Vadodara man the top immigrant in the USA

  • | Wednesday | 7th July, 2021

Lulla, a Barodian, won the ‘Great Immigrant, Great American’ award that is given by Carnegie Foundation – a non-profit organization in the US.

As the US-India relation comes even closer it seems like Indians are doing very nicely in the states and it can be seen as the a Vadodara man wins huge award in the states.

Forty-three years ago, he shifted to the US to make a career in space science. When America celebrated its Independence Day on July 4, Dr Kamlesh Lulla’s joy knew no bounds as he was given one of the prestigious awards in the country.

Lulla, a Barodian, won the ‘Great Immigrant, Great American’ award that is given by Carnegie Foundation – a non-profit organization in the US.

“I was absolutely joyful and humbled by the award. The award was given for making significant contributions to the country and in the field of space. I am deeply honoured as I have dedicated my life to NASA. This is the most prestigious award an immigrant could get,” 72-year-old Lulla told from the US.

Born and brought up in Vadodara, Lulla completed his post-graduation in MS University’s science faculty. He also pursued PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences in MSU before an international fellowship came his way. Lulla shifted to the US in 1978 and got associated with Indiana State University.

“I began work on remote sensing space application and completed my second PhD in space and remote sensing from Indiana State University. I was also an assistant professor and taught for nearly 12 years. I joined NASA in 1988 in the human space life centre and have been working with the organisation since then,” Lulla, who is associated with NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, told.

Dr Lulla was a chief scientist for the earth observation and remote sensing in NASA’s space shuttle programme and he has been recipient of three NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals. He has trained astronauts and helped develop the International Space Station’s observational science capabilities too. In 2015, Lulla received the prestigious Pravasi Bhartiya award from Indian government.

The septuagenarian was all praises for India’s space programmes. “India has made tremendous progress in space programmes. USA is my ‘karmabhoomi’ and India is my ‘janmabhoomi. I have been invited to India for lectures many times and I would continue to contribute to my janmabhoomi,” Lulla added.

Lulla’s wife Marianne is a trained psychologist while son Dr Andrew is MD surgeon and daughter Tara is has done PhD in criminal justice. “I now want to travel across the world and work with young bright minds. But my heart lies in Vadodara and I miss the city. I am a proud Barodian,” Lulla said.


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