Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, Nihar worked at the California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC)'s Public Advocates Office. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Tech. in Thermal and Fluids Engineering and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.
Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) International Fellowship; Center for Strategic & International Studies - September 27th 2021
Summer 2021 AILA International Fellow. AILA is part of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges.
K-CEP Lifetime Achievement Award: Nihar Shah - February 06th 2020
In 2020, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) awarded Nihar Shah the "Lifetime Commitment to Cooling" award in recognition of the depth and broad impact of his research and lifetime of commitment to efficient cooling.
K-CEP Progress on Cooling Policy Award: Nihar Shah, Won Young Park - February 06th 2020
In 2020, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) awarded the LBNL team of Won Young Park and Nihar Shah the "Progress on Cooling Policy" award along with the UN Environment (UNEP) United for Efficiency (U4E) Initiative and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) in recognition of their work on the U4E "Model Regulation Guidelines" for energy-efficient and climate-friendly air-conditioners. The potential worldwide energy and environmental benefits by 2040 that are possible with a market transition, supported by policy improvements aligned with the model regulation guidelines, to energy-efficient room air-conditioners are estimated to be about 558 terawatt-hours, equivalent to electricity generation from 255 500-megawatt-capacity power plants and 516 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Societal Impact Award - October 03rd 2019
2019 Societal Impact
Citation: In recognition of Nihar Shah’s visionary leadership and groundbreaking research on the co-benefits of increasing air-conditioning energy efficiency combined with the phaseout of hydroflourocarbons. His research contributed directly to changing the course of global environmental policy and unlocking millions in investment.