March 26, 2024

Environmental engineering professor awarded Faculty Lectureship


Achintya Bezbaruah, a Gehrts Presidential Professor in NDSU’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, has been selected to give the 63rd Faculty Lectureship.

Bezbaruah’s lecture, “From Rainfall to Snowfall: Nanotech Innovations for Shared Sustainability,” is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Anishinaabe Theater. The presentation also will be available on Zoom. A reception is slated to follow in the Butte Lounge.

The Faculty Lectureship is one of NDSU’s oldest and most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement and service.

"I'm honored and humbled to be recognized,” Bezbaruah said. “It is indeed a great opportunity to promote sustainable nanotechnology to a bigger audience. Nanotechnology can impact our water treatment processes and agricultural production positively. I am hoping that we will be able to foster broader collaboration among researchers and create a robust multi-disciplinary group of researchers here at NDSU to use nanotechnology for greater good."

Bezbaruah’s lecture will highlight research on the ecological impacts of developing nano-based materials for plant nutrition.

Bezbaruah has been at NDSU since 2005 and in his time has mentored students locally and globally to become future leaders in environmental engineering. His research focuses on the food-environment-water nexus, specifically drinking water and plant nutrition.

Bezbaruah is a Fulbright scholar and specialist who has promoted environmental nanotechnology research and education internationally. He currently serves as the interim department chair and director of the NDSU Grand Challenges Scholars Program, and advocates for collaborative research to address global challenges. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Assam Engineering College, a master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska. 

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