Indian American gets Lifetime Achievement award

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Vivek Lall. Photo: wikipedia.org

Washington: Vivek Lall, an Indian-American scientist and chief executive at General Atomics Global Corporation, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in a citation signed by U.S. President Joe Biden.

The citation which says, ‘With Grateful Recognition’ was given to Lall by the AmeriCorps and the Office of the President.

AmeriCorps is a government agency that is a domestic version of the international Peace Corps, and aims to foster activities that bring Americans closer together to “serve communities” within the country.

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Lall, who has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas, is considered an industry leader and scientific community titan. His company, General Atomics is considered a global leader in the specialized fields of nuclear technology and has developed state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the Predator, Reaper and Guardian drones.

Lall, son of an Indian diplomat, was one of the handful of individuals of Indian origin, to have been invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the past year during his Washington visit.

Notably, before his leadership position in General Atomics, Dr Lall worked at other leading organizations like NASA, Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. His experience and accolades have been considered unparalleled by many in the scientific community and by long-term industry watchers.

Currently, he is serving as a U.S. Technical Team Member to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science and Technology (STO) with the Pentagon.

In 2018, he was appointed in a critical advisory role to the U.S. Cabinet Secretary heading the Department of Transportation, encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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