The International Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers, (STLE) announced recently that it has elevated Dr. Raj Shah, to the coveted grade of Fellow at its Annual meeting held in Las Vegas, NV.
Society of Lubrication Engineers is the international technical society currently serving the needs of numerous professionals, engineers and scientists as well as a number of companies and organizations that comprise the fuel, oil and lubrication engineering sector. Tribology which is derived from the Greek word "tribos", is the study of friction and wear. The membership of STLE consists of thousands of technical professionals involved with Lubrication engineering and working in industry, academic institutions and government throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.
In its 70-year history, where it has during those years had over 35000 members, less than 175 members have been given this honor, which is less than 0.5 % of its membership. STLE only confers the grade of Fellow, rarely, when the candidate's accomplishments are way beyond those normally expected of the average scientist or engineer in tribology and lubrication engineering. It also states that the candidate should be recognized as an outstanding authority, as shown by his/her patents, books or articles published, or papers presented, or because he/she has been responsible for nationally known improvements in the field.
Dr. Shah, who has been involved with STLE since when he was in graduate school at Penn State University, many decades ago, and is currently a Director at the corporate headquarters of Koehler Instrument company in Holtsville, NY. He is very well renowned, in the field of chemical engineering, and is a pioneer in the development of laboratory analytical instrumentation for the oil and gas industry and has held various leadership positions within various professional organizations over the years.
Dr. Shah was also recently elevated as a Fellow of the Energy Institute, UK, which carries the honorable title of FEI. The Energy Institute (EI) is the professional body for the energy industry, which supports over 23,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 companies worldwide, providing learning opportunities to support professional development, as well as professional recognition and technical and scientific knowledge resources on energy in all its forms and applications.
In addition, through the Energy institute, Dr. Shah was also recently awarded the Chartered Scientist status within the Science Council, UK. A previous recipient of the ASTM Award of Excellence thrice in his career so far, and the ASTM Eagle award, (a singularly rare honor), he is also 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 University of Auburn. He has previously served on the foundation board of Developmental Disabilities Institute, (DDI) in Smithtown NY, the largest school, serving autistic children in Long Island, NY.
Dr. Shah was also conferred the distinguished alumni award from the Indian Institute of Chemical technology (ICT) recently, the premier research institute in Chemical engineering. ICT was ranked fourth in the world and first in India in a recent annual survey of research standards in Engineering and technology. Dr. Shah lives in Melville, NY with his wife (Niloufar) and son (Kian) where they are active in the paddling community.