author of 97 peer reviewed papers and 198 papers in proceedings of prestigious conferences. He has won several awards. Some of most prestigious are: MOPNG Innovation Award (2016), TDB Technology Day Award (2017 and 2019), ICC Life time Achievement Award (2013), Vasvik Award ( 2017), besides several CSIR Technology as well as Innovation awards from 1998 to 2016. He is the elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.
He is currently President, Refining and Petrochemicals R & D of Reliance Industries Limited.