Associate Director of Research for Materials Science and Component Technology

Dr. B. B. Rath

Dr. B.B. Rath was born in Banki, India. He received a B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Utkal University, an M.S. in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Rath was Assistant Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Washington State University from 1961 to 1965. From 1965 to 1972, he was with the staff of the Edgar C. Bain Laboratory for fundamental research of the U.S. Steel Corporation. From 1972 to 1976, he headed the Metal Physics Research Group of the McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, until he came to NRL as Head of the Physical Metallurgy Branch. During this period, he was adjunct professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Rath served as Superintendent of the Materials Science and Technology Division from 1982 to 1986, when he was appointed to his present position.

Dr. Rath is recognized in the fields of solid-state transformations, grain boundary migrations, and structure-property relationships in metallic systems. He has published nearly 240 papers and several patents in these fields, organized more than thirty international conferences and edited over twenty published conference proceedings.

Dr. Rath serves on several planning, review, selection committees and advisory boards for both the Navy and the Department of Defense, as well as for the National Research Council, the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Virginia, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), University of Maryland (UMD), University of Connecticut, Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, and the University of Florida. He serves as the chairman of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Advanced Research Center (ARCI) in Hyderabad, India and is the principal advisor to the Advanced Materials Research Center (CEAMR) in Bhubaneswar, India. He served as the Navy representative to the DOE Advisory and Planning committee on methane hydrates, and the US Department of State representative to the Indo-U.S. Joint Commission on S & T for over 16 years. He previously served as the Navy representative and as the Executive Chair, materials group of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) countries (US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand).

Dr. Rath is a member of the NAE. He has been elected as a fellow of several technical societies including The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), American Society for Materials-International (ASM-International), Washington Academy of Sciences, Materials Research Society of India, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Materials of the United Kingdom. Dr. Rath received an honorary doctorate in engineering and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa from the Michigan Technological University (MTU), Ravenshaw University, India and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. He received the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Recognition Award.

Dr. Rath has received several other honors and awards, including an Award for Excellence from the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Honorary Membership of AIME, the Royal International Award for Excellence from the Royal Charitable Trust in India and the MTU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. His other awards include the Padma Bhushan Award of Honors and Excellence bestowed by the President of India, the Acta Materialia J. Herbert Hollomon Award, the DOD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which was presented to him by the Secretary of Defense, D. H. Rumsfeld, for distinguished accomplishments and sustained superior service, recipient of the Gold Medal of ASM-International for outstanding research contributions, the 2005 Fred Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science presented by the Chief of Naval Research, the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive presented by President Bush, the NRL Lifetime Achievement Award, National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Award (1999 and 2004) presented by Presidents Clinton and Bush, the S. Chandrasekhar Award and Medal, and the Award of Merit for Group Achievement from the Chief of Naval Research. He received the George Kimball Burgess Memorial Award, the Charles S. Barrett Medal, and the prestigious TMS Leadership Award for his contributions to Materials Research. ASM-International and TMS have jointly recognized him with the TMS/ASM Joint Distinguished Lectureship in Materials & Society Award and the ASM Distinguished Life Membership Award. He has served as the 2004-2005 President of the ASM-International. He also has served as a member of the Boards of Directors/Trustees of TMS, ASM-International Materials Education Foundation, the Federation of Materials Society (FMS), as a member of the editorial boards of several international materials research journals, and as chairman of several committees of Technical Societies.

In 2016, Dr. Rath was elected by the ASM-International Board of Trustees to receive its highest honor, the Medal for Advancement of Research, awarded to those executives who have been consistent champions for the advancement of the art and sciences of material research and engineering.

MTU and CSM have established the Bhakta B. Rath Research Award for the best doctoral thesis in science and engineering that directly benefits society, and after his donation of rare technical books, CSM has established a departmental library in his name.

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