Barkawi Bin Sahari is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Director of Institute of Advanced Technology and Leader for CNGDI Engine and Transmission research program at UPM. He holds a B.Sc(Hons), First Class, (1981) in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D (1984) in Mechanical Engineering degrees from Nottingham University, UK. Since graduation, he serves as a lecturer in The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
He specialised in stress analysis and his works are related to elastic plastic analysis, crash analysis, finite element analysis and Natural Gas Vehicle. His current research interest is in Compressed Natural Gas Direct Injection (CNGDI) Vehicle structural body design. His main achievement is ssuccessfully managed IRPA CNG/DI Engine and Transmission – IRPA Prioritised Research Program. The program is a multi-institutional and the institution involved UPM, UKM, UM, UTM, UTP, UiTM, PROTON and PETRONAS. It consisted of 7 projects and 89 researchers. It started September 2002 and completed in 31 December 2006 with a prototype Proton Waja vehicle with 1.6 litre Campro CNGDI Engine successfully developed and prototype CNG refuelling technology also successfully developed.
The Grant received from Ministry Of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) amounting to RM28,836,318.00. From this work, the program has won gold medals and special prize from the Association of Polish Inventors in EUREKA exhibition, in Brussel, Belgium. The program also won gold medal and Henry Goh Special Award For Best Invention For Environment, at the 2006 ITEX Exhibition.