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UNT Insider | August 2010 Issue | Materials Science chair named fellow, receives NSF grant

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Materials Science chair named fellow, receives NSF grant

From a UNT News Service press release


Narendra Dahotre

Narendra Dahotre, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named to the 2010 Class of Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He also earned a grant from the National Science Foundation for his research.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society that advances manufacturing knowledge. The society named Dahotre as a fellow for being a nationally renowned academician, a strong advocate of industrial training and for creating dozens of industrial internships or hands-on opportunities for his students.

"It is very satisfying to see the recognition to my lifelong service to the field of laser-based materials processing through teaching and research programs funded by several industrial and federal organizations," Dahotre says of the SME honor. "I owe this honor to my current and former students who have gone into industrial and academic sectors and continue to carry the torch."

Dahotre was one of five named to the 2010 Class of SME Fellows. Other honorees include a professor from Northwestern University, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, and a professor from the University of Kentucky.

A SME Fellow is a member recognized by the manufacturing community as a contributor to key aspects of the profession. The highly prestigious honor can only be earned through 20 or more years of dedication and service to manufacturing engineering.

In addition to being named a fellow, Dahotre earned a $208,868 National Science Foundation grant for a project that will seek to alter the microstructure of metallic glasses so that they can be used in commercial applications.

The objective of three-year research project is to develop a new class of metallic glasses. Dahotre and students will attempt to increase the strength and energy efficiency of the glasses using laser-based technology. Possible uses include replacing steel cores used in electric transformers with the metallic glasses for higher efficiencies.

The project is a collaborative effort with Sandip Harimkar of Oklahoma State University, who also has received separate funding of $188,521.

Dahotre joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2010 after teaching materials science and engineering at the University of Tennessee for 15 years. He has close to 30 years of experience in laser science and engineering.

Dahotre's research in the field of laser surface engineering has been compiled into four book chapters, two books, 15 U.S. patents and more than 200 technical papers.

Elizabeth Smith with UNT News Service can be reached at elizabeth.smith@unt.edu.

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August 2010

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