Indian-origin professor becomes first Canadian to win prestigious research award

Professor Shekhar will receive US$ 2.5 million for his research on a “highly compact biomedical sensor that can make medical diagnosis much faster, easier and cheaper than it has ever been”, according to a release from UBC.

Indian-origin professor becomes first Canadian to win prestigious research award
Indian-origin Dr. Sudip Shekhar has become the first Canadian to win a global award for a piece of potentially path breaking interdisciplinary research (Source: UBC Point Grey)

Indian-origin Dr. Sudip Shekhar has become the first Canadian to win a global award for a piece of potentially path breaking interdisciplinary research. He works as an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) faculty of applied science.

He is one of the 10 researchers selected for the 2022 cohort of the Schmidt Science Polymaths award - a program that recognizes intensely creative, recently-tenured professors with remarkable multidisciplinary track records, promising futures, and research ideas that cross field boundaries and could lead to impactful breakthroughs.