Rohatgi receives named Fellow of Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Pradeep Rohatgi receives the TMS Fellowship Award from Professor Garry Warren (TMS 2011 President, University of Alabama) at the TMS conference in Orlando in March.

ORLANDO, Fla.–The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) has named Pradeep Rohatgi, a Distinguished Professor of materials engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), a fellow of their organization. He was one of the four fellows named this year.

This annual award is the highest honor conferred by TMS and is given to no more than 100 living fellows at any time – those who “attain the highest professional distinction through career achievement in the practice of metallurgy and materials science.” Rohatgi was recognized for his international leadership in research on the solidification processing of metal matrix composites (MMCs), and his outstanding contributions to education, technology development and materials policy.

Rohatgi is a world leader in solidification synthesis of metal matrix composites, and promotion of advanced materials research. He has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of interaction between solidifying interface and particles, nucleation and growth, and micro-segregation in solidifying alloys in the presence of reinforcements. He created several new MMCs that have been used widely in electromechanical machinery, thermal management applications and the transportation sector.

His research on green materials includes lightweight self-lubricating materials that conserve energy in transportation, lead-free copper composites for the plumbing industry, and the use of fly ash (a waste byproduct of power generation) for the synthesis of ultra-light, energy-absorbing and self-healing composites.

Rohatgi serves as the founding director of the UWM Center for Composites, and the Center for Advanced Materials Manufacturing. He has also served as Ford/Briggs and Stratton Professor at UWM.

The holder of 20 U.S. patents, Rohatgi has received millions in research funding. He also has been a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations on materials policy.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining the UWM faculty, he served as founder and director of two laboratories for the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research in India and as a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.

Rohatgi is now a fellow of 10 professional institutions. He has also received numerous awards for excellence in research including: ASME Innovative Research Award in Tribology (2010); American Foundry Society and Foundry Education Foundation, Distinguished Professor Award (2010); and the Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee Engineer of the Year Award (2011).

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(CONTACT: Pradeep Rohatgi, 414-229-4987, prohatgi@uwm.edu.)