By Giorgina Paiella
MSE Assistant Professor Dr. Avinash M. Dongare has been named a 2015 recipient of the Young Leaders Professional Development Award from the Structural Materials Division (SMD) of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). The award encourages the professional growth of outstanding young members of TMS’s five technical divisions through networking opportunities and society activities. Professor Dongare was formally presented with his award at the TMS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 16.
This award recognizes Professor Dongare’s contributions to research as well as his continued efforts toward outreach activities in materials science and engineering. Dr. Dongare’s Computational Materials and Mechanics Group (CMMG) focuses on the development and application of advanced computational methods ranging from the atomic-scales to the meso-scales to model the response and behavior of materials in various environments. Dr. Dongare also serves as the faculty advisor for the UConn Material Advantage student chapter, one of the most active and successful student chapters nationwide.
Professor Dongare received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia. His accomplishments include the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Award from the US Army Research Office for his postdoctoral research in 2007 as well as the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2015.