Two Indian Americans win MS fellowship

By agencies   |   Friday, 27 May 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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HOUSTON: Microsoft Research has named two Indian Americans amongst the first five recipients of its New Faculty Fellowship Awards, a new program that honors early-career university professors who demonstrate exceptional talent for novel research and thought leadership in their discipline.

The two Indian Americans Subhash Khot and Radhika Nagpal were selected from a pool of 110 nominees representing universities across the U.S. Khot and Nagpal, along with three other fellows, will receive a $200,000 cash grant to pursue their innovative research work in computer science.

The winners are also given the opportunity to explore collaborations with some of the top researchers working in their area of interest at Microsoft Research. "We have much to learn, and much to gain, from today's talented young minds," said Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research.

"Even early in their teaching careers, these award winners are pushing the boundaries of computer science research in exciting new directions. The intellectual curiosity, creative drive and thought leadership they demonstrate is exactly the sort of initiative we seek to encourage in developing programs like the New Faculty Fellowship Awards."

Subhash Khot is a first-year assistant professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Khot's research tackles fundamental questions regarding which problems can and cannot be solved quickly on a computer.

The questions Khot addresses in his work often have deep connections to diverse areas in mathematics, logic, cryptography and computer science. Radhika Nagpal is a first-year assistant professor of computer science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Her research interest is in engineering self-organizing, self-repairing systems, using inspiration from biology, and in better understanding robust collective behavior in biological systems.

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