Dr. Jagdish “Jay” Narayan delivered a Centennial Campus lecture this week as winner of a $25,000 prize for scientific and educational achievement in engineering.
As recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension, Narayan spoke Wednesday about frontiers in nanotechnology at the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center.
Narayan serves as the John C.C. Fan Family Distinguished Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and directs the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures. A distinguished visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he is an internationally recognized authority in the field of materials science and engineering.
Narayan has published seminal research on metals, ceramics and electronic materials and processing. He received 35 patents. His research on self-assembly of three-dimensional nanostructures was hailed as a “Breakthrough of the Year” by NSF in 2004.
He has developed seven graduate courses during his 28 years at NC State, two of which he teaches through Engineering Online. Under Narayan’s leadership, the College of Engineering is launching a Master of Nanoengineering program through Engineering Online program, one of the nation’s largest engineering distance education programs.
Narayan has graduated more than 60 Ph.D. students and mentored more than 40 postdoctoral fellows who are employed in leading universities, national labs and industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in materials science and engineering.