College of Engineering Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen has announced the appointment of Professor Uday B. Pal as chairman ad interim of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, effective October 1.
Pal’s appointment comes as Professor Thomas Bifano steps down as MFG chairman and takes the helm as director of the Photonics Center. Bifano has been serving as interim director of the Photonics Center since February.
“Uday [has] an extraordinary record of accomplishment in materials science and engineering coupled to the manufacturing of materials for structural and new energy applications,” said Lutchen in announcing the appointment. “It is important that the department has an interim chair with a local, national and international pulse of how the current manufacturing curriculum and department relates to these areas.”
Pal, who has six years of industrial experience and 16 years of experience in academia, started at the College of Engineering as an associate professor of Manufacturing Engineering in 1995 and was promoted to professor in 2000.
He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and holds 20 patents in areas of electrochemical processes, fuel cells, sensors, membrane separation and metals processing, and has taught courses ranging from materials thermodynamics and kinetics to manufacturing processes. He received The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society’s Extraction and Processing Technology Award in 2000 and 2003, and is the principal editor for the Journal of Materials Research.
Prior to joining the BU faculty, Pal served as an associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering at MIT, and as a senior scientist at Westinghouse Science and Technology Center in Pennsylvania. He also was a senior engineer at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company Research Center, Pennsylvania.
The next year will bring “a simultaneous bottom-up and top-down approach to defining the future mission in education and research of Manufacturing Engineering,” said Lutchen. Pal has “firm links to the faculty’s core research strengths of materials, systems and MEMS.”
Pal received his doctoral degree in material science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1984, and has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and Alpha Sigma Mu, the national materials science and engineering honor society.