And the winners of the Meltzers Award for Young Researchers are…
Meltzer Award for young researchers given to Kundan Kumar and Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui
The Meltzer Award is awarded every year on Lauritz Meltzers birthday, the 8th of March. For 2017, the award for young researchers it was given to mathematician Kundan Kumar and law researcher Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui – both for their significant contributions to their fields.
Herrera Anchustegui has his PhD from UiB in 2017, which received the Concurrences prize for best Doctoral thesis of the year in Competition Law and Economics, and he has been published in several well-renowned journals. His work has been referred to by the European Commission and by the President of the UK Supreme Court.
"This recognition has been a great and unexpected surprise. While it gives me lots of fresh motivation, I also feel a sense of responsibility. I think the Meltzer prize will give me drive to continue developing new research ideas and to discuss important societal challenges from a legal perspective. The impressive work of the previous recipients sets the bar high for my future output, and I feel the duty to strive to live up to their standards," says Herrera thanking his colleagues at the Faculty of Law.
Kumar is Associate Professor at Institute of Mathematics, and is a researcher of flow in porous media. This has applications, among others, in energy of oil flow in subsurface or geothermal energy, and environment, like water contamination. He says the award is an encouragement to pursue the research:
"It is indeed an honour to receive such a recognition. After receiving the SIAM Geosciences early career award last year, receiving the Meltzer prize is a truly great feeling. It only shows that I must work harder to deserve the trust that my colleagues have in my potential."
Herrera Anchustegui has advice for other young researchers: be ambitious, don’t be shy, work hard, and set goals along the way:
"A PhD project is like the Tour de France – long, exhausting and divided into stages. To reach the end you need hard work, stamina and perseverance. Yet, along the way you should set manageable goals – both because reaching them will give you new motivations, and because the race will feel much shorter."
Kumar says it’s important to remember our failures too:
"I would only say that we may need to understand the role of failures better in our lives. We do know how to celebrate success, but do we understand how to deal with failures sufficiently well?"