PhD Alum Tirtha Banerjee Wins Gandhi Medal

August 10, 2016

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DURHAM, N.C. – Tirtha Banerjee, a 2016 doctoral graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been awarded a Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman award by the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Welfare Society of India.

He is one of 26 Indians worldwide this year selected to receive the honor, which recognizes outstanding services and achievements by Indians in the international arena.

Banerjee, currently a postdoctoral research associate studying transport processes in the atmospheric boundary layer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, was cited for his contributions to science.

A prolific researcher with eight peer-reviewed papers already to his credit and another seven in review or about to be submitted, his studies focus on the role multiscale organized eddy motion – or turbulence – plays in governing biosphere-atmosphere interaction. He completed his PhD dissertation on turbulence in natural environments in fall 2015.

Gabriel G. Katul, Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology, was Banerjee’s faculty advisor at the Nicholas School.

The NRI Welfare Society was founded with the objective of strengthening ties between India and non-resident Indians.

Banerjee will receive his Gandhi Medal on September 30 at a special ceremony at the House of Lords in London.