Dr. Baldev Raj is Director at NIAS.
Pursuits of Prof Baldev Raj in basic science and applications with multi and interdisciplinary approaches and teams have found expressions of merit in materials science and technologies, cultural heritage, medical technologies and policies. He has provided unique interpretations and solutions to challenges in energy, water, healthcare, manufacturing and national strategic unsolvables in a large measure, with clear impact, distinctions and awards. He is acclaimed for his contributions to Science and Technology of measurements and Sodium Fast Reactors and Associated Fuel Cycle.
Prof Baldev Raj is known for overcoming the barriers of academic research and industry with acumens of leadership and experiences. His work on non-destructive evaluation, different aspects of materials (welding corrosion, mechanics), nuclear systems science and technology, ferrofluids and sensors has earned for him to be among the national and world leaders by virtue of his 1300 plus publications, 80 plus books, 100 plus articles in encyclopedia and handbooks, technologies, patents, standards, etc.
Prof Baldev Raj has been selected for eminent positions, as evidenced by awards, fellowships of all the four academies of Sciences and Engineering in the country, International Nuclear Energy Academy, Institute of Directors, Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Academy of NDT International, American Society of Metals, German Academy of Science, The World Academy of Sciences etc. etc.
He is Honorary Fellow of International Medical Sciences Academy, Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Society of NDT, Indian Institute of Welding International Committee on NDT etc. With invitations for about 500 plenary, keynote, invited speeches; Chairs and Members of some of the most eminent Committees, Councils and Bodies in the country and more than 30 countries worldwide, he has steered several large high impact collaborative programmes with almost all important countries in the world. His contributions to science policy and science diplomacy are recognized worldwide. He has been honored with Homi Bhabha Gold Medal; H K Firodia Award; Om Prakash Bhasin Award; Vasvik Award, National Metallurgist Award; Lifetime Achievement Award of Indian Nuclear Society, Distinguished Material Scientist Award; Padma Shri; Distinguished Alumni of Indian Institute of Science, among many other distinct honors.
Prof Baldev Raj has a passion for interacting with students and young professionals for mutual inspirations and service to society.