Manipal Institute of Technology professor wins young engineer award

TNN, 26-01-2013 18:13:54

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MANGALORE: K Balakrishna, an associate professor of geology at department of civil engineering in Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) has won the Professor Satish Dhawan Young Engineer award recently in Bangalore.

This award is instituted by state government and it carries a cash of Rs 50,000, a citation and a memento.

Balakrishna was chosen for the award for his contributions and achievements in the field of earth sciences.

He is the first person from MIT of Manipal University to bag this award, established in 1996.

The award was presented by G Padmanabhan, former director of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Balakrishna has worked on the geochemistry of various Indian rivers to understand the weathering of rocks and its link to the earth’s long-term climate change.

Presently he is working on the chemistry of Nethravati and Swarna rivers to investigate the impact of anthropogenic pollution on the river and its ability for self purification. He has published about 50 research articles in scientific journal.

Balakrishna has contributed towards popularizing earth sciences at schools in and around Udupi by conducting programs like Earth Day and Ozone Day through funding from Ministry of Earth Sciences.

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