A. K. CHAKRABARTI, Ph.D., is currently CSIR Emeritus Scientist at IIT Kharagpur. He is also the Chairman, Editorial Committee, Indian Foundry Journal, Institute of Indian Foundrymen, Kolkata. Starting his academic career at the Bengal Engineering College, Howrah, he later moved to IIT Kharagpur where he was a Professor in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department. He has also been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow to the University of Birmingham, UK. Dr. Chakrabarti has guided many research students, investigated numerous industrial problems, and published more than one hundred research papers in foundry metallurgy and allied areas. He has also been the joint winner of the CSIR Best Paper Award, 2001, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, B.E. College, 1989.