Das is the youngest University Medalist (top graduating senior) at
U.C. Berkeley (over 6,000 graduates) in at least a
As a Whitaker fellow, Ritankar is pursuing an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University. He founded the education nonprofit organization, See Your Future. At Berkeley, he helped manage a $1.7 Billion budget as an Academic Senator, founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal, designed a chemistry DeCal course and was a graduate student instructor.
Ritankar, a published alternative energy researcher, has received awards from the major scientific societies in chemistry (ACS), physics (APS), biology (ASBMB), and from NSF. He also analyzed entries for the Presidential Green Chemistry Award at the EPA. He is currently authoring a book on education reform with contributions from Fortune 50 CEOs, Nobel Laureates, U.S. cabinet secretaries, and university presidents.
He has earned over 40 awards totaling more than $300,000 including the prestigious Goldwater, Udall, and Pearson awards, as well as a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. He has been inducted into the Berkeley Wall of Fame, alongside Aaron Rodgers, Gregory Peck, and Steve Wozniak. He has served on advisory boards to State Farm, City of New Berlin, DoSomething.org, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and on the IJSA journal editorial board.
Ritankar has been featured in over 100 media outlets around the world including the SF Chronicle, ABC, and Times of India. During his free time, he writes poetry, which he has published in the Namjai anthology, and in his book, Silent Moon.
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