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MRS Bulletin Editor, Gopal Rao, Recognized by Auburn University as 2015 Materials Engineering Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

April 20, 2015
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Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society

WARRENDALE, PA—During their Spring Reception, held April 10, 2015 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Auburn University recognized Gopal Rao of the Materials Research Society (MRS) as the Materials Engineering Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Rao is editor of MRS Bulletin, the flagship publication of MRS and one of the most widely recognized and highly respected publications on materials research.

Rao received his M.S. degree in 1988 and Ph.D. degree in 1992, both in materials engineering, from Auburn University. He carried out his doctoral research work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, working on ion beam modification of materials. Subsequently, Rao served as postdoctoral fellow and research faculty member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1992-1997. Rao has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in scholarly journals and has presented at numerous international scientific conferences.

Rao joined MRS in 1997 as web science editor, charged with developing a new website for the Society with online publications, news and information. In 2001, he initiated the Materials360®e-newsletter that now reaches over 68,000 materials professionals and is a primary information tool for MRS. Rao became editor of MRS Bulletin in 2011. Under his stewardship, MRS Bulletinearned an Impact Factor (from the 2014 Thomson Science Citation Index (SCI) Journal Citation Reports®) of 5.069, ranking it in the top 10 percent of all materials science and applied physics journals. Each month, MRS Bulletin reaches over 16,000 members.

About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of over 12,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans 90 countries, with approximately 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

For more information about the Materials Research Society visit mrs.org and follow @Materials_MRS.