The American Society for Testing and Materials International recently presented Indian American engineer Raj Shah ( Rajesh Shah ) with its prestigious Eagle award at a recent meeting. The award honors exceptional meritorious service within ASTM International, a standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a number of materials, products, systems and services. According to an ASTM citation for the award, Shah received the Eagle award for his “distinguished leadership as well as sustained, multiple and significant contributions to the standardization process over the last many decades.”The Indian American, who graduated from Penn State University, has spent 20 years as a member of ASTM International. The director at Holtsville, N.Y.-based Koehler Instrument, Shah is also a three-time recipient of ASTM International’s Award for Excellence. Additionally, he was honored by the International Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers in recognition for his outstanding service to the organization as annual meeting program chairman for 2015 (I-W Aug. 26, 2015 http://bit.ly/1NBEzQb).
According to Shah, he is the only person among the more than 30,000 ASTM members globally who has received the Eagle award as well as the Award of Excellence on three separate occasions. Upon presenting Shah with the award, the ASTM committee said he “has shown both clear leadership and perseverance” in a number of petroleum committees as well as work behind the scenes. Shah has contributed in symposiums, various ASTM publications and co-edited a fuels and lubricants handbook. He is also involved in working closely with several universities and is on the industrial board of advisers at the department of engineering at Hofstra University; chemical engineering at the State University of New York, Stony Brook; the school of engineering, design, technology and professional programs at Penn State; and the Samuel Ginn College of engineering, tribology and lubrication science minor at the University of Auburn. Shah also received the distinguished alumni award from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in 2013. – Courtesy / More about Raj Shah