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CSU Fullerton Professor Kiran George wins Shields Award

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President Mildred García congratulates Kiran George, professor of computer engineering, on his selection as the recipient of the University’s L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award. Credit: Cal State Fullerton

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Kiran George, an engineering professor from California State University, Fullerton, has been recognized as a transformational force in innovative research.

From his development of a brain-controlled robotic arm for people who lose mobility in limbs, to an electronic communication system to aid patients who can no longer speak, George was selected as this year’s recipient of the university’s L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award.

George’s colleagues regard him as prolific researcher, his accomplishments have spanned more than a decade, and his discoveries and research have yielded unprecedented results at the school’s in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The award is presented to a faculty member each year for his or her excellence in research and scholarly activities and commitment to the educational mission of Cal State Fullerton. The award’s namesake served as Cal State Fullerton’s second president from 1970-80.

He was presented with the award during a surprise visit to his classroom from university president Mildred Garcia.

“You have an amazing faculty member working with you,” Garcia told George’s students when she walked into his classroom, according to a university press release.

“This is an extraordinary honor, I’m so humbled. I am at a loss for words. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with students on various projects that are both challenging and cutting edge,” George said. “It is also professionally fulfilling to see them go on to have successful careers. My students inspire me every day to redefine the boundaries of engineering.“

Since George’s tenure began at the university in 2007, he has secured nearly $2 million in funding for his research, including grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Army Research Labs. In 2012, George was awarded the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award, a top honor for junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research and education.

He has led a $600,000 NSF-funded project that targets first-generation college students and underrepresented students and is leading the college’s efforts to develop a bachelor’s degree program in engineering with a biomedical device engineering option. George and his students have presented their work before regional and national conferences, and he has two patents pending for his research. George and his students also work on projects with industry and community partners, including the ALS Association to help patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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India hits 1 billion vaccine dose milestone

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India reached a major milestone in its war against the pandemic with the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses, crossing the billion-mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a hospital in Delhi to mark the milestone, and described it “as the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit” of the 1.3 billion people in the country.

The White House named 19 young emerging leaders to its fellows program and three are Indian Americans. Joy Basu and Sunny Patel are from California and Aakash Shah is from New Jersey. The prestigious White House Fellowship program embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a year of working as a full-time, paid fellow for White House staff, cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was mobbed by fans as he visited his son Aryan in a Mumbai Jail. Aryan has been in custody for nearly three weeks after being arrested during an illegal drug bust.
Khan waved at fans and a video of the whole incident has gone viral on the internet.

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Biden to nominate Ravi Chaudry to Air Force post

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Indian American Ravi Chaudry as the Air Force’s next assistant secretary for installations, environment, and energy. Chaudry is a former Federal Aviation Administration official who served in the Air Force for more than 20 years. If confirmed he would take over a massive portfolio spanning Air Force and Space Force installations worldwide. 

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced the appointment of its new Chairwoman, Sonu Ratra, the co-founder and President of IT consulting and talent solutions provider, Akraya as well as the founder of Women Back to Work. Ratra is the first woman and person of color to lead the SVLG Foundation.

Indian American women techies,  Susmita Dutta and Shruti Haldea,  took center stage as Apple unveiled its next line-up of products, including MacBook Pro, next-generation AirPods, and other products and services. 

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Calgary and Edmonton elect mayors of Indian descent | Diya TV News

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — In a historic first, the new Mayors of Calgary and Edmonton, Canada are of Indian descent. Jyoti Gondak and Amarajeet Sohi will be leading their respective cities. Gondek is also Calgary’s first ever female Mayor. In both elections, voters expressed a desire for change, and largely rejected candidates opposed to public health measures to deal with COVID-19.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wants Amazon to break up after a Reuters report found that the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own private brands in India, one of the company’s largest growth markets.

In tech news MindBody is acquiring fitness company ClassPass, which allows users to pay for a monthly subscription, allowing them to access a number of classes across a spectrum of fitness genres. The company was founded by Indian American Payal Kadakia.

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