Jagannathan Sankar, Distinguished University Professor

  • Ph.D, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Lehigh University, PA, 1983
  • M.S., Materials Engineering, Concordia Univ- McGill U Co-op Program, Canada, 1978
  • B.E., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Madras (Distinguished Record), India, 1976
Academic Experience at N.C.A&T State University
  • 2005- Date            Distinguished University Professor (One of the first -NCA&T SU)
  • 1994 -date             Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1985-1998             Graduate Program Coordinator - Mechanical Engineering Department
  • 1988-1994             Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1983-1988             Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Non-Academic Experience:
  • April/78- Aug/78 Research Associate Fellowship, Canadian National Research Council,
  • Jan/80- May/82   Teaching Assistant and Instructor, Lehigh University,
  • 1983 to 1985       Consultant, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Fusion Energy Program,
Current membership in professional organizations
  • Member, ASEE, ASME, ASM International, Sigma Xi
Honors and Awards:
  • 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008: Most Influential Person Honor – Business Journal – Piedmont Triad of NC
  • “Hind Rattan Award” - Honored during the India’s Republic Day Eve function in Jan, 2011 - a high recognition for the Non Resident Indians of the world.
  • UNC System- Partnership for National Security: United States Army Special Operations Command- Charter Blue Ribbon Member, 2011 (Security clearance)
  • 2010 Blue Ribbon Member – STPI/White House
  • 2010 O. Max Garner Award Recipient (Highest honor of the UNC Educational System)
  • 2010 Scientific Advisory Board, COIN, NC Biotechnology Center, NC
  • Honorary Professorship, 2009, Chonbuk National University, S. Korea
  • One of the 10 invited people around the world to inaugurate and give keynote talk -World Class University, Korean National Foundation for Nano-Bio Fusion.(2009)
  • Special Invitee for National Academies Meeting at Washington, DC  and Special Invitee -University Industry Demonstration Project (UIDP) of the National Academies meeting at Atlanta (2009-2010)
  • Invited along with CEOs of Greensboro-area colleges, universities, companies and industries and he presented the ERC perspective on why Google should locate its super-fast fiber-optic network in Greensboro (please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-_v_-h5yL8)
  • 2008 – Present: Scientific Advisory Board, NSF-CREST, ASU, Al
Institutional and Professional Service (2007-2013):
  • Director, NSF  - Engineering Research Center (ERC) and Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures and Co-ordinator and Co-PI for NC A&T SU, NSF-Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC)- Lead Institution, UIUC
  • Various quick response leadership activities with  Chancellor, Provost, VC of Research, Dean/CoE, etc. routinely and as needed
  • Cluster Lead-Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology for the University
  • ME Tenure, Promotion & Reappointment Committee
  • COE Common Course Committee on Materials Science
  • Member - University Research Council
  • Member - Blue Ribbon Committee for Governor Easley for NC Nanotech Roadmap
  • Member - Blue Ribbon Committee for NC Bio Center/ Medical devices State of NC
  • Member - External Reviewer for Promotion/ Tenure –various faculty members
  • Member – NCAT/Asso. VC for Research and Dean of Graduate School Selection Committee
  • Chair – NCAT/University Research Awards Committee – twice (2), NCAT/Director for Research Services – DoR/University Committee, NCAT/Director for Out Reach, Tech Transfer – DoR/University Committee, NCAT/Director for Research administration & Special assistant to VC – DoR/University committee
  • Member – NCAT/ VC for Research and Economic Development Committee
Professional Development Activities (2007-2013):
Editorial Board: Composites Part B Engineering Journal (formerly Journal of Composites Engineering), Elsevier Publication, World Journal of Engineering: part A Nanoengineering (WJOE), ISRN Mechanical Engineering, Hindawi Publishing Corporation and Lead/Co-Editor more than 8 International symposiums and sponsor of many international conferences.
  • 20 Plenary/Invited Talks:  Nationally and Internationally in Government Labs, Universities, Technical Societies, Industries, Conferences and other organizations
  • Patents, Disclosures – 10