WPI Professor L. Ramdas Ram-Mohan Named Fellow of Institute of Physics, UK

Faculty Member Also Awarded U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement

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WORCESTER, Mass. - September 19, 2003 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Professor L. Ramdas Ram-Mohan has been elected a fellow of the London-based Institute of Physics. This senior class of membership in the Institute is reserved for individuals with a very high level of achievement in physics and an outstanding contribution to the profession.

In addition, last month Ram-Mohan was awarded the Department of the Air Force Certificate of Achievement from the Air Force Research Laboratory in recognition of his outstanding technical accomplishments for the U.S. Air Force while on leave of absence from WPI. This research involved fundamental theoretical issues in optoelectronics and the modeling and simulation of physical systems at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

A professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at WPI, Ram-Mohan has taught at the university since 1978. His research interests include inquiries into field theory, many body problems, solid state physics, and optical properties of quantum semiconductor heterostructures. "Professor Rom-Mohan is receiving the international recognition that he deserves," notes John F. Carney, WPI provost and vice president of academic affairs. "His cutting-edge research activities will have far-reaching and beneficial applications in the 21st century."

Ram-Mohan is the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications in his fields of research. He also has authored the first book on the subject "Finite Element Method and Quantum Mechanics" and the definitive chapter on "Wavefunction Engineering: A New Paradigm in Quantum Nanostructure Modeling" in the "Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology." He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the Sigma Xi honor society. He has been listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World and the Dictionary of International Biography.

His earlier honors include the 1996 Purdue University School of Science Distinguished Alumni Award, the 1994 WPI Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the 1990 WPI Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship and Research.

Ram-Mohan earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University, and a B.S. degree in physics with honors from Delhi University in India. He resides in Northborough, Mass.

About the Institute of Physics

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About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.