Known for 'Unique Games Conjecture', the Indian-American computer scientist Subhash Khot received the prestigious National Science Foundation's (NSF) $500,000 Alan T. WatermanAward. Given to outstanding young researchers, annually, the award is given in any field of science and engineering supported by the NSF. The honour includes a grant of $500,000 over three years for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science.
An Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) graduate, Khot is associate professor at the New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He works in the area of 'Computational Complexity' which seeks to understand the power and limits if efficient computation. Khot has received an NSF Career Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship. Khot did his doctorate in computer science from Princeton University in 2003.