Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali
FNAE, FIIM, FNASc., FIIChE, FNACE, FASM, FAPAM, FIFHTSE, FIE, HFECSI, HMUDCTAA, HMIIM, FASCh, FICS
Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali is formerly Distinguished Scientist of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), and Chief Executive & Chairman of Heavy Water Board, a flagship industrial unit of DAE during 2017-20. As an accomplished team leader, he has always been a source of motivation for everyone, displaying excellent leadership in managing seven plants located at different parts of country, for the production of heavy water and specialty materials. Prior to this Dr. Mudali has made pioneering individual contributions to advanced materials & coating technology development; corrosion science, engineering and technology; materials, process and equipment development for reprocessing applications; failure analysis, consultancy and societal contributions; for more than three decades during his service at IGCAR, Kalpakkam.
During his tenure of 33 years at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam during 1984 – 2017, he has nurtured and built a strong and dedicated scientific team of international reputation. At IGCAR, Kalpakkam, Dr. Mudali was Director of Materials Chemistry & Metal Fuel Cycle, and Associate Director of Corrosion Science and Technology Group, Associate Director of Materials, Process and Equipment Development Group, and Head, IGCAR Patents & Technology Transfer Cell. Dr. Mudali is one of the highly cited researchers with 474 Journal publications, 5 patents, and 11500 citations with a h-index of 50 and i-10 index of 275. He is also recognised in the World’s Top 2% scientists from India in the field of Materials. He was holding the position of President of Electrochemical Society of India, IISc Bangalore; Chairman of NACE International India Section; Chairman, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Mumbai Regional Centre (IIChE-MRC); Chairman of East Asia Pacific Area of NACE International, USA, Chairman of ASM International, Chennai Chapter; and, President of the Indian Institute of Metals.
Dr. Mudali is an Adjunct Faculty of Institute of Chemical Technology (University), Mumbai, and PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore; and was Professor & Senior Professor of HBNI University, DAE during 2006-2017, teaching regularly 5 different courses for Engineering and Chemical Sciences disciplines. Dr. Mudali was Member, Board of Studies, Engineering Sciences of HBNI, Mumbai for organising and conducting courses at various units of DAE (2007-2014); Chairman, Chemical Sciences (2014-2017) and Member of Coordination Committee of both Chemical Sciences & Engineering Sciences of HBNI, Kalpakkam (2007-2017). During his tenure at IGCAR, Kalpakkam, Dr. Mudali was Member, Board of Studies of: PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore for Science and Humanities; Lady Doak College, Madurai for Chemical Sciences; KSR College of Engineering & Technology for Mechanical Engineering. He was also Coordinator for Memorandum of Understanding for interactions and R&D projects between IGCAR and : (i) Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore; (ii) PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore; (iii) National Chemical Laboratory, Pune; and (iv) Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. He has also guided/coordinated 162 students for their UG/PG/PhD project work, including 12 PhD students of HBNI University, DAE.
Dr. Mudali has been decorated with several distinguished recognitions from India and abroad including: Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Bombay where he did M.Tech. Corrosion Engineering in 1984; and, Distinguished Alumnus Award from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore where he did MSc (Materials Science) in 1982; Best Scientist Award from the Tamilnadu State Council for Science and Technology, Madras; MASCOT National Award & Lifetime Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society of India, Bangalore; ONGC Corrosion Awareness Award from NACE India; VASVIK Award from VASVIK Foundation, Mumbai; 15th NIGIS Meritorious Contribution Award from NACE, USA (India Section), Mumbai; Vocational Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Chennai Port City, Chennai; Outstanding & Distinguished Achievement Award from ASM International Chennai Chapter; Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award of Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai; National Metallurgists Day Award from Ministry of Steel, Government of India; GD Birla Gold Medal & Platinum Medal from the Indian Institute of Metals; Indian Nuclear Society Gold Medal from Indian Nuclear Society, Mumbai; Meritorious Award for excellent contributions to corrosion science and technology from National Corrosion Council of India, Karaikudi; DAE Group Achievement Award as Leader & Member (5 times); Fellow & Frank Newman Speller Award of NACE International, USA, the highest recognition and first Indian to get in the field of corrosion.
In view of his academic credentials the Homi Bhabha National Institute (University) of DAE has honoured him with “Distinguished Faculty Award” in 2015. Dr. Mudali was also AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor of INAE, New Delhi for the period 2015-2017. Dr. Mudali is a Fellow of 12 national/international bodies including, American Society for Metals, USA; NACE International, USA; Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, China; International Federation of Heat Treatment & Surface Engineering, Switzerland; Indian National Academy of Engineering; National Academy of Sciences India; Indian Institute of Metals; Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers; Academy of Science, Chennai; Institution of Engineers (India); Indian Chemical Society; Honorary Fellow of Electrochemical Society of India; and a Honorary Member of both UDCT Alumni Association, ICT Mumbai, and the Indian Institute of Metals, Kolkata.
