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Profile of Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali
(President of The Indian Institute of Metals : 2019-20)

Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali, is Distinguished Scientist and Chairman & Chief Executive of Heavy Water Board (HWB), an industrial unit of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. As Chief Executive, Dr. Mudali is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of Heavy Water plants, and other diversification activities located at Kota, Manuguru, Thal, Hazira, Baroda, Tuticorin and Talcher for production of heavy water, organic Solvents, Sodium, Potassium, Oxygen-18, enriched Boron & B4C, and deuterated solvents and compounds.

Dr. Mudali is Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, and Adjunct Faculty of Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, and PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore. He is Fellow of NACE International, USA; ASM International, USA; Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, China; Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences India, Indian Institute of Metals, Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tamilnadu Academy of Sciences. He is also Honorary Fellow of Electrochemical Society of India, and Honorary Member of UDCT Alumni Association.

Dr. Mudali joined Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam in 1984 after obtaining M.Tech. from IIT Bombay, and completed PhD in Metallurgy/Corrosion at IGCAR in 1993. Dr. Mudali is well known professional in the area of advanced materials, coating technology, corrosion engineering, and was leading R&D projects of reactor & reprocessing materials, processes, and equipment development of relevance to Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) programme. His outstanding scientific & technological contributions include: development and application of High Nitrogen (HNS) alloys; Long term corrosion evaluation and life prediction using Nitric Acid Loops of 304L SS and Zircaloy: development of innovative Superhydrophobic& Self-healing coatings for sea water; high performance ceramic coatings for molten salt and molten uranium at 1500ËšC; DOCTOR coating for aggressive nitric acid service; and, application of nuclear grade SS and Ti alloys for societal benefits. He has to his credit 435 papers (with h-index of 37 (Scopus)) in various National and International journals; 4 patents; and co-edited 16 books/proceedings. He has guided/coordinated project works of 162 students for their UG, PG and PhD degrees.

Dr. Mudali has been decorated with prestigious awards like: HomiBhabha Science and Technology Award from DAE; Frank Newman Speller Award from NACE International, USA; GD Birla Gold Medal Award; National Metallurgists Day Award from Ministry of Steel and IIM; INS Medal; VASVIK Award; TANSA Award; Distinguished Faculty Award from HBNI, Mumbai; ONGC Excellence Award and Meritorious Award in Corrosion from NACE India, Meritorious Award for Excellence in Corrosion from NCCI, Karaikudi, and National MASCOT Award from ECSI, IISc., Bangalore; Group Achievement Awards of DAE (5 times). He has delivered honour lectures of 19th Prof. TL Ramachar Memorial Lecture by ECSI, IISc., Bengaluru; Ninth Dr. Placid Rodriguez Memorial Lecture, by IIM Kalpakkam-Chennai; Dr. Baldev Raj Memorial Lecture by NDRF, IE Bengaluru; Fourth Dr. Abdul Kalam Memorial Materials Science Lecture Series, DMSRDE, Kanpur; IIChE Inventaa Prof. CK Murthy Memorial Lecture, Prof. GR Damodaran Endowment Lecture, PSG Institutions, Coimbatore, and Diamond Jubilee Commemoration Lecture of IIM Bangalore. Dr. Mudali has been a Visiting Scientist at leading institutions in Germany, Japan, UK, France, Israel, Bulgaria etc.

Dr. Mudali is Chairman, Advisory Committee of DAE-ICT Centre, Mumbai; Corrosion Protection and Finishes Sectional Committee, MTD 24 of BIS; Research Advisory Board of PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore; and, CII-Corrosion Management Committee. He is Member of Boards of Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad; Nuclear Recycle Board of BARC, Mumbai; Governing Council of Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai; Expert Advisory Committee of ONGC Energy Centre, New Delhi; and, Governing Council Member of Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Mudali is a Member of IIM since 1984 and has been Chairman of IIM Kalpakkam Chapter and IIM National Council Member, and made significant contributions to the growth of IIM at Chapter and national level. He is the Founder-Convener of Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Materials Quiz at IIM Kalpakkam, and has organsied many conferences/Symposia of high relevance to advanced materials, coatings and processes under IIM Kalpakkam Chapter. He is also the Founder-Convener and presently Chairman of IIM-Human Resources Development Centre Kalpakkam-Chennai, and has contributed to its growth in conducting various certification programmes. He was Member-Secretary of IIM-Universities Press Book Series and presently Co-Editor in Chief of IIM-Springer Book Series, and played a key role in the publication of significant number of books from IIM.