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Amit Goyal’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroAmerican physicist
Is Scientist 
Physicist 
Engineer 
From India 
Type Engineering 
Science 
Gendermale
Birth Rajasthan

Amit Goyal is the Director of the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary RENEW (Research & Education in Energy, Environment & Water) Institute spanning seven schools and colleges at SUNY-Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. He is also Empire Innovation Professor at SUNY-Buffalo in the departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics and all Materials, Design & Innovation. He is also presently Emeritus Corporate Fellow, UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Previously he was a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow, a Battelle Distinguished Inventor and an ORNL Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee. He was also the Chair of the UT-Battelle-ORNL Corporate Fellow Council.
He is one of the leading scientists world-wide in the field of advanced electronic and energy materials including High Temperature Superconductors. He has over 85 issued patents. He also has over 350 publications. A recent analysis of citations and papers published world-wide in the last decade in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, between 1999–2009, conducted by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators (ESI), ranks him as the most cited author worldwide.

Education

He did his schooling at Mayo College, in Rajasthan, India. He received the degree of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) Honors degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1986. He completed his M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1988. He completed his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the same institute in 1991. He has an Executive MBA from the Krannert Business School at Purdue University, an executive International MBA from Tilburg University, The Netherlands and Executive business training from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The University of Rochester, New York, awarded him a Distinguished Scholar Medal in 2006 and the Indian Institute of Technology awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009.

Career

Goyal joined SUNY-Buffalo as Director of the RENEW Institute and as Empire Innovation Professor in January 2015. Previously, Goyal was at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1991 to December 2014. He has developed clean energy technologies for over two decades. He also works in the field of low-cost, large-area, high-performance, flexible electronic devices including superconductors and photovoltaics. His research has proved pivotal in the development of single crystal like behaviour in long lengths of superconducting materials. He has contributed to the development of wires that allow high-temperature superconductors to allow very high performance to be obtained in a cost-effective manner. His innovations and technologies are being used by companies around the world to fabricate and manufacture high-performance, high-temperature superconducting wires. He has also made significant contributions to the fields of texture and grain boundary network control and to other electronic materials such as photovoltaics.

In 2011, Goyal received the inaugural E. O. Lawrence Award for Energy Science and Innovation. The E. O. Lawrence Award is given by the United States Energy Secretary on behalf of the President of the United States, for meritorious contributions to the development, use or control of atomic energy, and is officially awarded by the United States Secretary of Energy. It consists of a certificate, a gold medal and a cash prize of $20,000. The award was officially awarded in a ceremony on May 21, 2012. Goyal’s award cites his “pioneering research and transformative contributions to the field of applied high temperature superconductivity, including fundamental materials science advances and technical innovations enabling large-scale applications of these novel materials”. Goyal was invited by the Energy Secretary to give a special lecture associated with this award at USDOE. The lecture was live streamed and has been archived on Science Cinema.

In 2010, he received the 2010 R&D Magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award. R&D Magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award has been presented to inventors since 2001.

The R&D magazine also awards the R&D100 awards to the 100 most innovative products introduced each year in any field. Goyal has received ten R&D 100 awards.

The NRI today listed him in the top 10 list of “movers and shakers” in 2010. He was also listed in top 50 Coolest Desis of 2010 by DesiClub.com.

A detailed list of awards and recognitions and their relevance can be found elsewhere.

He is the Founder, President & CEO of TapeSolar Inc. This company is developing the next generation of high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells. TapeSolar Inc. is a Delaware-based private equity investment funded company and is located in the Austin, Texas area. He is also the Founder, President & CEO of TexMat LLC, a Delaware-based intellectual property holding and consulting company.

Memberships

He currently serves or has served on the Advisory Boards of NanoTech Briefs, the Journal of the Korean Institute of Applied Superconductivity, Recent Patents on Materials Science and Superconductor Science & Technology. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Nature Magazine’s Scientific Reports, the Journal of Materials Research and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and has served as Guest Editor for the TMS publication, Journal of Minerals, Metals and Materials (JOM). He has served as Chair of the Electronics Division of the American Ceramic Society. He also sits on the Boards of many organizations.

He is a fellow of nine, prestigious, professional societies including the National Academy of Inventors, the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the ASM International, the Institute of Physics, the American Ceramic Society, the World Innovation Foundation and the World Technology Network.