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Trump intends to appoint Indian American professor to National Science Board

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US has expressed his intention to appoint Indian American V as a member of the prestigious

is the R Eugene and Susie Goodson Distinguished in the at University, He is also the of the Cooling Technologies Research Centre, an Industry/ of the (NSF).

According to the White House, would be appointed member of the for a six-year term expiring on May 10, 2024.

He is one of the seven appointments to the board made by

The National Science Board, created through the Act of 1950, oversees the activities of, and establishes policies for, the NSF.

"I am humbled and honoured," said Garimella, who earned his degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Chennai in 1985.

He has made major contributions in curriculum development for thermal sciences with in cooling and materials processing University and at the

"The NSF is a key of American research and tech innovation. I believe that this appointment is a recognition of Purdue's leadership in science and engineering over its 150 years and in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing," Garimella was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the University.

At Purdue University, Garimella is in charge of the institute's diverse research enterprise, which expends well over USD 660 million annually to support world-changing research, a university release said, adding he is cited for his strength in innovation, competitiveness and leveraging investments via academic-corporate partnerships.

"Under his leadership, Purdue is on a streak of record research funding. The university generated a record USD 454.5 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2018, USD 36 million more than in 2017, itself a record year. The NSF accounted for 15 per cent of the 2018 funding," it said.

"Dr Garimella's distinguished record of success as a leading scholar and educator and in advancing Purdue's research enterprise makes him especially qualified to serve on this prestigious board," said.

In 2010, the had appointed Garimella as a Jefferson Science Fellow to serve as a in the in the department's Economic Bureau, where he helped with the for engaging the American academic science community in the formulation and implementation of US foreign policy.

Garimella is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the and the

He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from The

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 08:10 IST