Indian-American professor wins $625,000 MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant

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Up to date: December 25, 2015 11:51:49 pm

In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, environmental engineer Kartik Chandran, poses for a photo at Columbia University in New York. Chandran was named Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, as one of 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation via AP) On this Sept. 19, 2015 photograph offered by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Basis, environmental engineer Kartik Chandran, poses for a photograph at Columbia College in New York. Chandran was named Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, as one in all 24 winners of this 12 months’s MacArthur Basis “genius grants.” (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Basis through AP)

Kartik Chandran, an Indian-American affiliate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow with a “genius grant” of $625,000 with no strings hooked up.

Chandran, an IIT Roorkee graduate, has gained the fellowship for his work in “reworking wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a useful resource for helpful merchandise, comparable to commodity chemical compounds, power sources, and fertilisers.”

He joins a distinguished group of 24 gifted individuals who have all demonstrated distinctive originality and dedication to their inventive pursuits, in addition to a marked capability for self-direction. The fellows might use the $625,000 stipend as they see match.

“Once I obtained the decision telling me that I had been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, I used to be quite overwhelmed,” Chandran mentioned.

“I’d simply returned to New York from India after a 24-hour flight and couldn’t consider what I used to be listening to.”

He known as the fellowship a “nice honour which carries with it immense duty and gives ever extra motivation to proceed increasing my scientific horizons and limits and assist remedy world societal and human challenges.”

Chandran’s analysis on the worldwide nitrogen cycle and engineered wastewater therapy has been well known.

In 2011 he obtained a $1.5 million grant from the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis to develop a transformative new mannequin in water and sanitation in Africa.

His work is targeted on integrating microbial ecology, molecular biology, and engineering to rework wastewater, sewage, and different “waste” streams from problematic pollution to helpful assets along with clear water.

Chandran’s method to rework wastewater into fertilisers, chemical compounds, and power sources additionally takes into consideration at present’s local weather, power, and nutrient challenges.

Chandran, who joined the Engineering College in 2005, has additionally gained the Water Atmosphere Analysis Basis Paul L. Busch Award (2010), a Nationwide Science Basis CAREER Award (2009), and a Nationwide Academies of Science Fellowship (2007).

His appointments previous to becoming a member of Columbia embody his position as a senior technical specialist (2001-2004) with the non-public engineering agency Metcalf and Eddy of New York, the place he contributed to New York Metropolis’s efforts to realize important enhancements to its water high quality.

Chandran earned a BS (1995) from the Indian Institute of Expertise at Roorkee (previously College of Roorkee) and a PhD (1999) from the College of Connecticut.

The MacArthur Fellowship grants are awarded yearly by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Basis.

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