Scientists Karunesh Ganguly, Hardeep Singh to receive award from Obama

Duo selected among 102 scientists and engineers around the country.

By Deepak Chitnis

Courtesy of University of Texas at Houston
Dr. Hardeep Singh (Courtesy of University of Texas at Houston)

WASHINGTON, DC: Two Indian American scientists are among the 102 announced by President Barack Obama as recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Karunesh Ganguly and Hardeep Singh will receive the award at an elaborate ceremony in Washington, DC, next year. Ganguly works at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, while Singh is with the Houston VA Medical Center.

Ganguly is also with the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, where he works as a neurologist. He earned his medical degree in 2004 from the University of California at San Diego’s School of Medicine. He is also an assistant professor of neurology at UCSF.

Singh works with the University of Texas’ Health Science Center at Houston, as well as the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center. He is a general internist and a patient safety researcher at Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety based at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and is the Director of the Houston VA Patient Safety Center of Inquiry. He earned his medical degree at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

The award was founded in 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton, in order to award scientists who are the forefront of medical and general scientific breakthroughs. Additionally, they must showcase a passion and dedication for leadership and outreach, as well as fostering education for future generations.

In announcing the awards, Obama said in a statement “The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead [and] We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”

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