Dr Prakash Bhave is an air pollution specialist who joined ICIMOD in May 2014. Dr Bhave earned his Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), specializing in computational modeling of atmospheric pollution with a focus on fine particulate matter(PM2.5).
Prior to joining ICIMOD, Dr Bhave worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development in North Carolina for 11 years. At the EPA, he developed the particulate components of the Community Multiscale Air Quality model (CMAQ) which was used to support various national-scale regulations of coal-fired power plants, motor-vehicle exhaust, and automobile fuels across the U.S. He later served as an Assistant Laboratory Director in the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory and then as the Senior Science Advisor for the EPA's Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division. At ICIMOD, Dr Bhave's research interests are in finding effective means to slow the melting of Himalayan glaciers and reduce air pollution within the Kathmandu Valley.