IIT Kharagpur Professor Abhijit Mukherjee has been inducted as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America

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“Proud moment for IIT Kharagpur, Prof Abhijit Mukherjee, Associate Professor of the Department of Geology & Geophysics and School of Environmental Science and Engineering, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in the year 2021. I must mention that Prof Mukherjee is the first Indian who has got elected to the Fellowship of the prestigious GSA”, said Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, the Director of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. “On behalf of the entire institute, I heartily congratulate Prof Mukherjee on his well-deserved achievements. Best wishes to bring more and more laurels for him and his profession. I look forward to many such recognitions and achievements from our faculty.”

Hydrogeoscience expert Prof Abhijit Mukherjee has directed a recent research work which was intended on groundwater insights. Prof Mukherjee has been awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in the field of Earth Atmosphere Ocean and Planetary Sciences. Also he has been inducted as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He has been selected by the Department of Science and Technology as one of the top fifty Indian scientists below fifty years age. In fact, he has been conferred the National Geoscience Award by the President of India. His book “Global Groundwater: Source, Scarcity, Sustainability, Security and Solutions” has been published by Elsevier.

Prof Mukherjee said, “I am humbled and honored to have been elected as a Fellow to the Geological Society of America (GSA). GSA, estd. in 1888, is regarded as one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious International geoscience societies across the world. I further feel honored to be one of the first person from any Indian institute to be elected for this prestigious Fellowship. GSA has defined Fellowship as an honor that is bestowed on the best of our profession. GSA members are elected to Fellowship in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to geosciences (www. geosociety.org). So, being recognized by my peers, internationally, is certainly a dream coming true.”

Before joining IIT Kharagpur as an Assistant Professor, he served as the Physical Hydrogeologist at Albert Geological Survey in Canada. Prior to that, he completed postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Early to it he served as the Research Assistant in Geology at University of Kentucky, USA and Instructor and Teaching Assistant in Geology at University of Kentucky in USA.

He earned his Master of Science (M. Sc) and Bachelor of Science (B. Sc) in Geology from University of Calcutta. Also, he pursued Master of Science (M.S) from University of Kentucky, USA. He then achieved the prestigious degree of Doctor of Philosophy from University of Kentucky, USA.

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society with a membership of more than 20,000 individuals in more than 100 countries. GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Society unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings.

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