Ashok Agrawal, a registered Professional Engineer, is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley. Prior to this assuming this responsibility, Ashok was the dean of Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology division at the Florissant Valley campus.
He is also the Director of the Emerson Center for Engineering & Manufacturing. He holds an MS degree in Materials Science, an MS degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Nagpur University in India. Prior to joining St. Louis Community College, he was a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at West Virginia Institute of Technology. He has served as a Program Officer at the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, and continues to assist NSF on special projects.
Agrawal's dual role in the college has evolved to serve both academic and workforce needs. As dean of the MSET Division, Ashok was responsible for leading and administering a division that includes both transfer and career programs. As director of the Emerson Center, he is actively engaged with STLCC's Workforce and Community Development, St. Louis County Economic Council, and the RCGA in addressing and serving the region's workforce needs. Agrawal's efforts have led to the establishment of the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing, the development of the joint 2+2 Bachelor's degree program with Southeast Missouri State, and the creation of several customized training programs for key regional corporations like AT&T, Ameren, and Boeing. He is also involved in international activities collaborating with Georgetown University to coordinate the CASS and SEED programs, and visiting technical colleges and programs in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, and Ireland.
Agrawal has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions. In 2007, Ashok was inducted as a Fellow Member of the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2006 he was selected to participate in the FOCUS St. Louis "Leadership St. Louis" program. He is the 2003 recipient of Florissant Valley's David L. Underwood Lecture Award, and also the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ashok and his colleagues led the effort to establish a St. Louis Regional Engineering Academy for St. Louis area schools, which includes the implementation of Project Lead The Way engineering curriculum.
Ashok has received several grants from the National Science Foundation and other public and private agencies, including a grant for the College Career Transition Initiative from the League of Innovation. Ashok served a three year term on the National Science Foundation's Committee on Equal Opportunity for Science and Engineering, and on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee to Advance Engineering Studies at Tribal Colleges. He has also served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Community College Role in Engineering Education and National Research Council's Board on Engineering Education.
Agrawal is an active participant in local and regional community issues and events. In 2006, Ashok was appointed by the Governor of Missouri to serve on the Missouri Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science (Mo-METS) task force, and currently serves on the Missouri Math and Science Coalition. He currently serves on the planning team of the St. Louis Region's FIRST Robotics Competition and on the advisory committee of the St. Louis Science Center.