York University Associate Vice-President Research Sushanta Mitra has received a Medal for Engineering Excellence from the Professional Engineers of Ontario for his distinguished research achievements.
Mitra’s research applications tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems, including the development of tools and techniques for efficiently extracting oil and gas from reservoir rocks, bio-converting coal into methane (bio-energy pathways), increasing water monitoring efficiency and affordability (environment monitoring), and detecting vector borne, bacterial and cardiac diseases (health applications).
Mitra and his team developed the Mobile Water Kit, a field-deployable water quality monitor sensor that detects the level of E.coli in contaminated water within two to 60 minutes. The kit can detect the presence of E. coli through visual colour change of the filter surface, directly at the contamination site. Mitra has also made seminal contributions in the fundamental understanding of fluid transport in micro and nano-scale confinements.
“On behalf of the York research community, I extend sincerest congratulations to Associate Vice-President Sushanta Mitra on receiving this prestigious award,” said York’s Vice-President Research & Innovation Robert Haché.
“Professor Mitra is a world-class researcher who has made exceptional gains in this exciting area of research and contributed significantly to York University’s broader research agenda through his role as Associate Vice-President Research. This award is well-deserved.”
Mitra’s research achievements have recently been featured on the Ontario Society of Professional Engineer’s blog.