6 Indian-Origin US Scientists to be Honoured by Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Feb. 5, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama has named six Indian-origin among 106 young researchers for the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest such honour for early career achievers. They will receive the awards later at a ceremony in the White House.

“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,” said Obama in a statement. These awards are aimed at encouraging them to play a key role in accelerating American innovation to grow the US economy and tackle its challenges, said the statement.

Set up in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, the awards recognise innovative research pursuits in science and technology and the young researchers’ commitment to public good and outreach.

Here is the list of the six Indian-American recipients:

Milind Kulkarni, an associate professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, pursuing research on Programming Languages and Compilers for high performance and complex architectures.

Kiran Musunuru, Assistant Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University focusing on the genetics of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Sachin Patel, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, focusing on neuronal cannabinoid signalling in brain functions related to psychiatric disorders.

Vikram Shyam of the Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer Branch at NASA Glenn Research Centre, whose research includes computational and experimental analysis of unsteady engine flow physics, biomimetics, among others.

Rahul Mangharam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, who is doing research on real-time scheduling algorithms for networked embedded systems with applications in energy-efficient buildings, automotive systems, medical devices and industrial wireless control networks.

Shwetak Patel, is Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, and developing the Ubicomp Lab with focus on Human-Computer Interaction.

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