Amar A. Bhardwaj, a chemical engineering student at Columbia University has been awarded the 2019 Udall Scholarship. Bhardwaj, a C.P. Davis Research Scholar is the only Indian-American student to receive the scholarship among 55 sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
According to his profile on the Udall Scholarship website, Bhardwaj aspires to a career in engineering research “to improve human environmental sustainability, especially with regard to solar energy.” Currently, he is conducting research on silicon oxide nanofilms for solar fuels production.
Bhardwaj is a leader of EcoReps, Columbia’s sustainability group, and the sustainability representative on Columbia Engineering Student Council. He is also the briefings page director for Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development.
Bhardwaj also received the Goldwater Fellowship this year for his research into making sustainable technologies more competitive in the marketplace. The two-time Udall Scholar enjoys outdoor adventure, playing French horn in the Columbia University Orchestra, and performing Latin dance.