New Honorary Doctors at Chalmers

The honorary doctors for 2013 have now been appointed at Chalmers. Professor Bradley F. Chmelka, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA, is appointed honorary doctor because of his research achievements within materials chemistry. Professor Hoda ElMaraghy, University of Windsor, is appointed an honorary doctorate for her outstanding research and her strong international engagement in the area of production. Professor Jung Shin Choi, The Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, is appointed an honorary doctorate for her pioneering studies of elderly living. Honorary doctorates are conferred at the annual conferment ceremony, which will be held this year on 1 June 2013.
Bradley F. Chmelka
Professor Bradley F. Chmelka, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA, is appointed Honorary Doctor because of his research achievements within materials chemistry. He has made important contributions to the development and use of methods based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for characterization of both structure and properties of inorganic materials. Within this field he is a world leading scientist.

Dr. Chmelka’s research has the aim to correlate properties and functions of materials at the macroscopic level with molecular structure and dynamics, particularly in heterogeneous systems. Among his main achievements are synthesis and characterization of self-assembling inorganic/organic composites and of mesoporous materials for use within catalysis, separation and electrooptics. His research also comprises molecular dynamics and structure in hierarchically organized polymers, liquid crystals, nanocrystals and biomaterials.

Dr. Chmelka held a Jubilee professorship at Chalmers during 2006 and he has since then maintained strong ties to many individuals at Chalmers. He has been the host for extended visits to UCSB by many researchers and PhD students from Chalmers and he has initiated a student exchange program on the master’s level between students at UCSB and Chalmers.

Bradley F. Chmelka has also acted as an ambassador for Chalmers by assisting in contacts to other scientists at UCSB. The strong ties that exist today between UCSB and Chalmers are to a large extent due to Dr. Chmelka’s efforts. The build-up of competence through these contacts and collaborations has been important for Chalmers researchers in their interactions with industries in the area of materials science. 

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Hoda ElMaraghy
Professor Hoda ElMaraghy, University of Windsor, is appointed an honorary doctorate for her outstanding research and her strong international engagement in the area of production. Hoda ElMaraghy is, in the areas of Production and Manufacturing, an internationally very well-known and respected researcher with an extensive international network. She is a well-known person in the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). Her research interests cover a wide range of topics and include modeling and configuration of manufacturing systems, geometry assurance and tolerance analysis, assembly and production planning.

Hoda ElMaraghy has over the years served as an evaluator of SSF national research ProViking in which research groups from Chalmers have been very active and successful. She is since 2007 engaged as advisor in Chalmers' Wingquist Laboratory VINN Excellence Center, where she contributed strongly to the increased internationalization and very good results in international evaluation of the center.

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Jung Shin Choi
Professor Jung Shin Choi, The Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, is appointed an honorary doctorate for her pioneering studies of elderly living. Her research examines different aspects of quality of life and needs of different types of housing, such as housing for people with dementia and group homes. She has formed and leads both a Korean network for residential care research, and The Scandinavian Society of Korea.

Jung Shin Choi has over the years conducted significant research in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and Asia with the network.

In 1995 she began a long and deep cooperation with the Department of Architecture at Chalmers, with several stays as guest researcher, exchange visits, joint research projects and field trips. She has also conveyed valuable contacts between Korea and Sweden.
Jung Shin Choi's broad expertise and commitment have been key to the development of the Centre for healthcare architecture (CVA) at Chalmers.

Facts about Honorary Doctors at Chalmers
The Honorary Doctor of Science, h.c., is awarded by Chalmers as an acknowledgement of a highly prominent and in-depth professional performance associated with Chalmers’ areas of expertise. A long-term network of contacts should also have been built up around one who is granted an Honorary Doctor of Science title from Chalmers. Honorary doctors at Chalmers are appointed by the Faculty Senate.
Honorary doctorates are conferred at the annual conferment ceremony, which will be held this year on 1 June 2013.
 
For more information about the honorary doctors, please contact:
Erika Hansson, erika.hansson@chalmers.se, +46 31-772 2746

Published: Mon 25 Nov 2013.