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Professor Noam Eliaz

Professor Noam Eliaz is a full professor, Director of the Biomaterials and Corrosion Laboratory, and the founding Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He earned a B.Sc. degree in Materials Engineering, an M.B.A degree, and a Ph.D. degree (direct track) in Materials Engineering, all cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Being in the Academic Reserve, he served for three years as a Metallurgical Laboratory officer at the Israel Air Force (IAF, currently holds the rank Major in reserve). While serving in the IAF, Eliaz was involved in two projects that were selected in 2010 as having the 2nd and 3rd highest impact on the IAF among all engineering projects carried out in the materials area over the past 60 years. Prior to joining TAU, he was a Fulbright and Rothschild Fellow at MIT.

Prof. Eliaz's research is interdisciplinary and combines basic scientific research with applied research and development. Examples include: (1) development of novel electrochemically-deposited hydroxyapatite coatings for orthopedic and dental implants; (2) the use of Bio-Ferrography for diagnosing osteoarthritis or cancer, determining the efficacy of drug treatments, and monitoring the wear of artificial joints; (3) study of corrosion in different environments (from aircraft and space to the human body); (4) development of functional electrochemical coatings (e.g. rhenium coatings that are resistant at high temperatures and in aggressive environments for aircraft, aerospace and catalysis applications); and (5) failure analysis. The products of his research are being used in defense organizations and implant companies. As the Chief Scientist of a dental implants manufacturer, he is currently leading a process of scaling-up a hydroxyapatite coating that he developed at TAU. He is currently a member of MRS, ECS, ISE, NACE International, and the Society for Biomaterials.  

Eliaz has published over 390 research publications, including 109 manuscripts in refereed journals, 3 edited books, 7 book chapters, and 43 Plenary and Invited talks at international conferences. He was the editor of a double volume of Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry (Springer) on Applications of Electrochemistry and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine, as well as a book on Degradation of Implant Materials (Springer). His papers are well cited, with over 3,800 citations and h-index of 33 according to Google Scholar. Since 2005 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Reviews, one of the best journals dedicated to corrosion. He has won numerous awards (see below).

Eliaz has demonstrated academic and scientific leadership in Israel and abroad. He has served as chair and member of numerous committees (see below). He is recognized as the leader of the development of the materials discipline at TAU. For example, he was one of the designers and the founding Head of the Materials and Nanotechnologies graduate  (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) program, which was managed jointly by the Faculties of Engineering, Exact Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine, and The Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. He led the submission of this program to the approval of the Israel Council of Higher Education (CHE). He also led the design and submission to the approval of the CHE of the dual-degree undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering and in Chemistry. He was the Chairman of the 14th Israel Materials Engineering Conference (IMEC–14), the largest materials engineering conference ever held in Israel, and the first in the IMEC series to be held at TAU. He also co-chaired with Prof. David Seidman the First and the Second Northwestern University (NU)/TAU joint workshops, held at TAU and NU, respectively.

Eliaz has advised 8 Ph.D. students, 5 postdoctoral scholars (3 of whom currently hold faculty positions in Israel, India and China), 4 visiting scientists, 24 M.Sc. students and 13 B.Sc. students. His group members have garnered prestigious accolades including the Israel Defense Prize, the Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation (Israeli military decoration), the Israel Atomic Energy Commission best poster award, the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology scholarship for the promotion of excellent female graduate students in science, a Fulbright post-doctoral scholarship, best oral and poster presentations at international conferences, and many more.

In 2015, Eliaz was elected to the The Israel Young Academy, which was founded by The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In January 2017 he was appointed by Israel's Minister of Science, Technology, and Space as a member of the Governing Board of The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF). He was also appointed as a member of the review committee for postdoctoral scholars in sciences and engineering (2015-2018) of the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships program, managed by The United States–Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF). Since 2010 he has been serving as a member of the Academic Council of the Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem. Since 2014 he has served as a representative of the Faculty of Engineering in the Small Senate of TAU (elected), and in 2016-7 he has been serving as an academic member of the Board of Governors annual meeting (elected by the Senate of TAU). He has been a member of the experts committee that issued the report recommending the removal of the ammonia tank from the Haifa Bay.

