Motta Receives American Nuclear Society Mishima Award
Arthur Motta, professor and chair of nuclear engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and professor of materials science and engineering, was awarded the 2015 Mishima Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS).
Established in 1991, the Mishima award recognizes outstanding contributions in research and development work on nuclear fuel and materials. The award honors the late Yoshitsugu Mishima, professor at the University of Tokyo.
Motta will receive a plaque and monetary award at the ANS annual meeting in San Antonio on June 8.
Motta has been a Penn State faculty member since 1992. In addition to ANS, he is also a member of the American Society for Testing Materials; The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society; and the Materials Research Society. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society.
His other awards and honors include the ANS Materials Science and Technology Division's Outstanding Achievement Award, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society's Outstanding Research and Outstanding Advising Awards and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering's Outstanding Faculty Award.
Motta's research program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of materials degradation when exposed to the nuclear reactor environment, including radiation damage, microstructural evolution, corrosion and hydriding. This understanding allows a better prediction of materials behavior and the development of superior materials that can last longer under more severe conditions in the reactor environment.
Motta received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.