Dr. Sunil Kumar is a well-rounded researcher with more than 22 years of experience in leading, supervising and undertaking research in the broader field of Environmental Engineering and Science with focus on Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. Dr. Kumar is a graduate in Environmental Engineering and Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He completed his Ph. D. under the joint supervisions of Dr. Sukumar Devotta (Former Director, CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur who got commendation letters from the Executive Director of UNEP and the President of Switzerland, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a part of the United Nations Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change) and Prof. Somnath Mukherjee of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
His primary area of expertise is solid waste management (Municipal Solid Waste, Electronic waste etc.) over a wide range of environmental topics including contaminated sites, EIA and wastewater treatment. His contributions in these fields led to a citation of approx. 10000, h-index of 46, and i10-index of 187 (Google scholar). His contributions since inception at CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), India in 2000 include 300 refereed publications, 05 books and 40 book chapters, 10 edited volumes and numerous project reports to various governmental bodies and private, local and international academic/research bodies. He is the Associate Editor of peer reviewed journals of the international repute i.e., Environmental Chemistry Letter, International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, ASCE Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste. He also serves as Editorial Board in Bioresource Technology, Elsevier. He has completed more than 22 research projects as PI with 15 (7 awarded) Ph. D. and 20 M. Phil/M. Tech thesis/dissertations. He was an Expert committee member for revision of Solid Waste Management Manual in India, NGT members for implementation of Solid Waste Rules in UP, India, organized national and international workshops/conferences and delivered many invited talks at both Indian and international Venues. Dr. Kumar was awarded as Outstanding Scientist in 2011 and 2016 at CSIR-NEERI for his Scientific Excellence in the field of Research & Development in Solid Waste Management. Dr. Kumar was also awarded with the most prestigious award Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Jean-Paul-Str.12 D-53173 Bonn, Germany as a Senior Researcher for developing a Global Network and Excellence for more advanced research and technology innovation.