Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali, is Distinguished Scientist and Chairman & Chief Executive of Heavy Water Board (HWB), and is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of Heavy Water plants, and other diversification activities located at Kota, Manuguru, Thal, Hazira, Baroda, Tuticorin and Talcher for production of heavy water, organic Solvents, Sodium, Potassium, Oxygen-18, enriched Boron & B4C, and deuterated solvents and compounds.
Dr. Mudali is Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, and Adjunct Faculty of Institute of Chemical Technology (University), Mumbai, and PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore. He is a Fellow of 10 academies including three from abroad. He is also Honorary Fellow of Electrochemical Society of India, Bengaluru, and Honorary Member of UDCT Alumni Association, Mumbai.
Dr. Mudali was at IGCAR for 33 years, and was Director of Materials Chemistry and Metal Fuel Cycle Group before joining HWB. Dr. Mudali is internationally well known professional in the area of advanced materials, coating technology, corrosion engineering, and was leading R&D projects of reactor & reprocessing materials, processes, and equipment development of Fast Breeder Reactor programme. He has to his credit 435 papers (with h-index of 37 (Scopus)) in various National and International journals; 4 patents; and co-edited 16 books/proceedings. He has guided/coordinated 162 students for their UG, PG & PhD degrees.
Dr. Mudali has been decorated with prestigious awards like: Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award from DAE; Frank Newman Speller Award from NACE International, USA; GD Birla Gold Medal Award; National Metallurgists Day Award from Ministry of Steel and IIM; INS Medal; VASVIK Award; Distinguished Faculty Award from HBNI, Mumbai; ONGC Excellence Award and Meritorious Award in Corrosion from NACE India, Meritorious Award for Excellence in Corrosion from NCCI, Karaikudi, and National MASCOT Award from ECSI, IISc., Bangalore; and has delivered several Honour and Memorial Lectures of repute..
Dr. Mudali has been a Visiting Scientist at leading institutions in Germany, Japan, UK, France, Israel, Bulgaria etc. Dr. Mudali is Chairman and Member of many important committees/Boards of DAE and other national organisations.