Dr. Raj Singh, Williams Companies Distinguished Chair Professor, director of Energy Technologies Program and head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, was recently named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
“Dr. Singh is an internationally recognized expert on ceramic materials and has invented several new advanced materials being used by industries around the world,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “This distinguished honor is an example of the outstanding faculty we have at OSU-Tulsa and working with our students in the Helmerich Research Center.”
The NAI Fellowship is a highly prestigious professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
“Materials science and engineering research provides us with an avenue to use scientific and engineering principles to develop new materials that address problems in a variety of industries,” said Singh. “We can then take these materials to create new products that will benefit industry partners and our economic well-being.”
Singh’s research has been used in the development are many products in the aerospace, energy, automotive and health care industries, including more efficient turbine engines for General Electric that are being used in Boeing aircraft and more powerful sodium-sulfur batteries utilized by American Electric Power.
He has been published more than 260 articles in refereed journals and made more than 200 presentations around the world on his research. He has been granted 27 patents and received more than $14 million in research funding since beginning his academic career in 1991.
Before joining the faculty at OSU-Tulsa in 2012, Singh served for 21 years in various faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati, including head of the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. He spent more than 11 years at the General Electric Research and Development Center in Schenectady, N.Y., and six years at the Argonne National Laboratory.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Singh earned a Master of Science in Physical Metallurgy from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and a Doctor of Science in Ceramics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Singh is an American Ceramic Society Fellow, University of Cincinnati Graduate School Fellow and ASM International Fellow. He is a member of the international advisory committee for the Brazilian Journal of Materials Science and Engineering and an editorial board member for the Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, Journal of International Scholarly Research Notices Ceramics, Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials and JSM Chemistry.
He is an active member of the American Ceramics Society, ASM International, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Engineering Conferences International. Singh has organized many professional conferences and serves on the review committees for several funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, NASA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The NAI Fellows will be inducted by the Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patent Operations from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) during the Fourth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors on March 20 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
The 2014 NAI Fellows will be recognized with a full page announcement in The Chronicle of Higher Education Jan. 16, 2015 issue, and in upcoming issues of Inventors Digest and Technology and Innovation.