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MIT to honour six Indian-Americans

NRI scientists' contribution to innovative technology is 12-17 per cent of total, according to a US technology magazine.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 02:44 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Six Indian-Americans are among 35 young scientists who will be honoured by the prestigious Technology Review journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for innovations and research that are found to be "most promising and exciting".

"Innovative technology has provided America its driving force as well as its competitive edge. And in recent years Indian-Americans have been contributing a significant slice of this technology - far in excess of their present population in the United States," said INDOlink, a prominent website covering a range of issues.

The Indian-Americans chosen for the award are: Prithwish Basu of BBN Technologies, Ram Krishnamurthy of Intel, Ashok Maliakal of Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories, Anand Raghunathan of NEC Laboratories America, Jay Shendure of Harvard Medical School and Sumeet Singh of Cisco Systems Inc.

Indian-Americans comprise just under one per cent of the country's population, but their contribution to innovative technology is 12-17 per cent, according to the Technology Review (TR) magazine.

For six years now, the editors of TR have honoured innovators under the age of 35 whose inventions and research are found to be "most promising and exciting."

"This week, when the 2006 annual TR35 - 35 technologists and scientists under the age of 35, was announced, the list included six Indian-Americans providing a roadmap to what's hot in emerging technology," INDOlink said.

First Published: Sep 11, 2006 00:47 IST