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Koehler Instrument Company’s Technical Director Dr. Raj Shah honoured with Fellowship at the Institute of Measurement and Control.

Oct 03 2019 Read 405 Times

The Institute of Measurement and Control is recognised by the Royal Charter, UK as the professional body for scientists and engineers working in measurement, automation and control. Dr. Raj Shah, who is based in Long Island NY, for last 25 years, was elevated to the title of Fellow by his peers at InstMC, a rare honour for an American engineer.

Founded in 1944, the InstMC members original priority was to maintain the national infrastructure and support wartime logistics. During the post-war reconstruction years, attention shifted to developing new major infrastructure programs including nuclear power, oil and gas, the transport network and major industrial and chemical facilities. Currently the members of INSTMC are still involved in all the above areas, but the digital age has opened a new sphere of involvement in the area of sensors linked to intelligence. This includes the Internet of Things, cyber security, smart cities and transport networks, driverless cars, and innovation in petroleum and petrochemical engineering.

Dr. Shah is no stranger to distinction. Just a couple of months ago, he was named a Fellow at the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK which boasts such historical members as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.

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 organisation 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.

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

Dr. Shah was also honored recently by the Energy institute with the title of a Chartered petroleum engineer this summer . The Energy Institute (EI) 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 EI’s work.

Dr. Raj Shah is widely recognised worldwide for his contributions to the field of fuels, lubricants, and greases. His specialisation is in the development of laboratory analytical instrumentation used primarily in the petroleum laboratory. He has been recognised for his inventions and his efforts in creating standardised 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). He is the currently the Director at 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 now an elected Fellow at STLE, NLGI, AIC, RSC, InstMC and EI a singular honour that is indeed unprecedented worldwide.

A recipient of multiple awards at ASTM over his career, 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.

Dr. Shah has also been conferred the distinguished alumni award from the Institute of Chemical technology, Mumbai (ICT). In conferring him this honour 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 " . His other alma mater, The Pennsylvania state University, started an alumni spotlight feature with him as its first ever recipient.

More recently National Certification Commission in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Washington, DC honoured Dr. Raj Shah with inducting him as a Certified professional chemist and Certified Chemical engineer.

Dr. Shah is also an elected Chartered Engineer from the Engineering council in the UK, a Chartered Chemist from the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Scientist from the science council, all of these combined are exceptional honours within the scientific community. Dr. Shah is the only person in the chemical industry worldwide who now holds all 6 of these elected 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 23 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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