Kartik Chandran named as 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Indian-American associate professor Kartik Chandran has been named as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. The fellowship entitles him with a prestigious genius grant of US 625,000 dollars.

He has won this prestigious fellowship for his work in transforming pollutant from wastewater into useful products such as energy sources, commodity chemicals and fertilisers.

With this fellowship he joined distinguished group of 24 talented people who have demonstrated dedication and exceptional originality to their creative pursuits.

About Kartik Chandran

  • Chandran is an IIT Roorkee graduate is presently serving as associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering.
  • His research on the engineered wastewater treatment and global nitrogen cycle is widely recognized around the world.
  • His work takes into account energy, climate and nutrient challenges. It is mainly focused on integrating molecular biology, microbial ecology and engineering to transform sewage, wastewater from problematic pollutants to valuable resources in addition to clean water.
  • Educational Qualification: Chandran has earned a BS (1995) from the IIT Roorkee and PhD in 1999 from the University of Connecticut.
  • Awards: In 2011 he had received a 1.5 million dollars grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for developing a transformative new model in water and sanitation in Africa.
  • He also has won National Academies of Science Fellowship (2007), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009) and Environment Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award (2010).

About MacArthur Fellowship

The fellowship grants are awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It is based in Chicago and is the 10th largest private foundation in US and supports non-profit organizations in approximately 50 countries.

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