Renowned Indian engineer, industrialist and philanthropist, Ratan Naval Tata, was awarded the 2022 Hoover Medal at a private award ceremony in Somerset House, Mumbai.
Established in 1929, the medal recognises engineers whose professional achievements and personal endeavors have advanced the well-being of humankind.
It is presented by a board representing five engineering organizations which included the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Tata was recognized “for leading the Tata Trusts that have helped millions of under-privileged people directly or indirectly through outstanding improvements in education, medicine, and rural development and for chairing the Tata Group, an innovative company that provides products, business consulting, and services in over 100 countries,” the award citation read.
The medal was presented to Tata by Ponisseril Somasundaran, Ph.D., chair of the Hoover Board of Award and La von Duddleson Krumb Professor in the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Thomas Costabile, executive director/CEO of ASME.
N. R. Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, who provided one of the references for Tata’s nomination, said, “Mr. Tata has successfully modernized a philanthropic approach that emphasizes knowledge- and research-based holistic solutions.”