The Indian-American scientists are selected for the highest honour specified to science and engineering professionals in the incumbent stages of their research careers for keeping the US on the cutting edge by their innovations. The Outgoing US President Barack Obama has chosen four Indian-American scientists among 102 researchers for the US Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Following is the brief on the awardees:
Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University (Department of Agriculture) – He has been working on environmental economics and economic geography, natural resource conservation and policy and climate change, human dimensions of ecosystem management.
Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University (Department of Defense) – He directs the Next Generation Networks and Systems (GENESYS) Lab. He is also the winner of the “NSF CAREER” award (2015) and the Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Award (2016)
Manish Arora from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Department of Health and Human Services) - He is an environmental epidemiologist and exposure biologist. His research focuses on effects of prenatal and early childhood chemical exposures on life-long health trajectories. He is known for his work on biomarkers that utilise human deciduous and permanent teeth to reconstruct the timing of exposure to various harmful chemicals and essential nutrients.
Aradhna Tripati from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (National Science Foundation) - Her lab at UCLA uses chemistry of natural compounds as well as models as tools to understand how the Earth works. Her models focus to understand climate change, oceans, and the transfer of carbon between the biosphere, atmosphere and oceans.
"I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work. 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," said the outgoing President Obama, congratulating the awardees.
The PECASE award is the highest honour given by the US government to the budding science and engineering professionals. Established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, these awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the US president. The awardees are chosen for their quest of innovative research at several frontiers of science and technology and hails the commitment to community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.