Sagar is a world-renowned expert in control systems. During the 1990s, he was director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics of the government of India. He has recently accepted the position of Executive VP with Tata Consulting Services in Hydrabad.
In 1999 Sagar chaired a select committee whose task was to facilitate the growth of the Internet in India by removing the monopoly of the government's own telephone company on Internet access.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Sagar lived in Canada where he was a professor of Electrical Engineering at Waterloo and Concordia. Most graduate electrical engineering students are familiar with his textbook Nonlinear Systems Analysis published by Prentice Hall. System researchers are familiar with his many award-winning research reports as well as with his global presence as a visiting professor at UCLA, Berkeley, Yale, IIT, MIT, and universities in Australia, Japan, and Europe.
Sagar grew up in India and moved to the US during high school. In 1969 he earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at the age of 21.