About the Author
Dr. M. Singh, FASM, FACerS, FIMMM (UK) is Chief Scientist at Ohio Aerospace Institute., NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH (USA). He is actively involved in various activities related to processing, manufacturing, joining and attachment technologies, and characterization of advanced silicon carbide based ceramics and fiber reinforced ceramic composites, lightweight cellular ceramics, advanced ceramic matrix composites for turbomachinery and space propulsion systems, and a wide variety of materials for high temperature applications. He is also involved in developing microjoining and packaging technologies for sensors for high temperatures and harsh environments, packaging and joining technologies for fuel cells, nanocrystalline silicon carbide materials. He has been actively involved in developing technologies for in--space repair of thermal protection systems of space shuttle orbiter, assembly technologies for heat rejection systems for lunar and deep space exploration missions, and ultrahigh temperature composites for leading edges of next generation space transportation systems. He has authored or coauthored more than two hundred thirty publications in journals, edited nineteen books, holds several patents, and various technology transfers to industries. He is recipient of numerous (more than thirty) national and international awards including 1989 Crystal Growth Award, 1993 Jacquet--Lucas Award from the International Metallographic Society and ASM International, 1994 ASM International/IIM Visiting Lectureship, 1995 R&D 100 Award, 1995 and 1997 Innovator of the Year and 1995 Best Paper of the Year Awards from NYMA, Inc., 1997 EDI Innovator Award from the Enterprise Development Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, 1999 Best Paper award from the American Ceramic Society, 1999 R&D 100 Award, and Dynacs Engineering Innovator of the Year award. He received NASA Public Service Medal in 1999 and NASA Exceptional Space Act Award in 2000 for his outstanding and extraordinary contributions to various NASA programs, 2000 NorTech Innovation Award, 2000 Richard M. Fulrath Award of the American Ceramic Society, Ishikawa International Carbon Prize from Ishikawa Science and Technology Foundation, Tokyo, Japan in 2000, 2001 R&D 100 Award, 2002 NorTech Innovation Award, 2003 Samuel Geijsbeek Award from the American Ceramic Society, 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India, 2004 ASM International--Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) visiting lectureship, 2004 Japan Fine Ceramics Association (JFCA) International Prize, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 James I. Mueller memorial award from the American Ceramic Society, and 2005 R&D 100 award for the development of GRABER technology. Hua--Tay Lin currently is a Distinguished R&D staff member, Ceramic Science and Technology Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and has served as a principal investigator on numerous programs sponsored by Department of Energya s Office of Distributed Energy, Office of Transportation Technologies, Office of Industrial Technologies, and Office of Power Technologies. He served as the Chair of the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society and currently serves on the Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance Committee of ASM International and as the Editor--in--Chief of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology of the American Ceramic Society. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and received a Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellowship Award to conduct research in Japan.