Rush Joshi wins Ohio State Presidential Fellowship
The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by The Ohio State University's Graduate School. Recipients of this award embody the highest standards of scholarship in Ohio State's graduate programs.
The intent of the fellowship is to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project by providing recipients the opportunity to devote full-time effort to their dissertation research.
As such, Fellowship benefits are considerable. Recipients receive a yearly stipend; health insurance with an 85% contribution from Ohio State; provisions covering tuition and most fees; a $500 allowance towards travel to make research presentations at professional meetings; the opportunity to purchase a staff "B" parking permit; and a monthly stipend while on the Fellowship. The fellowship covers up to three consecutive semesters, terminating upon graduation or acceptance of another position. Awardees are recognized for their achievement at the Graduate School’s Annual Award Ceremony.
To date, Joshi has had a remarkable career as a graduate student. In addition to serving as a point person for a major commercialization effort of Professor Fan's chemical looping technology, he was named an Ohio State University Next Generation Innovator of the Year finalist last year. Earlier this year, he won a University Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship for his outreach and volunteer activities mentoring high school students from Columbus schools, as well as college students at Ohio State and Tuskegee (AL) University.
Joshi's multidimensional research seeks to develop next-gen technologies for converting low-grade feedstocks such as biomass, waste plastics, waste gases, biogas, or stranded natural gas into energy carriers such as hydrogen and liquid fuels using chemical looping. The energy-efficient process he works with (chemical looping) can economically convert these feedstocks into hydrogen and liquid fuels while capturing the CO2 released in the process. Joshi’s work offers more sustainable alternatives for hydrogen production, biomass processing and waste plastics processing using chemical looping technology.