Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames Research Center
“for his lifelong dedication toward creating significant and outstanding impact to understanding nanotechnology through global outreach initiatives and for unwavering mentorship”
The MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement, which reflect the Society’s pursuit to advance materials science and technology to improve the quality of life.
About Meyya Meyyappan
Meyya Meyyappan is Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center. He is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology (IWGN) established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which is responsible for putting together the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Meyyappan has authored or co-authored over 380 peer-reviewed journal articles and made over 250 Invited/Keynote/Plenary Talks and over 250 seminars at universities. He is a Fellow of MRS, IEEE, ECS, AVS, IOP, AIChE, ASME and the National Academy of Inventors. For his contributions and leadership in nanotechnology, he has received numerous awards including a Presidential Meritorious Award; NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal; IEEE Judith Resnick Award; IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award; AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award; IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology; Sir Monty Finniston Award by the Institution of Engineering and Technology; IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award; AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award; IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award; and AVS Plasma Prize. For his sustained contributions to nanotechnology, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame in 2009. Meyyappan has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Witwatersrand and Concordia University.