MacArthur Genius Grant for Indian-American Professor

MacArthur “Genius Grant” for Indian-American Professor

An Indian-American Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, Kartik Chandran has received the prestigious 2015 MacArthur fellowship with a “genius grant” of $625,000.

Mr. Chandran has done his graduation from IIT Roorkee. He received this fellowship for his work in transforming waste water into commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilizers using microbes.

In a video provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, he said:

Generally waste water are seen as something we need to get rid of. To me these are not just waste streams, they are enriched streams.They are rich in nitrogen, nutrients and organic carbon which are also rich in energy so now they contain resources that we could extract, recover and use.

Earlier in 2011, he received a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda gates foundation to develop a transformative model for water and sanitation management in Africa. In Ghana, he has been working with students in a program called Engineers Without Borders where he has re-engineered the toilets that can be used in sanitation as well as to recover nutrients for agricultural purposes.

The 41-year-old Mr. Chandran is one of this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, announced Tuesday, recipients of what are commonly known as “genius grants.” The $625,000, grants from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation are paid out over five years to artists, scholars and others who “show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future,” according to the foundation.

The MacArthur Genius Grant for Indian-American Professor are grants awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.



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