Dr. Mudali has delivered many honour lectures: 19th Prof. TL Ramachar Memorial Lecture of ECSI, Bengaluru; Ninth Dr. Placid Rodriguez Memorial Lecture of IIM Kalpakkam-Chennai; Dr. Baldev Raj Memorial Lecture of NDRF (IE), Bengaluru, FiMPART 2019, Ahmedabad & NIT Raipur & IIM Bhilai; 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; Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Lecture of IIM Trivandrum; Diamond Jubilee Commemoration Lecture of IIM Bangalore; Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Lecture of ITM Universe, Baroda; OP Jindal Memorial Lecture, JSW Steel Works, Vijayanagar; Prof. TR Anantharaman Memorial Lecture, IIT BHU & IIM Varanasi; Teachers Day Special Lecture, IIM Bhubaneswar & IMMT, Bhubaneswar; 38th Foundation Day Lecture, IEOT, Panvel; 28th Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Lecture, IIM Kalpakkam Chapter; National Technology Day Lecture, ARCI, Hyderabad; IIM Platinum Jubilee Lecture, IIM & IIM Coimbatore Chapter; Platinum Jubilee Independence Day Special Lecture, ASM Chennai Chapter; Gandhi Jayanthi Special Lecture, Materials Advantage IIT Kanpur Chapter; The Guru Talks – Lecture Series, IIT Madras Alumni Association, Chennai; XXVII Tamhankar Memorial Lecture, IIM Hyderabad Chapter, Hyderabad; First CorSciTech Distinguished Lecture Series, IIM Mumbai Chapter & IIT Bombay; and, 20th Prof. B.S. Sheshadri Memorial Lecture, ECSI Bengaluru.
Dr. Kamachi Mudali has extensively collaborated with many industries, professional bodies and other research institutions for promoting Coatings, Surface Engineering & Corrosion research and awareness in the country. Several industries and institutions like, (i) Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, Chennai, (ii) MTAR, Hyderabad, (iii) Triveni Engineering Industries, Bangalore, (iv) Madras Atomic Power Station, Kalpakkam, (v) Tata Steel, Jamshedpur, (vi) BHAVINI, Kalpakkam, (vii) L & T, Powai, and (viii) Confederation of Indian Industries, Avantha Centre for Excellence, Chandigarh, (ix) National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), India Section, (x) National Corrosion Council of India, Karaikudi, etc. have benefited with such collaborations leading to consultancy, case studies, and failure analysis of components with coatings and surface modification.
Dr. Mudali was Chairman, Advisory Committee of DAE-ICT Centre, Mumbai, and Committee on Strengthening Recycling of E-waste, NITI Aayog, New Delhi; and, currently Chairman of Corrosion Protection and Finishes Sectional Committee, MTD 24 of BIS, New Delhi; Research Advisory Board of PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore; CII-Corrosion Management Committee, Chandigarh; and Thematic Group on Circular Economy, IIM Kolkata. He was a Member of Board of Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad; Nuclear Recycle Board of BARC, Mumbai; Governing Council of Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai; Governing Council of Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi; Research Advisory Board, VIT University, Vellore; and, Expert Advisory Committee of ONGC Energy Centre, New Delhi.
Dr. Mudali was a Visiting Scientist at Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Dusseldorf, Germany (1994, 2012); Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan (1995); National Institute of Materials Science, Japan (1998); University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2000); Institute for Metallic Materials (IFW), Dresden, Germany (2003-04); University of Tel Aviv, Israel (2003); Institute of Metal Science, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (2007); Laser Combustion and Detonation Laboratory, ENSMA, France (2008, 2012); and has also visited leading Institutions in USA, China, Russia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Dr. Mudali has co-edited 23 Books / Proceedings, and is Editor-in Chief of IIM-Springer Book Series & CII-CMC Booklet Series, Chief Editor of Journal of Electrochemical Society of India, and a Member of Editorial Board of five Journals.
Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali is an internationally recognized scientist and technologist with outstanding contributions in advanced materials, corrosion science and engineering and coating technologies, and has put in remarkable efforts for implementing many R&D projects of immense value to the country. The hallmarks of his work are high level of originality, focus and innovation, and direct application for field and industry. Dr. Mudali’s R&D contributions in the areas of advanced & specialty materials, coatings and corrosion science and technology have been widely cited by peers and other scientists which can be seen with high citations (11,500) and h-index (50).