Four Indian-American scientists and researchers are among the 102 people who received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). It is the highest honour bestowed by the American government on those who are in their early stages of research in the scientific community.
While announcing the awards, US President Barack Obama said, “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.” The award was first instated by former President Bill Clinton back in 1996.
Meet the four winners:
1) Pankaj Lal, Montclair University
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Pankaj Lal is the assistant professor of Earth and Environmental Studies at Montclair University. Prior to receiving this honour, he has won several laurels including the prestigious $450,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. He works towards developing sustainable bio-energy solutions.
2) Kaushik Chowdhury, Northeastern University
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Kaushik Roy Chowdhury is the Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University and Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering. Having won awards like NSF CAREER award, his research focuses on concepts like the Internet of Things (IoT) and energy harvesting sensors.
3) Manish Arora, Icahn School of Medicine
Manish Arora is the Associate Professor, Dentistry, and Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine & Public Health. His methods are being used to understand and study outcomes of autism and the neurodevelopment in children.
4) Aradhna Tripati, University of California
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Aradhna Tripati has been the Associate Professor at UCLA since 2010. Her research is focused on Geology and Tectonics, Geobiology and Geochemistry among others areas.