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Indian Professor at IIT Madras Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Thalappil Pradeep, a faculty member of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), has been chosen as the 23rd foreign member from India to the United States National Academy of Engineering.

He was elected because of his contributions to cluster chemistry and the development and execution of low-cost drinking water solutions. He will be formally inducted at the NAE’s annual meeting on September 29, 2024.

National Academy of Engineering

Founded in 1964, the NAE is an independent institution that provides engineering leadership. It has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and international members, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Accepting this honour, Prof.essor T Pradeep, Institute Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras, said, “I am humbled by this recognition, which is a result of the hard work of my team. I could reach this far only because of the tremendous support my institution and my nation. This fellowship once again reaffirms my belief in the interdisciplinary nature of science.”

Professor Pradeep focuses on several areas of materials and has received numerous national awards, including the Padma Shri and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. He has received prestigious international awards such as the Eni Award, the VinFuture Prize, and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Price for Water. He has created superior scientific instruments for his job. In addition to co-founding half a dozen firms, he has 550 articles and over 100 patents.

Professor Pradeep is a pioneer in the use of nanotechnology to improve water clarity. His work on pesticide removal has benefitted millions of people. Later, he and his team developed ‘water-positive’ materials to remove arsenic, uranium and several other toxic contaminants from water and the technology has been approved for national implementation. He is expanding the reach of these technologies to other countries now.

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