Prof. S. Venugopal Rao, Professor at the Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad has been selected as the Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Allahabad for the year 2021. NASI is the oldest science academy in India.

Prof. S. Venugopal Rao

Prof. Venugopal Rao joined ACRHEM in the year 2007 as a Reader.  He was promoted as a Professor in the year 2013. He has successfully guided 11 Ph.D. students and 5 more are working in his group.  He has also mentored several post-doctoral, M.Sc., and undergraduate students. He has published 1 book, 17 book chapters, and >350 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, presented >150 papers in various international/national conferences. He has delivered >75 invited talks and 3 PLENARY talks.  He has successfully established state-of-the-art ultrafast laser laboratories at the ACRHEM.  His publications have >7211 citations (Google Scholar Citations, November 2021), a h-index of 47 and EIGHT (8) publications have >100 citations along with forty-two (42) publications with >50 citations.

Some of his recognitions include (a) he has been recognized as one among the top 2% of scientists in the field of optics and photonics as per a recent study (2021 and 2020) (b) Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK (2020) (c) Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London, UK (2019) (d) PUBLONS TOP peer reviewer award for 2018 and 2019 (e) Fellow of the Telangana Academy of Sciences (2017) (f) Recipient of the Chancellor’s award (2016) of the University of Hyderabad and (g) NASI-SCOPUS award (2012) in Physics category.  He has been elected as SENIOR MEMBER of prestigious organizations such as OSA, SPIE, and IEEE.  He is now serving as (a) a member of the editorial board of Defence Science Journal, DESIDOC, India (b) a Topical editor of Optics Letters (c) an Associate Editor of the journal RSC Advances (d) Member of permanent editorial board (Review Editor) for the “Optics and Photonics” section of “Frontiers in Physics” journal.

The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, is the oldest of the three Science Academies of India. It was visualized by Prof. Meghnad Saha at the Allahabad University in 1929 and was founded in the year 1930 with the objective of providing a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide them opportunities for exchange of ideas/concepts among themselves.