Dr. U. KamachiMudali, Vice Chancellor of VIT Bhopal University and Honorary Professor of Practice at IIT Madras, is formerly Distinguished Scientist of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), and Chief Executive & Chairman of Heavy Water Board, a flagship industrial unit of DAE during 2017-2020. He was at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam during 1984 to 2017, and finally served as Director of Materials Chemistry and Metal Fuel Cycle. As an accomplished team leader, Dr. Mudali has made pioneering contributions for 36 years during his service in DAE towards the production of heavy water and specialty materials; advanced materials & coating technology development; corrosion science, engineering and technology; materials, process and equipment development for reprocessing applications; failure analysis, consultancy and societal contributions. Dr. Mudali has 468 Journal publications, 5 patents, and 9840 citations with a h-index of 44 and i-10 index of 249, and is recognised in the World's Top 2% scientists from India in the field of Materials. Dr. Mudali has guided/coordinated UG, PG and PhD theses of 162 students from various academic institutions. He is Chief Editor of Journal of Electrochemical Society of India and Editor-in Chief of IIM-Springer Book Series and CII-Corrosion Management Committee Booklet Series.He is currently Trustee of Board of ASM International, USA, Fellow of 12 professional associations including 3 from abroad, and aHonorary Member of Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) and UDCT Alumni Association, Mumbai. Dr. Mudali is decorated with several distinguished recognitions which includes: Distinguished Alumnus Award from both IIT Bombay where he did M.Tech (Corrosion Sci&Engg.) in 1984, and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, where he did MSc (Materials Science) in 1982;Platinum Medal, GD Birla Gold Medal and Metallurgists of the Year Award from IIM & Government of India;Tamilnadu Scientist Award;MASCOT National Award;VASVIK Award; Indian Nuclear Society Medal;Outstanding Faculty Award from HBNI University;AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship by INAE; Group Achievement Award from DAE (5 times);HomiBhabha Science and Technology Award of DAE;ONGC Excellence & Meritorious Awardsin Corrosion from NACE India and NCCI, Karaikudi;Frank Newman Speller Award of NACE International, USA, (the highest recognition and first Indian to get in the field of corrosion).Dr. Mudali was Visiting Scientist and widely travelled in USA, Germany, Russia, France, UK, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, Bulgaria, Canada, and Singapore. He has held the following leadership positions as: Chairman, Advisory Committee of DAE - ICT Centre, ICT Mumbai; Governing Council Member, Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai & Indian National Academy of Engineering; Chairman, Committee on "Strengthening Recycling of E-waste", NITI Aayog, New Delhi; Chairman, Corrosion Protection & Finishes Sectional Committee, MTD 24, BIS, New Delhi; Expert Advisory Committee Memberof ONGC Energy Centre, New Delhi and as President/Chairman of the Indian Institute of Metals; Electrochemical Society of India; National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International India Section; East Asia Pacific Area of NACE International; Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (Mumbai Regional Centre), Indian Engineering Heritage – Metallurgy Study Group of INAE, and CII-Corrosion Management Committee. Holistics Corrosion Management Strategies
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