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Indian-American environmental engineer Kartik Chandran named MacArthur Fellow

Sep 30, 2015 17:03 IST

Kartik Chandran, an Indian-American associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, on 29 September 2015 was named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. He was also given a genius grant of 625000 US dollars for working on a novel solution to the world's need for food, clean water and energy.

Chandran has won the prestigious accolade for his work in transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources and fertilisers.

Kartik Chandran is an IIT Roorkee graduate who uses microbes to turn wastewater into fertilizer, energy and potable water.

His work on the global nitrogen cycle and engineered wastewater treatment has been recognized globally.

Chandran received a 1.5 million US dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011 to create a new model in water and sanitation in Africa.

He has also won the Water Environment Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award (2010), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009) and a National Academies of Science Fellowship (2007).

About MacArthur Fellows Program

The MacArthur Fellows Program, also known as Genius Grant, is a five-year grant awarded every year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to approximately 20 to 40 citizens or residents of the United States who have shown exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.

The award is called as one of the most significant awards that is truly no strings attached.

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