PITTSBURGH (April 11, 2019) ... This year’s Distinguished Alumni from the University of
Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have worked with lesson plans and
strategic plans, cosmetics and the cosmos, brains and barrels and bridges. It’s
a diverse group, but each honoree shares two things in common on their long
lists of accomplishments: outstanding achievement in their fields, and of
course, graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.
This year’s recipient for the Department of Chemical and
Petroleum Engineering is Hanwant Singh, MS ’70, PhD ChE ‘72, Scientist (retired)
at the NASA Ames Research Center and Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry
Laboratory at SRI.
The six individuals representing each of the Swanson
School’s departments and one overall honoree representing the entire school
gathered at the 55th annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet at the University of
Pittsburgh’s Alumni Hall to accept their awards. James R. Martin II, US Steel
Dean of Engineering, led the banquet for the first time since starting his
tenure at Pitt in the fall.
“For the past 25 years, Dr. Singh has applied the knowledge
he gained from the Indian Institute of Technology and Pitt to better understand
the composition and chemistry of our atmosphere,” said Dean Martin. “We would
like to acknowledge him for his contributions in the field of climate science
and in recognition of his research legacy at NASA.”
About Hanwant B.
Hanwant Singh graduated from the Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India in 1968 and earned his PhD in Chemical
Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He completed further
postdoctoral research at Rutgers University. His research focus shifted from
engineering to the environment.
His primary research goal has been to better understand the
impact of human activities on the chemistry and climate of the earth's
atmosphere through direct observations and data analysis. Together with his co-workers,
Dr. Singh has published over 220 scientific papers (h-index: 84; 21000
citations) and one textbook in this area. An environmental focus has provided
him the opportunity to dedicate his efforts towards a highly relevant societal
concern as well as the privilege of collaborating with partners from around the
world. He shared the HJ Allen Prize for best paper with Nobel Laureate P.
Prior to his recent retirement, Dr. Singh led a group of
scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center and was a Director of the
Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory at SRI, formerly the Stanford Research
Dr. Singh believes the rigorous scientific training he
received at the University of Pittsburgh has provided him with the solid
foundation to embrace new ideas and challenges. Being recognized by the
Chemical Engineering Department and receiving the “225 medallion” from the
University of Pittsburgh are “momentous.”
Contact: Leah Russell