Motta named American Nuclear Society Fellow

August 29, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Arthur Motta, professor and chairman of nuclear engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

The ANS cited him for his contributions to the advancement of nuclear science and technology through the years.

Motta will be honored during the ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo in November at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

A Penn State faculty member since 1992, he is also a member of ASTM International, the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

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.

His previous 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 received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; and his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

He worked in France and Canada before joining Penn State.

  • Arthur Motta, chair of nuclear engineering

    Arthur Motta, professor and chair of nuclear engineering

    IMAGE: Gene Maylock
Last Updated August 29, 2014