Prof. G. Sundararajan obtained his M.S and Ph.D from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A in 1979 and 1981 respectively. He is currently the Vice President of the Indian Academy of Sciences and also the President of Materials Research Society of India. In addition to his many other awards, Prof. Sundararajan is recipient of the prestigious civilian award, “Padma Shri”, awarded by the Govt. of India (2014). During the course of his research career at DMRL and ARCI, Prof. Sundararajan has made outstanding contributions to the areas of tribological behavior of metallic materials, composites and coatings, high temperature deformation and fracture behaviour of superalloys and other materials, laser surface modification and laser materials processing of engineering materials.