Shriram Ramanathan has won the 2011 Robert Lansing Hardy Award on behalf of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

The associate professor of materials science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) was noted for “innovative contributions to the synthesis, study and applications of thin film oxides.”

The Robert Lansing Hardy Award recognizes the outstanding promise of a young metallurgist (under the age of 35) for a successful career in the broad field of metallurgy. The recipient also receives a $500 stipend from the Ford Motor Company. The award was established in 1955.

“I am grateful to TMS for this award,” says Ramanathan. “I express my sincere gratitude to my mentors, students, and collaborators who have played an enormous role in my professional development. Participating in TMS meetings and the following discussion tremendously helped in generating new ideas, research directions, and fruitful collaborations.”

Research in Ramanathan’s group is primarily focused on oxide thin films and nanostructures with emphasis on how processing affects properties.