Nik Chawla (PHD '97) receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nik Chawla (PHD '97) receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nik Chawla (PHD '97) is the fourth recipient of MSE's Distinguished Alumni Lecture Award.

On September 21, Nikhilesh (Nik) Chawla became the fourth alum to receive MSE's Distinguished Alumni Lecture Award. Chawla, who currently serves as the acting chair of the MSE program at Arizona State University and director for the Center for 4D Materials Science, graduated from MSE with a Ph.D. in 1997.

Professor Chawla’s award lecture was titled, "In Situ Materials Science: Probing Microstructural Evolution of Metallic Materials in Real-Time," and was attended by MSE students and faculty.

"The Distinguished Alumni Lecture Award was established in 2016 to recognize our many alumni who are taking the lead in research and making seminal contributions in the field of materials science and engineering," Misra said. "Professor Chawla is a shining example of an MSE alum with a distinguished career as a materials researcher."

Prior to joining Arizona State University in 2000, Chawla was a postdoctoral fellow jointly at Ford Motor Company and U-M, working with Wayne Jones and John Allison, and a senior development engineer at Hoeganaes Corporation. Chawla is a Fellow of ASM International and past member of TMS Board of Directors. His most recent awards include the Acta Materialia Silver Medal for 2017, and New Mexico Tech Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2016. He received the 2016 Structural Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award, as well as the 2016 Functional Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award from TMS. 

His work has been featured on the show “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel, R&D News, Fox News, and the Arizona Republic.

Click here for a complete list of past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.