The National Academy of Sciences, India, has elected one of RMIT’s professors as a 2014 Foreign Fellow.
Professor Suresh Bhargava, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) in the College of Science, Engineering and Health, was presented with the award at the academy’s 84th Annual Session held at the Jai Narain Vyus University in Jodhpur, India.
The award recognises Professor Bhargava for his extensive expertise working with the chemical industry and air pollution control.
The academy currently has 97 Foreign Fellows from various disciplines in science and technology, with Professor Bhargava the only one from Australia.
Over the past three decades, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the design, construction and operation of large-scale industrial plants and the incorporation of sustainable business practices in this sector.
Professor Bhargava’s research focus has been in the niche areas of industrial chemistry, molecular engineering and advanced materials science.
He is the recipient of a number of industrial collaborative research grants in excess of $AUD15 million over the past decade.
Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, said RMIT was very proud of Professor Bhargava for receiving this recognition of achievement from the Indian National Academy of Science.
The academy provides a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them.
It is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, and also advises the government’s departments on scientific and industrial research.
The Academy was founded in 1930 during the British raj in India based along similar guidelines to the Royal Society of London. It is the oldest Science Academy in India.