University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Prof. Pradeep Rohatgi was honored with the "Award of Scientific Merit" recently by the American Foundry Society. (photo provided)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor of materials science and engineering Pradeep Rohatgi April 25 was honored with the Award for Scientific Merit by the American Foundry Society.

The Indian American engineer was honored with the award — along with Waupaca Foundry Inc. research and process development director Gregory A. Miskinis — for significant contributions over 50 years to the metalcasting industry in research presentations at AFS events, and the education of casting engineers, the society said in a statement.

A native of Kanpur, India, Rohatgi earned a bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering from Banaras University, and a master’s in master’s and doctorate in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rohatgi has served as a professor and consultant at the Milwaukee-based university since 1986. Prior to UWM, Rohatgi was director and chief executive officer at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science, and a researcher at Bethlehem Steel Corporation and the International Nickel Company. He began his career as a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.

Rohatgi holds 18 patents. He has been a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2014, received the Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee Engineer of the Year Award in 2011, an honorary medal from Motor Transport Institute in Warsaw, Poland, in 2006, a Hall Heroult Scientific Merit Award by AFS in 2000, the UWM Foundation Distinguished Service Award for Distinguished Public Service in 1995, awarded the Ford/Briggs and Stratton Professorship in 1991, and awarded for best work in light metals from AFS in 1969.

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