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These 6 Indian Americans to Receive One of the Highest Scientific Honours in US from Obama

These 6 Indian Americans to Receive One of the Highest Scientific Honours in US from Obama

The awards were established by Bill Clinton in 1996.

US President Barack Obama has decided to honour a group of 106 people with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Six Indian Americans too will be the recipients of the US government’s highest honour for young independent researchers. The awards were established by Bill Clinton in 1996.

According to NDTV, President Obama said, “These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness. We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”

He will present these awards during a ceremony at Washington D.C. this spring.

The Indian Americans selected for the award are:

Milind Kulkarni

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Milind Kulkarni is an associate professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His research focuses on Programming Languages and Compilers. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Kiran Musunuru


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Kiran Musunuru is an Assistant Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, and Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has developed a ‘genome editing’ approach to permanently reduce cholesterol levels.

Sachin Patel

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Sachin Patel is an assistant professor of psychiatry, molecular physiology, and biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre. His research is to understand the intricate role of brain function in psychological disorders. He did his B.S. at the University of California.

Vikram Shyam


Vikram Shyam works at NASA’s Glenn Research Centre. He is a member of the Turbo-Machinery and Heat Transfer Branch.  His research includes computational and experimental analysis of  biomimetics, energy harvesting, engine flow physics, flow visualisation, and water purification.

Shwetak Patel


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Shwetak N. Patel is a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. His work includes developing new sensor systems and new interaction technologies. He is also a member of  World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community – a group of high achievers.

Rahul Mangharam


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Rahul Mangharam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His interests are in real-time scheduling algorithms for networked embedded systems. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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