Bhavik Bakshi receives Ohio State's 2022 Distinguished Scholar Award

Posted: April 1, 2022


Bhavik Bakshi on mountain
Richard M. Morrow Professor Bhavik Bakshi

Bhavik Bakshi, Richard M. Morrow Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has earned The Ohio State University 2022 Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of decades of research leadership. Senior leadership in the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge surprised Bakshi with the honor at a recent Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty meeting.

Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska was first to praise Bakshi during the unexpected meeting interlude.

"Congratulations on this really extraordinary accomplishment that reflects what we all know – you are a rock star, who is not only an exceptionally gifted scientist, but also an innovator and visionary leader doing incredibly impactful research." -Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska

Bakshi’s research is motivated by the need for engineering that not only enhances human well-being and is societally acceptable, but also respects ecological limits and prevents unintended harm. To meet this challenge, his work has resulted in systematic and scientifically rigorous methods for developing products and processes that contribute to sustainable development. Bakshi’s research integrates multiple disciplines including ecosystem ecology, environmental economics, energy policy, applied statistics and process systems engineering.

"I'm an evangelist for the kinds of things that you're doing," shared Professor David Tomasko, associate dean for undergraduate education and student services in the College of Engineering.

"I think what you’ve done will change the face of process engineering as we move forward in this millennium.” -David Tomasko

Bakshi received a PhD in chemical engineering and master’s in chemical engineering practice from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from University of Bombay in India. He serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of Ohio State’s Sustainability Institute and is an adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in India.

"This is an incredible, complete surprise. None of this would be possible without the support I’ve received from colleagues, the department and university. And we all know, the credit truly goes to the students who do the work and put in the effort," Bakshi said.

The Distinguished Scholar Award is among the highest annual honors awarded at Ohio State. The university-level award honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, conduct research or creative works that represent exceptional achievements in their fields and garner distinction for the university.

Award recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including past award recipients. Distinguished Scholars receive an honorarium and a research grant to be used over the next three years. Learn more about previous Distinguished Scholar Award recipients.

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