Bangalore, 17, February: Praneet Dutta, Senior Research Engineer at Google DeepMind was honored with the Youth Engineering Icon of the Year Award 2022 by The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) India, a global engineering body at the forefront of innovation, advocating and leading technology usage for positive social impact. The award was conferred for his instrumental role in leading projects with the potential to create a far-reaching impact on India’s engineering ecosystem. The felicitation was done by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Former Union Minister with 10 Portfolios and 6 Times Member of Parliament at the IET India’s Future Tech Congress 2022.
Dutta was conferred the award for creating substantial impact on India’s engineering environment and creating a body of work that serves as an example for many aspiring young engineers in the area. His research focussed on sustainability and the environment, and he has launched an initiative with a broader team to address issues with industrial energy waste. Through this endeavor he and his colleagues have also used AI advancements to minimise industrial energy usage which is a significant source of carbon emissions. Apart from the climate impact, his developed techniques are open-source, allowing researchers and practitioners globally to access these.
“The IET India Youth Engineering Icon of the Year Award aspires to recognise young individuals for their exceptional contributions to the Indian engineering ecosystem. The youth are truly the drivers of our nation, with our young technology talent playing a pivotal role in the recognition of the country as a global talent hub for technology firms. We are honored to recognise Praneet Dutta as a change agent, game-changer, and engineering champion for his noteworthy contributions, especially in the field AI”, says Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head of IET India.
The IET India awards aim to reward and recognise engineering excellence across the Indian engineering landscape. The first edition of the IET India Awards was successfully concluded in 2021, in celebration of 150 years of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Now in its second edition, the institution received a large number of entries from individuals and organisations across the country. The awards were conferred across seven categories – IET India Lifetime Achievement Award, Young Woman Engineer Award, The Youth Engineering Icon, IET India Volunteering Award, IET India Mobility Award, IET India Engineering the Future of Work Award, IET India Future Tech Award. The next edition of the awards will be announced in June 2023, and further details will be available on the official IET India website and social media handles.