Sujit Datta has been named an Innovative Early-Career Engineer from the National Academy of Engineering, one of 85 researchers to receive the honor. The recognition comes with an invitation to the NAE's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, covering topics around food systems, energy systems, women's health and plastics pollution.
Datta, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, designs lab experiments that closely mimic real-world conditions found underground and inside the body, where many different kinds of soft and porous materials interact. Through fundamental insights into soft-matter physics and complex spaces, Datta has touched on a wide range of application areas, including groundwater remediation, agricultural innovation and human health.
Symposium participants, all early-career engineers who have performed exceptional research, were nominated by fellow engineers. The symposium seeks to bring together young engineers from a variety of technical backgrounds, all of whom have performed exceptional research, to encourage conversations around complex topics and to "facilitate long-term collaborations," according to NAE President John L. Anderson. “These relationships are critical in developing creative engineering solutions to the world’s problems,” he said.
Datta joined the Princeton faculty in 2017 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to his primary appointment, he is an associated faculty member in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials. He is the winner of a 2019 NSF CAREER Award and a 2018 New Investigator Award from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund.