UA Professor Selected as Fellow of Materials Research Society

UA Professor Selected as Fellow of Materials Research Society

Arunava Gupta

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Materials Research Society recently elected a University of Alabama scientist to its 2017 Fellows class.

Dr. Arunava Gupta, Distinguished University Research Professor, was elected for his “distinguished research accomplishments” and “outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide.”

The maximum number of new Fellow appointments each year is limited to 0.2 percent of the Materials Research Society regular membership.

Gupta is widely known for his expertise in investigating thin films and nanostructured materials for use in information technology and energy applications. The Society’s citation for his Fellowship cited his “pioneering research” on the growth, properties and applications of thin films and nanostructures of magnetic and superconducting oxides.

As part of the class of 2017 Materials Research Society Fellows, Gupta will be recognized at the society’s 2017 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, April 17-21.

Gupta holds a joint appointment in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and its College of Engineering, in addition to being associate director of UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology.

During his career at UA, he has received more than $6 million in funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.

Gupta previously earned Fellowships in both the American Physical Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He received Germany’s $75,000 Humboldt Research Prize, given to internationally renowned scientists and scholars, in 2010, and he won the Chemical Research Society of India Medal, which goes to outstanding chemists of Indian origin working outside the country, in 2014.

Most recently, he received UA’s Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award, which is given annually to recognize and promote excellence in research, scholarship and teaching.

The Materials Research Society is an international organization of almost 14,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.


Derek Hooper, student writer, media relations, 205/348-5320; Chris Bryant, UA media relations,