NRL's Dr. Bhakta Rath Named Fellow of the Institute of Materials of the United Kingdom

8/27/2002 - 45-02r
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Dr. Bhakta Rath, head of the Naval Research Laboratory's Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate, was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Materials of the United Kingdom. The Institute confers this prestigious recognition to those with an established and enhanced reputation in materials science and technology.

The Institute of Materials serves the international materials community through its wide range of activities and by acting as the professional body for materials scientists and engineers. It has a membership of over 18,000 throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.

In addition to the recognition as Fellow and as a separate honor, Dr. Rath has also been recognized with an international symposium on "Science and Technology of Interfaces" held in Seattle honoring his seminal contributions in the field. The symposium was dedicated to Dr. Rath for "his pioneering research and for his leadership in the areas of interfaces. Many facets of his research interest in interfaces were the subjects of various scholarly presentations at this symposium. The symposium was sponsored by a number of committees and societies, including the Physical Metallurgy, Titanium, Mechanical Behavior of Materials and the Structural Materials Division and Committees of the Materials Society and the American Society for Materials ­ International. The proceedings of the conference, edited by members of TMS, ASM, the Russian and Indian Academies of Science, are intended to serve as a reference text.

Following several years as a tenured professor at Washington State University, Dr. Rath worked as a senior research scientist at the Edgar C. Bain Laboratory for Fundamental Research of U.S. Steel Corporation and the McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratory. He joined NRL in 1976 and was selected as an Associate Director in 1986. He has been an active participant in materials science R&D policy in and for the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and in connection with international bodies in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and China.

Dr. Rath has received a number of honors and awards, including the National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies (2001), the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Award (1999), the Distinguished Award for outstanding contributions to basic and applied research in materials science (1996), the George Kimball Burgess Memorial Award (1992), the Charles S. Barrett Award from ASM International (1991), the Leadership Award from the Materials Society (TMS), the S. Chandrasekhar Award and Medal, and the Award of Merit for Group Achievement from the Chief of Naval Research. The American Society for Materials International (ASM) and The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society (TMS) have jointly recognized him with the TMS/ASM Joint Distinguished Lectureship in Materials & Society Award and the 2001 ASM Distinguished Life Membership Award.

Dr. Rath is a Fellow of The Materials Society, the Washington Academy of Science, the American Society for Metals, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and the Academy of Metallurgical and Materials Engineers of Michigan Technological University. He serves as a member of the advisory boards and review boards for several government agencies and a number of universities, as a member of the editorial board of five international scientific journals, and as Executive Chair for materials research, appointed by the Undersecretary of Defense, on Science & Technology collaborations with TTCP countries (U.K, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

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