Dr. Daryush ILA a graduate of MIT and U. Mass Lowell, Dr. Daryush ILA a graduate of MIT and U. Mass Lowell, is an innovator, an entrepreneur, and an expert in surface and interface processing, expert in ion-matter interactions and nanoscale materials/device fabrication/prototyping. ILA has authored or coauthored over 280 publications, over eleven books, two book chapters, over 60 invited, plenary, keynote talks and eight patent disclosures on bio-compatible materials, thermoelectric materials, photorefractive materials, carbon composites, Nanoscale materials and Agri-Tiling for Extreme Environment. ILA's patents are on highly efficient thermoelectric materials and on production of nanopores for filtration, and for DNA sequencing in addition to few more patent applications filed recently.
At Fayetteville State University (FSU), ILA built the University's research infrastructure, establishing the Research and Technology Transfer Office, and establishing world class materials research core facility and prototyping laboratory. ILA, also, build partnership with NASA (SAA), US Army medical Command (CRADA), US Army Research Lab, Northrup Grumman, ORAU, GTRI and many more public, private and government entities.
At Alabama, ILA built a research program that has garnered more than $45 million in grants and has led to the creation of a Research Institute, a 100% independently supported, university-owned 501c(3) entity that serves as the contracting arm of the university. As the executive director and co-founder, ILA built partnerships that have helped win more than $125 million in grants and contracts - more than $40 million of which were from the Department of Defense alone. ILA as a faculty member supervised or co-supervised over 35 MS Theses and PhD Dissertations and provided summer trainee for few hundred students.
ILA also founded the Center for Irradiation of Materials (CIM) at Huntsville, AL, and serves as its director, a 100% independently supported research center unique in North America. CIM under supervision of ILA was awarded between $2M to $3M grants annually from NASA, NSF, DOE and DOD. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, ILA served as the Campus Director of NASA Space Grant Consortium for many years, served as the Secretary of South Eastern Section of University Space Research Association (USRA), served as the Director of the Advanced Propulsion Materials Center, and served as the Executive Director of the State of Alabama's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program. ILA, also, serves as a Board Member of various national and international Institutes and Centers, and as a member of various national and international scientific committees such as Emerging Research Institution of National Academies, HBCU/MI National Committee of OSD, Graduate Funding Advisory at NSF, working with small business community of White House HBCU/MI panel and many more.
ILA's philosophy of winning through building successful partnerships has molded a large number of partnerships among which are: MOU with Univ. Sao Paulo, Brazil, Univ. of Kyoto, Japan, University of Claude Bernard, France, Univ. of Heidelberg, Germany, ITN, Portugal, Hyderabad, India, Ege Univ., Izmir, Turkey; over 35 HBCU/MIs; GTRI; ORNL, LLNL, LANL and SNL; NASA-MSFC; AMCOM/AMRDEC, ARL, and NRL; SAIC, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, EG&G, TBE, CSC, Shaw, Jacobs Engineering, II-VI/VLOC, IBM, partnership with over 200 small businesses, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and several other industries; Japanese National Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan; and with Max Plank Institute, Heidelberg, Germany, among a large number of others.
ILA has had extensive management training at the MIT Sloan School of Management, GTRI, Harvard School of Law, SRA, and at SAIC as well as extensive track record of writing winning contracts. ILA's trainings are on "Program Management", "Writing and Winning Contracts", on "Effective Negotiation", "Basics of Research Administration", and on "How to Work with Difficult People". ILA has also held positions as a member of National Academies' Committee on Emerging Research Institutions, Chair of the Graduate Student Awards of the Materials Research Society, and a professor of physics.
ILA, presently, is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer (RTTO), and Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at Fayetteville State University, a constituent of University of North Carolina, Fayetteville, NC, and serves as a Member of North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation (BSTI).