April 1, 2021
Staff Accomplishment

Mathaudhu Receives a 2021 Brimacombe Medal

PNNL joint appointee recognized for materials science and engineering achievements

Suveen Mathaudhu

Suveen Mathaudhu is the chief scientist for the Solid Phase Processing Science Initiative at PNNL and a professor at University of California, Riverside. 

(Photo by Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Suveen Mathaudhu has been recognized by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) for his exemplary contributions to the science of nanocrystalline materials, education of the public on the impact of materials, and service to the profession.

Mathaudhu holds a joint appointment at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, where he chairs the Materials Science and Engineering Program and is a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department, as well. At PNNL, he is the chief scientist for the Solid Phase Processing Science Initiative.

“Being part of this project allows me to scientifically interact and collaborate with a diverse group of laboratory members, across experience levels, divisions and disciplines,” said Mathaudhu.  “It’s one of the most enjoyable aspects of the work I do daily.”

Mathaudhu was awarded the Brimacombe Medal, which recognizes individuals with sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering and with a record of continuing service to the profession. It’s intended to recognize individuals in the middle portion of their careers.

TMS is a professional association that connects minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers who work in industry, academia, and government positions around the world.

Mathaudhu, who has a doctorate in mechanical engineering, sums up his feelings on being selected as a Brimacombe Medalist with one word: gratitude. In an interview with TMS, Mathaudhu says he’s grateful to the many mentors, colleagues, students, and friends who have motivated him and who have and will continue to be part of his journey.

“And while mere thankfulness can be expressed in words, gratitude is manifested in actions,” said Mathaudhu. “The energy and significance of this award will fuel me to continue to show my gratitude to our community and its diverse membership for the remainder of my career.”

Mathaudhu also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2019. It’s the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for scientists and engineers at the beginning stages of their careers.

Published: April 1, 2021