Institute for Combinatorial Discovery
Department of Materials Science and Engineering , Iowa State University
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Professor Krishna Rajan is the Director of the Institute for Combinatorial
Discovery at Iowa State University. He is holds appointments in the Department
of Materials Science & Engineering and the Bioinformatics and Computational
Biology Program. He received his BASc in Metallurgy and Materials Science from
the University of Toronto and the ScD in Materials Science with a minor in Science
& Technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.
He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT and Cambridge University and then joined
the National Research Council of Canada as a research staff scientist in the
1980s; after which he joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
before coming to Iowa State University in 2005.
Dr. Rajan is recognized as one of the world`s leading authorities on
the development and use of informatics, statistical learning and combinatorial
discovery methods for the development, design and characterization of materials.
A major focus of his research is the application of informatics in advancing
quantitative methods for high-resolution electron and atom-probe microscopy
and the nanostructural characterization of materials.
Professor Rajan`s research extends into coupling new developments in
computer and mathematical sciences into combinatorial materials science and
informatics. His work in applying statistical learning and data mining to materials
science was recognized by his appointment to the Stanley Chair of Interdisciplinary
Engineering at Iowa State University. He has established the first academic
program in materials informatics and combinatorial materials science in the
United States as director of the NSF sponsored International Materials Institute:
Combinatorial Sciences and Materials Informatics Collaboratory.