Dr. Raj Shah, Director at Koehler Instrument company, New York was recently honored by the International Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), at its recent annual meeting in Minneapolis with the prestigious PM Ku Medal. The P.M. Ku Medal is the one of the highest STLE award, and was established in 1978 to recognize outstanding and selfless achievements for the society.
STLE is the premier international technical society serving the needs of more than 13,000 individuals and numerous companies and organizations worldwide that comprise the tribology, petroleum and lubrication engineering business sector. STLE members are experts who research, develop and market the methods and products that make industry more successful and that enhance the well-being of people worldwide and its members are employed by the world’s leading corporations and academic institutions and by governmental agencies dealing with science and technology. Dr. Shah is the youngest recipient of the PM Ku medal.
Dr. Shah was also honored last month by the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI International) with its prestigious John A. Bellanti Sr. Memorial Award, which is typically only given to an individual who has performed extensive service and helped foster growth and progress. NLGI is a 75 year old non profit organization, primarily composed of companies who manufacture and market all types of lubricating greases, and it is the largest professional institute within the grease industry. Dr. Shah was also felicitated by the NLGI India chapter earlier this year with its first ever long service award during their annual meeting in Amritsar. NLGI India chapter which was established 20 years ago is the largest professional organization dealing with grease manufacturers and suppliers in Asia.
Dr. Shah was elected this month by the American Institute of Chemists, based in Washington DC, to a position of a Fellow with the institute.
Finally Dr. Shah was also honored this week by the Engineering council in the UK, which conferred him with the title of a Chartered Engineer. As per the Engineering council, Chartered Engineers develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.
Dr. Raj Shah, is a Fellow of NLGI International, a Fellow at Society of Tribology and Lubrication engineers (STLE International) , and a Fellow at the Energy institute, UK. A previous recipient of the ASTM Award of Excellence thrice in his career, and the ASTM Eagle award, a sui generis distinction, Dr. Shah was also recently conferred the distinguished alumni award from the Institute of Chemical technology (ICT), Mumbai. Dr. Shah previously served on the Graduate alumni board of directors of his alma mater : Penn State University.
A Chartered Scientist with the Science Council, UK, he has served on numerous boards of non- profits and professional societies and is currently involved in working closely with several universities and is on the industrial advisory board at: The Department of Chemical Engineering at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, The School of Engineering, Design, Technology and Professional programs (SEDTAPP) at Pennsylvania State University, and the Samuel Ginn College of engineering, Tribology and lubrication science minor at the Auburn University. He lives in Melville, NY with his wife Dr. Niloufar Faridi, and son Kian where they are active in the special needs and paddling communities.