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 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.