Dr. Prabir Sarkar

Dr. Prabir Sarkar

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar

Broad Area: Product Design and Manufacturing

Specialization: Product Development, Sustainable design and manufacturing

Research Areas: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Design Creativity, Engineering Aesthetics, Bio-mimicry in Design, Industrial Design (practicing).

prabir sarkar


Dr. Prabir Sarkar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. He is also the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) cell of the Institute. Before joining IIT Ropar, he was working as an Associate Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce Gaithersburg, USA.

He completed his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in Design Creativity. He did his Master of Design also from IISc on Product Design and Engineering. He worked for Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) in the Research and Development division after completing his masters.

Dr. Sarkar’s research interests include product design, sustainability, creativity, and design research. He is interested in developing new methods and tools for helping designers and companies to design novel, useful, and sustainable products. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. His research group in the Design Research Laboratory and Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Laboratory are engaged in research in Ecodesign, biomimicry, engineering aesthetics, sustainable machining, and design creativity. Recently he is also working on developing products for rural applications. Dr. Sarkar secured jointly funding many crores from various external funding agencies. He is currently a fellow of the Institute of Engineers, India.