IISc's Engineering Professor Gets Young Scientist Award

Published: 10th September 2014 06:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2014 06:17 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Neelesh B Mehta from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is the only city-based recipient of the 2014 Scopus Young Scientist Award. He won the award on Tuesday for his work in the engineering discipline.

The award has been instituted by Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services and the National Academy of Science, India (NASI).

Neelesh-B-Mehta.jpgMehta, an associate professor at the department of electrical communication engineering at IISc, told Express that he is happy to have received the award. He works on next generation wireless communication systems like cellular systems, wireless local area networks and wireless ad-hoc networks. 

Mehta and eight other researchers from other disciplines received the awards from the Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh in New Delhi. The award consists of a plaque, a framed certificate and Rs 75,000.

The 39-year old scientist received a bachelor of technology degree in electronics and communications engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1996. He received his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2001 respectively. He joined the IISc in 2007.

This year’s NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards attracted nearly 650 applications from premier research institutions across the country. Applications were judged by a panel of 31 subject experts who looked at criteria such as quality and number of publications, nature and uniqueness of research, outcomes of research, impact on society and the researcher’s vision.


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