Dr. Rajan K. Chakrabarty Recieves Rising Researcher Award
Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education confer Desert Research Institute’s Assistant Research Professor Dr. Rajan K. Chakrabarty with the Regents’ Rising Researcher Award in recognition of his research on aerosol sciences.
The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Rising Researcher Award in 2008. This award is bestowed upon one faculty member at each Nevada research institution in recognition of their early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research.
Dr. Rajan Chakrabarty, Assistant Research Professor in the Desert Research Institute’s (DRI’s) Division of Atmospheric Sciences, is an expert in the characterization of atmospheric aerosols. These aerosols, or dust particles, play a critical role in climate change science but are recognized by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the least understood of climate forcing variables.
Dr. Chakrabarty’s contributions in aerosol science have focused on the form, structure, and optical characteristics of primarily carbonaceous aerosols. He has made contributions to engineering applications of this research including particle separation using an electrostatic charge and manufacture of aerosols using flame synthesis. Dr. Chakrabarty’s research has led to 18 peer-reviewed publications; one issued patent and three pending patents; as well as nearly 70 invited presentations, conference talks, proceedings, and tutorials throughout the U.S. and world.
Several of his publications have been recognized among “the top 25 hottest articles” (Science Direct), “20 most popular articles” in the Journal of Geophysical Research, and one of the most cited articles in Aerosol Science and Technology between 2007 and 2009. This work has been supported by nearly $3.5 million in research funding from competitive federal agency programs, including significant contributions during his work as a postdoctoral research fellow.
Dr. Chakrabarty also has exhibited leadership as a mentor and teacher – including advisement of graduate students, teaching field studies and short courses, as well as development of an innovative Web-based academic social networking program for K–16 students.
Dr. Chakrabarty has been recognized with various awards including an outstanding mentor award, exceptional doctoral issertation award, outstanding graduate researcher of the year award, outstanding international graduate researcher of the year award, and student entrepreneur.
Dr. Chakrabarty received a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Instrumentation degree from the University of Madras in India, a Master of Science in Atmospheric Science from UNR, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Physics also from UNR.
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