Dr. J.R. Mudakavi is an environmental scientist having worked in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for 36 years. Currently, he is the vice chairman of EAC-II committee for industrial clearance at the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India. He has won The Best Engineering material Development award for the development of Activated Carbon Fabric for use in breathing masks. He is also the recipient of Rashtriya Gourava Prashasthi of the Government of India. Dr.Mudakavi has been a consultant in several industries such as WIDIA, HEG, I.I.C, TANFAC, KSPCB, BWSSB, National Bureau of Accreditation, UGC, DST Etc. He is also a social worker in the cause of Environmental protection and a popular science lecturer.