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Prof.Sundaram Gunasekaran

posted Aug 13, 2014, 7:52 PM by Advancement Alumni Affairs Office

Full Name
: Sundaram Gunasekaran                         

Present position/ title: Professor

How AIT degree helped you in achieving your career potential/goals

AIT degree laid the foundation for my academic and professional career. At AIT the curriculum was rigorous, people were considerate, and the environment was nurturing. In all, I consider 18 months spent at AIT among the most memorable and valuable in my academic life.



BE (Ag) (1979) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India

MEng (1981) Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

PhD (1985) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Career/Accomplishment record after graduation from AIT:

      As an academician, I have published widely, including books, book chapters, and peer-review publications, on various aspects of food material properties, processing, and quality and         safety. Some of the notable awards and honors received are listed below:

WARF Challenge Grant Award (2013), Distinguished Alumni Award, Asian Institute of Technology (2012), US President’s Volunteer Service Award (2012), Fulbright Program Specialist (2012), Top-Cited Author, Biosensors & Bioelectronics (2012), Consultant, USAID Winrock International, Farmer-to-Farmer Program (2010-11), Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2006), Honorary Visiting Professor, Zhongkai University, China (2004-07), International Dairy Foods Research Award, ADSA (2003), Samuel C. Johnson Distinguished Research Fellow (2001-04), Fulbright Fellow (2000), Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Award, UW-Madison (1999), Certificate of Contribution, The BFGoodrich Collegiate Inventors Program (1998), Nominee, National Academy of Eng. Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering (1998), New Holland Young Researcher Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (1996), Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (1987 and 1995), Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, UW-Madison (1993-94), Blue Ribbon Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1986), Engineering Open House Graduate Research Award, University of Illinois (1985), STEP Grant, American Association for Advancement of Science (1984), Graduate SEAL Grant, University of Illinois (1983 and 1984).