SHORT BIO-DATA OF Dr. BALDEV RAJ
Dr. Baldev Raj, BE, Ph.D; Member, German National Academy of Sciences, International Nuclear Energy Academy, Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences, Fellow of all Engineering and Science Academies in India and Distinguished Scientist & Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Department of Atomic Energy, Tamil Nadu. His specializations include materials characterization, testing and evaluation using non-destructive evaluation methodologies, materials development and performance assessment and technology management. He has steered and mentored large, multi and cross-disciplinary domains and multi-institutional teams to earn for India an eminent and esteemed position in high technology domain of sustainable clean energy system; sodium cooled fast spectrum reactor with closed fuel cycle. This energy system has the capacity to deliver large clean energy to the country and the world for centuries. He has more than 760 publications in leading refereed journals and books. He has been invited to contribute to 26 times for contributions in Handbooks and Encyclopedia. He has co-authored and co-edited 58 books and special journal volumes. He has 5 Indian Standards and 21 patents to his credit. He is on the editorial boards of national and international journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of three series of books: one related to NDE Science & Technology second related to Metallurgy & Materials and third related to Corrosion Science & Technology. He has guided 20 Ph.D. students. He has taught courses in eminent institutes in India and abroad. He has delivered more than 300 honour, plenary, keynote and invited talks in some of the most eminent forums related to his fields of specialization. These achievements establish him as an eminent and prolific researcher in domains of his expertise. He is acclaimed in India and world for his excellent and sustained contributions. He has been responsible for starting, nurturing and enhancing international collaborations of high merit of relevance and eminence with Germany, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Japan, Singapore, China, South Africa, USA, etc. He is the past-President of International Committee on NDT. He is President of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Vice President, Materials Research Society of India, Vice President, Academia NDT International and President-elect, International Institute of Welding (a member body of more than 50 countries with affiliation to United Nations and International Standards Organization). He has won many awards and honours, notable among them during the last five years include: Padma Shri from Govt. of India (a Civilian honour - 2006), Distinguished Alumni Award (2007) of Indian Institute of Science, Prof. Jai Krishna Memorial Award-2008 of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Materials Scientist for the year 2009 from Materials Research Society of India, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries Annual Award for Outstanding Research in Materials Science (2007-08), Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Award from Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh (2007), Indian National Science Academy Prize for Materials Science (2010), Portevin Lecture of International Institute of Welding (2011), etc. He is member, Global Energy International Prize Committee, Russia (considered parallel to Nobel Prize in the domain of Energy), Nano Mission Council of Department of Science & Technology, India, National Nanotechnology Advisory Board of South Africa; Chairman of India-Brazil-South Africa Initiative on Nano Science & Technology, Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister, Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet, etc. He is Adjunct Professor of Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, USA, INAE-AICTE Distinguished Visiting Professor of Vellore Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. His expertise is acclaimed by research, academia and industry and thus he has been reqauested to build strategic capacities of high significance and enriching specific domains of expertise of high importance to the country. His holistic management of two townships with more than 10,000 residents with six schools, two hospitals and many unique facilities such as zero solid waste, entertainment, sports, etc. is exemplary in ensuring inspiring and quality living. His other interests include science and technology of cultural heritage and theosophy. He has passion for teaching, communications and mentoring.
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