Subhash Kak, regents professor and emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Oklahoma State University, was awarded The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Award for the advancement of Dharmic Arts & Sciences for 2019 on June 24, 2019 on the Capital Hill of the Congress in Washington DC. The award is presented to individuals for their continuous work to educate Americans at large about Hindu traditions through the promotion of Dharmic arts and sciences.
Kak joined OSU in 2007 focusing his research on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, archaeostronomy, and history of science. He has been a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) since 2018, and was awarded the Indian civilian award Padma Shri in 2019.
Born in Srinagar, Kashmir, Kak obtained his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. After completing his degree, he was a lecturer and assistant professor there. He was later a British Council Fellow at Imperial College London and a guest researcher at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, USA. In 1979, he joined Louisiana State University where he became a professor and later Donald C. & Elaine T. Delaune Distinguished Professor. He remained there until 2007 when he joined OSU.
“I have always looked at my role as a professor at OSU to contribute to causes in support of humanistic values in our globalized world”, said Kak. “The award is being given to me for promoting this cause. It is also being given for my work on bringing focus on challenges higher education faces from artificial intelligence and how technology can be used to mitigate some of these challenges.”
The HAF is an organization for the Hindu American community that educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives in education, policy and community.
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