UH Manoa Resarcher Receives the R.F. Bunshah Award

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Jul 25, 2003

Dr. Shiv Sharma, UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology research professor and acting associate director of the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, was recently awarded the R. F. Bunshah Award from the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF).

The annual R.F. Bunshah Award was created in 1983 by the American Vacuum Society‘s International conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films to recognize the best published paper presented at the ICMCTF in honor of Professor R.F. Bunshah‘s innovative achievements in the science and technology of coating and thin film deposition. A professor in materials science and engineering at UCLA, Bunshah led a distinguished career as an educator and researcher, and was a major contributor to activities of the American Vacuum Society.

Sharma received the award for the paper he co-authored, "Conducting Spinel Oxide Films with Infrared Transparency." The paper reported the development of nickel-cobalt films that are expected to revolutionize infrared electro-optic devices, including improved night vision cameras both for defense and civilian applications.

Sharma‘s research interests include Raman and infrared spectroscopy of materials at very high pressure and temperatures, remote sensing with fiber-optic sensors, and light direction and ranging (LIDAR) techniques. He joined the University of Hawai'i in 1980 after spending two and a half years as a Carnegie Post-doctoral Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

Since its inception in 1974, the ICMCTF is the premier meeting that promotes global exchange of information among scientists, technologists, and manufacturers. It integrates materials science, advanced surface engineering, and nanotechnology of the widest variety of thin film materials, deposition processes, characterization tools, computational methods, and applications.