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Outstanding Engineers: NAE Awards




Seven Indian Americans have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The NAE has elected 65 new members and nine foreign associates, NAE president Charles M. Vest announced Feb. 8.

The newly elected Indian American members are: Arvind, Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Professor, department of electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Pallab K. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York City; Prabhakar Raghavan, senior vice president and head, Yahoo! Research, Santa Clara, Calif.; Bhakta B. Rath, head of Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate and associate director of research, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.; R. Paul Singh, professor, biological and agricultural engineering department, University of California, Davis; and Kumares C. Sinha, Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

MIT professor Arvind was elected “for contributions to data flow and multi-thread computing and the development of tools for the high-level synthesis of hardware.” University of Michigan professor Pallab K. Bhattacharya was recognized “for contributions to quantum-dot optoelectronic devices and integrated optoelectronics.” Columbia professor Shree K. Nayar was recognized “for the development of computational cameras and physics-based models for computer vision and computer graphics.” Yahoo! Research senior vice president Prabhakar Raghavan was recognized “for significant contributions to algorithms and the structure of the World Wide Web.”

Naval Research Laboratory associate research director Bhakta B. Rath was recognized for “leadership in advancing materials research and technology to support national security.” UC Davis professor R. Paul Singh was recognized “for innovation and leadership in food engineering research and education.” Purdue professor Kumares C. Sinha was recognized “for contributions to the advancement of highway infrastructure engineering and management and to the education of transportation professionals worldwide.”


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America’s free market, primitive laws and dark-age social customs are responsible for never-ending campus tragedies, writes Partha Banerjee.


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EDITORIAL: Gun Violence
NEWS DIARY: February
WORLD ECONOMY: BBC Global Survey
ENVIRONMENT: Bhopal Survivors March
RECOGNITION: Outstanding Engineers
SUBCONTINENT: Indian Green Energy Giant
SUBCONTINENT: Rising Rupee & Indian IT
HEALTH: Tackling Cholesterol
TRAVEL: Wide World of Fast Food
BUSINESS: News Briefs
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Round-up
AUTO REVIEW: 2008 Buick Enclave
BOLLYWOOD: Jodhaa Akbar
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Kaalai
RECIPE: Paneer Tikka
HOROSCOPE: March


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