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India’s “People’s President” becomes the 64th Hoover Medalist

Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A P J) Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India (2002-2007), a noted scientist and engineer who rose from modest beginnings to play a key leading role in his India’s space and national defense programs, was recently presented with the 2008 Hoover Medal at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Kalam was recognized for his efforts to make available quality healthcare available to the common citizen and rural areas, by using ‘spin-offs’ of defense technology to create cutting edge medical equipment, and launching projects that connect rural hospitals to specialty hospitals.

Established in 1929, the Hoover Medal recognizes engineers whose outstanding, non-technical services enhance the well-being of humanity. It is presented to its awardees by ASME, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Justin is the Newsletter Editor for the ASME Silver State Section.

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