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Poor man’s nano technology in Assam

Prof Sunandan Baruah working in the Environmental Toxicology lab at NDSU
Prof Sunandan Baruah working in the Environmental Toxicology lab at NDSU

A nano technology scientist from Assam on a summer tour of five top American universities has garnered interest of the scientific community and harnessed support for research projects as well as collaboration for international conference in January 2017.

Head of the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Prof. Sunandan Baruah visited Stanford University, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University, University of Missouri and Columbia University. In each, he gave presentations and had meetings with faculty members and department chairs.

Prof Baruah from Guwahati spent a week at North Dakota State University (NDSU) which has research collaboration with ADBU and spent time with Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah in the Nanotechnology lab learning a few new techniques.

He also gave two presentations at NDSU, one on “Nanotechnology for Environmental Remediation” on 24th June and another on 27th June entitled “Developing Environmental Sensors.”

He also met with Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dr. Dinesh Katti, Graduate Co-ordinator Prof. Kalpana Katti, Prof. Eakalak Khan, Dr. Halis Simsek, Dr. Ying Huang and Dr. Wei Lin and discussed about possible research collaborations. NDSU has shown interest in participating in the International conference iCAN2017 to be organized by ADBU, scheduled to be held from 9th to 13th January 2017.

The presentation at Stanford University on the 29th of June was entitled “Poor Man’s Nanotechnology at Assam Don Bosco University.” Prof. Baruah met Prof. Krishna Saraswat and discussed with him in length regarding Indo US funding for collaborative research. He had a lunch meeting with Prof. Arogyaswami Paulraj, who assured support to ADBU for getting National Research Funding.

At the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC) Prof. Baruah delivered a talk with the title ““Poor Man’s Nanotechnology at Assam Don Bosco University,” 5th of July. It followed a series of meetings with Prof. Deep Medhi, Dr. Masud Chaudhury and Dr. Ahmed Hassan of the Computer Science & Electrical Engineering Department.
Department Chair of CS&EE Prof. Ghulam Chaudhry lauded the efforts of ADBU for high quality research with limited means.

Prof. Baruah also met Dr. Paul Rulis of the Department of Physics who has agreed to help researchers from ADBU understand concepts at the molecular level.

Prof. Baruah visited Minnesota State University, Moorhead where the College of Education and Human Services showed interest for academic collaboration with the Department of Social Work of ADBU.

At Columbia University, Prof. Baruah had a discussion with the Dean of Engineering who offered ample opportunities for collaboration as they have a strong nanotechnology research team.

Prof. Baruah had a long teleconference with Prof. Barbara Karn, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO), Prof. Omowunmi A. Sadik, Director, Center for Advanced Sensors & Environmental Systems (CASE), State University of New York at Binghamton and Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah for collaboration in the International Conference (iCAN2017) scheduled for January 2017. They have agreed to be a part of the conference. A Skype meeting is scheduled for 24th July to finalize conference details.

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Former HoD, Dept of Mass Communications at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, C.M. Paul was editor of The Herald weekly in Kolkata and director of Don Bosco International News Agency (ANS) based in Rome. He did MA in Journalism & Mass Communication from FORDHAM University, New York.

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