Indian American scientist elected a Fellow by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK

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Indian American scientist elected a Fellow by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK

Indian American Chemical Engineer Dr. Raj Shah has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK . The Royal society of chemistry has over 54,000 members and is one of the largest professional bodies for chemical scientists, supporting and representing our members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world. The Royal Society of Chemistry was founded in 1841 and incorporated by a royal charter in 1848, and its main patron is her Majesty the Queen of England.

A not-for-profit organization with a heritage that spans 175 years, The Royal Society of Chemistry has an ambitious international vision for the future. Around the world, they invest in educating future generations of scientists and partner with industry and academia, promoting collaboration and innovation. The Royal society of Chemistry also advises governments on policy and promote the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.

The Royal society boasts such famous historical members as Albert Einstein , Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. This is an unique and unparalleled honor for this prominent New York scientist.

Dr. Shah was inducted as a Fellow into this Society recently and when contacted by us, he was delighted, shocked and extremely grateful and said he accepted this wonderful honor with great humility on behalf of his colleagues and his family.

Dr. Shah was also recently conferred the title of a Chartered Petroleum engineer . He is the first ever Indian American to achieve this distinction, an honor which so far only half a dozen Americans have been recognized with in the life of this award.    It was awarded by the Energy institute (EI), which  is the largest professional membership body that brings global energy expertise together. The global energy industry, the people working in it and wider society all benefit from the work done at the Energy Institute.

Dr. Raj Shah is recognized internationally for his contributions to the Petroleum industry. He has been recognized  over the last 2 decades for his inventions and his efforts in creating standardized test methods for use worldwide by the American Standard of testing materials ( ASTM International )  with three awards of Excellence and an ASTM Eagle award (a sui genres distinction) .  More recently he was awarded the PM Ku medal ( the youngest recipient of this medal ), and prestigious John A. Bellanti Sr. Memorial Award as well.

He is the currently the Director of Koehler Instrument Company, Inc. based in Holtsville, NY and he currently serves, or has served on the Board of Directors/ Advisors of various institutions such as the Department of Chemical Engineering , State university of New York, Stony Brook, NY, The School of  Engineering, Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State University, PA, the Foundation Board at Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown, NY until 2009, and he served on the board of directors of  the National Lubricating Grease institute  for almost 2 decades.

Dr. Shah is also an elected  Fellow at STLE, NLGI, AIC, RSC and EI a singular honor that is unprecedented.

Dr. Shah has also been conferred the distinguished alumni award from the Institute of Chemical technology, Mumbai (ICT).  In conferring him this honor ICT Mumbai, stated " Dr. Raj Shah, a professional par excellence due to his high degree of integrity , commitment and professionalism has been responsible for the high esteem in which his alma mater , the Institute of chemical technology is recognized " More recently National Certification Commission in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Washington, DC honored Dr. Raj Shah with inducting him as a Certified professional chemist and Certified Chemical engineer.

Dr. Shah is the only person in the chemical industry worldwide who now holds all 6 of these highly coveted certifications namely CPC, CCHE, CEng, CSci, CChem, CPEng.

Dr. Shah's other interests include kayaking, mixology and mobile photography. He lives currently in Long island , NY with his wife of 22 years Dr. Niloufar Faridi and their son Kian. They are active in the special needs and paddling communities and enjoy participating in various philantropic community events.

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