Raj Bordia elected to American Ceramic Society's Board of Directors

Raj Bordia, UW professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected to the American Ceramic Society's (ACerS) Board of Directors. Bordia began his two-year term in October 2008.

"I am honored to be selected to this important position by my peers," Bordia said. "The American Ceramic Society has been my primary professional association since I was a graduate student. I look forward to serving the society, particularly in the areas of international collaborations and programming in emerging scientific topics."

The ACerS's Board of Directors represents ACerS membership as the highest level of leadership in the society. The board decides on the society's policy, budget, appointments to leadership and representative positions, conferring of awards, and other important matters. Ultimately, the board is responsible for setting the society's strategic direction.

Bordia's internationally recognized research is at the intersection of materials science and mechanics and is focused on fundamental and applied studies in the processing and properties of complex material systems. He has made pioneering contributions on the processing of multilayered and composite materials. His research group is currently focusing on ceramic, porous and multilayered materials for energy, environmental and medical applications.

Bordia was elected as an ACerS Fellow in 2002. He received a National Young Investigator Award (1992 to 1997) from the National Science Foundation and a DuPont Young Professor Award from E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (1993 to 1996). In 2008, he received a Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists by Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. A dedicated teacher and mentor, he also received the Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor award from the UW in 2007.

Bordia earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1979 from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He earned his master's degree (1981) and doctorate (1986) in materials science and engineering from Cornell University. He joined the UW faculty in 1991 and was chair of the UW's Department of Materials Science & Engineering from 1998 to 2005. Before coming to the UW, he worked as a research scientist in Central Research and Development at DuPont from 1986 to 1991. For more information, visit his Web site.

Founded in 1898, ACerS continues its century-old mission to serve the informational, educational and professional needs of the international ceramics community. More than 6,000 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing and sales professionals from more than 60 countries make up the society's members. For more information, visit the ACeR's Web site.

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