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Prof. P.K. Mehta- Chemical Engineer & Concrete Technolog

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject: Prof. P.K. Mehta- Chemical Engineer & Concrete Technolog Reply with quote

Prof. P. Kumar Mehta - Chemical Engineer & Concrete Technologist


   Dr. P. Kumar Mehta is Professor Emeritus in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. On his retirement in 1993, after 30 years of teaching and research in concrete technology, he was awarded the Berkeley Citation - the highest campus honor for contributions to his field and to the University. In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coal Combustion Products Partnership in recognition of his outstanding research for decades on the use of fly ash in structural concrete. He was also elected an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute. He is a member of the ACI Board Advisory Committee on Sustainable Development.

Mehta is the  Past Chair of the ACI Commemorative Lectures Series Committee and is a member of the ACI Board Advisory Committee on Sustainable Development and ACI Committee 232, Fly Ash and Natural Pozzolans in Concrete. Mehta has received several ACI awards including the Wason Medal for Materials Research in 1988, ACI Construction Practice Award in 1999 , ACI/CANMET award for outstanding contributions to knowledge and understanding of physical-chemical factors influencing the performance of concrete in marine environment, and ACI/CANMET award for research on supplementary cementing materials. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences. At the Fall 2001 ACI Convention, he was invited to deliver the Tuthill Commemorative lecture on Greening of the Concrete Industry.

Mehta holds nine patents in the area of cement and concrete technology, and is the author or coauthor of nearly 250 scientific papers and four books, including a popular university text : CONCRETE: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials. The book has been translated into Chinese , Japanese, Spanish, Portugese and Persian . A thoroughly revised edition of this book (coauthor P.J.M. Monteiro), containing topics of current interest in modern concrete technology, was published in 2006.


Mehta's educational background includes undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Delhi (India), M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from North Carolina State University, and Doctor of Engineering in Material Science and from University of California at Berkeley.


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I am very sad to report the demise of Professor Emeritus Povindar Kumar Mehta, who passed away on Aug. 7.  He was 88.

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Professor Mehta joined the CEE faculty in 1963, and he taught in the department until his retirement in 1993.

He received his BS in Chemical Engineering at Delhi Polytechnic, an MS in Ceramic Engineering at North Carolina State College, and his Doctor of Engineering in Materials Science at UC Berkeley.

Professor Mehta developed techniques of energy saving and waste material utilization in the manufacture of cement and was a world expert in the development of "green concrete."

He was named a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society in 1981, and in 1984, he was named a Fellow in the American Concrete Institute (ACI). In 1988, the ACI awarded Professor Mehta the prestigious Wason Medal for Materials Research. He received the ACI/CANMET award for contributions to the knowledge of the physical and chemical influences on concrete performance in marine environments. He received the Malhotra Award for outstanding contributions to research on supplementary cementing materials.

In 1993, Professor Mehta received the Berkeley Citation. One of the University's highest honors, the Citation recognizes those whose contributions to UC Berkeley go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields.

In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coal Combustion Products Partnership in recognition of his "outstanding research for decades on the use of fly ash in structural concrete."

Prof. Mehta taught courses in civil engineering materials, advanced concrete technology, and concrete construction. He wrote the book, "Concrete: Structure, Properties, and Materials," (Prentice-Hall, 1986), and he contributed chapters to other seminal books on the properties of concrete.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Prof. P.K. Mehta- Chemical Engineer & Concrete Technolog Reply with quote

Some excerpts from Prof. P.K. Mehta's eulogy (https://www.servicespace.org/blog/view.php?id=28319)

Rahul Brown
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His textbook translated into many languages and is still in use decades after its publication. His home had the vibe of an ashram- simple, functional, and serving as a base for inner practice. For a man who held 9 patents and collected royalties on his groundbreaking inventions, he never ramped up his personal consumption. In a culture where success is defined by a ‘winner takes all’ attitude, his example reminded us of the way of saints and Mahatmas—where ‘winners give all’. Unencumbered by selfishness and dogmatism, his generosity supported people across denominations, with clear recognition of how these were all flavors of universal goodness.


