Nitin P. Padture is the Otis E. Randall University Professor in the School of Engineering at Brown University and Director of Brown's Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. Prior to January 2012, he was College of Engineering Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University (OSU), and also the founding Director of the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at OSU. He received B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1985), M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University (1987), and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Lehigh University (1991). Padture was a postdoctoral fellow at NIST (Gaithersburg, MD) for about 3 years, before joining the University of Connecticut (UConn) faculty in January 1995 as Assistant Professor. He became Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2003. Padture served as Interim Department Head at UConn for one year before moving to OSU in January 2005.
Padture's research and teaching interests are in advanced ceramics and nanomaterials, for applications ranging from jet engines to computer chips to solar cells. His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DoE, AFOSR, DARPA, ARO, state governments, private foundations, and industry. Padture has authored or co-authored over 220 publications, including five awarded patents, which have been cited about 19,000 times total (Google Scholar; h-index 73). Padture has delivered over 230 invited/keynote/plenary talks and seminars in the US and abroad.
A Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Padture has received that society's Roland B. Snow, Robert L. Coble, and Richard M. Fulrath awards. He is also a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Padture received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, IIT-Bombay. He is Editor of international journals Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.
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