Dr. Prabir Sarkar

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 307, Phone: +91-1881-24-2151


Dr. Prabir Sarkar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. Prior to joining IIT Ropar, he was working as an Associate Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, USA. He completed his PhD from 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.

Areas of Research

Product design and Manufacturing
Design Creativity
Sustainable design and manufacturing
Engineering Aesthetics
Bio-mimicry in Design
Industrial Design (practicing)


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2007
M.Des., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2000
B.E., National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, 1998

Work Experience

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, July 2016-present
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, India, 2011-June, 2016
Associate researcher (Post Doc.), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, USA, 2008-2011
IISc Junior Research Associate, (Post Doc.), Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2007-2008
Development Engineer (senor design engineer), R&D, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, KGF, India, 2000-2003

Other Information

Chairman and Nodal officer IPR cell (2015-present)  Co-coordinator of the central workshop (2012-2018)

Selected Publications/Patents

J1. Prasant Kumar Singh* and Prabir Sarkar, 2019. A framework based on fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS for prioritizing solutions to overcome the barriers in implementation of eco-design practices in SMEs. International journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. Taylor & Francis(I.F= 2.3) (accepted)
J2. L. Siddharth* and Prabir Sarkar, 2018. A multiple-domain matrix support for capturing rationale in engineering change management. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, JCISE, ASME. (I.F= 1.3). Vol: 18, issue-2 (doi: 10.1115/1.4039850).
J3. Gyanandra S Goindi*, Anshu D Jayal, Prabir Sarkar, 2018. Application of ionic liquids in interrupted minimum quantity lubrication machining of plain medium carbon steel: effects of ionic liquid properties and cutting conditions. Journal of Manufacturing Processes. SME, Elsevier (SCI, I.F.= 2.3). Volume 32, April 2018, Pages 357-371. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmapro.2018.03.007)
J4. Rachit Kumar Sharma*, Sheshanth Pallakonda*, Geo Raju*, Prabir Sarkar, Ekta Singla, Harpreet Singh, 2018. An Approach to Evaluate Sustainability of a Production Process Based on its LCA and Environment Impact Analysis: A Case Study on a Food Product. Materials Today: Proceedings, Elsevier. Volume 5, Issue 5, Part 2, 2018, Pages 12467-12473 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matpr.2018.02.226).
J5. Umesh Chaturvedi*, Monica Sharma, G.S. Dangayach, Prabir Sarkar, 2018. Evolution and Adoption of Sustainable Practices in the Pharmaceutical Industry: an overview with an Indian Perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier. (I.F.= 6.2) Volume 168, 1 December 2017, Pages 1358-1369 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.08.184).
J6. G. S. Goindi*, P. Sarkar, A. D. Jayal, S. N. Chavan*, D. Mandal, 2018. Investigation of Ionic liquids as additives to Canola oil in minimum quantity lubrication milling of plain medium carbon steel. The international Journal of Advanced Manufacturing technology, Springer, vol 94, issue 1-4, pp 881-896. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-017-0970-1 ) (I.F.=2.2).
Patent 1. Amaresh Chakrabarti, Prabir Sarkar, 2014. Method for Idea Generation for Creation of Product Designs, Indian patent application no.: 859/CHE/2006, patent grant no.: 258579, date of filing: 16th May 2006 (Link: http://www.ipcell.iisc.ernet.in)
2. Archana Badodekar, Prabir Sarkar, Amaresh Chakrabarti, Prasad G Kamble, 2005. A manually operated aid for impaired people to ingress and egress train and method thereof, Indian patent grant no.: 227939, date of filing: 20th April 2005. Patent
Patent 3. B.Gurumoorthy, Neeraj Pal, and Prabir Sarkar, 2000. Rupturable disposable syringe, Indian patent grant number: 198228, date of filing: 25th February 2000.