Susmita Bose, associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received the prestigious Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) award from the American Ceramic Society’s National Institute of Ceramic Engineers.
According to the ceramic society’s website, the award recognizes the nation’s outstanding, young ceramic engineer whose work may have a significant impact on the profession and on American lives.
With the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering since 1998, Bose has focused her research on the development of nano-materials with spcial emphasis on nanoscale ceramics to improve bone implants. Because of its better bonding capability at the nanoscale, the ultra-fine material that she is working to develop could be used to make stronger and better bone implants than are currently available. Approximately 800,000 bone grafting or replacement procedures are done each year in the United States, and that number is expected to increase as the U.S. population ages.
Bose received a doctoral degree from Rutgers University in physical organic chemistry. She has a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry (honors) from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India. In 2004, she received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from the National Science Foundation.
This is the fiftieth anniversary of the ceramic society’s PACE award, which honors the past president of the society. Bose will receive the award at the ceramic society’s annual meeting this October in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She will be the first person of Indian origin to receive the PACE award.