PULLMAN, Wash. – Amit Bandyopadhyay, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, has been named a fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) for outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences.
 
A member of the WSU faculty since 1997, Bandyopadhyay conducts research in the processing of ceramics, metals and composites using rapid prototyping technology. In particular, he is working to develop better implants for fracture management and bone disorders.
 
Every year, approximately 800,000 bone grafting or replacement procedures, such as hip or knee replacements, are done in the U.S. That number is increasing as the U.S. population ages.
Bandyopadhyay is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Young Investigator Program Award from the Office of Naval Research. He has received two research excellence awards and a teaching excellence award from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, as well as two best paper of the year awards.
 
He has published more than 200 papers and is the inventor of eight issued U.S. patents.
 
He was born in Calcutta, India, in 1967. He received a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.

Started in 1898, ACerS has more than 9,500 members. Bandyopadhyay has been a member since 1992.