Brookhaven National Laboratory engineer wins ASME Globalization Medal

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently awarded the Technical Communities Globalization Medal to Upendra S. Rohatgi, a senior engineer at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Rohatgi, who has worked extensively with engineers from the former Soviet Union and Iraq, received the award for encouraging scientists developing weapons of mass destruction to devote their efforts toward more peaceful endeavors.

"Importantly, [Rohatgi] has developed such relationships with these scientists that they are now more engaged in the scientific societies and communities around the world," Vic Korsun, the deputy executive director of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine, said. "He has been a teacher and a mentor to the scientists and engineers in these countries."

Rohatgi has been the program manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program since 1997. GIPP was created in 1994 to provide peaceful research and development projects for the tens of thousands of scientists from the former Soviet Union who worked on nuclear weapons programs.

The Technical Communities Globalization Medal has only been given to two other ASME members since its inception in 2011. The medal, and a $10,000 honorarium, will be presented to Rohatgi at the annual ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November.