Dr. Sharmila Mitra Mukhopadhyay is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the National Academies - Grand Challenges Scholar's Program at Wright State University. She is also the founding Director of the Center for Nanoscale Multifunctional Materials at WSU.
Mukhopadhyay obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indian Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from Cornell University. In 2016, she was selected as Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine. In this capacity, she served as the senior scientific advisor in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, where she used her scientific expertise to create linkages between cutting-edge technical innovations and governmental entities focused on economic development. As a Wright State faculty member, she has received several awards, including the Excellence in Research Award (2004), the Outstanding Faculty Award (2011), and the Trustees' Award for Faculty Excellence (2011), which is the highest award given by the university to a faculty member. She is listed in multiple Who’s Who publications such as "Who's Who in the World", "Who's Who in America," and is an elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay's academic focus has been at the crossroads of nanotechnology, sustainable engineering devices, and forward-thinking STEM education. Current active projects encompass the following areas: design of compact and reusable nanomaterial architectures for energy, environment, and biomedical applications; fundamental investigation of surface and interface phenomena; and promotion of multidisciplinary engineering education models. Recent research accomplishments include creation of novel bio-mimetic hierarchical structures in robust reusable devices that utilize the benefits of nanomaterials while minimizing their environmental risks. These materials have, to date, resulted in a new generation of catalysts, energy storage materials, antibacterial surfaces, biosensors, and bone/muscle tissue scaffolds. Her work has been featured in over a dozen media releases, such as the Homeland Security News Wire, AzoNano, PhysOrg, Dayton Daily News, Ceramic Bulletin and Dayton Business Journal. She has published over a hundred papers, books, chapters and reports. Additionally, she has obtained and directed over forty-five research grants from a wide variety of federal and state sponsors, such as NSF, DOE, AFOSR, AFRL, NASA, EPA, and OBOR, as well as industrial sponsors, such as P&G. Dr. Mukhopadhyay has also organized several national and international symposia, and serves on editorial boards of journals, on review panels of funding agencies, and on executive committees of several professional societies.