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International optics society names Sundaram senior member
1/05/12

S.K. Sundaram, Inamori Professor of Materials Science in Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is one of 166 researchers world-wide selected for senior membership in SPIE, an international society for optics and photonics.

"Senior members are members of distinction who will be honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers," according to the Society.

In order to be nominated as a senior member, a person must have been a member of the Society for at least five years, and must have at least 10 years’ professional experience.

The Society, founded in 1955, is dedicated to advancing "light-based technologies." There are more than 180,000 members in 170 countries.

Sundaram was chosen for his "achievements in millimeter wave material diagnostics and sensing."

Prior to joining the Alfred University faculty in January 2011, Sundaram was chief materials scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He joined Pacific Northwest Laboratory in 1994 after earning his Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He became chief materials scientist at the lab in 2002, and has more than 16 years of scientific, technical and managerial experience.

Sundaram’s major areas of research interests include THz /millimeter wave science and technology, multi-scale materials processing, live-cell spectroscopy for rapid screening, and ultrafast materials science and engineering. He is internationally recognized for his interdisciplinary approach to research, and has considerable experience in assembling highly functional multidisciplinary research teams.

During his career, he has made more than 100 presentations; edited or contributed to 11 books; published more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports; mentored and/or supported more than 40 students; and organized or co-organized several national and international symposia on advanced topics in materials science. He has authored three patents and two patent applications, and has several invention disclosures.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including four R&D 100 Awards, two for millimeter wave technologies in 2001 and 2006; one for multi-scale materials processing in 2008; and one for IncubATR®-Live Cell Monitor in 2010.

Sundaram is an elected Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Sciences (2006), American Ceramic Society (2006), and Society of Glass Technology UK (2009). He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Society of Metals (ASM), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and American Physical Society (APS).

He is also a life member of Indian Ceramic Society and Materials Research Society-India. He has been inducted in to Keramos, Sigma Xi, and Order of Engineer in 1994, 2000, and 2006, respectively.

As an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, he was honored for his "leadership and innovative contributions to a diverse cross-section of materials sciences, particularly new tools for synthesis and characterization of novel materials, diagnostics and nanomaterials."

He earned an executive certificate in Strategy and Innovation from Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007. He has been an adjunct faculty at School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (1997-2010). He is a visiting scientist at MIT (since 1998) and has held visiting scholar appointments at Harvard (2002) and Princeton (2005).

His undergraduate work was completed at Indian Institute of Ceramics in Kolkata, India, and his master’s degree at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.