The Cutting Edge Triumph: Prof. Md. Equeenuddin

The Cutting Edge Triumph: Prof. Md. Equeenuddin

Nupur Mohapatra | Apr 09, 2018

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The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has a lot going on with one of its students securing a terrific GATE AIR followed by its placement statistics recording its first numbers in the past two years. Amidst all this their Head of Department, Prof.Md. Equeenuddin is also trying his best to bring laurels to the Department. He has recently bagged the “Young Scientist Award” in Groundwater Studies for the year 2017.The award was given by Indian National Committee of International Association of Hydrogeologists (INC-IAH) in appreciation of his achievements in the field of Groundwater in India.

The INC-IAH has its Head Office stationed in the United Kingdom. It has 40 National Chapters in 40 countries across the globe and this body mostly deals with the augmentation of water (groundwater) and its resources.

He received the award at Faridabad which houses the head office of the Central Groundwater Board which is a government body. Faridabad is home to the Manav Rachana International University where the conference was conducted on 23rd March 2018. The chief guests at the conference were K.C. Nayak, the Chairman of the Central Groundwater board and Prof. V.M. Tiwari, the Director of National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI). The award came in an amount of INR 15000, a certificate and a citation (memento).

A person willing to be shortlisted for the award needs to apply for the nomination .I applied for in June, 2017 upon receiving a notification from them. The application needs to be submitted at their official site. They give away two awards-The Groundwater Excellence Award which is synonymous to Lifetime Achievement Award and the other is the Young Scientist Award.

Prof Md. Equeenuddin hails from Keonjhar, Odisha. He has done his M.Sc from Utkal University, M.Tech in Engineering Geology from IIT Kanpur and then Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur. He currently has 6 Ph.D. students working under him, redefining the aspects of rock-water interaction and metal mobility. He joined NIT Rourkela on 12th September 2008 in the Department of Mining Engineering. After the inception of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department in 2013, he was transferred to this department following which he was made the Head of the Department in July 2015.

Part of his work is based on groundwater but mostly he works on rock-water interaction which is considered in developing theories related to surface water quality, groundwater quality and the way rainwater interacts with the material of the earth(earth features) supplemented by its mineralogical aspects. Most of his publications are based on acid mine drainage for which his article received the 9th rank out of the 25 most downloaded articles on Springer. His article on acid mine drainage is one of his best publications which has 71 citations. He has also contributed in the domain of Nanominerals and suspended particles which have good mineral retentivity. One of his major achievements includes the reporting of a rare mineral named Alpersite which was only the fifth occurrence in the world when he reported it.

A jovial and laid back person with exceptional research talent Prof. Equeenuddin is leaving no stone unturned to make his department reach the heights of success. Team MM wishes him and his Department all the best in their future endeavors.

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