Ponisseril Somasundaran

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Tel: 212-854-2926

Education

  • B.S. 1958 Kerala University, Kerala, India Chemistry
  • B.E. 1961 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India Metallurgy
  • M.S. 1962 University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, US Mineral Technology
  • Ph.D. 1964 University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, US Mineral Technology

Awards and Recognitions

  • 1985 The National Academy of Engineering
  • 1989 The Chinese National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the Balkan Academy of Mineral Technology Sciences
  • 1990 Awarded the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”
  • 1992 Engineering Foundation’s Frank F. Aplan Award
  • 2010 President of India awarded him the Padma Shri title , one of the highest civilian honors
  • 2012 The sole Foreign Fellow elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Experience – Research / Industrial

The recovery and processing of earth resources, including minerals, metals, energy minerals and oil, are energy intensive and depend heavily on the availability of appropriate and abundant water resources.
700 journal publications and patents, author and editor of over 15 books

Extra-curriculum: Leadership, Teaching, outreach, etc.

Director, Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems
LVD Krumb Professor, Columbia University