Krishna Rajan, an internationally recognized expert on materials
informatics, has been named the Erich Bloch Endowed Chair of the
University at Buffalo’s new Department of Materials Design
and Innovation (MDI).
Rajan has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications and
has delivered more than 270 invited lectures and presentations. He
is the founding editor-in-chief of the new journal Materials
Discovery, and serves on numerous national and international
panels, including the National Academy of Sciences’ Material
Science and Engineering Panel at the Army Research Laboratory.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including most
recently the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. The award is
given to researchers who have had a significant impact in their
discipline—in this case, materials informatics—and are
expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements.
He received a doctor of science (ScD) in materials science,
minoring in science and technology policy, from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1978, and held post-doctoral
appointments at MIT and Cambridge University. He was a staff
scientist at the National Research Council of Canada and served on
the faculties at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Iowa State
"A world-renowned scholar with an impressive record of research,
teaching and service, Krishna will enhance UB’s standing as a
premier public research university while advancing important
regional and national initiatives that will help Western New York
grow as a hub for advanced manufacturing and biotechnology," said
Liesl Folks, dean of the School of Applied Sciences and
The Department of Materials Design and Innovation is a unique
collaboration between the School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences and the College of Arts of Sciences. A generous donation
from Erich Bloch, a UB alumnus who became a high-ranking executive
at IBM and director of the National Science Foundation from
1984-1990, helped fund the newly formed department.