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Ten Indian Americans Named Sloan Research Fellows

Source : India West
March 06, 2013

Ten Indian Americans are among 126 winners of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowships for 2013.

 

Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders. 

 

Each Sloan Fellow receives $50,000 for his or her continued research.

 

The Indian American Fellows named in the field of physics are Nikhil Padmanabhan of Yale UniversityNaveen Reddy of the University of California at Riverside, and Rahul Roy of the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

Honored in the field of computer science are Sachin R. Katti of Stanford University and Simha Sethumadhavan of Columbia University.

 

The Fellows in mathematics include Gautam Iyer of Carnegie Mellon University and Swastik Kopparty of Rutgers University.

 

In the field of chemistry, the Indian American winners are Ramesh Jasti of Boston University and Uttam Tambar of the Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

Surya Ganguli of Stanford University was named a Sloan Fellow in neuroscience.

 

One Indian Canadian was also named a 2013 fellow: Vinod Vaikuntanathan of the University of Toronto, in the field of computer science.

 

Katti is an assistant professor in the electrical engineering and computer science departments at Stanford University. His work focuses on the design and implementation of future high-speed wireless networks.

 

An assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department, Reddy does research at U.C.-Riverside in galaxy formation, multi-wavelength star formation indicators, stellar populations and dust properties of high red-shift galaxies.

 

Sethumadhavan, an assistant professor of computer science in the engineering department, is founding director of the Computer Architecture and Security Technologies Lab at Columbia University. His research interests include hardware security and energy-efficient computing.

 

Roy, an assistant professor at UCLA, investigates topological field theory, including the classification of insulators and superconductors, in particular Strontium Ruthenate, the most promising candidate for a topological superconductor.

 

Stanford University’s Ganguli did his Ph.D. in string theory with Petr Horava in the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics and the Theory Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His lab works on theoretical neuroscience, with the goal of understanding how networks of neurons and synapses cooperate across multiple scales of space and time to mediate important brain functions.

 

Tambar at the Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas-Dallas develops strategies and concepts in synthetic chemistry to address problems in biomedical research.

 

Jasti joined Boston University in 2009 after serving as one of the first postdoctoral fellows at Molecular Foundry. His research utilizes organic synthesis to probe the physics and theory of carbon nanostructures, with the ultimate goal of developing new applications in nanotechnology. 

 

An assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon, Iyer uses probabilistic methods to better understand fluid dynamics and mixing properties of incompressible flows.

 

Padmanabhan at Yale researches observational cosmology with large surveys. His research concentrates on elucidating the nature of dark energy using the “baryon acoustic oscillation” technique, using sound waves in the early universe to measure the expansion rate of the universe.

 

Kopparty at Rutgers researches the theory of computing, error-correcting codes, complexity theory, finite fields and randomness.

 

An assistant professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, Vaikuntanathan studies theoretical cryptography, with a focus on distributed algorithms and computer security. 

 

To qualify for Sloan Fellowships, candidates must be nominated by fellow scientists and are judged by an independent panel of senior scholars.


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