Mark A. Prelas

42nd Annual Faculty-Alumni Awards

Mark A. Prelas
Professor & Director of Research,
Nuclear Science & Engineering
Columbia, Missouri

Mark Prelas is internationally known for his work in diamond, wide-band gap materials, ion driven lasers, and nuclear energy conversion. He is a professor of nuclear engineering and director of research at MU's Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, which was ranked No. 1 in faculty scholarly productivity by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007.

Author of Non-Proliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction, he holds 19 U.S. and international patents and has published more than 200 articles, 8 books, and given more than 150 presentations. Earlier this year he received the Glenn Murphy Award from the American Society for Engineering Education for his contributions to teaching and research in nuclear engineering. In 2008 he was the first recipient of the international Frederic Joliot-Curie Medal for his lifetime achievements in energy research. He has been a leader in fostering relationships with scientists in the former Soviet Union. He was a Presidential Young Investigator Award recipient in 1984 and a Fulbright Fellow in 1992. He was elected a fellow of the American Nuclear Society in 1998 and a Foster fellow for the Bureau of Arms Control at the U.S. State Department in 1999 where he served as a science advisor.

Prelas and his wife, Rosemary Roberts, MS ’84, have two children, Natalia and Alexander, both current MU students.