Indians for Collective Action Co-Founder Dr P K Mehta, left, presents the award to social workers Dr Mandakini and Dr Prakash Amte
Each year, the Indians for Collective Action honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in India.In 2015, the Amtes shared the award with Professor Thomas Kailath, the Hitachi America Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Stanford University.
Nik Warren

Kumar, in his life and actions, was deeply committed to recognizing the Gandhian principles of nonviolence (ahimsa) and the force of truth (satyagraha — literally “holding firmly to truth”). And he saw these principles as mutually reflecting a deeper truth; namely that we are all interconnected and interdependent, and that in being so, are unified at the deepest levels.

His sense of the Common Good covered the material, social, and philosophical. At the material level, in focusing on the Common Good, he reinvented the chemistry and technology of making concrete to increase its sustainability and to reduce its environmental impact. He responded to the social dimension of Common Good by offering his patents to India, and by direct social action such as restoring water tanks in Indian villages. And he drew on the spiritual and philosophical grounds of ahimsa to explore how a society may cultivate the Common Good.

In 1993, The Centennial of the First Parliament of Religions (which had been held in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago Illinois), Kumar, (along with Henry Baer and Nik Warren) founded a non-profit, AHIMSA, which was dedicated to sponsoring interdisciplinary conferences which explored global issues from a platform drawing on the spirit and practicum of ahimsa. Kumar dedicated the profits from the sales of his now famous textbook (“Concrete” by Paulo J. M. Monteiro and Povindar Kumar Mehta) to support this organization.

Kumar offered all of us who knew him a model of a life dedicated to global awareness and to a humility in service to the Common Good. We remain, not in debt to him, but in enrichment to pass on from him what we have learned from him — a man who gave all away in a practice of universal love.
Tom Mahon:

He used the proceeds of the book to start an organization at UC-Berkeley called AhimsaBerkeley, dedicated to bringing together some of the senior faculty at the University (in the Humanities, Life Sciences, Physics, Ethics, Theology departments) to talk with each other. A remarkable idea at the time.

He was frail and soft-spoken by the time I met him, but his aura was visible to anyone who looked. I mean that literally, he emanated his serenity such that you absorbed it to your benefit. His was light years beyond stereotypic Berkeley-ish ‘good vibes.’

And I saw the proof of that one night when he offered to be my bodyguard at an event at the Crosses of Lafayette, a hillside monument in the Bay Area to the fallen in the Iraq war.

I was invited to speak on Memorial Day in 2007, honoring the 4,000th US soldiers killed in Iraq. Tea Party members showed up on their bikes to shout invectives at the people  honoring the dead, and then began shouting obscenities into the faces of small children. They demanded the Crosses be torn down as a desecration to the memory of the American dead who, by their reckoning, must have enjoyed dying in battle. (The Tea Party could never explain why they felt that honoring the dead was disrespectful and unpatriotic.)

As I began to speak, Kumar took a place in front of me as a half-dozen of the angry demonstrators began to close in one me and shout obscenities at me. Then, one of the mob put his hand on Kumar's shoulder as if to push him aside. I was behind Kumar and could barely hear what he said to the bully. But with that, the guy removed his arm, then walked away from the area, back to his bike and left the event. Prof. Kumar offered a model of how to deal with the darkness. He whispered a sentence or two, and the thug got on his Harley and left. I saw that non-violent resistance really works.

Hollywood would call what Kumar did a "Jedi mind-trick," it was so far beyond anything we think possible. But he did the impossible: with barely an audible breath, he made his opponent stand down using only soul-force. A microcosm of what Gandhi, Mandela, Dr King, Lech Walesa, Karol Wojtyla and others have done against their respective, well-armed adversaries.
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