Banerjee receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award


Arijit Banerjee
Arijit Banerjee

Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Arijit Banerjee was selected to receive a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. This is an unrestricted gift of $15,000/year and may be renewed up to two additional years (for a total of $45,000) or until tenure is achieved.

This award is administered by 3M’s Research and Development Community in partnership with 3Mgives and recognizes outstanding new faculty who were nominated by 3M researchers and selected based on your research, experience and academic leadership. The purpose of the award is to help faculty members achieve tenure, remain in a teaching position, and conduct research. There were 80 nominations this year, and 21 new awardees.

This award will provide Banerjee the opportunity to investigate high-risk research ideas in transportation electrification and renewable energy.

"We were excited to nominate Assistant Professor Arijit Banerjee for a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award because his fundamental research contributions in electrical energy generation and conversion have a wide range of societal impacts and benefits towards sustainability and renewable energy," said Dr. Walter Romanko, Senior Research Specialist at 3M. "His dynamic personality and passion for teaching makes him a rising star in Electrical Engineering.  In addition, his prior experience working at General Electric’s Global Research Center gives him important experience that only comes from working in industry."

"Dr. Banerjee is an incredibly passionate, innovative, and creative contributor in the areas of utility grid power conversion and transmission, electric aircraft and ship propulsion, power electronics, control systems, and robotics.  His energy, enthusiasm, and practical knowledge of the various industries give him an exceptional foundation for providing value to his students and the scientific community, while also addressing real-world problems."