Prasad Modak is an Alumni of IIT Bombay and holds Doctor of Environmental Engg from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. His doctoral research was on Optimum Siting of Ambient Air Quality Monitors resulting into three major publications in the International Journal of Environmental Monitoring & Assessment.
Dr Modak was Professor at Centre for Environmental Science and Engg at IIT Bombay between 1984-1995. Currently, he runs a strategic consulting company –Environmental Management Centre LLP as the Executive President. He is also Director of Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation a Section 8 not for Profit Company with a mandate to impart education and training in the arena of environmental management & sustainability.
In the domain of Air Quality Management, Dr Modak has made several noteworthy and extensive contributions. He worked on a project with Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) for strengthening of air quality monitoring network for Mumbai. The study came up with a strategy of network design, considering location, parameters, frequency and the level of automation.
Dr Modak was involved in several air quality modelling studies across the country that involved modelling of stack, area and line sources as well as fugitive emissions. He developed a model based air quality management action plan for Valentina Industrial Estate in Mauritius for UNIDO. He served as a Reviewer of the Six City Source Apportionment Studies sponsored by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on behalf of GIZ.
Dr Modak was a member of the Committee set up by the CPCB to develop Guidelines on Air Quality Modelling. He also wrote a Manual on Statistical Analysis of Air and Water Quality Data for CPCB.
Dr Modak served as member of technical committee set up by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) of automatic air quality monitoring stations. More recently he was engaged by the ADB for air quality modelling and application of advanced statistical tools to assess relative emission influence for a Thermal Power Plant in India.
Dr Modak conducted series of six Urban Air Quality Management seminars with an objective of building awareness and local institutional capacities. These programmes were supported by the World Bank Institute and were conducted in the city of Pune. These programmes were attended by more than 120 stakeholders with support of 10 local resource persons.
Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental institutions in the world. Apart from Government of India and various State Governments, Dr Modak’s advice is sought by Governments of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam. He has authored and executed more than 400 consulting reports and trained more than 6000 professionals across the World. His blend of experience with academic and research institutions, private sector and financing institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral development agencies as well as Governments has provided him an advantage to take a rounded approach.
Dr Modak has received a number of awards and recognitions and his name has been listed in distinguished personalities on environmental management. He has been recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of AITAA in 2010 for Significant Contribution to International Affairs. In 2011, Dr Modak was elected by American Association of Environmental Engineers as Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member for his work in Research, Teaching and Professional Practice
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