Subir Chowdhury Wins ‘Outstanding American by Choice’ Award

IIT Kharagpur alumni and quality guru Subir Chowdhury has won the ‘Outstanding American by Choice‘ award handed out by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to recognize the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens.

Here’s what the 42-year-old Subir said on hearing the news of the award:

Whatever I have dreamed, America has always fulfilled. I am very grateful to this nation and its people. I am committed to doing whatever I can to help this great country continue its success as a global leader.

Subir Chowdhury

Subir will receive the award on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, during a special naturalization ceremony at the new location of the USCIS Detroit District Office.

Subir was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh but had his education in India.

Chowdhury holds an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, a graduate degree in industrial management from Central Michigan University (CMU), and an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Michigan Technological University (MTU).

Chowdhury and his wife Malini created a foundation in 2006 to “bring education and love to a child’s life.”

A quality management guru, Subir has been honored with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Gold Medal, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Henry Ford Award, and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology, as well as the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Past recipients of the American by Choice award include: Nobel Peace Prize winner and author Elie Wiesel; PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi; former chief of U.S. Army General John Shalikashvili; former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.

7 Responses to "Subir Chowdhury Wins ‘Outstanding American by Choice’ Award"

  1. Aswin_Kini   April 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Nice to hear some good things, especially after reading about MK. Thanks!

  2. aditya_k   April 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Interesting….I suppose he will be joining the list of ‘special guests’ on this convocation day…..last time Mr Arun Sarin was here…by the way, I think you must have noticed the parallels here…lol Responds:

    Yes, we most definitely did (for the latecomers to SI, the above commenter has previously identified himself as a student of IIT KGP Aerospace Dept).

    BTW, do you already have a ‘Malini’ in your life 😉

  3. aditya_k   April 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    BTW its ‘alumnus’ in the first line….. Responds:

    The purists would insist on alumnus but alumni is increasingly used in the singular as well.

    See this brief note in Wiktionary.

  4. kelambu_kaathu   April 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

    He must be your category. Though you are not half as brainy… Responds:


  5. kelambu_kaathu   April 28, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Do you watch cricket? If yes, please write on SRK’s disastrous attempt at the reality stunt. Will you? Responds:

    We used to follow cricket closely earlier. Not so much these days

  6. babyface   April 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

    kelambu, why do you say SRK’s attempt?

    How do you know that it is linked to him?

    I found it entertaining in the beginning, but now it has lost its novelty.. maybe he should have just disappeared mysteriously and stayed disappeared.. now it is sounding like a Tamil mega-serial.. arachcha maavu

  7. aditya_k   April 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    nope… ‘Malini’ for me as of now…..not due to lack of effort though…… Responds:

    Keep trying and someone will eventually fall into your net.

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