Krishna Rajan


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Krishna Rajan


Krishna Rajan


Erich Bloch Chair
SUNY Empire Innovation Professor
SUNY Distinguished Professor

Research Topics

Materials informatics; Quantitative high resolution imaging; Atom probe tomography

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Professor Rajan is the leading proponent of the field of Materials Informatics. His research is centered on the application of information science and data intensive methodologies for the discovery, characterization and modeling of materials. Along with computational studies, he is a leader in the field of advancing quantitative methods for the interpretation of nanoscale chemical imaging techniques such as, atom probe tomography.


ScD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science, Minor: Science and Technology Policy, 1978

BASc, University of Toronto, Metallurgy and Materials Science, 1974

Postdoctoral Appointments:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 1978 – Oct. 1978
Cambridge University, U.K., Oct. 1978 – Oct. 1980

Professional Career

2015-present: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York: inaugural Erich Bloch Chair & Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation

2010 - 2105: Iowa State University:  inaugural Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering

2006 - 2015: Iowa State University: Professor- Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Graduate Program

2011 - 2015: Ames National Laboratory, Dept. of Energy- Associate Research Scientist

2006 - 2009: Iowa State University: Stanley Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering

2005 - 2015: Iowa State University: Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

1993 - 2005: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Professor of Materials Science

1987 - 1993: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Associate Professor of Materials Science

1982 - 1984: University of Ottawa- School of Medicine: Adjunct Professor of Biomaterials

1980 - 1987: National Research Council of Canada:    Research staff scientist

Recognitions and Awards

  • Distinguished Lecture –National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2017
  • Member Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG): National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2016
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award–Germany, 2015
  • Presidential Lecture – National Institute for Materials Science–Japan, 2014
  • CSIRO- Australia: Distinguished Visiting Scientist Fellowship Award, 2011
  • Member Editorial Advisory Board: Nature Scientific Reports
  • Member National Academy of Sciences Panel for Materials Science & Eng.- Army Research Laboratory 2013-2017
  • Director – NSF International Materials Institute, 2002-2009
  • Member US National Committee on Data Science and Technology
  • Wilkinson Professorship of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Iowa State University, 2011
  • Citation by Editor as key paper published in Acta Crystallographica B, 2012
  • Akinc Faculty Research Award- Iowa State University, 2009
  • Plenary Lecture Award: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) – Data Mining Conference, 2008
  • NSF Scientific Visualization Competition-Honorable Mention, 2006
  • Richard H. & Mary Jo Stanley Chair Professorship for Interdisciplinary Engineering, 2006
  • CNRS Visiting Professor for Combinatorial Chemistry- Rennes, France, 2001
  • Visiting Fellowships:
    • Max-Planck Institüt für Metallförschung, 1992
    • Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1999
    • National Research Council & National Academy of Engineering; E. Europe Fellowship, 1996
    • Rensselaer Undergraduate Teaching Innovation Award, 1993
    • Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, 1990-1991
    • AMAX Foundation Research Fellowship, 1989-1990
    • Indian Institute of Metals &American Society for Materials International Visiting Lecture Award, 1988