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MRS Bulletin - Collection in Honor of V.S. Arunachalam

V.S. Arunachalam (1935–2023)

V.S. Arunachalam (Arun), a long-time member of the Editorial Board of MRS Bulletin, who was Director General of the Defense Research and Development Organization of India, Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, and later a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in public policy, passed away on August 16, 2023 at the age of 87. In 2005, he founded the Bengaluru-based think tank Center for Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), with a mission to enrich policymaking with innovative approaches using science and technology for a sustainable, secure, and inclusive society.

Arun contributed immensely to MRS Bulletin, beginning his association with MRS in the 1990s. He helped generate a series of articles in 1999–2001 on Materials Challenges for the 21st Century. He then facilitated and guest edited the first special issue of MRS Bulletin on “Harnessing Materials for Energy” in April 2008. This arguably set the stage for energy-related programming in MRS along with the energy textbook published soon after. Arun was the motivation and push behind the 2015 MRS Bulletin special issue on “Materials & Engineering: Propelling Innovation.” He also founded and actively participated in the “Energy Quarterly” section of MRS Bulletin for several years.

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