Dr. Soma Venugopal Rao, Associate Professor, Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials (ACRHEM) at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected as an Associate Fellow of AP Akademi of Sciences (APAS).

 Dr. Vebugopal has been a NASI-SCOPUS awardee in Physics for the year 2013 and has also been selected as a senior grade member of the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

 Dr. Venugopal came to ACRHEM in 2007 from IIT-Guwahati, where he had joined the Physics department after a postdoc in Scotland. His doctoral work was at the UoH, on Incoherent Laser Spectroscopy for the measurement of ultra-fast relaxation times and third order nonlinearities in a variety of organic molecules.

 Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences is the first of its kind in the country that came into existence with fifty foundation members, nominated by Government, in March 1963.