Texas Tech University System, USA has awarded the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award for TTU to Seshadri Ramkumar, an associate professor of nonwovens and advanced materials at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University. Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award is the highest award given by Texas Tech University System to a faculty member who has excelled in research. TTU System awards a top researcher at each of its three component universities, TTU, TTUHSC and Angelo State University with this highest research award. This award is highly competitive and the candidates are evaluated at several levels by committees before the final award is made.

Ramkumar’s award was announced by TTU University System Chancellor Kent Hance in a news conference on Dec. 11, 2009. President Guy Bailey of Texas Tech University presented Dr. Ramkumar’s accomplishments, which enabled him to receive the award.

With the distinguished research award, Dr Ramkumar received a medallion and cash award for his research on nonwovens and technical textiles at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Ramkumar manages the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA. His research focuses on nonwovens and technical textiles. Special focus of his laboratory is to find value-added applications to cotton and other natural fibers using emerging technologies such as nonwoven technologies, plasma and nanotechnology. Dr. Ramkumar has been playing a leadership role for the past 5 years in promoting technical textiles sector in India.

Ramkumar came to Texas Tech in 1999 and joined the Institute of Environmental and Human Health in 2002. His research has lead to the development of Fibertect™ – a patented nonwoven decontamination wipe. The product was found to outperform other products in tests conducted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ramkumar’s nonwoven fabric work has received international publicity. He has received almost $4 million in external funding for his research. He has received the Technical Textiles Accomplishments Award, an international award presented for nonwovens research, Lubbock’s Top Twenty Under 40 Award in 2007, the Scientist of the Year award from the Lubbock Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation in Technology Award. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Anna University in India and his doctorate from the University of Leeds, England. He originally designed and developed the INDO-US collaborative conference, Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles-ATNT, which has been held every year in South India since 2004.