K.C. Das, a professor in the UGA College of Engineering, has been named the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Engineering. The GAA established the endowed professorship to encourage leadership in multi-disciplinary projects that address global challenges.
Das’ research focuses on food security and increasing the sustainability of agriculture, including the more efficient use of water, energy and nutrients. He is the director of UGA’s Biorefinery and Carbon Cycling Program as well as the founder and president of Sustainable Solutions International, which develops and deploys technologies related to biomass energy and organic waste management.
“I consider it a tremendous honor to be named the GAA Professor in Engineering, and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” said Das. “I would like to express my appreciation to the Georgia Athletic Association for everything it is doing to support UGA’s academic mission.”
During his 21 years at UGA, Das has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 75 externally funded research projects. He teaches senior-level engineering process design and environmental engineering courses.
“K.C.’s work combines extraordinary research and teaching, and I’m extremely grateful the Georgia Athletic Association has chosen to recognize one of UGA’s best,” said Donald J. Leo, dean of the College of Engineering.
Das earned his doctorate in biological and agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University. He received his master’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from UGA and his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Anna University in India.