Prof. Eliaz is an 8th generation Israeli. He is married to Billie and the proud father of Ofri, Shahaf and Shalev.

Education

1995-1999 Ph.D. in Materials Engineering (direct-track program), BGU (summa cum laude).
Doctoral dissertation: Hydrogen interaction with amorphous and quasicrystalline alloys.
Honors: Eshkol Scholarship for Scientific Infrastructures (The Israel Ministry of Science) & BGU's Provost Prize (given once a year to one outstanding Ph.D. student in the whole University).
1996-1998  M.B.A., BGU (magna cum laude).
1988-1991 B.Sc. in Materials Engineering (Academic Reserve), BGU (magna cum laude).
Engineering project: Modeling hydrogen diffusion and trapping around helium bubbles in First-
Wall materials in nuclear reactors.
Honors: Best departmental engineering project.

      
Academic and Professional Experience

2001– Tel-Aviv University.
School of Mechanical Engineering (formerly: Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Systems): Senior Lecturer 1/10/2001-30/6/2008 (tenure awarded 1/4/2006); Associate Professor
1/7/2008-30/4/2012; (Full) Professor 1/5/2012-31/7/2013.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering: Full Professor & Founding Chair since 1/8/2013.
8/2012-7/2013 Northwestern University (IL, USA).
Eshbach Visiting Professor (on sabbatical leave), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, hosts: Professors David N. Seidman and David C. Dunand.
Autumn 2005 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Tokyo, Japan).
JSPS Visiting Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering.
Summer 2002  MIT (MA, USA).
Visiting Scientist, H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Lab, Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
1999-2001 MIT (MA, USA).
Postdoctoral Fulbright and Rothschild Fellow, H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Lab, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, advisor: Prof. Ronald M. Latanision.
1992-1995 Israel Air Force (IAF).
Metallurgical Laboratory officer.

   
Professional Societies and Organizations (selected list of nominations)

2014-2016 International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Israel Regional Representative (elected).
2012-2014 NACE International, Chairman – TEG 186X committee on Environmentally Assisted Cracking.
2008-2011 The Standards Institution of Israel, Chairman – Central Committee 300 for Chemistry Standards.
2003-2005 The Israel Section of NACE International, Chairman.
                

Honors (selected list)

2016 Invitation to contribute an article to ASM Handbook, Vol. 18: Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology (ASM International, OH).
* The ASM Handbook is the single most important reference work in the area of materials engineering. Eliaz seems to be the first Israeli resident to ever contribute an article to the ASM Handbook series.
2015 Elected Member, The Israel Young Academy (IYA).
2014 Technical Achievement Award, NACE International.
Citation: “For outstanding achievements in corrosion research, engineering and education, with key contributions in electrodeposition of special materials, biomaterials corrosion, and failure analysis in the aircraft, space, medical device, nuclear power generation, and naval industries” (the only Israeli recipient of this honor so far).
2013 Eshbach Visiting Scholar, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, NU.
This program supports “short visits of distinguished visitors from industry or academia to the McCormick School (1-2 scholars are appointed each year).”
2012  NACE Fellow, NACE International (the only Israeli Fellow so far).
2010 Two projects to which Eliaz contributed were selected as having the 2nd and 3rd highest impact on the Israel Air Force among all engineering projects carried out in the materials area during 60 years. These projects were the use of ferrography in condition monitoring and failure analysis of F-16 engines, respectively.
2010 Herbert H. Uhlig Award, NACE International (the first Israeli to receive this or any other NACE International award). 
2005-2007 Fellow, The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
2003 T.P. Hoar Award for the best paper published in the journal Corrosion Science during 2001.
The Institute of Corrosion and Pergamon.
2002  Dan David scholarship for young researchers (TAU).
1999  Fulbright and Rothschild postdoctoral fellowships (the only materials engineer to receive both).