Washington: An eminent Indian-American space scientist has been inducted into an elite group of professors by the University of North Dakota for his contribution in the field of space research, PTI reports.

Dr Santhosh K Seelan of the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota (UND) was inducted recently into the elite group of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors by the academic institution for lifetime contribution in the field of space research.

A native of Cuddallore in Tamil Nadu and an alumnus of Annamalai University, Dr Seelan currently is chairman of space studies and holds the positions of director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium and director of North Dakota National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) EPSCoR (Experimental Programme to Stimulate Competitive Research).

“This recognition came as a big surprise to me, and it is indeed a great honour! I am thankful to all those who were involved in the nomination and selection process. The University of North Dakota is a great place to work ,” Seelan said.

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