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George Mason University Professor Named Outstanding American By Choice

 

October 22, 2008

George Mason University Chemistry Professor Abul Hussam was named an Outstanding American by Choice by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Hussam was recognized by Jonathan Scharfen, USCIS Acting Director, at a naturalization ceremony held on Mason's Fairfax Campus on October 21. "Through his accomplishments, Dr. Hussam has made an outstanding contribution to humanity. His work here at Mason has made a difference for thousands of people in his native country and beyond, and I congratulate him on this further recognition of his achievements," says Mason President Alan Merten. Hussam received the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability Gold Award of $1 million from the National Academy of Engineering. The award recognized his innovative solution for removing arsenic from drinking water in developing countries. Hussam, a native of Bangladesh, developed the Sono Filter, an inexpensive household water treatment system, after discovering that the water in his own village was tainted with arsenic. The filter uses no electricity and is safe for the environment. He and his brothers have been manufacturing and distributing the filters in Bangladesh for about five years, and more than 30,000 of the filters are currently in use in households, schools and businesses throughout the country. Hussam was also cited by TIME magazine as a Global Hero of the Environment for 2007.
Source: George Mason University, Virginia
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