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Georgia Tech professor Naresh Thadani named Jefferson Science Fellow by National Academies

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Atlanta, GA, May 26, 2022: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have named Naresh Thadani, Professor and Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as one of 14 members of the 2022-23 Jefferson Science Fellows class.

Established in 2003 by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, the Jefferson Science Fellowship program “serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development,” according to the program website.

Fellows are tenured faculty at institutions of higher education who spend one year on assignment at the Department of State or with the Agency for International Development, using their specific expertise to contribute to foreign policy or international development.  

Professor Thadhani received his B.E. from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology in Jaipur, India; M.S. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Ph.D. from New Mexico Tech, all in metallurgical engineering.

Professor Thadhani is internationally recognized for his work in shock-compression and high-strain-rate deformation behavior of materials. His research focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of shock-induced physical, chemical, and mechanical changes under high-pressure shock-compression, and the deformation and fracture response of materials subjected to high-velocity impact and high-strain-rate loading. He has led significant advancements in the understanding of shock-induced phase transformations and mechanical properties of metallic glasses and alloys (including steels); design, development, and characterization of structural energetic materials; and the shock-compression response of highly heterogeneous (granular) materials through meso-scale computational simulations and experimental studies employing meso-scale spatial and nano-second resolution temporal diagnostics.

Professor Thadhani has served or is serving on review boards including the National Academy of Sciences panel at the Army Research Laboratory, and academic program review panels and external advisory Boards of Materials Science and Engineering programs at various universities.

Professor Thadhani is recipient of the TMS Leadership award, and a Fellow of both the ASM International and the American Physical Society. He is an elected Academician of the EuroMediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Thadhani joined the faculty in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech in September, 1992. 

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