Dr. Prabir Sarkar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Ropar. Prior to joining IIT Ropar, he was working as an Associate Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, USA. At NIST, Dr. Sarkar was working on sustainable standards and manufacturing. He completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore on creativity in engineering design. He did his Master of Design also from IISc on Product Design and Engineering. He worked for Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) in the R&D division.

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, processes, and services.

Research Interests

  • Product design
  • Sustainability and eco design
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Engineering design and industrial design
  • Manufacturing
  • Design research, design methods, design process, and bio-mimicry
  • Design theory and methodology, ergonomics, aesthetics, and problem solving


  • 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

  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, India, 2011-present
  • 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

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LinkedIn profile: https://in.linkedin.com/pub/prabir-sarkar/18/846/739