Professor Arvind Agarwal, chair of  FIU’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and director of the  Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute, has been elected to the rank of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. In November, the organization announced the election of a standout group of individuals across scientific disciplines to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honors within the scientific community. AAAS bestows the honor to these newly awarded Fellows in recognition of their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements in the scientific enterprise.

“Agarwal was elected for his distinguished contributions to advanced materials, plasma spraying and carbon nanotube composites, biomechanics, bioengineering, nanotechnology and graphene foam reinforced advanced materials for deicing, which is of great benefit to aerodynamics,” said Sudip Parikh, CEO and executive publisher of Science family of journals. “He is an exceptional engineer and researcher, and we congratulate him for his countless contributions to his field.”

The 2021 class of AAAS Fellows includes 564 scientists, engineers and innovators from around the world spanning scientific disciplines. The new class hails from academic institutions, laboratories, hospitals and medical centers, museums, global corporations, nonprofit organizations, institutes and government agencies.

“I am greatly humbled and honored,” Agarwal said. “The credit goes to my former and current students. I am also thankful to FIU, which has supported these efforts and built world-class facilities for research on advanced materials and manufacturing.”

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