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Inventor honored for bridging innovation and humanitarianism to help millions globally
Date:5/2/2012

ves are now being modified for use in Ethiopia where 80 percent of households use firewood for cooking, yet the forest cover has decreased from 50 percent in 1950 to five percent in 2005.

"Ashok Gadgil's long record of inventive solutions to problems in the developing world is an example of how passion coupled with creative problem solving can have a colossal impact," states Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. "Dr. Gadgil truly encompasses what it means to be a global innovator."

Inspiring Youth to Make an Impact on Mankind

Equally important to making a global impact for Gadgil is inspiring the next generation to innovate for social change. As a professor, Gadgil helps his students identify and pioneer solutions to important societal problems to ensure their research has maximum impact on the world. In Gadgil's courses, students gain hands-on experience innovating solutions to improve the sustainability of resource-constrained communities, with the ultimate goal being real-world dissemination of the products and processes developed.

"Ashok is a teacher and mentor who has awakened and excited young, perceptive minds to the possibilities of using science to alleviate suffering and human impact on the environment," said Richard Corsi, Gadgil's colleague and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. "His substantial efforts to benefit those less fortunate inspire everyone around him to want to do more for mankind."


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Contact: Jessica Benjamin
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617-939-8417
Lemelson-MIT Program
Source:Eurekalert

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