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Dr. Ashok Kumar


Dr. Ashok Kumar is the Director of Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (NREC) and also a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa. His research is focused towards the development of nanotechnology based novel materials for multifunctional applications. His other interests include K-12 educational outreach, gender and science education and nanotechnology industrial outreach. He has published two textbooks, edited seven proceeding books, 12 book chapters including 200 peer reviewed articles. He has received an excess of 9.2 million dollar of research funding as PI and more than 18.5 million dollars as Co-PI. His excellence as a researcher has been recognized by a number of honors, including ASM Fellow (2007), AAAS Fellow (2010), ASM-IIM Visiting Lecture Award (2007), Theodore and Venette Askounes Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award (2006), USF Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2004), USF President Faculty Excellence Award (2003), NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (2000), National Research Council Twining Fellowship Award (1997) and, NSF and DOE EPSCoR Young Investigator Awards (1996-97). He also received the Professor Honorario award from the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia (2009).