Pradip Khaladkar, PE at DuPont, received the Materials Technology Institute’s (MTI) Fellow award and designation at MTI’s summer AmeriTAC 114 meeting in Denver, Colorado. It is the organization’s top honor for distinguished service.
Over its 38-year history, MTI’s Board of Directors has occasionally recognized exceptional individual contributors, such as Khaladkar, who have been instrumental in the technical association’s development and progression. On that basis, the BOD created the Fellow Award for member, staff, and outside employees/contractors who have advanced MTI’s mission in a significant way.
Khaladkar is MTI’s 13th Fellow and his nomination citation read, “As a long-time MTI member, Pradip has been a pioneer, innovator and driver in the development of numerous polymer projects. He is well known and recognized as a valuable resource for member companies when non-metallic questions are posed. He has served diligently over-the-years as a resource advisory group leader, the champion of many projects, relentless project team member and on the MTI Board of Directors. Some of his most recent project involvement includes work on the ‘Permeation Through Polymers for Process Industries’ handbook, the ‘Accelerated Testing of FRP’ handbook, and a unique, first time study ‘Understanding the Morphological Changes of Plastic Welds on Polymers that have been Exposed to Chemical Service.’ A thoughtful and considerate gentleman, a professional individual, a respected colleague and a friend to many at MTI.”
Khaladkar has displayed all of those characteristics since winning the award, sharing credit with his friends, colleagues, and company saying, “My contribution would not have been possible without the active assistance and encouragement of others.”