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Ashok Vaseashta

International Clean Water Institute
CEO/CTO, Researcher, Professor
Prof. Dr. Ashok Vaseashta is CEO/CTO and Executive Director for research with the International Clean Water Institute in Virginia, USA. He also serves as a Professor at Riga Technical University, Chaired Professor of Nanotechnology at the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Academician at Euro-Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences and Senior Strategic Research Advisor for several organizations. Inspired by nature and guided by societal necessities, he strives for technological innovations to address global challenges of the 21st century. His research interests include CBRN defense, critical infrastructure safety and security and environmental sustainability - all using nexus of advanced technological solution platforms. He is a scholar, visionary, strategist and dedicated futurist providing strategic leadership to promote and advance research initiatives and priorities using data driven decisions. He received PhD from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA in 1990 followed by Kobe post-doctoral fellowship. Following his PhD, he served as professor and researcher at Virginia Tech and Marshall University. He also served as the Director of Research at the Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and International Clean Water Institute for Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, Vice Provost (Rector) for Research in South Carolina, Visiting Professor at the 3 Nano-SAE Research Centre, University of Bucharest, Romania and Visiting Scientist at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center of Nanoscale Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. He served the U.S. Department of State in two rotations, as strategic S&T advisor in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, and U.S. diplomat.  His research interests span foresight, nanotechnology, environmental/ecological science and critical infrastructure safety and security. He is author/editor of 9 books and has published over 270 articles in scientific journals, book chapters and conferences. He serves on editorial boards of several international journals and is an active member of various professional organizations.