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Alfred University Professor Selected as Senior Member of SPIE

Alfred University recently announced that S.K. Sundaram, Inamori professor of materials science in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, is one of 166 worldwide researchers selected for senior membership in SPIE, an international society for optics and photonics.

“Senior members are members of distinction who will be honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers,” according to the society. In order to be nominated as a senior member, a person must have been a member of the society for at least five years, and must have at least 10 years’ professional experience.

Sundaram was chosen for his “achievements in millimeter wave material diagnostics and sensing.” Prior to joining the Alfred University faculty in January 2011, Sundaram was chief materials scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He joined Pacific Northwest Laboratory in 1994 after earning his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He became chief materials scientist at the lab in 2002, and has more than 16 years of scientific, technical and managerial experience.

Sundaram’s major areas of research interests include THz/millimeter wave science and technology, multi-scale materials processing, live cell spectroscopy for rapid screening, and ultrafast materials science and engineering. He is reportedly internationally recognized for his interdisciplinary approach to research, and has considerable experience in assembling highly functional multidisciplinary research teams.

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