2015 MacArthur Fellowship conferred to Kartik Chandran [ Current Affairs ]


About Kartik Chandran: He is an Indian - American junior Professor. He has earned BS in 1995 from IIT Roorke and PhD in 1999 from the University of Connecticut. His research on the engineered wastewater treatment and global nitrogen cycle is widely recognized around the world.

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2015 MacArthur Fellowship winner

  • His work is mainly on account energy, climate and nutrient challenges.
  • It mainly focuses on integrating molecular biology, microbial ecology and engineering to transform sewage use, wastewater from problematic pollutants to valuable resources in addition to clean water.
  • Currently he is a subordinate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering.

About his achievements:

  • In 2007 he has won National Academies of Science Fellowship.
  • In 2009 he won National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
  • In 2010 he won Environment Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award.
  • In 2011 he was given 1.5 million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for developing a transformative new model in water and sanitation in Africa.

About MacArthur Fellowship:

  • It is also known as genius grant award.
  • It was started by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • These awards are annually granted to 20 - 40 citizens or residents of USA of any age, working and show excellence in creative work.
  • It is based in Chicago.
  • It is the 10th largest private foundation and supports non - profit organizations in almost 50 countries.

About Kartik Chandran being given the MacArthur Fellowship:

  • He has been given the 2015 Macarthur Fellowship with a grant of US 625, 000 dollars.
  • He won this fellowship for his work in transforming pollutant from wastewater into useful products such as energy sources, chemicals and fertilizers.
  • He has joined the group of 24 talented people who have contributed an exceptional uniqueness to their creative work with this fellowship.

- Published on: October 1, 2015