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Sri Ram Arora Award

The ShriI Ram Arora Award for Materials Science & Engineering Education

The TMS Foundation, through a grant from the Dr. Om Arora family, has established the Shri Ram Arora Award for Materials Science and Engineering Education as a means of perpetuating their father's, Shri Ram Arora, quest for continual learning and academic challenge. The award will recognize, encourage, and support the quest for knowledge within the materials science and engineering community.

The award will be based on merit, however, in recognition of the Arora family's interest and heritage, applicants residing in India shall be given priority. Should there not be a qualified candidate from India, candidates of Indian heritage, currently residing in other countries, shall be considered. The applicant should be a graduate student majoring in materials science or a related field, or of post-doctoral status and currently, and actively involved in materials research. The applicant may not have reached his/her 30th birthday by the submission deadline date.

The Shri Ram Arora Award will grant up to ,500 to be distributed in two parts. The first part of the award is a ,000 cash award to be used at the recipient's discretion. The second part of the award, the remaining ,500, will be available for travel, accommodation, and registration expenses only to attend the TMS Annual Meeting. The award recipient is encouraged to submit an abstract and prepare an oral or poster presentation for the next TMS Annual Meeting, but this is not a requirement for application or consideration for the award.

Applications for the Shri Ram Arora Award for Materials Science and Engineering Education are due July 1. Selections will be made by August 15. The award will be presented during the next TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Recipients: 2000 Shri Ram Arora International Award

Ramachandran Sankarasubramanian

Ramachandran Sankarasubramanian was the first person to receive this distinguished annual award in recognition of his sincere effort to promote continuing learning in materials science and engineering education. This award will allowed Mr. Sankarasubramanian to further extend his two dimensional study of "Equilibrium Shapes of Coherent Precipitates" to three dimensions. Mr. Sankarasubramanian earned his M.E. degree in Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Science in July 1994 with distinction - ranking number one in his class. He has submitted his doctoral thesis for the award of the Ph.D. degree in Metallurgy to the Indian Institute of Science. He has taken an active leadership role in the TMS Student Chapter Weekly Seminar Series. He has conducted over 50 seminars and served as the conveyer for the Tenth Annual Symposium on Metallurgical & Materials Research. Other accomplishments include eight papers published in journals and conference proceedings, as well as active participation in poster sessions during the Annual Technical Meetings of the Indian Institute of Metals. He most recently published the paper "Symmetry-Breaking Transitions in Equilibrium Shapes of Coherent Precipitates" in the Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids.

Recipients: 2001 Shri Ram Arora International Award

Anandh Subramaniam

The TMS Foundation proudly announces that Anandh Subramaniam from Bangalore, India, has been selected to receive the Shri Ram Arora International Award for 2001. This award is in its second year and has been made possible by a grant from the Dr. Om Arora family. In 1998 the Arora family decided to create this award to reward individuals that share their father's dedication to continual learning and academic challenge. This year, Mr. Subramaniam has demonstrated through his accomplishments that he is dedicated to continuing education and development in his technical field of metallurgy. Mr. Subramaniam began his career in metallurgy at I.I.T. Madras and earned his B. Tech. degree in 1991. After receiving his B. Tech. Degree he earned his M.E. in metallurgy in 1995 from I.I.Sc Bangalore and has submitted his doctoral thesis to I.I.Sc Bangalore. In addition to earning advanced degrees while remaining ranked in the top ten of his class, he has earned an Academic Excellence Award in 1997, Young Research Award in 1998, CSIR (SRF, 1996-99), and ranked 22nd in a physics talent test in 1986. Mr. Subramaniam intends to use the awarded funds to continue his research at I.I.Sc. Bangalore, Metallurgy Department. Mr. Subramaniam's main interest is in the area of Mg-base alloys and how they form a variety of structures including stable and metastable crystalline, stable and metastable quasitcrystalline, nanocrystalline and amorphous phases.

Recipients: 2002 Shri Ram Arora International Award

Shashank Priya


I am proud to be a TMS member and very thankful to be selected for this award. TMS provides the necessary connection between the large community of materials science and engineering and the individual. I am a great fan of Metallurgical and Materials Transaction. This award will provide the encouragement and support for me to carry out my research in the best possible way.

Recipients: 2003 Shri Ram Arora International Award

Madurai S. Bharathi

Madurai Bharathi has been a student at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, expecting to receive her Ph.D. in Materials Science late in 2002. Mrs. Bharathi’s current areas of research include modeling and analysis of dynamic phenomena in materials science, nonlinear dissipative dynamical systems, chaos and fractals, and application of concepts of nonlinear dynamics in interdisciplinary areas of research. She is now involved in modeling instabilities in plastic flow using mechanisms of dislocation dynamics.


I am very honored to receive this prestigious award. This award brings support and recognition for my research work and encouragement for my future work in materials science.

Anish Upadhyaya

Anish Upadhyaya is an assistant professor and in-charge of the P/M Lab, Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institue of Technology, Kanpur. Dr. Upadhyaya earned his Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University in 1998. Dr. Upadhyaya has studied materials processing of varied nonferrous systems, metal-metal composites, and metal-ceramic composites. His research specialization is powder metallurgy processing of materials, and current research includes transient and supersolidus sintering of premixed and prealloyed bronze. Dr. Upadhyaya has been a research consultant for several companies. Recently, he was visiting faculty at the Institute for Nano-Technology, Karlsruhe & Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University as a part of a collaborative research program.


The TMS Foundation Shri Ram Arora Award offers me an opportunity to interact with the worldwide community of scientists, researchers, and other academicians. The TMS Annual Meeting provides a forum to exchange ideas and share my research findings and experience with peers.

Recipients: 2004 Shri Ram Arora International Award

Anish Kumar

Anish Kumar graduated in metallurgical engineering from Bihar Institute of Technology, India, in 1996. He joined Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam as a scientific officer in 1997 after completing a one-year orientation course in nuclear engineering and metallurgy at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. His Ph.D. thesis entitled "Correlation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties with Ultrasonic Parameters in Metallic Materials" will be submitted by the end of 2003 to the department of metallurgical and materials engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His research has included the microstructuremechanical property correlation and nondestructive microstructural characterization using ultrasonic technique in a wide range of alloy systems. He has established a new correlation between two independent elastic properties, ultrasonic shear wave velocity and Poisson’s ration, which may lead to the reduction in independent elastic constants for isotropic solid from two to one. His field of work also includes testing of concrete structures using impact-echo technique. He has more than 35 publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings.


The TMS Shri Ram Arora Award will provide me an opportunity to attend the TMS meeting and establish fruitful contacts with distinguished scientists, technologists, professors, peers, and experts in the fields of my current research work and that of the future. The interaction will allow me to discuss my views and thoughts with them and will give me an opportunity to reap benefits from their experience. These contacts and discussions will also help me in advancing my research career on sound scientific footing and enable me to get acquainted with state-of-the-art material characterization techniques in physical metallurgy, materials testing, and analysis.