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UNR Honors Indian American Academicians Indira Chatterjee and Vaidyanathan Ravi Subramanian

University of Nevada honored Indian American Prof. Indira Chatterjee and Prof. Vaidyanathan Ravi Subramanian during Honor the Best Ceremony held at UNR, Reno.

“Honor the Best,” held each spring for more than 40 years as a way for the University to acknowledge the award recipients of the academic year

Indira Chatterje is named 2015 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor in recognition of her outstanding research and teaching achievements.

Professor Indira Chatterjee, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, has made major contributions to the advancement and rapid growth of the college, especially in the areas of outreach, advisement and partnership with industries. Chatterjee has also been very active with the recruitment of female engineers and has served as the leader and adviser for the Society of Women Engineers student chapter on campus.

Chatterjee joined the University in 1988 and is a tenured full professor in the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department, in addition to her duties as associate dean. She was recognized with the F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995. She was also selected as faculty mentor by Senior Scholars in electrical engineering in 2005 and twice in 2001.

Chatterjee has developed a strong research program in the area of bioelectromagnetics by collaborating with colleagues at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and her engineering colleagues. She has published 42 journal papers, 28 peer-reviewed conference proceeding papers and 21 technical reports.

Indira Chatterje is a graduate of Bangalore University, Case Western Reserve and completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.

The Foundation Professor award was established in 1983 to recognize and salute University professors for their exemplary achievements.  Her name will be engraved in the granite pillars of the University’s Honor Court.


                   Indira Chatterje and Vaidyanathan Ravi Subramanian

Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian is named Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor.Ravi Subramanian is currently an associate professor of chemical engineering. He is on the graduate faculty of the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department and an adjunct in the Chemistry Department. He is also the solar energy thrust area coordinator in the Renewable Energy Center at the University. His area of research focus is on nanostructured materials for solar energy utilization. He has expertise in the synthesis, characterization and application of photoactive materials in photovoltaics, clean fuel production and environmental remediation. In his 12 years of research he has developed inorganic materials including semiconductor-semiconductor and semiconductor-metal nanocomposites for applications related to solar energy utilization and fuel cells.

Ravi has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame, 2004 and is also graduate of University of Mumbai and University of Nagpur.

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