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ORNL's Amit Goyal selected as Materials Research Society Fellow

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 20, 2012 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory materials scientist and Corporate Fellow Amit Goyal has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society for distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the worldwide advancement of materials research.

Goyal, who chairs the UT-Battelle-ORNL Corporate Fellows Council, is a Battelle Distinguished Inventor whose research has had a profound impact on the field of high-temperature superconductivity, both in fundamental materials science and in the transition of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.

After completing his doctorate in materials science and engineering at the University of Rochester, Goyal joined ORNL in 1991. He also has a master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Rochester. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and has also received executive business training from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University and the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The title of MRS Fellow honors those MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, world-wide. The maximum number of new Fellow appointments each year is limited to 0.2% of the current MRS membership. Goyal will be officially recognized at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

Goyal has co-authored more than 350 publications, published more than 40 invited papers and book chapters and has given more than 150 invited presentations in national and international conferences including plenary or keynote presentations. He has more than 50 issued patents and more than 20 patent applications pending. A recent analysis of citations and papers published worldwide in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, between 1999-2009, conducted by Thompson-Reuters's Essential Science Indicators (ESI), ranked him as the most cited author worldwide.

Goyal has received many national and international awards. Among these are the DOE's 2011, inaugural E.O. Lawrence Award in the category of Energy Science and Innovation, seven R&D100 Awards including the 2010 R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year Award, three Federal Laboratory Consortium's National Awards, the Distinguished Scholar Medal from the University of Rochester, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology Review Magazine's TR-100 Innovator Award, the NASA Techbrief's Nano50 Innovator Award, the Pride of India Gold Award, ORNL Inventor of Year (twice), the Global Indus Technovator Award, DOE's Energy-100 Award and the Lockheed-Martin NOVA Award.

Goyal is also a fellow of seven other professional societies: the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), the World Innovation Foundation (WIF), the American Society of Metals (ASM), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the American Ceramic Society (ACERS) and the World Technology Network (WTN).

Originally from India, Goyal lives in Knoxville with his wife, Sujata, and their two children, Aditya and Divya.

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