Kgpian Receives NATO Award

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IIT KGP alumnus Dr. Prakash Patnaik has been conferred with the prestigious NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO)’s Panel Excellence Award. Dr. Patnaik is a globally recognized scientist in the domain of Aerospace Materials Science and Engineering. Much of this work, in the last 30 years, has been performed in a collaborative global milieu, including governments, industries and academic organizations. He has been awarded in recognition and appreciation for his longstanding service and extraordinary scientific contribution rendered to NATO-STO’s Applied Vehicle Technology Panel.

Dr. Patnaik hails from Berhampur, Odisha. He earned his B.E. in Materials Science & Engineering from NIT Rourkela and M.Tech. in 1978 from the Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. He pursued his doctoral degree from McMaster University, Canada.

At present, Dr. Patnaik is leading the Defence Technology and Sustainment Program at the National Research Council Canada (NRCC) as Principal Research Scientist at NRC’s Aerospace Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. He joined NRC in 2002 as Chief of Aerospace Materials and in 2006 became Director of R&D at NRC. He is among the very few Indians to hold such a coveted post in the domain of science and technology in Canada.

Dr. Patnaik has made significant contributions in the domain of Aerospace Materials and Protective Coating Technologies including more than 140 research papers in international journals and conferences.

Chairman of the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO-STO, as well as the Director of the NATO-STO’s Collaboration Support Office in Paris, cited the expertise of Dr. Patnaik in the field of high-temperature metal alloys and coatings used in gas turbine engines which has strengthened the core of Applied Vehicle Technology business of NATO-STO.

“The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering feels proud to have nurtured a stalwart like Dr. Prakash Chandra Patnaik in his formative years as M. Tech student during 1976-78. Dr. Patnaik is well-recognized for his significant contributions to the development of high-temperature alloys and thermal barrier coatings, as well as to the scientific understanding of their hot corrosion behavior, which has been a thrust area of education and research in this department for several decades,” said Prof. Rahul Mitra, Head of the department.

The department has been delivering global stars such as Arun Sarin, the Former CEO, Vodafone; Srikumar Banerjee, Former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India; Ravi Kant who is Former Vice chairman of Tata Motors, two former Directors of the IIT system, Prof. Indranil Manna and Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty and of course Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google. Dr. Prakash Patnaik gives more reason to celebrate the dynamic education and mentorship offered by the department. The alumni could be working in core metallurgy and materials science, allied or other distinct fields, but what stands out is the innovations they make and their impact in the larger society.

By Shreyoshi Ghosh

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