Dr. N. Sahoo, Director, Dalmia Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research was felicitated with the coveted award by IRMA in a gala function held in Hotel Taj Bengal KoLkata on 30th August 2011 for his outstanding contribution in the development and application of refractories. After completing M Sc (Inorganic Chemistry) from Sambalpur University in the year 1975 Sri Sahoo joined Dalmia Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research as a scientist and continued there till 2002. Then he joined OCL Refractory division as AGM (Technology) and was subsequently promoted to Sr. GM (Technology). In the year 2011 he took over the charge of Dalmia Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research as Director.


Dr Sahoo devoted his full carrier for the research and development of refractory and allied materials. He obtained his Ph D degree on Refractory Science in 1982. He developed 45 refractory products and processes, which have been commercialized and out of which 25 have been patented. He has received three times Import Substitution Award in All India Industrial Exhibitions at Hyderabad. Dr Sahoo, to his credit, has published 112 technical papers on various refractories and their applications.


Four scientists have been awarded Ph D degree under the guidance of Dr Sahoo. He visited UK, Japan, USA, Russia, German, Spain, China and a number of countries for various seminars on refractory. Dr Sahoo was the Chairman in one Technical session of UNITECR, 1997 held at New Orlean, USA. Dr Sahoo is the life time member of Indian Ceramic Society, Indian Institute of Ceramics, Indian Institute of Refractory Engineers and Indian Science Congress Associations.