Kartik Chandran, an Indian-American associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, US has won 2015 MacArthur Fellow with a "genius grant" of $625,000.
Chandran, an IIT Roorkee graduate, has won the fellowship for his work on the global nitrogen cycle and engineered waste-water treatment. He joins a distinguished panel of 24 talented people, who have established exceptional originality and commitment to their creative pursuits.
On receiving the news, Chandran said, "I'd just returned to New York from India after a 24-hour flight and couldn't believe what I was hearing".
An ‘overwhelmed’ Chandran
called the fellowship a "great
honour which carries with it immense responsibility and provides ever more
motivation to continue expanding my scientific horizons and boundaries and help
solve global societal and human challenges."
Kartik Chandran earned his BS in 1995 from the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee (formerly University of Roorkee) and a PhD in 1999 from the University of Connecticut.
The MacArthur Fellowship grants are awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.